For the week of 31 January 2021

Through the muck

Algiz is the half-month stave through 13 February. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Thurisaz indicates Origin’s message to us. Read right to left is Algiz, Mannaz reversed, then Thurisaz.
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to humanity keys for how we live in season with All Things. Through #theweeklyrune I share the Futhark’s insight on how to live better as animists, to make better choices based on keen insight into the present, and to help each of us be more active in creating a better life for us all. That realization includes living with All Things as family, learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to do so. The runes are such a tool, and in the Old Norse tradition, this process is wyrdweaving at it deepest potential. The runes provide one way that we can create ourselves as fit elders, so that upon our good death, we can be well Ancestors.

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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).

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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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The Runecast

Our time with Perthro had us double down on our wyrd check. It wasn’t the worst review ever, yet it uncovered unseen sources that deeply influence how we move through our time here. Along that line, Algiz moves in with a similar self-check, though it’s more personal and perhaps even obscure. The framing runes this week–and another visitors, whom I will detail later in the cast–all point to internal mechanisms and how our relationship to them is as important as our awareness of them.

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 through where we stand. Its history is steeped in lore of land and Nature Spirits, and how humans relate to them. The implication there is that we should relate to them. We should cultivate and sustain close direct personal relationship to the land we live on, and all beings who cohabit there with us. The implication here is that we aren’t just neighbors to our Nature Spirits, but family, and we have to learn, apply, and continue to level up the skills to preserve that bond.

When we are capable of such intimate relationship to place, we are deeply protected wherever we go. Indeed, the relationships themselves and their bonds travel with us, and also create somewhat an opening to connect with spirits of place wherever we go. In the last few months of TWR, I’ve talked a lot about the Nature and energetic support that is inherently available to us, in literal spirits of place, and also personal and planetary Frithgard. That we aren’t raised with this natural sense of community and support is no accident, and is my felt sense of “the fall.” I experience that tale as the original media spin. However, this week demands that we breathe life into those relationships, and into the parts of ourselves that are going to need support from them. Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker in North Carolina. She teaches rune work, ancestral healing, and deathwalking, as well as mentors and leads the soul tending training intensive, The Spirited Path. As an interfaith minister, she has served her local community and an international client base since 2000 through Soul Intent Arts, and advocates embodied soul tending and sacred activism through Nature. #beyourcommunity

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Elder Well

So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.

Die Well

So that you leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.