balance, because the latter is not constant. It comes in cycles, just like the Solstices and Equinoxes. Equinoxes represent balance (12 hours of daylight and darkness everywhere on the planet), while the Solstices can be seen to to be moments "out of balance" - long summer days and short winter days.
At a time when we are "out of balance", how do we manage to keep making forward progress? That is the question I posed to the Runes. At a time when we feel out of balance, how do move forward and not let everything around us that is making us feel off balance over power us?
The Runes presented me with Dagaz, Perthro, and Hagalaz. I like the circular meanings in this draw and the reminders that each Rune provides.
Dagaz is a very empowering, hopeful Rune. The day Rune represents the idea that everything is less scary during the day than it is at night. This works for either Solstice. In both instances, Dagaz reminds us that we can do this. For those facing a winter Solstice, it is a message to say that daylight is returning. Be a little patient. For those in the summer Solstice, you are in the heart of the day. Positive energy is all around you. Absorb it and let it help you to focus and move.
The reminders with Perthro are that we are not alone and that we need to remember to have fun. Help is there for us. Maybe knowing this gives us more confidence to actually do it on our own. We are creating and implementing the plan. And, we need to remember to have fun. We have a lot going on and it can weigh us down if we forget to lighten the mood once in a while and what better way to do that than to spend some time being social?
Finally, Hagalaz hits us with hail. This is a great Rune to end on, because it reminds us that, while things may start off feeling out of balance and like they are beating us down, in the wake there is nourishment. When the hailstones melt, what's left behind feeds us. I would argue that, we are responsible for melting the hail and, in doing so, create our own nourishment by tackling the challenges that are trying to knock us off balance. This is the empowerment that we gain through Dagaz, bringing our interpretation full circle and moving us forward in a positive way.