Intentional Insights

The Weekly Rune

For the week of 23 June 2019

The payoff

Dagaz is the half-month stave through 29 June. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, and Sowilo (Sowilu) indicates All Things’ message to us. Read right to left is Dagaz, Ingwaz, then Sowilo.

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 reality for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to accomplish that. 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 we can become well Ancestors upon death.

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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).

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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 are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.


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The Runecast

Despite that the first of the runic year is where the benefits show up most, we’re getting a head start on them this week, at its close.  This validation a nice refrain after a fairly difficult year, and a great way to go out.

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?

Dagaz is the rune of day, literally a turn on the Earth’s axis, though there is more emphasis on the light portion of that trip than on the dark.  Over the last few weeks, on Instagram and social media, What in the WyrdI’ve talked a lot about mindfulness and living in the gap. Summer Solstice is the perfect time to experience it firsthand.

Summer Solstice isn’t about the extremes, though our cultural emphasis is on the bright light, and pulling away from the darkness that it portends. We make it be about the extremes. In reality, the perfectly poised Earth-relationship to the sun on this day is about being in the middle. It’s about balance, and realizing that while life is the extremes, we aren’t. Rather, we learn to widen our perspectives to be something more than the extremes, perhaps even to live beyond them.

I call this living in the gap, because that’s where we are. It’s the only place we really can be, healthily.

Thinking back on the challenges of this year and how the runes in season brought definition, support, and suggestion for how to manage them, we’re prepared for life in the gap. We haven’t shown up skill-less and unaware. We’ve done the needs-assessment and boundary-setting, the self-care with an eye toward how it becomes our medicine to bear to community. We are prepared, and that is what these runes in the gap want us to know.

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Ingwaz as the best way to manage Dagaz is glorious. It represents an end, in its own right. It’s the culmination of a specific micro-cycle that plays out in the Elder runes, and the result of it is the birth of a new consciousness. So, first off, well done! This is real. Feel it. Allow it. Embody it.

This rune tells us that our efforts aren’t just real, they are consciousness. They have become, and in doing so now have their own agency. Our role must shift to allow the flexiblity required to let what we’ve set in motion do its thing. The challenge isn’t so much realizing the beingness of this consciousness. Rather, it’s allowing how we see ourselves in relationship with it to change. Maybe we’re not caretaker anymore. Maybe we’re not even the authority. We may not even be on the team. 

Part of the realization of our success is seeing how it has changed us, and allowing that change to be. Gap stuff, all the way around, and we can do it. We can face it well.

Sowilo speaks with the voice of All Things. It comes as the powerful force of All, that which we are, that which we move among all day, everyday. When we pause to feel that connection, we’re aware that we’re in the gap. The power of that position and awareness is that we embody All Things. It’s very simple, yet incredibly complex, and very challenging for some folks to believe. We are All Thing, and through us, the BIG us of that unity, all things are possible. 

Sowilo demands that we remember our role in divinity–that we are divine–and through that knowledge, that we inspire that knowledge in others.

Half-month Rune Prompts

  • How do you distinguish your ego from other aspects of self?
  • What practices help you be in the gap?
  • What ones don’t?


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 – Dah, Dahg
  • Ingwaz – Eeng, Eengwah, Eengoo
  • Sowilo – Sol

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.