For the week of 31 October 2021

The Evident Impact

Hagalaz is the half-month rune through 13 November. Perthro reversed is the intuitive rune, Othala indicates Threshold’s message to us, and the petrified wood occupies summer. Read right to left is Hagalaz, Perthro reversed, then Othala.

The Weekly Rune Free Version - Hagalaz for the Week of 31 October 2021

by Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts | The Weekly Rune

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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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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  • A few people have asked the reason that I switch between different rune sets for TWR. The short answer is: because. The more nuanced answer is, I ask which sets wants to speak each week. I don’t assume the same elements are in play according to the timing of the runes; I also don’t assume the same elements of my runes are appropriate to speak each week. I did a podcast on this subject, so there’s more info there. (See above)
  • Also, for deep work on coming into relationship with the runes in season, check out my book, Runic Book of Days.

The Runecast

Just like that we’re moving out of the first aett into the second, off the hope that joy brings and into the reality of unexpected distress. We can take this leap drunk from the bliss of hope and in denial of what’s ahead. We take can take it shut down in anticipation and dread, without thought to self-regulation. Given the intersection of the personal and systemic distress that is everyday life now, our reality and best bet is somewhere in the middle.

Moving into Hagalaz in the north puts us in the final harvest stages, the early deathwalking stances. It’s a season of shaking up what has settled and needs to go, while making sure we’re setting aside enough to keep ourselves nourished and engaged. It’s a time busy with preparation for what’s coming, enjoying the last fresh spoils of harvest, and allowing stillness to wipe us clean.

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 traditionally accepted as meaning hail, sudden Nature-based destruction, that when settled replenishes the growth cycle. Maybe every birth-life-death pattern is contained in this one rune. Needless to say, it’s not one that folx generally are thrilled to have come up in their divinatory casts. When we work with it in a calendar approach, we can hold it in a wider context than the threat of personal obliteration. We can view annual visits with it from within the full context of the all seasonality, and understand that we get this short burst of time with it to deepen our relationship to it. We tend to be centered in the current season, only, without awareness of how that season is in relationship with all other seasons in every moment. If we can expand our experience of the current season to situate ourselves similarly into all seasonality, we may be able to better see the patterns of our lives and how we can change them. At minimum, we could start to see a deeper relationality for the dynamics at play in our lives, regardless of whether we can affect them. That vision is worth everything, and this week’s cast sheds insight into such expansion. Read more…

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • How do you recognize what’s dead in your life?
  • What rituals help you to let it go?
  • How do you allow the spirits of season to help you with both?


The way that I use galdr is through chanting. I find repetition of the base phonetic helps me feel the rune. Remember that the Elder Futhark isn’t a language. It was originally an alphabet, incorporated into mythical origin. It functions phonetically, both in spelling and pronunciation. Given that, galdr isn’t terribly different from the overall pronunciation, and the emphasis is on the intention of the chant, not so much the pronunciation.

My personal emphasis in galdr is on the vowels initially and I incorporate the consonants later. For instance, with Ansuz, I focus on ‘ahw-oo,’ before incorporating the middle ‘n,’ such as ‘ahwnsoo.’ There is no right or wrong with galdr (although I guess there could be a flat-out wrong?), though often the final consonants aren’t pronounced, as in ‘ahwsoo.’ Practice galdring different ways, and go with the way that you feel in your body. 


  • Hagalaz – Haw, Hawga, Hah, Hahg
  • Perthro – Pair, Pairth, Per, Perth
  • Othala – Oadth, Oadtha

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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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