Understanding has no value unless accompanied by action.
Today’s affirmation comes from the sixth rune of the first aett (or “family”) of the Elder Futhark, Kenaz (also known as Kano or Kauno). Its traditional meaning comes from the Rune Poems, the oldest of which translates as follows:
–The Anglo-Saxon rune poem, Verse VI
(“Aethling” means “noble person.”)
Kenaz means “torch.” What does a torch do, and how? It lights the way, with fire. If you’ve camped outdoors, you know the value of a flashlight; if you’ve sat in front of a fire on a cold winter night, you know how comforting it can be. These are the essence of this rune.
Many cultures have stories to explain the origin of fire. Greek mythology holds that Prometheus stole it from the gods for humankind. North America’s Original People often credit coyote or raven with doing the same. How ever we explain its beginnings, both literal fire (which provides warmth and comfort) as well as figurative fire (enlightenment and knowledge) are central to our existence. Like any tool however, neither has value unless used.
Once the path is clear before you, do you move forward? Or do you stand motionless, fretting and regretting until your torch burns out?
I listen to my wise and loving inner self, and consistently take actions that support my highest good.
About this affirmation: if the words presented above don’t ring true for you, change them! For example, some may want to replace “my wise and loving inner self” with the name they use for their Higher Power (God, Jesus, Goddess, Buddha, etc.). The words don’t do the work on their own…it’s words + repetition + personal intent and emotional connection that make affirmations such powerful catalysts for positive change. Feel free to create one that feels good and reflects who you are.
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Rune source material: Oswald the Runemaker
Affirmation inspired by Orin and Sanaya Roman