For this reading I’m using a spread I created, called Urðarbrunni, or The Wells of Urðr. A twist on Aswynn’s eight-fold wheel and Thorsson’s valknutr, this nine-stave spread gives a more nuanced reading of a traditional past, present and future layout.
I did this reading with runes reist in black bog oak, my query directed at navigating affairs generally, with the querent set for anyone who would find it a help (myself, and you perhaps?).
I couldn’t have put together a better spread for the week of Mother’s Day had I set out intentionally to do so. This reading is full of nurturing, maternal projections, bound up in the imagery of incubation, birth, and new life. Pertho at the center signifies a leap of faith after Hagalz’ rocky, stalled labor; on the horizon, Wunjo sees a triumphant sigh of relief and moment to nurse back to full strength.
In the recent past we see set-backs, disappointments and struggles; we’ve been going through it, and it has felt particularly rough this past week. This feels especially bitter as we’ve been doing our souls’ work, endeavoring to help the greater good — our intentions have been noble, our motivations pure —trying to safely pull us all, collectively, forward. So why does is it feel so hard?
We now find ourselves at the moment we’ve been waiting for. A gamble, a long-shot, a once-in-a-blue-moon chance presents itself to us: we must take it, trusting in the good guidance and uncanny intuition that got us here. Our work is about to bear fruit.
In this moment things begin to click. Fueled by an inborn, almost preternatural gift to lead through service and example, these endeavors are defended by a conscious, sincere effort to use our gifts and privileges to protect and shield those without. Does it feel like we were meant for this? It should.
If we hold the course, triumph blossoms and a moment of reflection and satisfaction is called for. This is a newborn laid on its mother’s still heaving chest. While the path forward might not be easy, inertia will be on our side. We will have time to rest and heal ourselves, while we nurture the new opportunities entrusted to us.