For the week of 15 May 2022

Emergence

Ingwaz is the half-month rune through 29 May. Tiwaz is the intuitive rune. No third rune spoke this week. Specifically, the indication was that humans speak for themselves, each for Self and also for our collective. No bones spoke, though the season of spring was present with the active element of Air in the direction of Within. Read right to left is Ingwaz then Tiwaz.

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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

When we make the progression from Laguz to Ingwaz, we’re shifting our focus from how we’re in Flow to how we live from that connected place. By this point in the third aett we understand that there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (tanstaafl). We know that just as we have to work to stay in form/embody ourselves well, we also have to work to stay in Flow well. None of it is a given. 

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?

Modern spirituality has imparted the idea that information is enough. If we know something to be true, that fact is presented as enough to hold us in the workable groove. I’m sure that’s in part a reaction to the restrictive organized religion that movement was a mass exodus out of. It’s also more personal than that. It’s human nature to think ourselves into truth or move with confirmation bias, and the third aett knows better. By the time we progress into Ingwaz, so do we.

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A micro pattern that plays out in the progression of the Elder Futhark involves the idea of a sacred seed . We see it first with Isa, the sacred seed born of ice, held until it’s ready to push out into the world. It’s the blueprint that reaches a point of expression with Mannaz, that needs distribution into the world to realize itself with Ingwaz. It’s a beautiful process when we apply flowering descriptors and metaphorize the philosophies shaping behind it, though we can take for granted how hard it really was to get to this point. For this reason I call Ingwaz the coming out rune, because what emerges with it is a deeper version of our sacred, and bringing that depth to our social circles is a big fucking deal.

When we reach Ingwaz, it may be helpful to look back at Isa (late November, early December) to see what was set in motion at that time, to understand what’s blooming in our lives now. I’d put money on it being something that wasn’t easy to sit with at the time, teetered nervously into social exposure, and now is a deep personal truth that requires nurture.That process really is all of human life, in a nutshell. We move from one space of fragility to the next, learning how to be better so that we can do better, repeat.

Tiwaz as the rune for how to best manage Ingwaz is telling. I could make a strong argument for Tiwaz being part of that micro progression, because it epitomizes a point in our lives that we had to do a complete about face on one sacred thing so that another could manifest. Even if that’s not what was required in the last season of Isa, the progression to get to this expression of Ingwaz has felt like one long, drawn out Tiwaz moment.

The relationship between Tiwaz and Ingwaz is one of amazing things evolving from dire straits. Because Tiwaz is in the adjectival position to the half-month noun this week, we don’t need to fret the demand that we abandon our heartsong. But we do need to move with care as if we were. Whatever is stirred by Ingwaz this week, whatever emerges as new consciousness in our lives that must now move into its own agency–we must support it with the same level of care that Tiwaz holds us when we’re experiencing climactic change.

Probably the biggest commentary on all of this is the absence of TWR components we’re used to. Since the inception of sacred voices in the cast, none have ever completely bowed out. When I first realized that was happening this time, I thought I was missing something. Then it became apparent that there wasn’t really an absence of a big voice, but the strong presence of each of us.

Things require us to be intentionally present. The end. What we want in our lives, how we want to move among, manifesting our calling–all of that can happen. But it can’t happen to the best of our benefit without us being part of the process, the delivery, and the maintenance. And I think deep down when we strip away all the bullshit, that’s not all that hard to do. What makes it hard is systemic oppression, disability, neurodivergence, trauma, lack of resources to support all of the aforementioned… We have to be able to situate our wellness with those things and still approach how we soul-in-form with intention. And frankly, that’s a lot to juggle, and that’s why the third aett is so hard. People talk about the chaos of the second aett being the real ass kicker of the Futhark–and it is. But what makes the third one more challenging in my opinion, is that we also know how sweet humaning can be. As animists we know that we can’t dissect the bad from the good. It all happens simultaneously, and we have to have cultivated the emotional complexity (from the second aett) to feel and process both at once. We know we are part of something larger than ourselves. We know how important it is that we bear our unique gift regardless of adversity. And that we don’t have a lot of time to do it. By the third aett we are not jaded. We know what we’re up against, and even though we’re dang tired, we know we have to get it done anyway.

Sit with Self’s version of what that means, this week. What pep talk can be given? What parameters can be laid out to do what’s needed with intention? How can that be worked into the schedule? What does Voice need said, and what responsibility to its impact on others do we hold?

The season, element, and direction can bring some clarity to that soliloquy (I love that word). Spring has been the season in the fore for several weeks, and that bodes so well for what is to come. The creativity of the moment will carry us into whatever new agency is stepping forward with Ingwaz. Likewise, the element Air has much to do with carrying our intentions to where they can best root. And the direction of Within speaks to our animism, our personal relationship with being on the planet, and our capability of allowing body to be both the boundary for and determiner of our experience here. As this new consciousness emerges, let the body lead in how we react to and support it.

Both of these runes are from the third aett, more omens about being ready for Solstice, and for knowing impeccably how we want to elder in our time here.

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What is springing to new life within you?
  • How does it need to be supported?
  • What needs to be let go so that it can thrive?

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Galdr

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
  • Tiwaz – Tee, Teewuh, Teewaw

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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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