For the week of 4 April 2022
Ehwaz is the half-month rune through 14 April. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, Perthro indicates Hostage’s message to us, and Mosasaur tooth occupies summer. Read right to left is Ehwaz, Ingwaz, then Perthro.
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).
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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, and again, is based on Nigel Pennick’s calculations. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, to focus the half-month rune. 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.
New to Runecasting?
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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.
Ehwaz is the rune of going deeper, not just randomly exploring the unseen, but finding the threads that connect seen with unseen. In this way, Ehwaz focuses active animism, that we not just intellectually or philosophically know all things are alive and connected in relationship, but that we live in alignment with that awareness. This week the nuance given to that awareness is in remaining open, observant, and willing to negotiate.
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?
We traditionally approach Ehwaz as the horse rune, with the relationship between horse and rider granting the potential to take humanity more deeply into our animacy. However, we don’t often delve into its power to give us perspective on that connection. Often animism is put forward as just observation of animacy, merely awareness that everything is alive and engaging. Then what? If we suck at our human-person relationships, are we automatically great at the other-than-human ones by some mystical virtue?
Spoiler alert: No.
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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. For almost 25 years I’ve taught 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.
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that you bear your unique gift to the world.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.