Keywords for Kenaz are, knowledge, light and the darkness that surrounds it, understanding yourself, enlightenment, wisdom
Kenaz was drawn today from the Viking Oracle, Wisdom of the Ancient Norse by Stacey Demarco, artwork by Jimmy Manton. It is the 6th rune in the rune alphabet. The element is air/fire.
In numerology, the number 6 vibrates with the energy of; Domestic, responsible, care/caring, teacher, conventional, provider, protector, healer, idealistic, selfless, honest, charitable, faithful, nurturer, truth, order, economy, emotional depth, curiosity, deep love of home and family, humanitarian, service, unselfishness, balance, good provider, peaceful, self-sacrifice, empathy, sympathy, unconditional love.
When you see Kenaz, it means do not be afraid to move forward and step into your light. Be the beacon of light so others can see and follow. Be the change that you wish to see as an example to others.
When you put your mind where your heart is and work with what your spirit is truly drawn to, positive results are almost inevitable. Do not suppress your enthusiasm but follow where it leads you.
If you’re in search of love stay open-minded and truthful to yourself, mind has no feelings and can be blind in matters of relationships, but the heart recognises true love.
Kenaz also reminds you to listen to your intuition because it holds the wisdom that comes not just from your mind, but also from the higher self. Strengthen your inner connection exploring what’s within you and what you are passionate about.
Message from the book
The way forward is illuminated. Be the change you wish to see. Do not just talk – embody your message to the world. No one can know everything, so learn from trusted others or elders. By illuminating our shadows, we understand ourselves and our behaviours more deeply.
‘The way of the craftsman
Runs his hands over the wood and knows
What is already within it,
As the creation floats to the surface,
Lit from within…
The knowledge of both appears,
Obvious for those that would see.
I am Kenaz.’
In the days of the Vikings, there were no formal schools, and the ability to read and write was rare. Therefore, skills were passed from one person to another by example, over an extended period of time, much like today’s trade apprenticeships. If you were a boat builder, for instance, you taught others boat building, step by step. If you were a blacksmith, those who wanted to learn from you would start by watching you, then move on to building and stoking the fire, then to find the metal and, finally by practising transforming the metal into things of beauty and use.
The teacher engaged not only to show the student the processes of their craft, but also to reveal the strengths and weaknesses in the student’s ‘way’, and this, it was believed, increased the student’s artistry and craft. This kind of magic – the alchemy among the teacher, the student and that which was being created – is the illumination at the heart of Kenaz.
Kenaz (pronounced, ‘Kane-awze’) is both the torch and the fire of kinship (‘ken-ship’). It is the force that shows us the right way forward for us and reveals to us the knowledge we need to be at our best. The Vikings would often turn to elders or others who had experience in a process or subject and seek their cooperation. Then those with the knowledge would share it in formal councils convened to solve whatever issue was at hand.
Kenaz as Reversed: “Someone around you may be jealous of you, worrying that you will surpass them in some way. Remember, great teachers, want their students to surpass them. Alternatively, at this time, you may be unwilling to admit to or examine your own shadows. The Vikings understood that to think we exist in perfection, that we live entirely in the light, with no darkness, is to be in the grip of delusion.
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