For the week of 30 June 2019
Fehu is the half-month stave through 14 July. Laguz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Algiz reversed indicates the Sky/Air’s message to us. Read right to left is Fehu, Laguz, then Algiz 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 reality for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to accomplish that. 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 we can become well Ancestors upon death.
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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 are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
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We made it. I can’t speak for anyone else, though Summer Solstice brought scathing rennovations to my internal world–all needed–that have completely restructured how I value my life. And maybe, ultimately, that’s what Fehu is about–what we value. So let’s get started.
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?
I’ve slowly veered away from discussing the literal meanings of the runes in TWR, not because I seek to change them, but because they’re available everywhere. They’re in historic posts on my site and every other runes site on the Internet. Part of my retooling and focus for this year with the runes is to assume we all know that part, and to focus on how to apply them to our lives. So if you want a primer on the runes check out my book (above), or read back through the archives of my site. Do a search for the rune in question, and there’s plenty of info to be found.
Fehu begins the runic year, as well as the Elder Futhark. We have come through a year of intense personal growth, all intended and focused, and now is a good time to celebrate the shit out of that. I’m not even remotely joking. I tell my students and clients all the time to remember to celebrate their successes–every one of them–and the time of Fehu is as good as any to do so.
And if I haven’t said it lately, thank you. Thank you for all the transmuted drama, selves tended, and communities blessed by all the effort put into showing up and eldering well, last year. Thank you.
Assets are our stability in physical life. They are what allow us to fill our base needs–shelter, clothing, food. The concept of invest for success makes it seem like both are required, yet what’s novel about Fehu is the relationship with assets to do whatever they need. It’s possible and okay to do one or the other, as needed, to make sure that the grounded aspect of life are in place. We don’t have to do both at once. In fact, it’s more rational and likely that we can’t do both at once, often.
With this Fehu time, focus on what’s needed, and do it. Keep it in that lane, and don’t worry about the rest.
Laguz hints at that very balance. Indicating flow, it shows up to remind us to find flow, over and over. Not that we’re ever out of it, by which I mean the flow of All Things. Rather, we lose awareness of that fact. Everyone does, and it’s an effort in mindfulness to bring ourselves back to that awareness. What’s important is that we return without judgement.
Regarding Fehu, Laguz encourages us to work with that mindfulness. Make it part of our daily practice of embodied being. Whether it’s comng back to the breath, finding our pulse, or somatic sensing of some other body awareness, return to it often to stay grounded. Even though Laguz is a water rune, it reminds us that we are ever moving. We are ever progressing through life, and to do so mindfully is to do so animistically. It is to elder well.
Let the life force of Laguz help dictate what needs to be done for assets this week, this start of the new runic year. Particularly if there’s tension around tending vs spending, Laguz may be able to inform what emphasis is needed to stabilize and balance wealth.
Algiz reversed as the voice of Sky/Air is telling, with regard to how to manage assets. Algiz reversed indicates where external forces may be working against our efforts, or where we need to identify where we are working against our own efforts. This could point to being savings-minded, yet overspending, or already in debt, with more bills coming. It can also mean we’re carrying someone else’s financial burdens. However it manifests, it expresses our boundaries not being in sync with our needs, which comes out as tension around being able to find fiscal balance.
Air currents move, constantly. They are never stagnant, though they shift, change direction, speed, intensity, texture. We have to be that flexible, which means we first have to be in our bodies and mindful enough to register what is, in order to manifest change for what’s needed.
And still to be like the wind, not emotionally or personally involved with at all enough to just keep moving.
It doesn’t mean we can change our cultural limitations, or that winning the lottery would fix all of our personal problems. Rather, life somewhere between that requires our attention, vision, and action is the answer.