For the week of 27 September 2020
Gebo is the half-month stave through 13 October. Isa is the intuitive rune, and Fehu indicates Sovereignty’s message to us. Read right to left is Uruz, Algiz reversed, then Fehu.
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).
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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Is it enough to know things will be okay, without defining okay? That feels like the question underlying this week’s cast. We move into Gebo, which is the partnership rune. It’s the rune of gratitude in exchanging gifts as much as it represents the people involved, the gift(s), and the action. The framing runes in this cast and how they form a dialogue is very optimistic, which is nice to encounter now. What’s a bit sketchy in this combo is how we respond to that dialogue. And it will be all over the place. Some of us are can jump right in and go new and affirming places with it, some of us can hear it and not believe what we’re hearing, others of us want the benefits of these fortuitous runes but just can’t see it on the horizon.
And it’s all fair game.
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?
By the time we reach Gebo in the progression of the first aett, we’re ready for a laid back, easy feel in the runes. This aett is about mastering the ongoing negotiation of soul-in-form, thus most of it teaches how to get our earth savvy. And by this point, all of us know that’s not an easy acquisition. We’ve examined our internal and how it supports or disrupts our external engagement, and we’ve had the basics of manifestation revealed. Gebo is the point that we can first realize doing all of that in conjunction with someone else. Compatibility is an underlying tone of this rune, and given the cultural upheaval so many are experiencing right now, having someone standing with us is a really special treat. 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
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.