For the week of 22 May 2022

Embodiment in Motion

Ingwaz is the half-month rune through 29 May. Othala is the intuitive rune, Jera indicates Vacancy’s message to us, Petrified wood occupies spring, with the active element of Mycelium, in the direction of Above. Read right to left is Ingwaz, Othala, then Jera.

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What's a Runic Calendar?

The Elder Futhark runic calendar I work with is based on the work of Nigel Pennick. It has the potential to provide 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.

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).

How is the Runecast Done?

The Weekly Rune is a (mostly) three-rune cast. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the sacred overview. When the runecast falls at a half-month transition, the fourth rune is included. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. However, in the calendric ordering observed by Pennick, the order is slightly different. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, and 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 voices other-than-human. These sacred voices have been Nature, Earth, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

As the runecast has evolved its voice, other components have joined. Osteomancy, the elements, and directions were gradually added in to more deeply root the spirits of place into the cast, each bringing a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level for the reader. Osteomancy honors other-than-human persons on Earth. The elements indicate our best deathwalking/enlivening/tempering force for the time, and the directions offer relationship to place as the best energetic grounding or area where work is needed. These additional beings in the cast give us actionable ways to engage the runes in season and move among with them.

New to Runecasting?

  • Catch a couple of my IGTV videos, which explain the intention and process behind the runecast, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
  • Listen to my What in the Wyrd podcast, which is available across all popular podcast platforms, including Google Play and  iTunes.
  • 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.

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The Runecast

By the time we reach Ingwaz in the Futhark progression, we’re ready to let an aspect of ourselves shine that we haven’t been able to prior, or one that has recently revealed itself is coming to the fore. Either way, we can’t contain it any longer. It’s very much a coming out rune (Mannaz, too), and as last week’s emphasis was on coming to grips with what that means, it’s appropriate that this week’s cast is learning what to do with it.

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?

While Ingwaz can point to the emergence of any new consciousness-persona or otherwise–it can always indicate a point that we are deepening our relationship to our own sacredness, or coming to know it in a new way. Where Mannaz carries a bit of that emergence energy, it’s more about having that newness witnessed by our social groups who can truly see us–standing in that maturity. Then Laguz, Flow, emphasizes how we learn to move in life with that new sacredness at the fore. Ingwaz is all that with a lot of acceptance. Whether we like where our sacred is leading us, whether we wanted it the way we got it, or ran straight to it–by the time we move into Ingwaz, it is what it is, and it’s on.

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We’ve talked about the third aett being the point where we have found a groove in the adversity-sacred dance, and I think Ingwaz is where that acceptance really shows. If we wanted to refract it even more, Mannaz is about our human-person relationships with regard to our awareness of our sacredness. Laguz is about our All Things relationships with regard to our awareness of our sacred. And Ingwaz is our relationship to our awareness of our sacred. It’s the seed of who we are intentionally rooted and consciously tended, debuted to the world, or else. Ingwaz is both a place where we have actively grown into who we are, and surrendered to who we always were.

Take some time this week to sit with what that means for Self, to truly greet who that is, and bring awareness to how that relationship moves forward.

Othala is perfect as the best way to work with Ingwaz this week. It’s attributed to meaning ancestry, inheritance, the legacy left us, and the one we’re leaving. If we look at that in animistic terms and distill it to action, it points to embodiment of our lineage truths, and how we live such that they are given room to grow and evolve. It’s probably THE elder rune, in terms of really looking around at the world, life, what came before both, what comes after both, and… shrugging.

As big as life is, as deeply as it affects us, with all that we learn and will never know, we inevitably reach the point of, so what? We reach the point that we can more objectively stand with all of our life, past, present, and future, and not be consumed by it. It’s not that we are ho-hum about it, devalue it, or ignore the impact it had. We aren’t taken off center by it. We can see it all for what it really was and still be embodied (first aett), still move among embodied (second aett), and still honor our own sacredness (third aett). I call it the So What? Rune because in a way, that’s what we realize as elders. We did all the things, good, bad, indifferent, we formed some kind of wisdom from those experiences, and in our infinite awareness of Self know that we’re going to do them all over again. We’re going to pass on what we know to descendants who may or may not listen to a word of it, and one way or another, we will do it all over again. We will begin right back at Fehu.

In a way Othala suggests we don’t have to take Ingwaz so seriously, because ultimately we will get a redo. It also hints that even still, being in close relationship with our own sacredness is a big freaking deal. We can be proud of that. The fact that we will start over, screw up, and mature in a whole new way isn’t in contradiction to what we have already gained in ourselves.

And thanks the gods for that.

Jera with the voice of Vacancy giving the big voice commentary on all of this suggests that we need to take some time to regroup. All this manifesting we’ve done, the self-actualization–we need to slow down and really assess how it affects the way we move in the world. What are we doing with it? How do we really feel about it? Are we comfortable with what it means to our relationships?

We essentially have two runes from the third aett affirming our elderhood and sacredness with one from the second suggesting we re-evaluate life in support of those. Maybe take some time this week to hang the Do Not Disturb sign and consider where we feel empty and where we are full. Maybe some balancing needs to happen, redistribution of assets. And maybe the emptiness is okay. Maybe it’s a version of solitude that’s really comfortable with doing absolutely nothing.

Other aspects of the cast help us ground into this new sacredness and perhaps give direction for how to move with it. We’re again rooted in the seasonality of spring, which is wonderfully supportive and generous. It’s been nice to have these last few weeks of spark to drive things. With Petrified wood, we’re given the opportunity to draw on the long memory of trees. It also suggests we take some time to gather any energies that may be scattered.

Mycelium in the direction of Above is also incredibly supportive. Mycelium underlie every aspect of life–death, support, birth. In that, there is no one “meaning” with it. It holds all the secrets to being soul-in-form. Given that, it may be more useful to explore it as the backbone of life, and check in with it to learn what area of life needs the most support at this time, and what insights mycelium has to provide that support.

When we are asked to locate our support from Above, for me that is directing us to what I consider Beyond Earth Soul space. It can be Sky Parent. It can be Asgardian, “above” all of Earth and being, not just me and where I’m presently standing. For me this space is all of that–Sky Parent, Watchers, Allies who never come into form, and it’s a last stop before sheer void. This is the space of before-form, a space that we know though likely don’t remember., and will in some way return to. For that reason it may be useful this week to explore what the body knows of Above, the place where we register soul-in-form the most honestly.


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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What were the body’s first impressions of Above coming into the form that is Self?
  • How have those impressions affected felt sacredness?
  • What discomforts arise when thinking of Self as sacred?


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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.

  • Ingwaz – Een, Eengwa, Eengoo
  • Othala – Oadth, Oadtha
  • Jera – Yer, Yeruh, Yair, Yairuh, Yer/Yairaw


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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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