For the week of 26 December 2021
We are the Wheel
Eihwaz is the half-month rune through 13 January. Kenaz reversed is the intuitive rune, Jera indicates Darkness’ message to us, and the wheel occupies fall. Read right to left is Eihwaz, Kenaz reversed, then Jera.
This runecast will be the last one for the year. I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful transition through the Dark Time, and thank you for all you do to leave it better than you found it.
The Weekly Rune Free Version - Dagaz for the Week of 13 June 2021
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to 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.
This is the free version of The Weekly Rune. Get the full benefit of the ad-free, detailed version every Sunday, by joining my private runes community at Patreon.
The paid runecast includes:
- more detail
- the current runes’ impact on human life force
- insights on how to best manage the curves and twists therein
- introspective prompts to nuance and tend self-work
- galdr of the runecast, with sound files and instruction on how to use each sound
- live video sessions
- runic insights, book excerpts, release news, free classes
- optional services with me
- discounts on soul tending services
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?
- 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.
Eihwaz marks a midpoint in the Elder Futhark. In the Futhark progression and runic calendar, it represents a point that is truly betwixt and between. It’s not here or there, the beginning or the end, the question or the answer. With Eihwaz we are not yet transformed, yet are not what we were. It is the rune most closely associated with death, in that its connections to the yew touch on both vital transformation and evergreen-ness. These are appropriate messages for a midpoint of any progression, especially one in a pandemic.
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?
Eihwaz comes after the confidence of soul-in-form has been internalized in the first aett, and after the second has demanded that we stay grounded in our power. Shit happens. We find the way to hold that truth alongside our ensouledness, all the while realizing we are no longer the same. It is possible that Eihwaz is the first rune in the progression that hints the repetition of life here. We will do it over again. We will encounter the same life currents and feelings, the same challenges and joys. Yet the thing that is different every time is us.
What Eihwaz brings most vividly is relationship with the Sacred Self (High Self/Big Self, Valkyrie Self, etc). It’s the ride-or-die of self-realization. Yes, we’re here in these bodies as souls that have ridiculous power to create, and we’re still rooted in something much bigger than just ourselves, or here, or even There. We’re all that, and Eihwaz is where we come to terms with it. Read more…
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
To bear your unique gift to the world.
To leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.