For the week of 27 Mar 2022

The Way Forward is Community

Dagaz is the half-month rune through 29 June. Sowilo is the intuitive rune, and Eihwaz indicates Continuity’s message to us. The spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Pinecone, which occupies Winter, with the element of Stone, in the direction of Left/West. Read right to left is Dagaz, Sowilo, then Eihwaz.
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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).

How is the Runecast Done?

The Weekly Rune is a (mostly) three-rune cast, situated among spirits of place. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the sacred overview. When the runecast falls at a half-month transition, the fourth rune is included. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. However, in the calendric ordering observed by Pennick, the order is slightly different. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, and 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 voices other-than-human, which are non-human concepts and beyond Earth beings. These sacred voices are Allies, and have been Nature, Earth, Continuity, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level in the reader’s geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human persons on Earth. The elements indicate our best deathwalking/enlivening/tempering force for the time, and the directions offer relationship to place as the best energetic grounding or area where work is needed. These additional beings in the cast give us actionable ways to engage the runes in season and move among with them.

New to Runecasting?

  • Catch a couple of my IGTV videos, which explain the intention and process behind the runecast, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
  • Listen to my What in the Wyrd podcast, which is available across all popular podcast platforms, including Google Play and  iTunes.
  • 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.

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The Runecast

Those moments freshly through Solstice resemble those freshly through ordeal. Senses are a little tweaked, balance is wampyjawed,  not entirely sure what happened, yet completely convinced we’re not in the same place that we were. The discombobulation after makes it an important time to recall intentions leading into Solstice. Last week’s cast urged us to find the places that we need to use our elderhood to shake things up. 

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?

More specifically, this is the first in five weeks that Othala hasn’t been in the cast. We talked about that repetition indicating a need to really accept Self as elder, so that the foundation of that relationship to Self would be solid for Solstice. Solstice, while feeling a lot like an eclipse, is just the call to the carpet on what follows. When we put it all together, freshly through a Solstice feels a lot like a new year in a futhark. The relevance here is not to forget that we really are wise. We really have built the life and elderhood that we think we have, but as we soon return to the first aett, that’s going to be harder to believe about ourselves. We’re going to get caught up in soul-in-form drama again, have to remember some things, have to learn some things. This week’s cast shares roots in doing that with Continuity.

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We talked about Dagaz as the “So what?” rune. We come through all this growth, and frankly trauma, we work through it, we de-personalize it, discern what’s basic human experience that we can ease for ourselves and others, vs what’s messed up culture that we can ease for ourselves and others. And every step that we do, we move closer to seeing how the soul-in-form parts of it are still hard and don’t change, though the cultural parts are hard and we can change them. It can be difficult to hold the sage Self of particularly Othala and the third aett as right and true, and still progress into the “Why did I even bother?” meaning-centricity of Dagaz, that lines us up back at the first aett.

This week asks us to make peace with the truth that souling-in-form is hard, and bring our full kit to walking it with the Elder Futhark, again.

I want to pause here and thank everyone reading this for being on this journey, for all you do to keep yourself supported in your lane,  and for walking it with me. I don’t forget that we are walking it together, ever.

Sowilo as the best way we can engage Dagaz hints that at least part of regrouping for this next tour of humanity is about seeing who we can bless with what we have gained. Meaning sun, this rune brings us back to Sky Parent, to THE counterbalancing element that sustains us with Earth Parent. In fact, we could argue that Sky is the grandparent of Earth. We wouldn’t survive without sun, and the point of action with this rune isn’t just that we receive the sun’s bounty and be grateful for it, but that we also embody and give it. For that reason Sowilo has a pay-it-forward quality that makes the tension and benefit of moving from the third to the first aett refocused into giving. It’s a reminder that we’re not alone, but also that we realize others have needs. Giving could be tithing, volunteering time and energy, sharing information, donating food or supplies. Sowilo is the leveling rune, in that we have to give to our community. In this way Sowilo reminds us we have something to give, we have something of value. We really did elder the shit out of last year, and every minute it took for us to get where we are now. That is worth sharing, and it is wanted.

Eihwaz through the voice of Continuity speaks of reinforcement through our form and our mindfulness. Eihwaz is one of the runes that we know little about. It’s attributed to the spine, as in the point that the hvels of magin merge with the form, and also the Sacred Self–the part of us that is transpersonal. There’s also a nod to the spine as Yggdrasil, thus an indication that we travel within our inner spaces, inner cosmology, and beyond, where needed.  If we explore the overlap of those two things, we could be talking about our energy tending, grounding, embodiment, intentional engagement of our sacredness, and attentiveness to soul travel. Most likely it’s all of that. Continuity speaks to us doing all of the aforementioned,  so that we create continuity in remembering our sageness, which positions us well to give back to community. It’s all related. It’s all calling.

There’s also an emphasis on repetition via Continuity, as in the boring, distinctly lackluster kind. The exact visual I had was being lifted way up beyond Earth Parent, deep into Sky, where Allies work to keep things mint behind the scenes. I specifically saw a female-presenting being harvesting a crop in a meadow, row by row. And her disposition was that repetition allowed her to get in the transpersonal zone, while the act of harvesting sustained the space she watches over. Repetition itself was an act of alchemy to sustain something she needed to do and something that blesses us.

In this way, Continuity speaks to doing the duty required by calling, and it won’t always be glamorous or blessed with inspiration. It will, however, always meet the need.

The spirits of place working with us this week are Pinecone in the Left/West direction, with Stone element, in Winter. Work with them in the way that feels most personally resonant for this cast. 

Pinecone brings longevity, regeneration, fertility. It encapsulates the idea that we can stick it out longterm with support, and not only sustain but evolve. In my cosmology, Left/West for me indicates green, lush, endless opportunity, fertile for growth, which also supports Pinecone’s offering. We are in a place that is capable of providing, even if we don’t readily feel it.  Fortunately the  steadfastness of Stone brings slow, embodied, reinforced, resonance. It’s all about picking up on the vibrations around it–participating in them, observing them, transmitting them. However shaped by other elements, flavored by various minerals, Stone adjusts to suit the environment, albeit on its own terms and timing. Such is our power right now. We can take in what’s around usand build from it. We can amplify it. With Winter we are supported in rest, grounding, and endurance, each as needed.

Notice two of these runes are from the second aett. This means the organization Dagaz is teaching, the meaning it’s asking us to internalize is around how to deal with staying embodied through adversity. Come back to the intentions set before Solstice. Breathe in all that has changed since that passage, and find bearings. With these spirits of place, our task is to be rooted in our Selves and communities in a way that Stone is, with the spirits of Pinecone and Left/West supporting us to do so, and the discernment of Winter’s stillness to know how to respond to what comes. These forces enable us to take some time to shake off the jolt of Solstice and regroup. Use that cover to really sit with it means to start over, and to consider why Self would bother, and on whose behalf.


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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What were your intentions going into Solstice?
  • How are you in relationship with them now?
  • How can you move forward with them at this time?


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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.

  • Dagaz – Dthah, Dthahg, Dthahguh
  • Sowilo/Sowilu – Soh, Sohl, Sohwi, Sohli
  • Eihwaz – Eye, Eyewuh, Yes, Yewuh


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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. 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 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.

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