For the week of 29 September 2019
Company in the Weeds
Gebo is the half-month stave through 13 October. Thurisaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Wunjo indicates Rising’s message to us. Read right to left is Gebo, Thurisaz reversed, then Wunjo.
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.
New to The Weekly Rune?
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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)
- Also, for deep work on coming into relationship with the runes in season, check out my book, Runic Book of Days.
We’re officially in fall in the north, while the south has warmed into spring. It’s worth mentioning that where I live Nature’s procession doesn’t match up with the seasonal progression as it once did, and so many people note this in regions around the world. Perhaps addressing the stellar alignments as they are, and how our location experiences season are two different acknowledgements, now? Either way, we’re required to make room in our psyches for when patterns break and we’re forced to go with what is, possibly without promise of a new pattern, possibly without promise of anything but movement.
And that’s what the cast is telling us this week.
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?
Movement into Gebo is big for most people, partly due to the seasonal change, but also because we love Gebo. It’s one of the few runes that’s just a straight-up blessing, it has no rough edges, and it indicates beneficial things for the receiver and everyone else around them. The stance with Gebo is gratitude, giving, receiving, and the bonds and states of being created and affected through all of that. This week’s cast comes with all the good feelings that come with such gifts, as well as insights into how to hold onto them when the blessings aren’t as clear. 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.
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