For the week of 10 April 2022
The Economics of Solitude
Ehwaz is the half-month rune through 14 April. Thurisaz reversed is the intuitive rune, Tiwaz indicates Sways’ message to us, and the dark lettered olive shell occupies winter. Read right to left is Ehwaz Thurisaz reversed, then Tiwaz.
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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How is the Runecast Done?
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.
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, including Google Play and iTunes.
- 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 has held us in a space of acknowledging how we are in relationship with the unseen, perhaps even very specific relationships, therein. Where this rune is often light-heartedly spoken of as indicating ecstatic trance, our experience of it this season has been more nuanced. Just because we can access unseen doesn’t mean we value the relationships we find there. Despite that we can hold such space doesn’t mean we value the space, the act of engaging it, or understand its usefulness. This week’s runecast delivers a hyper-distilled lesson in how to truly evoke the life force of Ehwaz in our lives, and how to cope with what that awakens in us.
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?
One thing I’ve talked about a great deal in soul tending mentoring is that merely the ability to go into trance or engage the unseen doesn’t mean we’re actually doing either of those with integrity, or that we’re capable of creating a life to sustain what that kind of soul travel demands. Even when we look at this rune as indicating only that we are responsible for considering the impact the way we live has on the unseen, soul travel or not, its implications are that we be very familiar with the impact that relationship has on us. The framing runes explain this dynamic a bit more clearly and give insight into how to live into being a soul in form who knows it.
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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.