For the week of 25 June 2023

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Dagaz is the half-month rune through 29 June, at which point Fehu comes to the fore until 14 July. Ansuz is the intuitive rune, and Algiz reversed indicates Recommitment’s perspective. The spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are the World Ancestors with element poison, in the direction of Beyond, the season of Autumn. Read right to left is Fehu above, Dagaz below, Ansuz, then Algiz reversed. 

The full runecast will be publicly available here, two weeks from publication. You can find it in full on Patreon, now.

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 Helping Spirits 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. Readers should feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in their cosmologies and relationships.

This runecast isn’t divinatory in the sense that each half-month rune represents events to occur in its fortnight. Rather, the timing of each rune allows us to greet where we are with what the dynamics each rune represents. It offers an examination of our relationship with the rune and what it may teach us about current events and dynamics.

What do Spirits of Place have to do with runes?

Everything we do is rooted in place. We are ecosystem. We are relations with place. In order for that relationship to truly be exalted we must formally invite Spirits of Place into our rituals, and ensure that we craft our rituals to the benefit of the whole ecosystem.

I don’t live in Europe, where the Elder Futhark flourished. I don’t live in 200CE, when the runes were in wide use. But my Ancestors did, and to honor them I must carefully include them in my place-space rituals, including this runecast. In order to do include them in a way that benefits the whole ecosystem of my present, I introduced my ancestral Spirits of Place to the Spirits of Place I live among now. Negotiations were made and boundaries were drawn to support this full relationship I walk among to bless us all, as well as readers and their ecosystems.

In this runecast 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 week on a more personal level in your geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors earthly other-than-human Helping Spirits, which includes humanity’s animal and plant Ancestors, and other earth-centric Ancestors and  helpers. The elements indicate our best deathwalking, enlivening, tempering, and/or transmutational force for the cast, and the directions offer insight into the best boundaried space for where transmutational work can be done. Season provides an expression of how we can best hold our agency, or the energetic tone of the cast. These additional beings in the cast give us actionable ways to engage the runes for the week and move among with them. Feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in your cosmologies and relationships.

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.
  • 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

In accordance with this runic calendar, we close our time with the Elder Futhark in season. We’ve walked another year through the guidance of the runes, and with that go forward with shared experiences and communal space. I feel closure at this point in the year, partly because of the intensity of June Solstice, and because Dagaz imparts a sense of a change of course. I experience that Dagaz gap between extremes as a moment of calibration, albeit not always in ways that I want to be recalibrated.

Dagaz scrutinizes the day in a provocative and meaningful way. It brings in the pause for us to consider how it is we want to go forward, to go into tomorrow. That Ansuz heralds going into What Comes Next post-Solstice is very supportive. This rune encourages us to speak our truth. I’d even go one further than that and say Ansuz attributes spell-like qualities to what we express. Words are spells. Our breath is life force that blows through all the ways we express ourselves, so we need to be sure that we are expressing ourselves authentically. It all roots somewhere. So Ansuz isn’t just the good things we say that root into our lives–or the truthful ones; rather, all that we express does.  The finer point there is to be clear on what we express.

Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.

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What Does It Mean?

The occurrence of Ansuz with Dagaz suggests that what we express right now, at this decrescendo of Solstice, is what will grow in our lives. We’re closing an energetically potent time, and while it’s not exactly wish-making alchemy, it is will-sustaining alchemy. Right now is about what will get us through, what will help us support our dreams. We will be visited by what we put out into the world, into our own etherics, so it may be worth it to do some clearing, balancing, deathwalking of what doesn’t suit what we need, where we need to go. 

Algiz reversed through the voice of Recommitment suggests we’re feeling a little prickly right now, vulnerable, exposed. There may be room to shore up our boundaries, reignite ally relationships. Most definitely there’s room to update our awareness of our relationship to ecosystem.

Algiz is what is local, what is spirit-of-place such that it is only found in a specific area, like sedges, elk. And when beings are rooted to place in this way, they know it inside-out, they protect it. We are this, as well, though we don’t think we are. We’re not taught to think of ourselves or our relationship to land this way.  As we come down from this Solstice intensity, revisit the relationship to land, immediate region. Re-introduce Self and approach the conversation anew.

In this sense, Recommitment may be our best ally right now, meaning, the allies who can best support us right now may not be new ones, but new versions of known ones, new versions of Self. And when we carry that logic into our place-space, what recommitments need to happen there? What does that recommitment look like? How does it live in our bones? How do we act it out every day?

This sense of having divested meaning from Solstice (Dagaz), clearing Self to bear that meaning through how we live (Ansuz), and Recommitting to land relationship (Algiz reversed) is a pretty solid plan for how to move forward. The ley supporting us to do this is vast, thorough, methodic, and here for it.

If we walk through this runecast with Fehu as the half-month, we have a formula along the lines of interdependence (Fehu – what must be tended) is best tended when we’re intentional in expressing our truth (Ansuz), though we may not feel supported in doing so (Algiz reversed). As if we’re tasked to foster interdependence without receiving the benefits of it. Our assets are nothing if not rooted into the wellbeing of place, so my thought there is to start with protection of that relationship first, as we shift into Fehu on 29 June. If we’re right in our relationship to place, we have the roots to tend our assets.

This is pretty wild given the emphasis on local ecosystem with Algiz, though the greatest protection of our space this week comes from Beyond/All Things. Beyond/All Things is the container of all that we know and beyond. It is the direction of sacred order. It’s the realm of Watchers, Norns, Multiversal Jotnar who caretake the machinations of all life. Given that, it can also be the microbes, the mitochondria, the bacteria. It’s not just Out There, but also that strata of managerial oversight that aligns with respect for all life at all levels. It is the direction of Source. This is who is best holding space for us this week, and can best protect it. The combination of reuniting with local allies and All Things is about as thorough as it can get. Even though the Solstice may have come in shades of loneliness, the support holding us through that this week comes in all sizes and dimensions.

The element of transmutation this week is Poison, which represents bane work. It is the alchemy of which small amounts heal though large amounts kill. It suggests balance, duality, proper application of the medicine, its timing, its dosage. Poison requires knowledge and skill to be functionally in relationship with us. We need lore and relationship with it. Poison may be the best representation of the balance of science/lore, and of impulse control. This feels particularly useful to me from the standpoint of being willing not to rush the wisdom of the gap of Dagaz, and tending who we are when we step out of it. 

The backdrop for all of this is Autumn,  which has frequented the runecasts for the last few months. This energetic host has abundant preparation, bounty, maturity, harvest. Autumn is the point that we turn away from the forest and toward tending hearth, getting stores, ground, home, and harvest ready for needier times. It’s a time tending both outdoors and indoors, and conserving energy for the cold to come, honoring Nature’s retreat underground. It speaks volumes to me again, that we are rich in resources for what we glean from Solstice.

This runecast has built up to rest on the shoulders of our World Ancestors. I stay very open to how each cast wants to be done. I have a method, but it’s not rigid. I listen, I feel–literally sensations in fingertips for who wants to rest where. Most of the time the runes speak first, though this time it was the earthly Helping Spirit, and it wasn’t one in my box of mysteries and relationships. It took me a few seconds to realize the Ally speaking had been one of us–a human who walked before us. I thought of how that isn’t represented in my box, thus the photo, and of how it’s nonetheless throughout.

Our World Ancestor comes as a reminder of the many Solstices survived, the many gaps we’ve leapt through with no idea what would be on the other side, and the range of ecosystem relationships that have walked with us every step. Given that, we are all-inclusive. We all reverberate through time and space forever. We are shining down on ourselves as we peer upward to behold our light. It is who we are, and in our steadfastness, we too shall pass.

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • How might you connect with a World Ancestor to walk you forward from the gap?

  • Describe the state of your ecosystem at present.

  • Describe the state of Self.

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Galdr

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

  • Ansuz – Ahn, Ahnsoo, Awn, Awnsoo, Oss

  • Algiz – Awl, Awlyee, Ail, Ailhaw, Ailha, Elha, Elhwa

  • Fehu – fee, feehoo, feh, fehhoo, fay fayhoo, feoh

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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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