For the week of 7 November 2021
The Impact of Disappointment
Hagalaz is the half-month rune through 13 November. Fehu reversed is the intuitive rune, Wunjo reversed indicates Prejudice’s message to us, and the owl occupies autumn. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Fehu reversed, then Wunjo reversed.
The Weekly Rune Free Version - Hagalaz for the Week of 7 November 2021
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to humanity keys for how we live in season with All Things. Through #theweeklyrune I share the Futhark’s insight on how to live better as animists, to make better choices based on keen insight into the present, and to help each of us be more active in creating a better life for us all. That realization includes living with All Things as family, learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to do so. 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 that we can create ourselves as fit elders, so that upon our good death, we can be well Ancestors.
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“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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With the realism of Hagalaz we become aware of impact. We can move through with the best intentions (first aett), though it’s the ramifications of how we wyrd those intentions that is the stuff of our daily lives. And everybody else’s. When we start that weaving of intention into the second aett we begin getting a glimpse into how complicated Midgard life is. Our agency begins bumping into everyone’s and once we grok it’s not [necessarily] their fault or ours, we start to really understand the significance of what we do here. This week’s cast underscores how small a role fault or blame play, and how important responsibility for impact is.
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?
We traditionally approach Hagalaz as the rune of external unwanted change, and no one is ever happy about seeing it come up in their readings. Seasonally, this means we must be willing to allow that force (Wild Hunt?) to direct us to the places in our lives that need change and do what it bids. The problem with this gentle but firm directive in settler culture is that we are not usually willfully in flow with what needs changing. We can’t identify it, thus we don’t have the skills to make the change, don’t value change on its own terms. We typically see change as separate from flow and an abruption that shouldn’t have happened. It’s the thing that took us off the course of normal.
Culturally we spend a lot of time trying to make things stay the same, to force a sense of normalcy. In pandemic time, we are living that gaslighting every day, such that it can become even more complicated. We can, out of our yearning for stability, conform to the directive for normal. We can too easily turn against our sacredness. We can exhaust ourselves trying to make the dynamic of change not be. And yet it is, we must, and tis the season. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker on traditional Sissipihaw land 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. She also helps folx who are disabled, chronically ill, or neurodivergent find meaningful spiritual practices rooted in their cosmologies.
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.