For the week of 17 May 2020

We are with you

Ingwaz is the half-month stave through 29 May. Ehwaz is the intuitive rune, and the bigger message to us this week was available through a different medium. Read right to left is Ingwaz, then Ehwaz.

I truly believe that #theweeklyrune includes the keys to making better choices based on keen insight into the present, to help each of us be more active in creating a better life for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal. 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 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

 The movement into Ingwaz often comes with a bump, not because it’s a challenging rune–in as much or little as any of them are–but because it demands our attention. The transition into it and the rune, itself, are hardwired for us to pay attention. And, culturally, we often aren’t, or historically haven’t been. As I’ve discussed several times in TWR and on the podcast, Ingwaz is the culmination of an initiation that began back at Isa, late November-early December. What began then is center stage, now. 

In the past we were probably more capable of tracing a straight line from events then to events now. Not so much this time. Most likely that line is a scribble of loops, if it terminates anywhere at all. Much of what we personally began then has derailed, mutated, if not totally fallen out of the realm of possiblity. 

The thing that has progressed on is the virus. What does that say about our personal trajectories? How do we go forward?

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?

The one thing that’s clarified to me in the last two weeks, if I can summarize it to one thing, is our limited ability to recognize all the layers of what’s right in front of us.  On a daily basis right now, I’m confronted with  a dynamic or situation and seen the thing–the literal physical thing, or the thoughtform of the idea/belief that we’ve all created/contributed to/agreed on is that thing–and the incompleteness of how we culturally see the thing.  And then I sit with it a little longer to see/feel/connect to its life force, to learn that we’re not just seeing only what we’ve culturally agreed to see, but that there are also facets of that thing we have culturally agreed not to see.

That’s the horse of a different color, that quite literally is riding in on Ehwaz. Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker in North Carolina. She teaches rune work, ancestral healing, and deathwalking, as well as mentors and leads the soul tending training intensive, The Spirited Path. As an interfaith minister, she has served her local community and an international client base since 2000 through Soul Intent Arts, and advocates embodied soul tending and sacred activism through Nature. #beyourcommunity

elder well, die well, ancestor well


Elder Well

So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.

Die Well

So that you leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.