Algiz, Berkana reversed, Gebo
It is really easy to feel defensive right now. Many of us are feeling raw and exposed because we are leaving our comfort zones. If you give in to the need to protect yourself you will rebuild the walls that have just come down and you will end up back where you were a few months ago. If you are in touch with yourself, your true desires, and your connection to god you do not need protection as no one will be able to shake you. It is time to trust yourself and your ability to make the right decisions from here on out; and then extend that trust to others. By being true to yourself you will draw to you those who are doing the same.
Jera, Algiz, Ansuz reversed
And we are still holding. This may be a long process, and the utter lack of communication right now can compound the feeling of getting nowhere that were present yesterday. The lack of communication with others is an opportunity to look inside yourself and study how you deal with your own emotions. Do you let the overflow onto others or do you bury them until they refused to be ignored any longer. Try to acknowledge each one as it comes and give it the respect and validity it deserves without letting them control you. Emotions are a reaction to things that matter; it is a form of communication with the self that takes time and effort just like any other relationship.
Wunjo, Algiz, Eihwaz
Your biggest challenge to serenity right now is defining your own personal and spiritual space. It is difficult to be serene when others are invading your boundaries. It is time to draw a line in the sand and claim your space. The key to this is ownership of your space, your life, and the decisions that lead you to right here. Once you take ownership of the path you have been on, you take the power out of others hands and put it in your own. If you continue to let the blame or praise for where you are now fall on others, they will continue to control your energy, because you are allowing it to happen. Claim your life and love it for what it is. Once you see that you have created your present, you can begin to create your own future.
Teiwaz, Isa, Algiz
It takes a lot of courage to heal, to take a hard look at yourself and be honest about the things that you believe about yourself and to recognize the role you have played in creating your own present. You got to where you are now because of the things you believed about yourself and by your reactions to the challenges that you have manifested in your life. Just acknowledging that you are the creator or your life and that you are not a puppet takes courage. Congratulations for getting this far! Accepting this truth may freeze some of you in your tracts. It can easily lead to a pattern of fear based decisions. But know that fears are self-fulfilling, and that fear tries to hurry things along. Patience and good boundaries are needed when fear rears its head. The great thing about boundaries is that they give you the freedom to move within an area unchecked. When you give your fear a time and a place, and give your other emotions times to come out and play, one will not rule over the others. It is not a matter of shutting down fear, just a matter of not living in it. It will take as much space as you give it. Say to yourself “Okay, I am afraid that this thing won’t work out the way I intended”. Say it just once and then let it go. Acknowledging and then releasing emotions lets them have their say in their place. But don’t cling to them or get stuck in a cycle of obsessing about why you feel a certain emotion, this will only lead to layers of more doubt, fear, and anger. Acknowledging and releasing lets all of your natural doubt and worries and slight funks express what they need to say, without trapping you.
To each his own. Today is a day to take care of the things you need to do for yourself. It is easy to get caught up in helping other people, it can be rewarding and fun but be careful how much you give because you want to versus because you feel you should, or that it is expected of you. It is okay to say no to things that stretch you too thin or take you away from your true path. And don’t feel obliged to explain yourself either, people who need detailed explanations of why you will or won’t do something are just looking for control. On the other hand, so you demand too much of other people? Do you demand a long winded explanation when someone turns you down? Whichever side you are on, it is time to own up to your boundaries and release and extra burdens that you have added to those around you.
Boundaries can be a great thing when they are set properly. They give you freedom with the knowledge that you are also protected. Children love to test boundaries as they grow. Every see a young kid do something that they know they are not supposed to do and then look up to see what happens? They are simply finding the boundaries, testing the waters to see if that line still holds today the way it did yesterday. Then when you say “no, you know you aren’t supposed to do that”, they go back to playing happier than before because all is right with the world. Do you know where your boundaries are? Once you find them you too can play with abandon. Knowing your own also helps you respect other peoples’ boundaries and they can play freely as well.