For the week of 2 February 2020
Lore Paves the Way
Algiz is the half-month stave through 13 February. Ansuz is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates The Voice Behind the Star’s message to us. Read right to left is Algiz, Ansuz, then Raidho.
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What’s a half-month rune?
“Half-month” is an astronomical concept in which each month is divided into two parts: days 1-15, then 16-month’s end. In terms of the runic calendar, each half-month rune is one of the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, and governs for a tad over two weeks (14 and 1/4 days, or a fortnight).
The Weekly Rune is a three-rune cast. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the overview. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, to the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus. It suggests how we can best handle the half-month energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. These voices have been Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
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- A few people have asked the reason that I switch between different rune sets for TWR. The short answer is: because. The more nuanced answer is, I ask which sets wants to speak each week. I don’t assume the same elements are in play according to the timing of the runes; I also don’t assume the same elements of my runes are appropriate to speak each week. I did a podcast on this subject, so there’s more info there. (See above)
- Also, for deep work on coming into relationship with the runes in season, check out my book, Runic Book of Days.
Our movement into Ansuz comes with… nothing upside down. I always consider that a good thing. Over the last few weeks we have been in a process of creating boundaries for ourselves and the world we’re among, and part of being able to do that well involves radical honesty. We have to be able to sit with our messy insides, so that we can understand what we need from the outside. Our ability to do that relies on emotional and spiritual literacy. We have to be able to identify our internal landscape and what it needs, where to go to fill those needs, what skills must be learned. And after all that, we have to figure out how we bring ourselves to the world. The pieces and parts we need to work with to do that are shared in the runes this week.
Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.
What does it mean?
Algiz is the rune of protection. It’s the stance we take when we’re so embodied of our Nature Spirits and surroundings that we carry them with us everywhere we go. Another name for that relationship is lineage. I don’t mean it in the way that we would express Othala, which is about personal Ancestors, Rather, I’m speaking more generally of those who carried out our spiritual path and role before us, those who stood in relationship with those same Nature Spirits. They could be Ancestors, though it’s most likely that in colonized culture our spirits of place aren’t tied to our blood Ancestors.
Does it matter? Probably. Actually, yes. I think it matters in a significant way, and that lack, the resulting wound, the healing of it, and the medicine born of that process to the descandants is the challenge of our time. Thankfully the runes give really great insight into how we can approach our part of that healing. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. 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 Runic Book of Days, and 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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elder well, die well, ancestor well
To bear your unique gift to the world.
To leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.