the Runes

Immersion animistic runework with Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

Putting the ‘elder’ back in ‘futhark’

The Reclaiming the Runes Intensive offers a primer on the runes as a sonic force,  an alphabet, and as a system of storytelling, timekeeping, and divination. It is your opportunity to learn the Old Norse cultural and cosmological significances in the Elder Futhark, the meaning of each rune, and how to work with them as an oracle and calendar. With this course you learn the historic and animistic roots of the runes, and create your unique relationship to them.

What you get:

  • Learn the history of the runes, how they situate in Old Norse mythology, and how their wisdom is still relevant today
  • Learn the progressive narrative of the aettir and their guidance on everyday life
  • Learn to use the runes for divination, timekeeping, astrology, and wyrdweaving
  • Gain direct personal relationship with the Elder Futhark that will last a lifetime

Putting the ‘elder’ what?

Everything is a rune now. Every sigil inked into body slogans, every exotic symbol flashed in the background of fortune-telling apps, yet grounded, meaningful study of the original runic system isn’t easy to find. That’s why I created an Intensive devoted not just to teaching the Elder Futhark in its historic and cultural context, also how to bring that narrative into modern life and find meaning through it, ongoing.

Often the runes are erroneously compared to the tarot. Next to the lush art and vivid imagery of today’s decks the runes come up short, and this bothers me. Modern concepts on the staves have distilled them to one-word meanings or simple catch-phrases, omitting their rich cultural backdrop and archetypal narrative. There are worlds in these staves, with gods, goddesses, giants, dwarves–even elves! You’d never know it from the way the runes have been sanitized into contemporary study.  Reclaiming the Runes teaches their story in as full a historic, cultural, and cosmological (is that a word?) context as possible, and instructs on how to work with them as a personal tool for growth, and a facilitator of gaining insight for others.

Self-paced Study?

A one-year commitment, this Intensive is fully automated online and delivered straight to your Inbox, is self-paced and lightly mentored via email and other outlets, as needed. You may begin Reclaiming the Runes whenever you like, and go at your own pace.  You can also contact Kelley via email anytime with questions, insights, or just to talk through a component of study.

Items useful for completion of this Intensive:

  • your own set of Elder Futhark runes
  • pen and journal, or digital device for keeping a rune journal
  • a quiet comfortable space to do your classwork, some place without interruptions
  • access to email and capability for chatting

Contact me with questions and insights.


Material is slated for a 12-month period, with new lessons available monthly. This Intensive consists of self-paced studies  and homework with the intention of building relationship with the runes and their cultural context. Candidates for this work are comfortable with self-paced online studies, which may include pre-recorded material, turning in assignments online, as desired.  There is no requirement to engage me in the work, though I’m available for sessions, consultation, and mentoring. The time commitment is one year.

Material covered in the Intensive as as follows:

  • Lesson 1 – The History of The Elder Futhark
  • Lesson 2 – The First Aett
  • Lesson 3 – The First Aett, Continued
  • Lesson 4 – The Second Aett
  • Lesson 5 – The Second Aett, Continued
  • Lesson 6 – The Third Aett
  • Lesson 7 – The Third Aett, Continued
  • Lesson 8 – The Runes as Oracle
  • Lesson 9 – Forming Intention
  • Lesson 10 – The Runes in Season
  • Lesson 11 – Rune Magick
  • Lesson 12 – WyrdWeaving

Kelley Harrell, M. Div.


I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker, and animist. Through Soul Intent Arts, I’ve worked with a local and international client base since 2000. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through actionable animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork.

To learn more about my work, read The Weekly Rune, and listen to my podcast, What in the Wyrd.

Full enrollment includes a 13% discount. No refunds are given after the first two months. Refunds must be requested in writing prior to the end of the second enrollment month. At that point $600 will be refunded.

No refunds are given on monthly enrollments. Contact me to terminate your subscription.

Contact me for information on hardship rates for this coursework.

We don't heal in isolation

but in community

Gift of the Dreamtime Reader's Companion

~S. Kelley Harrell

Other Courses

Explore other self-paced studies, such as Introduction to Soul Tending, Working with Nature Spirits, and more.


Explore short-term studies, such as coming into deeper relationship with the runes, with Reawakening with the Runes

Contact Kelley to discuss Reclaiming the Runes, and enquire about the details.