For the week of 21 June 2020

Authenticity and Dreams

Dagaz is the half-month stave through 29 June. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, and Berkana reversed indicates Conserve’s message to us. Read right to left is Dagaz, Ingwaz, then Berkana reversed.

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

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


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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.

The Runecast

This week’s cast begins with another deep breath, commitment to working skills, and willingness to change. The current episode of What in the Wyrd lays out clearly what this Solstice has expected of us, and that theme continues into this week. Dagaz is all about how we take stock of our day and make it worth getting up again, tomorrow–not just for ourselves, but for our communities. This is where we are.

In TWR, we’ve talked about learning that when we ask for something for ourselves, we ask that all who need it receive, as well. This inclusivity has been part of the runes’ message to us, and I’m really proud of how we’ve grown with their message. These casts are only partly casts; they are also dialogues between us. I get so much feedback on TWR that I know the community supporting it is elevating its relationship with the runes and is doing the work. As ever, thanks for that. That work is why we’re here, now, and it’s why the runes have sustained for so long. They aren’t just keys to everyday human success in form, but to centuries of humans navigating legacies of strife and adaptation. They are keys to our Ancestors and their wisdom. Through that legacy, they also light what comes next.

Also, that hard work, incisive ability to look closely at Self and grow, willingness to feel disappointment and discomfort yet still get up in the morning–kudos for that. The ability to truly do the work of Dagaz is to recognize that as we examine what brings meaning to each day, we are creating the future for our descendants. We are creating a better future for all descendants.

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?

This time of year is always intense, and the framing of Dagaz this week highlights that fact. Even though we’re comfortable with understanding that we have to be able to process the day so that we have clarity for how we go into the next day, this particular runecast sheds wider light on the subject. It’s easy to get tripped up in wanting meaning on something. We can become paralyzed in the search. We can use the search as an excuse to bypass life dynamics. We can become lost to what is and only seek the meaning we want. These are always cautions with Dagaz. This year, though, our attention needs to be on how to do the very hard and messy work that’s before us right now, while also remembering to dream.  Read more…

Runes for Change community, Soul Intent Arts, Kelley Harrell

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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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elder well, die well, ancestor well


Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.