For the week of 9 January 2021
Sobriety and Risk
Eihwaz is the half-month rune through 13 January, at which point Perthro moves to the fore. Sowilo is the intuitive rune, Nauthiz indicates Sobriety’s message to us, and the spirit of Rosemary occupies summer. Read right to left is Eihwaz above, Perthro below, Sowilo, then Nauthiz.
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.
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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?
- 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 always reminds us of the one thing this life requires: connection. The starting place of all connection is with the Sacred Self(ves). Sure we can feel connected without it. We can engage in connection without it. That fact might be the greatest challenge of humanity–to realize that we can do lots of things, which isn’t the same as doing what we can, embodied. Such is the message of this week’s cast, with a host of variables along the way.
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?
Later this week we transition from Eihwaz to Perthro, which is a transition that’s not necessarily a bumpy one. On a scale of 1 – Hagalaz, this transition is doable. However, given where we are in settler culture, what we’re dealing with in the pandemic, and relationships to harmful systems, this year’s progression from Eihwaz into Perthro may leave a mark. Where Eihwaz means “yew” and factors into transformation at the birth-life-death level, Perthro’s traditional meaning is unclear, though contextual inferences from the eddas depict it as gambling, or even just the luck and strategy combo of gaming. It’s a state in which we rely on chance. However we approach the two and the transition between them, moving from life and death to who the hell knows what seems curious. And right now we’re doing it every day. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. I’m an ordained interfaith minister, and for almost 25 years I’ve taught 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.
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.