For the week of 1 November 2020

Systems Falling

Hagalaz is the half-month stave through 13 November.  Sowilo is the intuitive rune, and Ansuz reversed indicates Constitution’s message to us. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Sowilo reversed, then Ansuz reversed.

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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).

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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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The Runecast

The challenge of this season is transition, rapid, rampant, rife transition. It’s this way every movement into fall in the north, and we have the skills to cope with it. For thousands of years, the jaunt into cold darkness has seen us put up stores, ration provisions, and create hearths of light to keep us sane for the sun’s return. This experience of Hagalaz isn’t that different, except that as a collective, we aren’t doing any of that prep work. We in no way function as a community protecting all, thus we don’t all have stores, we aren’t receiving proper provisions, and for many of us, our hearths won’t be lit.

Hagalaz is the time of the Ancestors, and this season with Hagalaz more than any other we’ve had, we need to embody the wisdom and skills of our well Ancestors. Not only are many folx not cared for in this time when giving is required, there are systems in place to intentionally withhold from the most needy. This week’s cast asks us to explore where we are most needy and not being fed, how our well Ancestors can help us with those sore places, and how–through their ministrations–we can help others who need.

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?

I’m going to talk about this week’s runecast a bit in reverse. The really pivotal rune, the one that begs for action where Hagalaz is concerned, is Ansuz reversed. Reversed, Ansuz is about fubar communication. It may be external, in that things aren’t as clear as they could or should be, and that either of those scenarios is intentional. What’s for certain is that internal communication can be expected to need extra attention. I’ve always talked about Ansuz from the standpoint of speaking personal truth, only provided the caveat of having done the inner gymnastics to know what that truth is. Spoken from Constitution, this week we’re being told that as systems crumble before our eyes, one thing absolutely has to retain composure, and that’s us. Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

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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Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.