For the week of 5 December 2021

Nonlinear Creation

Isa is the half-month rune through 13 December. Eihwaz is the intuitive rune, Laguz indicates Insistence’s message to us, and the tree carving, clay bowl, key and blank tile provide support. Read right to left is Isa, Eihwaz, then Laguz.

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).

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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.

 

New to The Weekly Rune?

  • 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.

The Runecast

Any time we greet Isa, we know it’s going to be slow, chilly, and transformational. The final of the winter trio of runes, it confronts us with the conundrum of the drive to move on and the fondness for the stillness. This awkward mid-way point with Isa is the respite before release back into the fray, in a manner of speaking. Think back to how offensive it was to be forcefully stalled, compared to the current apprehension of moving forward. Both are real and must be felt, just as we also must move on.

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 human condition is often described as one of suffering. A perspective on what it means to be human that speaks more to me is our time here is one of creating. What I mean by that is reaching down into who we are at our most sacred depths, finding the places where that sacredness is and is not in sync with the world around us, and figuring out how we create synchronicity therein to make it better for everyone (wyrdweaving?). That kind of creation means we must embody ourselves, which means we have to reconcile whatever interferes with our embodiment, which means we need skills and resources at deep mental, spiritual, and physical levels. That’s the guts of creation. It’s the bare bones underlying everything we do here, and Isa is the rune that forces us to confront that truth before we go any further. How we respond to that confrontation is on us, but we can’t go further without knowing we are either part of that gut-level creation or we aren’t. This week’s cast delves into what that creation looks and feels like, and where we can find support for it. Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

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.

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

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.