For the week of 22 March 2020
Berkana is the half-month stave through 30 March. Eihwaz is the intuitive rune, and Hagalaz indicates the Cells’ message to us. Read right to left is Berkana, Eihwaz, then Hagalaz.
I truly believe that #theweeklyrune includes the keys to making better choices based on keen insight into the present, to help each of us be more active in creating a better life for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal. 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 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).
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 drop into Berkana last week was curious, and for many cut right to the chase of need and boundaries. We are in a time of needing and providing deep balm for ourselves and each other. We are being asked to isolate socially, yet be ever vigilant to how we can show up for each other in create, supportive ways. Specifically, we’re being shown through our fragility where our collective/community care has been lacking.
And we’re doing it. We really can use our critical skills to give the care needed and still be visible, active, and embodied. This week’s time with Berkana is all about the external influences, and while they’re not gentle, they are appropriate for where things are right now.
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?
Berkana is about being the caregiver or the one nedding care. What’s important about Berkana is that it embraces this full expanse of life, all stages. That’s where the emotionally detached overtones come from. They’re not the viewpoint of someone just starting or an encapsulation of one facet of a dynamic. It’s the viewpoint of someone who has seen and done it all and is still fit to hold all of the dynamic. The implications of that capability are wisdom, boundaries, embodiment, and engagement. In short: Berkana represents someone or a dynamic in which the dues have been paid, the wisdom and knowledge have been gained, and the chops to do something with all that have been realized. Read more…
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
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.