“The sun is ever a joy in the hopes of seafarers when they journey away over the fishes’ bath, until the courser of the deep bears them to land..”
“This Rune stands for wholeness, that which your nature requires. It embodies the impulse toward self- realization and indicates the path you must follow, not from ulterior motives but from the core of your individuality.
Seeking after wholeness is the Spiritual Warrior’s quest. And yet what you are striving to become in actuality is what you, by nature, already are. You must become conscious of your essence and bring it into form, express it in a creative way. A Rune of great power, making energy available to you, Sowelu marks a time for regeneration right down to the cellular level.
Although this Rune has no Reversed position, there is reason for caution. You may see fit to withdraw, to retreat in the face of a pressing situation, especially if events or people are demanding that you expend your energy now. Know that such a retreat is a retreat in strength, and that it can indicate the need for a voyage inward for centring, for balance. Timely retreat is among the skills of the Spiritual Warrior.
At the same time, for some, this Rune counsels opening yourself up, letting the Light into a part of your life that has been secret, shut away. To accomplish this may call for profound recognitions, for admitting to yourself something that you have long denied.
There is a prayer known as the Gayatri that embodies the spirit of Sowelu. Address the sun in this fashion:
- You, who are the source of all power,
- Whose rays illuminate the whole world,
- Illuminate also my heart So that it too can do your work.
While reciting the Gayatri, visualize the sun’s rays streaming forth into the world, entering your own heart, then streaming out from your heart centre and back into the world. This is a powerful and life-enhancing prayer.
There is a caution here not to give yourself airs. Even in a time of bountiful energy, you are required to face and vanquish your refusal to let right action flow through you. Nourish this capacity, for it is a mark of true humility.
Practise the art of doing without doing: aim yourself truly and then maintain your aim without manipulative effort. Meditate on Christ’s words: I can of mine own self do nothing. For by our own power we do nothing. Even in loving, it is Love that loves through us. This way of thinking and being integrates new energies and permits you to flow into wholeness, which is the ultimate goal of the Spiritual Warrior. “
This month, The Daily Oracle will be devoted to the Viking Runes. I am not a scholar of this divination method, and as with my cycle with The I Ching, I will be using a combination of my own astrological observance, together with text from another authority. For my reference I will be using a book that I have had for very many years, “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum, which is still in print…. but also available on the web as a free PDF. As with The Tarot, I will be invoking my own choice of deity to watch over me as I seek guidance on behalf of all who find this oracle. The Runes that I am using are ones that I have had for about 12 years, and which replaced my original handmade set, which were inadvertently left behind on one of my many migrations. These particular Runes are made of carnelian, and were purchased in a small bead shop on Catherine Hill in the Wiltshire town of Frome. If you wish to read about how the Runes were discovered, there is a good site HERE that is a wealth of information on all things Norse.
My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.
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