For the week of 21 March 2021
Tough Love Rebirth
Berkana is the half-month rune through 30 March. Kenaz is the intuitive rune, Eihwaz indicates Blessing’s message to us, and the mink rib occupies summer. Read right to left is Berkana, Kenaz, then Eihwaz.
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).
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.
New to The Weekly Rune?
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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.
After such a slog through the heaviness of Solstice, we’ve moved into a relationship with our support systems that is a bit different. We’ve gained authority in some new or revitalized way, and the world around us sees that. It may not be overtly supporting or honoring it, but it knows. Things are changing, and how we sustain holding ourselves as we move through life right now matters.
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 means that we’ve reached a certain plateau in our authority. We’ve paid our dues and have the support to at least sustain where we currently are. An aspect of Berkana that often gets overlooked is that of nurture in the form of knowing when enough is enough. So often discussion of this rune leaves off at light notes of mothering without the more difficult aspects of the job presented. For this reason, midwifery is presented as the focus, as the elements of tough love and emotional detachment has become culturally divorced from the idea of mothering. In reality mothering is hard. As much as baking cookies and bandaging hurts, in this role we make the choice to retract support when necessary, to let what must die decline in peace, not to interfere with harsh lessons that must be learned. As such, this week we are asked to examine the places in which we care for others at our own expense. 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.