Saturday, September 30, 2017
Runes 202 - Bind Runes - Coming Together
This is how I feel when fall arrives. School starts and so do extracurricular activities. At this point, the only time we don't have something going on is Friday evening. Don't get me wrong. I don't mind it. In fact, I enjoy it. It's a great piece of being a parent, taking your kids to participate in activities that they truly love doing. But...if one thing disrupts the well-oiled machine you've got going, keeping everything else moving forward creates a major challenge.
I asked the Runes, "Once things come together, what can we do to keep them together?" By looking at the Bind Rune at the top of this post, I think you can tell that the three Runes I drew to answer this question - Ansuz, Raido, and Nauthiz. Then, I had to determine how to bind them. Why bind them? It's simply the idea of some reinforcement of the idea of holding things together. It took a few tries to get the one that felt right.
These Runes also tell a "coming together" story. Simply put, if you want to keep everything together, there are three vital pieces. "You must communicate with everyone involved," says Ansuz. But, like the mouth of the river (think river delta), communication is a complicated network. There are people directly involved on a regular basis, some who participate occasionally, and those who are on-call in case of an emergency.
Why is this important? Because, Raido indicates a journey, movement; even though everything is coming together, it is also fluid. That is to say there are a lot of moving parts, which sets the stage for one of those parts to to go off in its own direction. A child gets sick; an appointment gets missed; something gets double-booked. Essentially, this "coming together" of activities is a series of interdependent journeys within a single system.
Nauthiz looks at needs and necessity within the "coming together". It gives us pause to question what we're doing not in the sense that it is wrong, rather in the sense of, "Is what we're doing in our 'coming together' what we need to be doing? Is it all necessary?" The answer can be yes; but checking in on this is important. If everything that we're doing in our "coming together" is necessary, then we must also recognize the other two pieces the fluidity of it and the need to communicate to ensure its success. If it's not necessary, we have the opportunity to recognize and correct it.