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Rune Name: Kenaz (6th Rune of the Elder Futhark & Freya’s Aett)
Germanic Name: Kenaz, torch or Kaunaz, sore
Phonetic Value: K
Translation: Torch, Ulcer, Knowing
Modern English: Keen
Rune Number: 6
Color Association(s): Light Red
Elemental Association(s): Air , Fire
Deity Association(s): Freya & dwarves
Herbal Association(s): Cowslip
Tree Association(s): Pine
Astrological Association(s): Venus
Month/Days: September 13 - 28
Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus
Tarot Card(s): Ace of wands , 8 of Pentacles
Magickal Uses: Use Kenaz when you are studying, creating, or when you would like to manifest something in your life. You can use it when you are in unfamiliar territory, figuratively or literally to help chase the shadows back. Creativity, inspiration, healing, love, balanced relationships, adds power to runic talismans.
Overall Meanings/Keyword(s): Torch, burning, knowledge, light, heat, breakthrough. Once we know, we can’t unknow. Especially when transitioning from blissful child to pained adult. Light of the darkness, as well as warmth that fire provides. On a metaphysical level, this is also the light of knowledge & enlightenment. Controlled energy.
You are or will be experiencing a breakthrough in some area of your life that has caused you confusion or anguish. Higher guidance is with you now, bringing enlightenment & clarity. You will be able to reconsider your situation considering new information or understanding, which will allow you to make any necessary changes to your approach. Take the lessons of your enlightenment to heart. Allow the power & energy of this illuminating experience to open the way for you & propel you along our path.
Brightstave/Upright: Inner creativity & artistry, or general ability or aptitude are indicated. Rest & relaxation are necessary to allow it to arise. The creative fire is applied to the personality. Transformation is suggested, a shaping or reshaping of the present situation enlightened by divine inspiration. A child may be in the offing.
Rune of enlightenment, especially that of a spiritual kind. It is the rune of illumination & light. Also, the rune of manifestation. A rune that can keep the shadows back & help you bring something out of nothing.
Merkstave/Reversed: Unwanted dissolution, perhaps in the form of physical disease or breakup of a relationship. Problems with children may be indicated. Blockage of the Kenaz force leads to inability & lack of creativity or skill. Feeling left out in the cold or in the dark in some way. You may be experiencing a sense of spiritual void, or lack of self-connection to the inner knowledge of the higher self. You are advised to trust that this ending is for your highest good. Do not cling to the old circumstances. Know that the period of darkness that comes with endings are necessary, so that new source of light can come into your life.
Meditation: Kenaz Meditation - Magin Rose
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