For the week of 29 March 2020

Momentum Nutures Embodiment

Ehwaz is the half-month stave through 14 April. Berkana is the intuitive rune, and Perthro reversed indicates The Fall’s message to us. Read right to left is Ehwaz, Berkana, then Perthro reversed.

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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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 I’m not Pollyanna in my presentation of things. I don’t project that COVID-19 is the best spiritual thing that’s ever happened, because a lot of peoples’ lives are devastated right now. We have to hold space for that reality as much as we do for how we can eventually recover.

What’s coming up in the runes right now is a reminder of connection, and how even deathwalking brings connection. Berkana has been probably the most supportive runic influence we could have been under as this pandemic sweeps more and more regions. Through we’ve been able to maintain a sense of being tended by something greater than ourselves, including though not limited to Nature Spirits, Land Elders, the Watchers, the Watchers of the Watchers, Ancestors, Guides, Sacred Selves, All Things, etc., we are still being asked to tend ourselves, our fellow human-persons, and our Nature-persons.

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 start the week with a tad of Berkana, then segue into Ehwaz. It’s our reminder that there isn’t much of the sun’s year left, as we’re nearing the end of the third aett. Meaning ‘horse,’ Ehwaz is the rune of taking things to their sourse soul levels. Folx call it the shamanic rune, though I’m not sure we know what that means anymore, that we can even agree on what it means, or that any of that still points to the life force of this rune.

In my relationship with it, Ehwaz is about momentum. It’s about doing the things that keep us moving, particularly at a soul level. As spirits in flesh, we have incredible technology to have deep somatic experiences alongside profound soul ones. It’s why we’re here. It’s why we do all this. However, culturally we don’t have a lot of support for what that full experience looks like. In a time of global pandemic, it’s a requirement that we remember, and the framing runes give great insight around that.  Read more…

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Usually about now I start talking about how things begin to double down as we reach the middle of the third aett and close in on the intensity of Summer Solstice. For whatever reason, moving from spring to summer is always taut, and I caution everyone to take extra care around that shift this year. As much as possible, be attentive to soul cries. Reach out where needed, and breathe deeply. Feel free to email me anytime if an ear is needed, or cheerleader. I know you’re holding the space that only you can, to the highest of your ability. Thank you, and take care of you.

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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

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.