For the week of 29 December 2019
Sitting with the edges
Eihwaz is the half-month stave through 13 January. Dagaz is the intuitive rune, and Kenaz reversed indicates Support’s message to us. Read right to left is Eihwaz, Dagaz, then Kenaz reversed.
I truly believe that #theweeklyrune includes the keys to making better choices based on keen insight into the present, to help each of us be more active in creating a better life for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal. 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 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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- Also, for deep work on coming into relationship with the runes in season, check out my book, Runic Book of Days.
As we turn the bend of Solstice, Winter in the north and Summer in the south, we come into renewed if not new experience of ourselves and relationships. Did everything magickally change because the planet’s tilt is slowly shifting? No. Well, maybe. Human psyche plots itself against external markers in order to navigate itself. We want record of where we’ve been and where we’re going. This is in part what timing serves. For our ancestors that placement of self among animistic community would have been both spiritual and survivalistic. We have to know what grows when and where in order to live. We have to know our boundaries in how we affect that growth cycle so that we know when we can take from it without harm and when we can give to it without leaving too much of a mark.
Are humans capable of such a fluid experience of space around us? Can we sustain healthily without leaving too much impact? Even if those answers are “yes,” can we keep ego in check to sustain animistic community?
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?
Jera grounded us after our metaphoric overwintering. We’ve come through a process of still growth and realized personal truths around it. We’ve been reminded firsthand where we benefited from harvest and where we didn’t. Eihwaz follows up that process by requiring that we create boundaries around what it taught us, both for our protection and our further growth. Traditionally interpreted as “yew,” Eihwaz comes with baggage. It’s associated with poison, thus death, yet also the chakra system, thus raw life force. As always, weapon or tool depends on how we hold it. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker in North Carolina. She teaches rune work, ancestral healing, and deathwalking, as well as mentors and leads the soul tending training intensive, The Spirited Path. As an interfaith minister, she has served her local community and an international client base since 2000 through Soul Intent Arts, and advocates embodied soul tending and sacred activism through Nature. #beyourcommunity
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.