This image in the D.O. formed part of a trio that came through together in a single journey. Burning Beau, was accompanied by Flying Kites (most likely my next post) and Dear Heart (as met in previous post).
In many ways Burning Beau felt to be a counterpart to Dear Heart. His image forged through fiery heat and melted wax, her’s flowed through watercolour… Her waiting, him roaming… His driving rhythm a counterpoint to her song. Burning Beau a hero returns.
Affectionately and privately my pet name for him is Sag Rising. It may or may not be now visible in the image but on his belt, a buckle carrying the Sagittarius constellation. It amuses me that his jubliant stance reminds me of how it felt to go from birth time unknown to diagnosis of Sag Asc and the air punch I gave as suddenly Astrology, the clock that had always failed to click for me, tick tocked into life and made sense of my ‘anomalies’.
But back to this Archer, with crossbow rather than longbow…
Above him, 3 runes. At the time unschooled, I saw them as a signpost, Harry Potter’s scar and a pathogen. That seemed quite ridiculous at the time but 5 years on as the world’s direction is being pointed out by the seeking of magical cures for Covid-19, I wonder if it was a premonition?
Looking at the runes now with new learnings:
Nauthiz – the need fire. When I first came across this rune name as being ‘need’, I thought about it from a position of poverty… Further thought and it becomes ‘What is needed now?’ This translates in my mind into resourcefulness, necessity is the mother of invention… Adaptability… How can I rub my twigs together to get this fire started?
Sowilo – Sigil… Sun… Success… How am I branded? How do I shine?
Othala – this is oft referred to as the homeland but digging back into word origins, takes us to the Anglo-Saxon word ‘Aethling’, meaning ‘prince’ or ‘noble’. Returning to the homeland… A return to your spiritual nobility?
Which is all probably a long winded way of saying what James Lane Allen said succinctly:
“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.”
What do you think?