Othala indicates that we are carrying a weight greater than a single life can bear. It's telling us that before we can seat into the role of elder in our lines, we must bless those who came before us. We must relieve them.
What a great rune to cast just after the autumnal equinox, the second harvest sabbat! Representing the close of a full day's work, this metaphor for celebrating the culmination of a cycle and regrouping to begin another is very appropriate.