For the week of 3 July 2022
Tending the Occluded
Fehu is the half-month rune through 14 July. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, and Kenaz reversed indicates Anachronism’s message to us. The spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Seashell in Spring, with the active element of Stone, in the direction of Beyond. Read right to left is Fehu, Ingwaz, then Kenaz reversed.
What's a Runic Calendar?
The Elder Futhark runic calendar I work with is based on the work of Nigel Pennick. It has the potential to provide 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.
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).
How is the Runecast Done?
The Weekly Rune is a (mostly) three-rune cast, situated among spirits of place. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the sacred overview. When the runecast falls at a half-month transition, the fourth rune is included. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. However, in the calendric ordering observed by Pennick, the order is slightly different. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, and 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 voices other-than-human, which are non-human concepts and beyond Earth beings. These sacred voices are Allies, and have been Nature, Earth, Continuity, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level in the reader’s geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human persons on Earth. The elements indicate our best deathwalking/enlivening/tempering force for the time, and the directions offer relationship to place as the best energetic grounding or area where work is needed. These additional beings in the cast give us actionable ways to engage the runes in season and move among with them. Readers should feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in their cosmologies and relationships.
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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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Fehu begins the new runic cycle, and holy shit is it on pointe. It’s the rune of assets that must be tended, which we distill to “wealth.” And that’s a hard reminder to many of us right now, in particular: we haven’t tended our wealth. We haven’t realized it for what it is, and when we aren’t actively involved with it, we lose it. This week’s cast comes in strong with a call out that further has us choose between comfort and calling.
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?
We can consider Fehu a time of general abundance. Things are in our favor. Things may come more easily now than other times. What’s important about all of our relationship with Fehu is none of that matters if we’re not paying attention. By that I don’t just mean paying attention to how our own actions affect our assets. We have to be paying attention to how others’ actions affect our assets, and it is perhaps this aspect that’s most emphasized this week.
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Nobody reading this runecast is rolling in it (nobody writing it is, either). So we can assume we’re reasonably aware of our assets and what they need to stay, assety. And keep in mind, assets aren’t just money. They are what we value, which can be anything, really. Fehu comes this year as outside forces interfere with and even take away what we value, which for uterus-bodies that means sovereignty over our bodies.
If we accept that we, as humans, are custodians of the planet, and that means we’re here to keep our relationship with the elements in balance, anything that interferes with our relationship to the custodianship or ourselves isn’t in keeping with that balance.
Ingwaz speaks to this from the standpoint of understanding what we must bring to bear with, and possibly for, what we value. This rune shows up in the natural progression when some consciousness we’ve tended over a long period of time is ready to step into the world as its own being. It’s a coming out rune, in that context. As it describes our engagement with Fehu this week, Ingwaz is saying that we need to examine our assets that we may not be paying as much attention to, or maybe we have an asset that we never regarded as such. Even now, in a time that rights are being stripped away in the US, we have assets that we don’t realize. Maybe some folx couldn’t realize them until now.
Regardless, this is a wakeup call to become aware and engaged with what we value, and to understand that this tending affects more than just ourselves. It always has, and perhaps bringing that awareness to what we tend in our lives will enable us to more widely support others–not just those who need attention now, but the Descendants. It’s time to start thinking in plural.
Kenaz reversed suggests there are elements about this whole valuing/tending thing that are a little shady, or at a minimum occluded. Whether that’s internally not being able to find value in personal assets, or fully realizing what Self possesses but being restricted by outside forces in truly allowing them to blossom (Ingwaz), there’s a sliver of darkness here.
Kenaz, in the way I experience it, is about the potential of finding our authority. I’ve expressed it different ways over the years:
Ansuz + Raidho = Kenaz
inspiration + storytelling = meaning
soothsaying + storytelling = meaning
confidence + experience = authority
This relationship between runes suggests that we’re getting the memo. We’re finding how we’re in relationship with it and bringing that to the world, though something in how we truly step into how we are in personal relationship with it and live it out loud isn’t coming to be. Typically Kenaz points to internal processes, not external ones. It’s the little irritation that we can’t put our finger on yet know is there. It’s that wee thoughtform that wants to burst into being but we can’t give it words.
My feeling is that Anachronism brings the clarity on that. Anachronism. I can’t even say how much I laughed when this being spoke. It was partly because I was like, “Does that mean what I think it means?” followed by, “If it does, I can’t make this shit up.” Everything about our leadership now is old-fashioned, and we’re supposed to go along with it as if it meets the needs of now. We are being forced, to live in a way that no longer suits who we are. It doesn’t get much more anachronistic.
We are being forced to act like everything is fine. Whether it’s COVID, human rights, the environment, colonization, supremacy, capitalism–this whole shitshow that we’re experiencing as being in form is anachronistic to what our higher consciousness wants or knows is right. Our higher awareness tends toward balance, for Self, and for All. Our higher awareness can’t not act any differently. The breakdown between what our higher awareness knows, needs, and creates vs what truly is, is the trauma we’re all feeling but unable to have validated in the world around us.
Period. The end.
The support cast for this week not only can handle what this all means, it can help us find our way through it. Wild spirit Seashell reminds us of our ability to recover, to thrive in any form. It also reminds us that no matter how we have to shape ourselves, we’re still us. Similarly Stone as the element in residence brings slowness, steadfastness, timelessness. It can’t not be embodied. There’s no rushing stone, in either its formation or its degradation. Both processes only shift it from one form to another. It still remains. What’s significant with Stone is that it is resonant. It’s not just sitting there doing nothing. It picks up on vibrations, is shaped by other elements, flavored by various minerals. It adjusts to suit the environment, albeit on its own terms and timing.
Between these forms, we can know that we’re really here, we can choose resonance and amplify it, and we can stand in presence of the collective. But we’re also human. We’re not rocks with a thousand years to get it right. Again, we have to understand what our assets are and make them work for us.
Beyond is the direction of sacred order. It truly is beyond what we know. It is utgard. It’s the realm of Watchers, Norns, Multiversal Jotnar who caretake the machinations of all life. It’s that strata of managerial oversight that aligns with respect for all life. Winter situates this whole dynamic into a context that values rest, grounding, endurance, and resourcefulness. We can exert. We can endure, and we can stay rooted in our resources all the while. Between these spirits of place, we can know that on large scale we are tended, and that on small, local scale, we can draw on our resources and choose our next move.
Overall, this cast comes with caution and resolution. The only way beyond the present is by tending ourselves, which comes down to valuing ourselves. We can’t change the lie being presented right now, but we can be impeccable in how we present ourselves through it. There are two runes from the first aett, anchored in the middle by one from the third. We’re still learning, still growing, and we are still sacred.
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Half-month Rune Prompts
- How do you value your experience?
- What habits help you to regulate your life force?
- How does your body detect lies?
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The way that I use galdr is through chanting. I find repetition of the base phonetic helps me feel the rune. Remember that the Elder Futhark isn’t a language. It was originally an alphabet, incorporated into mythical origin. It functions phonetically, both in spelling and pronunciation. Given that, galdr isn’t terribly different from the overall pronunciation, and the emphasis is on the intention of the chant, not so much the pronunciation.
My personal emphasis in galdr is on the vowels initially and I incorporate the consonants later. For instance, with Ansuz, I focus on ‘ahw-oo,’ before incorporating the middle ‘n,’ such as ‘ahwnsoo.’ There is no right or wrong with galdr (although I guess there could be a flat-out wrong?), though often the final consonants aren’t pronounced, as in ‘ahwsoo.’ Practice galdring different ways, and go with the way that you feel in your body.
- Fehu – fee, feehoo, feh, fehhoo, fay fayhoo
- Ingwaz – Een, Eengwa, Eengoo
- Kenaz – Kehn, Kenuh, Kawn, Kawnuh, Kain, Kainuh
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.
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