For the week of 27 October 2019
Hagalaz is the half-month stave through 13 November. Fehu reversed is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates Passage’s message to us. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Fehu reversed, then Raidho.
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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 enter The Dark Time in the next week (in the north), we’re confronted with how we respond to blunt change. Hagalaz is the rune of shit coming out of left field, and it’sthe first rune in the second aett. The entire first aett gave us opportunities to master how we manifest ourselves as souls in form. No greater challenge to that balance exists than external force.
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?
Hagalaz is about discomfort, though that doesn’t mean this is Discomfort Season. It means this is our opportunity to reconcile how we deal with discomfort. Consider it discomfort practice. Granted, this rune focuses on unexpected discomfort–either in that it’s a surprise, or discomfort manifests in a way that isn’t expected. We can’t do anything to thwart discomfort in our lives. That’s not the point of this opportunity. Rather, with Hagalaz we begin a foray into a sequence I call the ‘winter runes,’ which are the first three runes of the second aett. These runes express a period of slowness, in which we’re given a chance to refine how we cope so that it actually meets our needs. Hagalaz is the first speed check along that journey, and its memos are that we need to be proactive in dealing with life aspects we know aren’t working, and that we need to go with the flow when life happens. 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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