For the week of 24 May 2020
Meaning and Power
Ingwaz is the half-month stave through 29 May. Dagaz is the intuitive rune, and Berkana indicates Care’s message to us. Read right to left is Ingwaz, Dagaz, then Berkana.
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).
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.
Disruption has been the leading factor of the season, and our time with each of the last few runes has reflected that. Where we have usually treated working with the runes in season as a distilled devotional practice fitted to the framework of how we can allow the runes in a somewhat ancestral fashion guide us, with the pandemic we’ve had to expand our experience of both devotional practice and the runes.
I’m always amazed by how the runes don’t necessarily say what I want them to, yet they always speak what I need them to. It is no less true with TWR, and this week the runes are saying we need to examine our rituals, allow flux with them, and find our personal power in how that process evolves.
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?
So much of how we define our personal power is built upon habit. In a way, it makes sense. The more we practice something–by which I don’t mean the ‘makes perfect’ kind–rather, the studious context of practice, as in to put into motion as a way of moving in the world, sustained–the more embodied we become. The more embodied we are, the more impact we have in the time that we’re here.
Ingwaz reminds us that we were once sacred seeds growing, evolving, choosing how we would take shape here. While we don’t get to control all the variables of that process or of the lives we emerge into, we have to bring ourselves back to those early stages and why we chose to be planted. This week’s runes remind us that the onus is on us not just to keep evolving, but also to remember where we came from. Read more…
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, die well, ancestor well
To bear your unique gift to the world.
To leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.