For the week of 13 March 2022
Rehab and Flow
Berkana (Berkano,Beorc) is the half-month rune through 14 March. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, Laguz indicates Flow’s message to us, and the mink rib occupies autumn. Read right to left is Berkana, Ingwaz, then Laguz.
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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.
If we look back over the last six weeks of TWR, Tiwaz was in most of them, either featured or framing. That inundation alone says we’re moving through a time where we have to pick our battles, and we have to implement a working strategy to express the grief that is an inevitable result of doing so. That element of pivot and grief in Tiwaz sets the stage for how we move into Berkana (Berkano, Beorc) 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?
Berkana is sort of a deep rehabilitation rune. In traditional Futhark order, it’s the rune of respite and deep care given after a traumatic event. Its ‘dues paid’ aspect draws on the recovery note, but it also brings in a no bullshit/full realization of what has transpired. There is no spa pampering or jading here. In this way, Berkana is also the indicator of having deeply assessed the pivot of Tiwaz and reached some sort of status in the relationship with grief. It doesn’t mean we’re done with grief. Rather, Berkana indicates we’ve moved to a place of active acknowledgement of it, in such a way that we can visualize how life might go on. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. For almost 25 years I’ve taught 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.
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that you bear your unique gift to the world.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.