Nauthiz -- need -- that we're standing in our own way is usually not welcome news. However, that slight clarification to what's hindering the process helps immensely. Look no further for the problem, or its solution.
Interesting that this second of three winter staves comes after much of North America was plunged into record-breaking low temperatures and precipitation. From this mid-point many of us have cabin fever just enough to be stir crazy, yet lack the motivation to be the catalyst for change. That uncomfortable space between is precisely the angst of Nauthiz.
Related to the youngest of the Norns, Skuld, who is the keeper of what "should" be, many assume Nauthiz points to the future. However, wordsmiths among us recognize 'should' as a modal auxiliary, indicating that outcomes manifest based on conditions met. In other words, we can set the dominoes up any way we like, and based on our knowledge, skill, and perhaps wisdom, they should fall the way we've planned. Yet there are always variables we can't foresee. The dominoes will fall the way they fall, and we have only to react in the best way that we can.
Keep this relationship between need and fate in mind this week. So often what we think we need is connected to what we think should happen, what we should get. The appearance of Nauthiz isn't suggesting that we will or won't meet our need, but that we be positively certain we can handle what comes. By that I mean, as this Rune carries the a red flag coloring our efforts, it also brings us the ability to find peace, regardless.
When we meet resistance in fulfilling our needs, do we respond compulsively just to make the tension stop? Do we buckle down and address the core issue? Do we risk the reality of learning that our needs are really wants? How we deal with this kind of stress is the heart of Nauthiz, as in learning to move through that stress, the need is either released or met.
Hold Self carefully this week. Test the confines in the places of strongest resistance and be honest about who's really holding the reins.
Originally published at Soul Intent Arts.