For the week of 14 May 2023

Sacred Order Within

Ingwaz (carved porcelain tile) is the half-month rune through 29 May. Dagaz (carved antler slice) is the intuitive rune, and Kenaz indicates Mountain’s perspective. The spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Honey Bee with element Timing, in the direction of Left (West/Vestri, green dwarf), in the season of Spring (tree button). Read right to left is Ingwaz, Dagaz, then Kenaz.

The full runecast will be publicly available here, two weeks from publication. You can find it in full on Patreon, now.

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, situated among spirits of place. 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, which are non-human concepts and beyond Earth beings. These sacred voices are Allies, and have been Nature, Earth, Continuity, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level in the reader’s geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human Helping Spirits 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. Readers should feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in their cosmologies and relationships.

This runecast isn’t divinatory in the sense that each half-month rune represents events to occur in its fortnight. Rather, the timing of each rune allows us to greet where we are with what the dynamics each rune represents. It offers an examination of our relationship with the rune and what it may teach us about current events and dynamics.

What do Spirits of Place have to do with runes?

Everything we do is rooted in place. We are ecosystem. We are relations with place. In order for that relationship to truly be exalted we must formally invite Spirits of Place into our rituals, and ensure that we craft our rituals to the benefit of the whole ecosystem.

I don’t live in Europe, where the Elder Futhark flourished. I don’t live in 200CE, when the runes were in wide use. But my Ancestors did, and to honor them I must carefully include them in my place-space rituals, including this runecast. In order to do include them in a way that benefits the whole ecosystem of my present, I introduced my ancestral Spirits of Place to the Spirits of Place I live among now. Negotiations were made and boundaries were drawn to support this full relationship I walk among to bless us all, as well as readers and their ecosystems.

In this runecast Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the week on a more personal level in your geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human Helping Spirits on Earth, which includes humanity’s animal and plant Ancestors, and other earth-centric helpers. The elements indicate our best deathwalking, enlivening, tempering, and/or transmutational force for the cast, and the directions offer insight into the best boundaried space for where transmutational work can be done. Season provides an expression of how we can best hold our agency. These additional beings in the cast give us actionable ways to engage the runes for the week and move among with them. Feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in your cosmologies and relationships.

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.

Why Join Patreon?

This is the free version of The Weekly Rune.  Get the full benefit of the  ad-free, detailed version every Sunday, by joining my private runes community at Patreon. The paid runecast includes:

  • more detail 
  • ad-free
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  • the current runes’ impact on human life force 
  • insights on how to best manage the curves and twists therein
  • introspective prompts to nuance and tend self-work

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The Runecast

Moving from Laguz into Ingwaz gives a sense of accomplishment. Often folx express jubilance at the end of the runic year, though I feel it more as we enter Ingwaz. We spend so much of the early third aett building in tension, and in this cycle more than most prior. Ingwaz brings not only relief for that energy finally being directed somewhere, but glimpses of what that energy will do in the world. It’s a coming out rune of triumphant proportion.

Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.

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What Does It Mean?

In this unfolding intra-pandemic experience, we’ve had to reconcile many things to get to Ingwaz. We can view the initiatory experience that begins with tending the sacred seed at Isa as culminating by its matured release upon the world at Ingwaz. However that may show up personally, it represents effort bled into something we live and breathe coming into being. 

The teachings of Laguz impressed upon us that effort wasn’t enough on its own. We had to master that hard work and still stay aware of our relationship to the sacred. Ingwaz is where we get to experience what that feels like, from within. It generates feedback from within us that we are the right Self, in the right Flow, doing the right thing with it.

Dagaz encourages us to make this act intentional, devotional. Assessing our day and adjusting how we go forward requires incisive intention. It speaks to taking a bit of time each day to find how we can continue to support this new energy we’ve brought into our awareness, life, and community.  It also suggests that with daily attention we can be free to change up how we support it, as needed.

Kenaz from the voice of Mountain made me do a double take. Mountain was a specific being I encountered as my first Ancestor. I understood that it was Jotnar energy right away, but I had to give it a moment to really come forward. I know this being as an enormous mountain, with stone and tree shoulders, anthropomorphic in its ability to walk around. This being brings the deepest assurance that the support we need from the Ancestors walks with us all the time. Very specifically, it has our back.

The Kenaz nuance of this is we may need to look to the little things to identify this support in the everyday. It won’t be grand gestures, but small, careful flickers on the edge of our periphery that we somehow just know what assurance they bring.

The place-space holding us this week starts with the direction of Left, which is west for others. It represents lush green, with endless opportunity for fertile growth. It’s expansive but undefined, intentional but not at all limited. Left is the direction of growth and possibility. The boundary it holds for us provides flexibility, yet security.

With Left is element Timing, who reminds us that greater laws are in relationship and are carrying out duties that while we have no control over them, we also don’t have to lift a finger to make sure they keep doing their job. Timing is ability to pace Self according to the cycles of Nature, to be in relationship with Nature such that one’s habits and body rituals sync with natural occurrences (up at dawn; relax when the shadows grow long). The transmutation Timing offers is the faith that time will take care of need, despite that our comprehension of time is very short.

With Left and Timing is Spring, which presents new growth, creativity. It represents the seasonal point that human-persons can more safely venture beyond their own thresholds–utangardr–return to the forest. It’s a time to expand and expend our agency and explore new territory.

Earth-spirit who can help us best step into the new consciousness of this week is  Honey Bee. My grandfather was a beekeeper, and because of the years of helping him tend his hives, my relationship to Honey Bee is represented with honey. The honey in the vial is the last that was extracted from his hives before he died, when I was 17.

Honey Bee supports this intentionally pivotal time. Honey bees are conductors of souls; they are natural psychopomps. They are the epitome of sacred order, always focusing their agency to the wellbeing of the collective through teamwork, resilience, adaptation, methodic engagement, interdependence. It may be appropriate to work with Honey Bees this week in helping let go of what can’t be brought forward alongside the new version of Self or agency that has been birthed.

We have 3-3-1 in aett representation this week. These place-holders of how we’re shifting suggest we’re ready for it. We know what time it is, and even the surprises are still within our awareness.


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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What new expansion is wanting expression in your life?

  • How do you hold your agency differently, as you grow?

  • How do you celebrate your growth?


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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

  • Dagaz – Dthah, Dthahg, Dthahguh

  • Kenaz – Kehn, Kenuh, Kawn, Kawnuh, Kain, Kainuh


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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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