For the week of 6 October 2019
Gebo is the half-month stave through 13 October. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, and Sowilo indicates Physicality’s message to us. Read right to left is Gebo, Ingwaz, then Sowilo.
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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As we ease through the final harvest days in the north and the south steps into warmth, bold moves in the world aren’t the focus of this week’s cast. Rather, we’re encouraged to look inward to seasonal shifts, new consciousness, and the camaraderie that comes from such introspection. As Gebo brings the joining of things, so are we to be joined within, in a way that supports our external relationships for deeper connection.
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?
Gebo is the joiner, the happy that’s so at ease it seems like we didn’t have to work for it. For many of us, thinking that we have to work for happiness chaps. We have just enough idealism and relic of a memory of a time in which things seemed to come more easily that there’s an expectation of happiness as the norm. For others of us, happiness was rare and the thought that we could create it is equally annoying (Because if we could create it, we would be all the time, right?). Either way, the concept of happiness generates irritation, which is the opposite of happiness.
This week’s cast explores why that is, and how we can work with Gebo to have a better relationship to happiness. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker in North Carolina. She teaches rune work, ancestral healing, and deathwalking, as well as mentors and leads the soul tending training intensive, The Spirited Path. As an interfaith minister, she has served her local community and an international client base since 2000 through Soul Intent Arts, and advocates embodied soul tending and sacred activism through Nature. #beyourcommunity