Since this is a general ‘you’ spread rather than a personal one I decided to draw a tarot card as a little extra context to the theme offered by the runes. As I mentioned in my personal reading post last week, this wooden rune set is still new to me and what I have learned about it so far is that it plays very well with others! I was a bit surprised again at the remarkable synergy between the runes and cards in this reading – the connections just felt so clear.
This spread is free style, so has no positional meanings.
I just love how the runes look placed atop the roses, such a perfect representation of how happy partnerships are based on giving and communication – they’re the glue that binds together a communion of souls and minds.
Summary: This week asks you to express your appreciation for existing relationships and open up to others. Be genuine and unafraid to communicate who you are, speak freely and from the heart. Express, nurture and reciprocate are the keywords for the coming seven days, and don’t leave yourself out of this love-fest, dig deep and listen to what the quietest parts of you are asking for.
Gebo, meaning gift, is a rune concerned with giving, reciprocity, obligations, and partnerships based on any type of commonality, be it romance, friendship, neighbours, work or joint creative projects. Paired with the Two of Cups, I see that the theme for this week is all about attending to your loved ones. Have you shared anything with them recently? Even just your time and a funny story, perhaps? Did a friend or neighbour have you over for a drink or meal a while back and you have yet to return the offer? This week is a time to balance our relationships, to reciprocate gifts and make offerings, no matter how small, to those who contribute to our lives.
As the rune of Odin, who gave the breath of life to humankind, Ansuz tells us to be mindful of whatever passes our lips, be it air or words. But this is about more than just doing breathing exercises (although I would recommend that, too!), it is about what animates us, that little spark inside that makes us draw each breath and struggles furiously if we are denied it. And what animates and inspires us more than those deep connections that enrich our lives, filling it with the camaraderie and love seen in the Two of Cups? Take the lead and nurture these precious relationships this week by expressing how important they are to you, don’t worry about looking like a sap, everyone likes to hear that they are valued every once in a while!
It should go without saying, but is sadly something that many of us struggle with throughout our lives, that one of the most deep and fulfilling partnership we can form is a compassionate relationship with ourselves. Ansuz also speaks of the transformative power of expression, from messages to prophecy, so understand the potency of the words you think, hear and speak this week, are there any messages trying to reach you that you have been ignoring or too busy to hear?
* I also want to give a shout-out to AethelgarsEmporium on Etsy for making this lovely Rowan rune set, the alphabet is pyrographed onto the chips and you have a choice of a number of different sacred woods from which to choose – all of which are foraged from natural shedding.