For the week of 19 July 2020
Eihwaz is the half-month stave through 13 January. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Fehu reversed indicates the Earth Parent’s message to us. Read right to left is Eihwaz, Mannaz reversed, then Fehu 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.
New to The Weekly Rune?
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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.
No one reading this is going to bat an eye over where the runecast goes this week. Between the holidays, astrological shifts and Solstice, COVID, and the energy of change pervading everything, it comes as no surprise that deep transition is afoot. We can say that every season of Eihwaz, as that is largely what it means. This is where my work with the runes isn’t static, as it is for so many folx. When we work with the runes in season, we’re talking about viewing them as small (or great?) messengers dynamic to the season, whose message can only reflect the moment. It isn’t carved in stone forever, or the exact same in relationship with other runes in the cast every time that combination comes up.
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?
Allow me to elaborate: in the Bardic year of my druidic study I was required to write poems to every moon phase. However, that study included not only understanding that there are many more phases than waxing/waning, crescent/gibbous, first/third quarters, new, and full, but that every moon phase is unique in all of time. No moon phase repeats. They look similar. They may share some similar stellar relationships and occupy similar skyscape as other times, but they are never the same phase.
When I could sit with the moon that way, it opened my experience of animism to realizing everything is that way. A person leaves the room and returns, though the same person doesn’t re-enter. A half-month rune occupies its same seat in the runic calendar, though it never bears the same message. And for this runecast, we emerge from the harvest of Jera into the becoming of Eihwaz, and neither is our assumed harvest or projected becoming. 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.