For the week of 14 June 2020
The Inner Solstice
Dagaz is the half-month stave through 29 June. Fehu is the intuitive rune, and Ingwaz indicates Consistency’s message to us. Read right to left is Dagaz, Fehu, then Ingwaz.
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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.
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The progression to Solstice this Saturday is always one of extremities: the movement toward light, the movement toward darkness. However, if we know anything about the Elder Futhark, it doesn’t dwell in extremes. It presents universal scenarios that we are all faced with sooner or later, and urges us to gain skills and set our own boundaries around them. Such is the case with each Solstice. Dagaz is the rune that encourages us to not just find the place where extremes meet, but to stand in the discomfort of the truths they stir.
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 root of the English word, “day.” It references the 24-hour cycle of darkness and light with a checkpoint emphasis similar to Jera, which means “year.” The challenge with Dagaz is to distill the process we go through when we reach yearly harvest into the examination of a single day. On the surface it sounds easy, though when we sit with what that micro-accounting looks like we realize we’re really talking about meaning. In that light, Dagaz represents having really good skills to identifying what facilitates our self-care, community tending, and calling advancement, and being able to adjust and act on each of those things–daily. Of course what that looks like also changes daily, and the framing runes of our cast give deep insight into what that means during this time of anti-racism reform and pandemic restriction. Read more…
Fehu is the jewel in this runecast. As the intuitive rune, it points to our actions now as investments for later. It says that because we are willing to tend the intersections of ourselves, time, and paths now, we will be better prepared for what come. We will have knowledge to bring into what comes, we’ll have a solid internal process in place for what comes, and what comes will be tended well. If we’re learning anything right now, it’s that our extremes aren’t separate from each other. There’s no such thing as sovereignty, in terms of us being disconnected from the world around us, or in terms of our shadows, wounds, and biases being disconnected from our joys, tending, or actions. As with last week’s cast, this sweetspot under the bright light isn’t a comfortable place to be, though discomfort was never disconnected from our experiences as humans, either. We just were sold the lie of separation that has bought us various levels of bypass and privilege.
Ingwaz, through the voice of Consistency, is where this runecast sings. We know that the Futhark closes and renews at Solstice. In the space where that ending and beginning occupy the exact same spot is where we have to be willing to stand, and stay, for as long as it takes. We have to be willing to take what we see there and apply it to our lives in a consistent and sustained manner. Shadows and light will be in that spot. Trauma and love will be in that spot. The wounding and the healing will be in that spot. The healing and the teaching will be in that spot.
As ever, being able to just hold that space is challenge enough. Dealing with that’s found there is also required, yet will feel extra. It’s a lot. It is every year, yet this year we stand in more tension and active potential. Yes, we observe our personal and human-spirit relationship to the extremes of Nature at this time. We also stand in the space of our personal and communal extremes, what about them is dear and must be preserved, and what about them is outdated and needs deathwalking. We hold the feelings all of it brings up, at once. Don’t underestimate the power of this inner Solstice.
Remember, it’s not a race. This way of holding the space for the extremes is not just Solstice; it’s the way of life, for now. Do what’s required, process, then when ready do more, better. This is the pace.This is why Consistency.
Half-month Rune Prompts
- What extremes are you confronting right now?
- What resources do you have to manage them?
- How are you witnessing the extremes of other folx?
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
- Fehu – fee, feehoo, fay, fayhoo
- Ingwaz – Een, Eengwa, Eengoo
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker on traditional Sissipihaw land 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.