This is the source of abundance, the merging of our powers with another, yet retaining our wholeness as well. It is our unique being, our authentic self that is the source of the attraction. This rune tells us of the need to absolutely be free to follow your own path, yet understand the responsibility to share your own talents and gifts through partnership with another. Giving is divine, cultures worldwide have included the ritualistic “give away” or Potlach commonly. We are only able to give at the level we can receive. The Great Mother/Father God may not be interpreted, only acted upon. The greatest gift we have been given is our lives. The deepest respect we can have for this treasure is acting on the sacred gift that we have been given.
Permaculture derives all of its power to capture our imagination in that our gifts are made manifest over long periods of time. One person may only be able to make a tiny first step, for example, to stop mowing their grass short and resolving to never put chemicals on the lawn, but the resulting changes could take decades to manifest fully. One might suppose that a partnership, of sorts had been forged between the steward of the land and the land itself. In turn, “nature” was left to fend for itself. Next, let us suppose that the mowed area were to be reduced by half to put in cultivated growing beds… The time saved by mowing less, spreading less could be plowed into the bed creation. Imagine a friend who helps you out from time to time rather than poisoning you! It is easy to see where this may lead. I have two yards that I have been caring for about ten years each. In either one, you will find over two dozen annuals that feed us every year and less than half the mowed area that I inherited with them. The cycle of the give away continues to grow exponentially. Now, my neighbors routinely enjoy raspberries or grapes, mulberries or garlic for their use in addition to filling my own needs.
Since pre-contact native people managed and exploited resources. That is why many followed the herds, hunting, fishing and gathering. Each of these in turn is a symbiotic relationship, we favor that which supports us and vice-versa. We need to cultivate these relationships not only with our fellow humans, individuals and critters that may inhabit Spaceship Earth. The best way to do this that I have found is to build soil, compost, diversify your plantings, plan for the future. In addition to the diversity that we build into the landscape, nature gives those efforts a kick start. Birds will eat seeds that are over abundant in a landscape with lots of edge and most times when a bird takes off, it shits, to make itself that much lighter, boosting the local soil with fertilizer concentrate. These symbiotic changes that occur must not be underestimated! Try to fathom each and every organism, twenty-four seven, 365.25, eating, excreting, exchanging gasses and reproducing. Thus is life. Only we can choose to become partners, but when and if we do, we need to take stock of the awesome power of infinite freedom and ultimate responsibility that the gift represents.
We need to resoundingly affirm and encourage the life support system of the planet and in turn it will support us. Giving in proportion to our gifts can only begin to be understood when we realize the privileged nature of our species we are the only one who has created a giant mat of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, removed mountain tops, and burned through tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of years worth of fossil fuel in less than a century. Is it not time to consider partnership in more realistic ways?