Kenaz – Rune of Divine Inspiration
Kenaz combines the quiet knowing and inner wisdom of the High Priestess with the confidence to act on it found in the Tarot Sun card. When this rune shows up, we are ready to become the soul alchemists of the Temperance card and share our vision with the world.
Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape
The root ‘ken’ meaning torch is found in words like ‘cunning’ and ‘kenning’ – more surprisingly, perhaps, also in the word ‘cunt’ and no I’m not trying to be rude – It’s just a word geek fact too interesting not to share.
In ancient Norse poetry, a kenning is a word or phrase that alludes to something else and demands of the reader that they have knowledge of myth and lore to understand what is being said. An example would be alluding to Freya’s tears as ‘the rain from her brow’ – Sometimes, it’s a kenning that demands a double take because (as everybody knows) Freya’s tears are gold.
To be divinely inspired then, is to be deeply connected to universal consciousness as well as ancestral cultural heritage, enabling us to create a vision that inspires others and helps them feel as if they belong. True artistry.
When we fail to harness the divine fire through either ignorance (HP reversed) or arrogance (Sun reversed), we create dis-ease in our body. We get burned by that same fire that has the power to heal.
The shape of this rune is like a mouth or torch, facing the future (reversed, it’s facing the past). It also looks than a ‘more than’ sign and reminds us that with God we are more than capable of handling whatever life throws at us.
- Polarity: Gender neutral
- Zodiac correspondences: Sun and Moon
- Tarot card correspondences: The High Priestess, The Sun, Ace of Wands, Ace of Cups, Temperance
- Archangel correspondences: Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Michael and Archangel Zadkiel/Sachiel
- Chakra correspondences: Sacral Chakra, Heart and Third Eye
- Health: Fever, inflammation, wounds, lack of moderation
General: opening up to receive inspiration, prophecy – reversed: ignorance, being shut down
Love & relationships: relationship issues can be resolved without many words exchanged thanks to divinely inspired insight – reversed: arrogance and continued relationship drama, stuck in past patterns
Health/wellbeing: moderation in all things, balanced healthy life-style – reversed: overindulgence or deprivation, imbalance
Business: divinely inspired work, recognition – reversed: trying to force a vision or concept, failure, doing things the old way when a new vision is needed
Holistic Healing Tips for Kenaz
Colour therapy for the Kenaz rune would be green for balance and harmony and purple for strength of vision.
Kenaz can be used to brighten your aura up if you feel invisible. Chant KANE-awze while visualising the rune above you, under you, in front of you, behind you and on either side of you, with the ‘mouth’ of the rune pointing away from you.
Sitting meditation: hold the rune or draw the rune in the palm of both hands, ask for divine inspiration and sit in stillness, palms up, waiting to receive.
Wear a Kenaz necklace when you teach or speak in public, for maximum ability to inspire your audience.
Do a rune spell with Kenaz, Fehu and the Sowilu before going to a job interview.
Place Kenaz over your heart chakra in meditation, to balance male and female energies.
Use with Gebo and Wunjo to draw the Right One to you in love spells.
Draw the Kenaz rune on your palms before channelling divine healing energy and to allow for intuitive guidance about where to place your hands.
- I allow myself to be filled with divine inspiration now.
- I am a mouthpiece for the divine.
- I am inspired and inspire others in return.
- I enjoy teaching and sharing my wisdom.
- My life is balance and in harmony between forces of yin and yang.
- I am lit by the power of God.
- I receive clear guidance when channelling healing energy.
To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Kenaz rune over a glass of water. Say the affirmation out loud while holding the glass. Then drink it while focusing on where you want to go next or on what it is you wish to manifest.
Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you for your Holy Spirit filling me with divine inspiration. Help me to listen and remain balanced, so that I know where and how best to inspire others in turn. Amen
Lisa Frideborg – Frideborg means ‘Fortress of Peace’. I was named after the first Viking female to convert to Christianity