There’s a difference between knowing things we’ve studied or learned and knowing things because we were born knowing them. This knowing is more than intuition. It’s the wisdom of the ancestors that lives inside each and every one of us, in our blood and in our bones and in our cells. If we’re willing and allow it, Kenaz will split us open so we can see and understand things we did not learn and remember the wisdom we were born with. Kenaz shows us how to see in the dark without using our literal eyes and how to see in the dark without the need of light. There are some who say the rune is attached to the concept of light and illumination and refer to it as the pine torch but the use of the words light and illumination might limit our thinking. Light is only needed to see when we’re using our literal eyes. Kenaz opens things up we can see without eyes and see without light. When you form a relationship with Kenaz you will begin to have a sense that you’re remembering things that you knew long ago. This is the power of the rune.
Kenaz activates the inborn, hereditary knowledge that comes to us from our ancestors. So whenever the rune appears I know that the ancestors are using it to open us up so we can connect with them. But we have to be willing. It can be like an initiation into a sacred place. Kenaz initiates you so you can access the wisdom that you carry inside yourself.
The shape of the rune is a wedge. Using a wedge makes it easier to split things open. It magnifies the force of the axe. You can use Kenaz to split things open so you can more quickly and easily understand. It can open up the way for you to go into the dark, hidden, and unseen places and see without needing light.
Are you caught somehow in the belief that you always need light to see or know something? Have you forgotten how to use Kenaz to see in the dark?
There are two ancient rune poems that connect Kenaz to ulcers and rotting flesh. If I sense that the rune’s appearance has something to do with health then I ask the question, does this illness come from being disconnected from your inner knowing or your inner wisdom?
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