For the week of 13 December 2020
The Sacred in the Mundane
Jera is the half-month stave through 28 December. Ehwaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Gebo indicates Winter’s message to us. Read right to left is Jera, Ehwaz reversed, then Gebo.
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)
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Last week’s cast and this one have been the most uplifting ones we’ve had in a while. I’m all about realism and dealing with life on terms that keep me grounded in what’s happening. That said, I appreciate these wisps of support.
This runecast isn’t without a dose of reality. This week is focused on the right-here-right-now, no future projection, no dwelling on the past, and no emphasis on what’s happening on other levels of being. Our focus is in our skin this week, and that’s where the blessings of these runes will be found.
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 harvest rune. It points to the time that we’ve accomplished what we’re going to in the year, and with that we must sit with how to move forward. For that reason I call Jera the ‘hearth rune,’ as it brings us pause to reflect on how our harvest has gone. We do household accounting to understand what didn’t work, what did, how we can shake things up for better results, and where we need to rein in our efforts and just flow.
It’s also applicable to view Jera in a metaphoric light. Our harvest honoring can be acknowledging where we’ve grown, how we’ve grown, and how we look ahead from our new vantage point. However, the framing runes of this week’s cast ground us very much in earth-soul level being. One of the biggest lies of the 90s nuage was to project that spiritual meant Out There. It couldn’t be found in the earthly level of existence. Mundane came to mean boring, dispossessed of aliveness, and is a more recent significant cultural break in our path away from animism.
As if soul was only Out There.
As if it isn’t all connected.
As if here isn’t worthy. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker in North Carolina. She teaches rune work, ancestral healing, and deathwalking, as well as mentors and leads the soul tending training intensive, The Spirited Path. As an interfaith minister, she has served her local community and an international client base since 2000 through Soul Intent Arts, and advocates embodied soul tending and sacred activism through Nature. #beyourcommunity
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.