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Mannaz, Soul Intent Arts
From Elder to Ancestor - Nature Kinship for All Seasons of Life by S. Kelley Harrell
Mannaz, Soul Intent Arts
Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell, 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner
Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell, 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner
Mannaz, Soul Intent Arts
Runes Oracle – Beyond Divination – Runevaettir

Runes Oracle – Beyond Divination – Runevaettir

In the Runes for Change community we’ve been gathering monthly for a class on working with the runes as animists. We focus on working with the runes alongside your ecosystem Nature Spirits and cosmology. Each class we spend some time discussing the topic for that gathering, then have an open discussion about our relationship to it. Join us! Gain more insight into the runes, learn to elder well with ancient wisdom, and cultivate a strong spiritual path.

The Weekly Rune – Mannaz

The Weekly Rune – Mannaz

Mannaz is the half-month rune through 29 April. The intuitive rune is Jera. The earthly spirit of place anchoring the runes this week is Key, in the direction of Above (world marble), element Timing (hourglass) in the season of Winter (tree button). And Spoon; so many spoons. From right to left are Mannaz (carved polished Baltic amber), then Jera.

The Weekly Rune – Ehwaz

The Weekly Rune – Ehwaz

Ehwaz is the half-month rune through 14 April. The intuitive rune is Jera. The earthly spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Ask (Yggdrasil deck card) and Hag Stone (spiral rock), in the direction of Above (spirit doll), element Ether (rainbow ribbon) in Autumn seasons (tree button). From right to left are Ehwaz (carved reindeer antler slice), then Jera.

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The Weekly Rune – Ehwaz

The Weekly Rune – Ehwaz

Ehwaz is the half-month rune through 14 April. The intuitive rune is Wunjo. The earthly spirit of place anchoring the runes this week is American Sweet Gum Tree Pod (prickly thingie), in the direction of Within (spirit doll), in all seasons (tree buttons). No elements in particular showed up this week, though the Ancestors (wooden spoon) whispered through. From right to left are Ehwaz (carved polished amethyst), then Wunjo.

The Weekly Rune – Berkana

The Weekly Rune – Berkana

Berkana is the half-month rune through 30 March. The intuitive rune is Wunjo. The earthly spirit of place anchoring the runes this week is Teeth (puppy and Coyote), in the direction of Within (spirit doll), with element Acid (bottle of lemon zest), in the season of Winter (tree button). From right to left are Berkana (carved polished lapis lazuli), then Wunjo.

The Weekly Rune – Berkana

The Weekly Rune – Berkana

Berkana is the half-month rune through 30 March. The intuitive rune is Hagalaz. The earthly spirit of place anchoring the runes this week is Uninvited Guest (spiraled hag stone), in the direction of Beyond/All Things (world marble), with element Stone (bottle of amber), in the season of Summer (tree button). From right to left are Berkana (carved reindeer tile), then Hagalaz.

Berkana is a rune of tending and being tended. It comes after deep tribulation, the kind that makes us fear for our lives, the greater good kind, the aggrieved sacrifice kind. So, the lead-in from Tiwaz lingers into our experience of Berkana. There is a sort of spa quality to the care this rune bestows, perhaps even medicinal. It also brings a somewhat present-focused state, in that we are solely tending Self in the moment and not projecting ahead for what comes next. I approach this runic space as rehabilitation: we’re not what we used to be, we are not who we are becoming, yet are shifting throughout.

Soul Stories

Soul Stories

I’ve always understood worlds I created existed in a layer of being different from that of formed being, yet not full-on Other, and that they are real.

The Weekly Rune – Tiwaz-Berkana

The Weekly Rune – Tiwaz-Berkana

Tiwaz is the half-month rune through 14 March, at which point Berkana moves to the fore until 30 March. The intuitive rune is Ansuz reversed. The earthly spirit of place anchoring the runes this week is Human Heart (ceramic heart rattle), in the direction of Above (cloud marble), with element Plant (caloglossa moss, in the season of Summer (tree button). From right to left are Berkana (carved cedar stave) above Tiwaz below, then Ansuz reversed (carved ceramic tile). Metal just wanted to be along for the ride.

Remember that even as we sit with what the runes mean and how we’re in relationship with them in season, the presence of a certain rune doesn’t have to dictate what will happen in its half-month. Rather, it provides a small window of opportunity for us to explore what that rune might teach us about our current circumstances or needs.

With Tiwaz comes sacrifice, thus grief, also memories of power, comradery, and kinship that no longer suit who we are. The most difficult aspects of Tiwaz are those memories of something great, going to battle for to protect what they symbolize, only to realize mid-conflict that another approach must be allowed so that the relationship can become what it needs to for current needs. Ultimately this is the rune of an OG godden, who when confronted with the battle of his life succeeded at his intentions, but only after he dropped his ego and did what was required for his community.

Compassionate Spring

Compassionate Spring

Human-persons are part of seasonal change. Through our rituals around seasonal change, we take responsiblity for ecosystem and our impact on it.

The Weekly Rune – Tiwaz

The Weekly Rune – Tiwaz

Tiwaz is the half-month rune through 14 March. The intuitive rune is Ingwaz. The earthly spirit of place anchoring the runes this week is Fossilized Ammonite (spiraly thing), in the direction of Within (spirit doll), with element Mycelium (acrylic mushrooms), in the season of Summer (tree button). From right to left are Tiwaz (carved lapis lazuli), then Ingwaz.
Most of us don’t seem to feel seen in our current systems, and this week with Tiwaz speaks directly to that. We fully emerge in the third aett, the Aett of Reckoning (my words, not canon), in which we know the deal of formed being. We know the formative bliss of souling-in-form of the first aett, followed by the agency-slinging-fest of the second. We know that the bulk of our time in form is going to be navigating second-aett dynamics, and that we have to actively draw on our experience of the first aett to get through it. The process of doing exactly that is the reckoning of the third aett, and it starts right out of the gate with the sacrifice of Tiwaz.

Three Months, Holding Space, and Pre-orders

Three Months, Holding Space, and Pre-orders

Excerpt from my upcoming book, From Elder to Ancestor – Nature Kinship for All Seasons of Life, Chapter Two – Repairing the Human-Nature Relationship

“We’re not supposed to have to hold our space alone. By “space” I mean our energetic hygiene, protection, boundaries, health, balance—all of it. We’re not supposed to have to do it alone. In fact, we don’t do it alone.”

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