For the week of 27 March 2022

Shut Up and Do


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What's a Runic Calendar?

The Elder Futhark runic calendar I work with is based on the work of Nigel Pennick. It has the potential to provide 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.

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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How is the Runecast Done?

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 Runecasting?

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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)
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The Runecast

Berkana has held us in this space of rehabilitation, with amazing aspects of embodiment and the less than wonderful ones. The reality is, in the progression from Tiwaz, grief is real at every level of being, and rehabilitation doesn’t end. With Berkana we acclimate to that truth, and align with resources and skills that can help us base a life in relationship with it. Transitioning into Ehwaz later this week asks us to take those skills not just deeper, but back. Way back.

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?

Because we transition into Ehwaz later in the week, we have a couple of streams playing out. In one, Berkana sustains embodiment work and making peace with the places where that is uncomfortable and likely frustrating, while we also segue into Ehwaz, which requires us to hold onto the sense of Self cultivated from that work and while we take it further out. Ehwaz is the rune of soul travel, which has many implications for how we see ourselves, our embodiment, and our resources. With the framing runes bringing in hyper-presence and The First Humans, the emphasis on living who we are and impeccably knowing who that is doubles down.

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Because we have a lot going on in this runecast, I want to run through each sequence that’s happening, in order. The overall tone of both sequences is to do, be active, even if stillness is required. The theme is a nod to Ani Difranco’s Outta Me, Onto You. She describes a stance that has stayed with me throughout my adulthood:

“most people like to talk a lot
including you
you know there isn’t much i have to say
that i wouldn’t rather just shut up and do”

Whatever we take from the cast this week, it’s all about the tension between observing from the roots and working with what comes from that. It may seem like not much is happening or being accomplished, though that still Isa-like doing is where we are.

The first progression is Berkana, Uruz, Perthro reversed. What we have in this flow is an emphasis still on grounding whatever the grief/trauma experience is through the body. In some cases this could be basic embodiment and grounding–being present within the skin as much as possible, while finding the places where Self connects into the elemental surrounding space. It could also be feeling back into what the original birth embodiment grounding might have felt like and seeking a reboot, along that line. There are very good somatic and energetic therapies that focus on taking awareness of the birth state and finding how the current state situates, to source the best strategies for inner cosmology support going forward. Perthro reversed brings support for very distilled awareness in that exploration. Focused on being very in the moment, again, this rune draws our attention to what around us supports our embodiment. We’re not alone in it, as IG would have us think. It’s not a solemn practice done in isolation, but in engagement with the other-than-humans in the space around us.

As such, Perthro reverse speaking through the voice of the First Humans addresses not just a cadre of support, but also a state of being that we aren’t terribly in touch with anymore. When we think of First Humans, so many stories come to mind–because that’s all we have left of them–stories. And really, that’s enough. Whether it’s Ask and Embla or some other representation of who came first, the story of being born custodian to Earth, with a heart full of passion to manifest while still being tender and resilient–that’s a state of Self we have to remember. And as with embodiment, it may be a bitter sweet memory.

The sequence of Ehwaz, Uruz, and Perthro reversed says very similar things, but from a different vantage point. Ehwaz is the rune of soul travel. It’s rich in Old Norse mythology, as it represents Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse that was the vehicle that carried him out on his soul travels. It is also the Yggdrasil, itself, the axis supporting the worlds to which we traveled. That interweaving of movement and place, travel and destination is testament to how fundamental our awareness of the relationships of all things, the animacy of all things, and to how we are in relationship with all things all the time, thus are continuously affecting All Things (and are affected by…). This is soul tech we are all born with, though have culturally suppressed. It is the sort of thing that comes roaring back in our faces when we do that Berkana-Uruz-Perthro reversed exploration of our state of Self at birth. That state of Self was knowing connected. It was perfectly aligned internally and externally, and knew those were connected. It knew the relationship of All and was acting intentionally within it. Remembering that soul tech can be another of those rapturous, paralyzing moments that’s wrapped in both enlightenment and depression. As such, there may be a lot of high highs and low lows, this week.

The kudos it brings is a much deeper resonance with being a soul in form (Uruz), and finding the rich depth of support within and without us (Ehwaz) to help us do that. The overarching tone of both casts is that even with the ping-pong planetary dynamic and emotions right now, our best effort lies in doing, taking action. It doesn’t have to be a grand act, just the approach to doing that burns off the anxiety, switches up the neurotransmitters, and lets us put our intentions and inspiration out there.

The fossilized ammonite in summer speaks to timing and patience around both of these progressions, and also having fierce boundaries protecting them, where necessary. As summer is a time of coming into power, these are deeply formative times. It’s a chance to reboot while also deeply embracing what-is.

The First Ancestors visit is a big deal. Maybe bigger than I can capture here. The life force that came in here is literally first humans–that far back–Ask and Embla. In the Old Norse story of the first humans, we don’t have a ‘thrown out of paradise’ narrative. There’s no fall. Instead what we have are first humans who were given Midgard–the whole planet–to create a way of being in form that took care of everyone they could. And it was hard to do, sometimes even maybe impossible, so they had to create rituals to help them deal with how hard formed being was. They had to form some understanding of cosmology to keep doing it even though it was hard. And through all of that was the task of remaining compassionate with themselves and each other. That too, was hard. It still is, and that’s the underlying message I take from their visit: Being in form isn’t a punishment story. It’s just hard, and we have to look after each other in our time here. We must do.

The equinox has blown a new energy into things, which I think may quite literally be new. It’s something the planet hasn’t had before, or not quite this way. I can’t say what it is, but it feels hopeful, and ya’ll know I don’t say that lightly at all. Yet it is very hopeful, and it’s sturdy enough to carry our intentions and actions toward some better manifestation of how things have been. Our job in that is not to be blindsided by the bigger systems (who feel the new energy, too) and interpret as going back to normal.

That normal is gone, and it wasn’t all that great for most of us anyway. Whatever this new flow is, it’s supportive and nutritious on all levels. Soak it up and let it be big support in the doing for this week.


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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What parts of life keep you so busy that you can’t truly be still?
  • How can you examine those influences safely?
  • How can you extract from them safely?


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The way that I use galdr is through chanting. I find repetition of the base phonetic helps me feel the rune. Remember that the Elder Futhark isn’t a language. It was originally an alphabet, incorporated into mythical origin. It functions phonetically, both in spelling and pronunciation. Given that, galdr isn’t terribly different from the overall pronunciation, and the emphasis is on the intention of the chant, not so much the pronunciation.

My personal emphasis in galdr is on the vowels initially and I incorporate the consonants later. For instance, with Ansuz, I focus on ‘ahw-oo,’ before incorporating the middle ‘n,’ such as ‘ahwnsoo.’ There is no right or wrong with galdr (although I guess there could be a flat-out wrong?), though often the final consonants aren’t pronounced, as in ‘ahwsoo.’ Practice galdring different ways, and go with the way that you feel in your body.

  • Berkana/Berkano/Beorc – Ber, Bair, Beor, Berka, Bairka
  • Ehwaz – Eh, Ehwuh
  • Uruz – Oo, Ooroo
  • Perthro – Pair, Pairth, Per, Perth


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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula held by Tuscarora, Woccon, and Sissipihaw land. 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 several books on soul work and runes, and when moved 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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