For the week of 13 June 2021
Joy in the Extremes
Dagaz is the half-month rune through 14 June. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, Wunjo indicates Blossom’s message to us, and the Owl occupies Winter. Read right to left is Dagaz, Mannaz reversed, then Wunjo.
The Weekly Rune Free Version - Dagaz for the Week of 13 June 2021
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to 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.
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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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- 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 closer we move to the June Solstice, the more things double down. That we are coming out of an eclipse and not-too-far back Mercury retrograde leaves us a bit more worn for the preparation. This week’s runes are a nice pep talk after a solid six months of deep personal development and awareness. Moving into Dagaz is uplifting, though it comes with its own tension. The framing runes offer a good plan for how to work that to our advantage not just for the moment, but in a way that we can sustain.
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 often interpreted as a flat “day,” which is its direct translation. Folx often think of day is ‘daylight,’ which is missing the vital nuances of this rune. Meaning the full Earth rotation around the sun, this rune encompasses both extremes of light and darkness, and what lies between them. As animists, each of these nuances is its own life force, with which we are in relationship. When we approach Dagaz in this way, its complexity becomes more evident, as do the ways we can work with it. Likewise, the framing runes express a deeply personal and intimate experience moving closer to Solstice–one that will sustain us through this half of the year. Read more…
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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