I began this time dialogue with our two time Runes from last week. And, I can assure you, this conversation went nowhere near the subjects I imagined. Instead, the Runes provide us with a foundation for the way we spend our time, rather than telling us specific tasks.
Me: Last week, you gave me Jera as the second Rune of three, when I asked about releasing disappointment, and followed it with Dagaz. These struck me as two very important Runes dealing with time, so I want to learn more about it. Can you give me more details about time and how we use it or should use it?
Runes: In using time, making the most of it so to say, Dagaz is a good place to start.
Me: Yes, last week, Dagaz told us to move out of the shadow and into the light. Metaphorically, I took this to refer to our capacity to think critically, instead of responding emotionally. Is that how we should begin, by thinking critically?
Runes: Think of it in a more positive way. Your ability to think and weigh situations is a step, but finding the positive aspect in this process is a true gift. That is why I give you Gebo here, so that you can strive to find the positive aspects of the good and bad on your path. It is also possible that others will see your ability to find and move forward in a positive way and reflect it in their actions too.
Me: What is the best way to do that?
Runes: Wunjo belongs here, because it works in two positive ways. First, it simply reminds you to be happy. Coupled with that, if you are true to a path that makes you happy, you will find a way to do things that not only make you happy, but that lead you to sustained happiness.
Me: But this is all rather obvious. I know I asked you how we should use time and your response - that we should use it to make ourselves happy and share that joy with others - is sage advice. Thank you. However, most of us, how ever well-intentioned, find it more difficult than it probably should be to follow that path and I believe it comes down to how we use our time. So, can you be more specific about how we can follow your advice and use our time on things that make us happy?
Runes: Fehu, Jera, and Othala.
Me: I think I understand Jera as planning and process, and Othala as time with friends and family and building a happy home, but why Fehu?
Runes: Remember, Fehu measures wealth. Cattle is not the only way to measure it, neither is money. Wealth is more than possessions. How you measure your wealth and the things to which you assign value plays a great role in determining whether or not you are happy. For some people, that translates into money (generally gained by working). But work takes on many forms. Growing a garden is work; it may not pay you much money, but it may give you peace of mind that you are growing your own food or beautiful flowers; it may just give you some quiet time to relax or time to reconnect with Earth. So, as you are planning how to proceed on your path through time, keep in mind that money is not the only form of wealth and, once things are given their true value, the direction of your path or how you spend your time may change.
Me: What if that which makes us happy is not very productive?
Runes: Thurisaz will give everything its place. You must realize that happiness unleashed through something that empowers you is very positive. However, with Thurisaz comes great power, the kind you do not really want to mess with unless you can manage it. The message here is two fold. First, don't let the things that make you miserable control you - don't give them this great power - and, second, being happy does not mean being completely reckless either.
Me: So you're saying that what makes us happy can also be detrimental to us, like the negative things in our lives, if we don't give it context within everything else and if we don't manage it?
Runes: You must let your natural joy be free. Think of it as Uruz, a wild ox, not cattle. Approach it with caution. Be aware of its power. And realize that, if you work with that free energy, your time will be well spent and will benefit you and others greatly.
Me: Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me today.