For the week of 28 November 2021
Isa is the half-month rune through 13 December. Perthro is the intuitive rune, Ansuz indicates Memory’s message to us. Read right to left is Isa, Perthro, then Ansuz.
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to 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.
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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)
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Our time with Nauthiz has functioned as a hyper-distillation of meeting needs with few resources to meet them. There’s very little likeable in that dynamic, and being able to acknowledge that fact is part of this rune. Its existence is just a fact. It doesn’t have to be personal or an omen. Dire need happens. Difficult crossroads arise and we have to make choices about our relationship with them. Working with Nauthiz teaches us that we are capable of necessary things in trying times, which in the progression of the Elder runes means what comes of that awareness is taken into our intimate time with Isa.
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?
Isa is the rune of stillness. “Ring not pass” is the phrase associated with it–the progression that we are held, if not frozen, until we thoroughly acclimate to what’s needed before we can move to what comes next. That stillness until what comes next has often been put forward as being at peace with adversity or finding meaning in it. I’m not a huge fan of the conceit that everything has meaning. I don’t hold the space that anyone is required to find meaning in horrible things. We have the option to, and the projection that we should is damaging. I am, however, a huge fan of readiness, and that’s where I land on how Isa functions. As with all the winter runes, this rune encompasses that I am in relationship with hard things. It’s not an indictment, but a fact of being human and in this plane. This runecast brings into sharp focus that meaning or not, we are in relationship with what has been hard, and we have to make choices about that relationship. We have to shape our readiness to move on from it. Isa is the place where we make choices about how we’re going to move on, and the framing runes this week give expression around how we do so. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. I’m an ordained interfaith minister, and for almost 25 years I’ve taught 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.
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.