“Tyr and Fenrir”

by John Bauer (1911)

Today we move into the half-month rune of Tiwaz, in which we are asked to reconcile some heartsong that cannot be as we’ve dreamed. It is the survivor rune with the narrative of grieved loss bringing embodied power.

As Tyr loved and tended the devoted Fenrir from pup to the Establishment’s perceived bringer of Ragnarok, so each was the only being the other trusted. Fenrir was determined to stay wild; Tyr  was determined to do what was best for the preservation of Life. In their bond necessary wildness was preserved, and an out-of-date god got to choose his route to elderhood.

Tyr lost his hand to stay the wolf’s power and abdicate his status to shiny new successor, Odin.

Likewise, we have to know when it’s over.

We cannot move forward in our calling until we have grieved it and let it be.


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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula held by Tuscarora, Woccon, and Sissipihaw land. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of several books on soul work and runes, and when moved I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.

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