For the week of 28 June 2020

The Tough Gain

Fehu is the half-month stave through 14 July. Jera is the intuitive rune, and Hagalaz indicates Resonance’s message to us. Read right to left is Fehu, Jera, then Hagalaz.

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).

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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.


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The Runecast

Beginning a new annual runic cycle with Fehu is usually a welcomed occasion. It comes after the scathing self-examination of Solstice, and represents that downhill slide to our relationship to the sun changing yet again, and realizing we still have work to do. But even though there’s work, it comes with more of a sense of a building phase, which is usually nice after the intensity of Solstice. That it’s all starting over brings certain familiarity and processes that need to be done. However, this time a lot of it doesn’t look the same.

We use demarcations of annual-ness to measure how we relate to the world around us. We mark This Date as homage to This Event That Happened, which isn’t a bad thing. Tracking dates is one way we create relationship across space and generations.  If we can strip away the colonized artificial aspect of time and come back to our relationship to timing, remembrance is a lot less about a date popping up on a calendar and more about how we locate ours personal experiences within the fuller significances of the season.

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?

Fehu is the rune of tending our assets. These can be literal financial assets, though they are anything that brings value to our lives. What’s relevant is that they don’t just fall into our laps–although they can–and they do require our attention on them regularly to grow and stay healthy. The whole idea of assets is fraught, from a cultural standpoint. We don’t all have the same assets, we don’t even all have the same access to the resources to get them. When we sit with Fehu in that way, it can be a macroscopic exploration of what we’re culturally valuing, and how that collective projection affects us personally. However we look at it, now’s the time to be real about what we have and what we need. This week’s cast gives insight into the factors at play for how we set up the coming year around that. Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

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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Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.