For the week of 5 January 2020

For Self, For All

Eihwaz is the half-month stave through 13 January. Algiz is the intuitive rune, and Gebo indicates Calling’s message to us. Read right to left is Eihwaz, Algiz, then Gebo.

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).

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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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  • 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)
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The Runecast

 Eihwaz is the rune of poison/medicine, the homeopathic rune that we hope we have the good sense to use appropriately. And really, most of us don’t. We don’t have elders to shepherd us through many of life’s dilemmas, especially the spiritual ones. So while the function of Eihwaz as a force in Nature is inherent, knowing how to deal with it is not. Understanding how to find balance with something such that we provoke enough to generate action or needed outcome, yet not so stir ourselves that we uproot or overshoot is indeed an art.

This week’s runecast informs us on the communal logic behind such undertakings, and what we can expect to come from them.

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?

This week’s cast demands that we deal with our personal, so that the collective can benefit. This isn’t an uncommon theme in TWR, or in the runes, in general. The cultural overlap between the personal and communal is strong in Old Norse life. We’ve talked a lot on TWR about the concept of duty in Old Norse culture, and how living up to one’s duty assures the whole collective functions better and more healthily. When we don’t do our part, it taxes the whole system. However, we don’t have that communal understanding in the west, specifically in the United States. We focus on the exact opposite, and our systems give lip service to rewards for folx who always put everyone else first. They’re not really rewarded, just encouraged to keep up the good work, which is in essence a vicious cycle of self-sabotage. We’re an “I” culture, in self-defeatist ways that can never result in claiming our calling.

In order to really claim our calling, we have to be capable of “we,” and in order to find that depth within ourselves, we must…  put ourselves first. Paradoxical? Contradictory?  Read more…

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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.

#beyourcommunity ~ #youareecosystem

elder well, die well, ancestor well


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.