“It’s dagaz,′ Hunding said. ‘Nothing to be afraid of. It symbolizes new beginnings, transformations.

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

The Beaver Moon Rune Draw, November 30, 2020

It’s dagaz,′ Hunding said. ‘Nothing to be afraid of. It symbolizes new beginnings, transformations.

— Rick Riordan

November’s full Moon was traditionally called the Beaver Moon because this is the time of year when beavers begin to take shelter in their lodges, having laid up sufficient stores of food for the long winter ahead. It is a time when humans also prepared for the long winter ahead and the last chance to trap beavers for their thick, winter-ready pelts before the frost came. Borrowing from Chani Nicholas: "The lunar eclipse in Gemini arrives on November 30th, at 1:30am PT. In general, eclipses tend to work in mystifying ways. The very nature of them is concealment. A cosmic magic trick, eclipses bring an adjustment to how we experience the world around us. They expose what is usually hidden, hide what is usually dominant, and trick us into using different senses to understand our surroundings. In short, they expand our awareness of ourselves from all sides." As before, I'll be using the Fourfold Wheel Spread for this reading. Learn more about the Fourfold Wheel here.

The image at the top of this email is the image of the runes I pulled for this full moon. At the center of the reading is “the matter at hand,” for which I drew Dagaz. Literally translated, Dagaz means Dawn or a new day. In readings, Dagaz represents light or, rather, enlightenment. Therefore, this reading is focused on our path to enlightenment. Dagaz is about our journey from the individual to the collective consciousness and the transformation of paradox into non-dual awareness. It’s worth noting that Dagaz is the last Rune in the Elder Futhark and that the Runic alphabet can best be represented as a circle since the end simply represents a gateway to a new beginning. Dagaz contains destructive fire energy. It burns to purify and transmute a thing so that it is ready to enter the next cycle. The Rune in the shadow position (bottom of the wheel) is Fehu. Translated, Fehu means cattle and represents mobile abundance and luck. Fehu is the first Rune in the Elder Futhark and contains creative fire energy. To truly understand Fehu, you must first understand the nomadic lifestyle of early Norsemen. The abundance that comes from Fehu is deeply connected to service and responsibility. Early humans would have followed and tended to the cattle rather than owning and exploiting it. So, maintaining wealth required a reverence for and accountability to the cattle and the community you belonged to and collaborated with to achieve abundance. The shadow aspects of the Rune Fehu are possessiveness, jealousy and hoarding. In the hire-self position is Jera, or year. Christopher Beha, the Editor of Harper’s Magazine, encapsulates the spirit of Jera perfectly in his Editor’s Desk essay this month. He notes, “For most of human history, time was understood to proceed in cycles—the annual cycle of seasons; the generational cycle of life; in a longer view, the civilizational cycle of “ages”—each returning us to where we’d begun.” Jera is all about understanding and working in harmony with nature’s cycles. “To everything, there is a season.” You wouldn’t sow seeds in the fall because you will fail. But all is not lost; with trust and patience, we know that winter will inevitably make way for the spring and the optimal conditions to make the most of your efforts. Nature has a way of persistently marching on, and its cyclical recurrences can teach us many profound secrets about life, spirit and the universe. Speaking of paradox and non-dual awareness, while Jera teaches us to keep sight of the big picture (lost opportunities don’t have to mean death, e.g., spring will come again), it also speaks to the importance of tending to the details. Although spring will come again and create the right conditions for a crop, you still have to sow your seeds and tend to your crops to yield an abundant harvest in the fall. Jera reminds us that while we honour seasons and cycles, it is still up to us to do the work. In the position of the past, I drew Raido, meaning riding. In Norse mythology, Raido represents the daily ritual of Sol and Mani (the Sun goddess and the Moon God) to ride by chariot through the sky. It is about our own rides through our life and can represent our ability to relate and connect. Like the Chariot in the Tarot, Raido reminds us of our personal agency and that no matter how helpless we feel, we can always maintain a sense of control over our lives.

With Raidho, the journey IS the destination. As such, Raidho is also closely tied to ritual, repetitive journeys and the lessons held therein. Sitting in the past in the Fourfold Wheel would indicate that you have already put in the effort and accumulated lessons here to serve you in your future. Which brings us to our last Rune, what is to come, or the future. Here, I drew Perthro. Perthro is a mysterious rune; no one has been able to unravel the word’s etymology to provide us with a translation. All we have are the stanzas from the Edda that refer to this Rune to understand its meaning. While there is a debate there, there is uniform agreement that Pertrho is a good omen. Perthro is typically associated with our relationship with spirit, and when it comes up, it speaks to our being “in flow.” It is a time of luck and birth/rebirth when your soul’s purpose aligns with your journey here on earth. When Perthro comes up, hidden talents emerge, psychic abilities are strengthened, and you find yourself effortlessly in synch with the ebbs and flows of the world around you. Seem like during this waning moon, we are meant to review how we can get out of our own way to truly connect to the collective fabric. Fehu reminds us to behave from a place of abundance and choose to serve with all we have, instead of staying in a scarcity mentality where we resort to hoarding and envy because of our fear and mistrust. With Jera in mind, where are we wasting efforts going against nature’s cycles, and how can we reevaluate our actions to make the season we find ourselves in work in our favour? And finally, Raidho reminds us that we are not helpless; where our path may not be apparent, inaction is never the answer. At the very worst, ritual and routine keep us in motion and ensure that we do not lose ourselves. Perthro provides mystery and magic. While the future is unclear, it is full of promise.

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