Wind is rising up again and we are supposed to get socked by new storms later tonight and probably later in the week as well, so here is a quick update on the major energies that are likely this week – everyone have a great holiday no matter how you celebrate this year!
This week’s energies may be dominated by the theme of depression and sadness to a degree, not surprisingly because many people often experience mixed emotions over the holiday period. Not to mention that the weather in many places like likely to make people just sort of want to “curl up in their caves” and hunger down.
However that won’t be the only energy out there (thankfully) we also have The Moon, which as well is being about hidden secrets (expect perhaps more NSA and international spy stories this week) is also about dreams, visions, the inner world and the other world. A very good card in a lot of ways, during a time period that in many traditions (including the Germanic) is when the barriers between the worlds thin out and greater communication between the living and loved ones who have crossed over can take place.
The Liberation theme is also mostly positive, it suggests that while on the one had there may be energies leading people to want to hide out from it all, there will be a counter trend towards breaking out and getting free; taking action rather than simply hiding out and waiting for the worst to happen.
Of course, this card is probably also going to express itself in the powerful storms hitting North America and Europe this Yule Season, with wild winds and stormy seas (moon card) liberating wind and water as they dance about the landscape.
The two runes are Berkano and Jera, a really positive note to end this reading on – Berkano is both the Birch Tree (a very positive tree in the North, producing a syrup similar to maple and making the lives of people sweeter and brighter as a result) and Birth – or the coming into being of new things. Also reflects the various Mid Winter Birth traditions of various religions from Mithra to Jesus; as well as the Birthing of Sun in many world religions including modern neo-Paganism and ancient ones as well. People for thousands and thousands of years have known that the Winter Solstice period brings the end of the Sun’s Declining light as it once again brings on longer days and shorter nights. Many traditions have seen this as the rebirth of the sun and I think this is part of the meaning of this rune.
It is also highly possible that someone else will “break out” this week that is later recognized as the Birth of something on the international scene; if that happens look for it to be something that doesn’t really come out of nowhere (even if it seems like it at the time) the Moon Card suggests it will simply become visible after being hidden just beneath the surface for a while. It may be nasty enough to contribute to the desire of many people to simply hide in their cave and/or it may be highly positive if it results in more creative aspects of Liberation and the Berkano rune.
In any event, the energy is there for a new energy cycle, we just have to wait and see.
The final Jera rune also supports this being the rune of the Seasons of the Year: Summer/Winter or Planting/Harvest and is the perfect rune for a Solstice time period. It also points out the change of Seasons, times, cycles and situations that is likely to be going on here both on a macro (Winter/Summer Solstice depending on where you live on Earth) and the micro (fresh and liberation energy coming into being in individuals lives in various ways).
Except for the Depression Card which overshadows it, this is mostly a very positive reading for this time period; so use the Cave Card as a reason to stay in, stay warm and focus on home and family rather than simply hiding in fear and things should go well this week. Just be aware that if energies do start to break out it may be best to try to flow with them rather than try to stop them because the Wheel is Turning, and new things are coming into focus no matter what we may think of them; trying to stop the Wheel once it is rolling is likely to all end in tears.
Hopefully see everyone next week, if the weekend storms don’t know our internet out again!
Happy Winter Everyone in the North and Summer in the South!