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Sowilo- Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell

The Weekly Rune – Sowilo

Sowilo – Sun – Sowilo – Sun – It’s telling that the stave presenting itself as the North Hemisphere moves into darkness, as the Southern Hemisphere moves into the light, is Sowilo. Impressive, how our vantage point of the sun determines so much about our lives!

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The Weekly Rune – Wunjo

Wunjo – joy – We haven’t been visited by Wunjo since August of 2013, which makes it a special occasion. Truly, though, anytime Wunjo appears it’s special. It’s the Rune everyone wants to appear in their readings. 

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Kenaz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell

The Weekly Rune – Kenaz Reversed

Kenaz – Torch – It doesn’t take a weather man to point out the weather. Likewise, it’s no newsflash that the general climate is dark, right now. Usually a bright spark in an otherwise dark passage, Kenaz portends a breakthrough. Reversed, it encourages us to forget about breakthroughs and enlightenment, and just step into that darkness. Note that Kenaz is brightstave in the image.

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Isa - Intentional Insights, Weekly Rune

The Weekly Rune – Isa

Isa – ice– Isa visited almost exactly a month ago. At that time, it brought the challenging message of finding comfort where it seems there is none. This week, it’s emphasis is intentional immobility.

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Weekly Rune - Ehwaz

The Weekly Rune – Ehwaz

Ehwaz – horse – In just over two years of  The Weekly Rune Ehwaz has only visited once. As a result, I find it deeply informative that it presents itself at this time. Concerned with all things totemistic, transportational, and trustworthy, this stave is about getting ready for the ride.

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Othala - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune

The Weekly Rune – Othala

Othala – property – Othala reminds us of what is most important: where we come from, and where we’re going. Where Fehu brings awareness to wealth that must be tended–assets, and investments–Othala focuses on that which we own, that which in many ways tends us–property we inherit, then pass on.

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Isa - Intentional Insights, Weekly Rune

The Weekly Rune – Isa

Isa – ice– Keep cool is the message from this last of the winter Runes. Tuck in and be comfortable, because we’re not going anywhere. I like a message that emphasizes relaxation; however, there’s a more to it than that. At this time, we’re challenged to find comfort in something not so comfy, and that’s not as easy as it sounds.

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The Weekly Rune – Dagaz

Dagaz - Weekly Rune on Intentional Insights

Dagaz – Day – We’ve not seen Dagaz since last fall (Mabon, to be specific), so it’s nice to have this closure Rune bring a sense of wrapping up loose ends, now. We can all do with a bit of that, yes?

Dagaz translates to “day,” though it means more than just a turn on Earth’s axis. Bringing in elements of accountability, this stave draws our awareness to micro cycles. Where Jera, in the second aett, speaks of the annual harvest, Dagaz, almost closing the third aett,  indicates the daily reaping. Representing the close of a full day’s work, this metaphor for celebrating the culmination of a cycle and regrouping to begin another day is telling.

Yes, it portends observing the bigger needs–notice what came in, what went out, what worked, what didn’t, what to repeat, what new tricks to implement, what to save, what to throw away, what to give.  That’s Hearth Accounting 101. Because it focuses on such a slim slice of time, Dagaz, is also about Heart Accounting. It gives the opportunity to realize what of the day had meaning, who we spent our time with, what was joyful, where we need more joy, how attitude affects all of the above. Internal auditing is key, here.

Dagaz comes at the end of something, usually a lot of hard work, and it whispers of celebration. How often do we celebrate at the end of a day? Most of us are just glad we made it home again and in one piece, with the promise of some downtime until we have to get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

The message is: focus on the now. Don’t look too far ahead. Enjoy what is. Kindle some excitement for what may be, by truly becoming the present. Because at the end of the day… another will follow.

I sometimes call Dagaz the ‘so what?’ Rune, because that’s its simplest, yet most profound teaching. Certainly a huge task has been completed, and celebrations are in order. So what? Don’t get too emotionally involved in things. Keep the ego in check, and do our best, because in the end, there is no end. Only a chance to do it all, better.

The Weekly Rune – Nauthiz

Nauthiz - Intentional Insight's Weekly Rune by S. Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts


Nauthiz – Need –  We greet Nauthiz on a fairly regular basis in The Weekly Rune. Considering that we’re perpetual works-in-progress, it makes sense that this middle stave of the second ǽtt’s winter trio shows often to offer insight.

Situated between Hagalaz (harsh change) and Isa (processing outcomes),  Nauthiz forces us to confront our limitations and what we’re getting out of them. By that I mean, it highlights the things we say we don’t want, yet hold fastest to. This stave is the niggling feeling that all is not well, without knowing what needs attention.  However, often just honoring that something isn’t right is enough to bring mild reprieve, perhaps even movement toward resolution.

Teen Spirit Guide to Modern Shamanism by S. Kelley HarrellWhen we meet resistance in fulfilling our needs, do we respond compulsively just to make the tension stop? Do we buckle down and address the core issue?  Do we risk the reality of learning that our needs are really wants?  How we deal with this kind of stress is the heart of Nauthiz, as in learning to move through that stress, the need is either released or met. It is transmuted into movement to the next place we need to be.

Find the places where you stand in your own way, and open dialogue between these two aspects. What parts of you benefit from where you are? What parts are deprived from not moving forward? There’s no wrong answer, only two different perspectives on the present. How you nurture both is the solution.

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