For the week of 19 December 2021
The Meaning in Harvest
Jera is the half-month rune through 28 December. Hagalaz is the intuitive rune, and Dagaz indicates Vision’s message to us. Read right to left is Jera, Hagalaz, then Dagaz.
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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- Also, for deep work on coming into relationship with the runes in season, check out my book, Runic Book of Days.
In last week’s cast, the movement into Jera reaffirmed our need to address the trauma stirred by the winter runes. It called us to tend our inner cosmologies at each level to meet base needs first, so that we’d gain the stamina to sustain that practice and lay our foundation for spiritual support. It also encouraged us to call on our Dream Team and other-than-human-Allies for help. This week half-month rune Jera draws further on that sustained support and eases us into a way to look at moving on within the observance of how trauma has changed us.
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?
Jera is the time of harvest, which is so spot-on for greeting the December Solstice. This examination of our relationship to shadow and light allows us a few moments of stillness to discern how we’re moving with our trauma, and re-allocate our resources so that we stay moving in a way that still furthers our calling. So often we think of trauma as that which rends us from our calling. Or we get the New Age opposite–our wounds become our calling. There’s much territory in there to realize that trauma and wounding don’t have to be the same thing, and we can embrace all of who we are–including trauma-shadow and light. This week’s rune speak to exactly that, with a plan for where it can all go. 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.