For 25 December 2022 through 1 January 2023

A Love Song to Place

Jera (reindeer antler slice) is the half-month rune through 28 December, at which point Eihwaz comes to the fore, until 13 January. Gebo is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates Infinity’s message to us. For this Dead Time the spirits of place anchoring the runes are Teeth (Coyote, Fossilized Mosasaur, and Fossilized Squalicorax) in Autumn, with all of the elements in the direction of Within. Read right to left is Jera above for the current week then Eihwaz for the following week, Gebo, then Raidho. The current week’s runes include Jera, Gebo, then Raidho, with the next week’s runecast including Eihwaz, Gebo, then Raidho.

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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, situated among spirits of place. 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, which are non-human concepts and beyond Earth beings. These sacred voices are Allies, and have been Nature, Earth, Continuity, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level in the reader’s geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human Helping Spirits 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. Readers should feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in their cosmologies and relationships.

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The Runecast

This runecast is a bit different. It covers a half-month rune transition mid-week, which spans into the runecast for the following week. As such, it’s a bit long, and may be best read broken into the requisite weekly timing.

Jera (reindeer antler slice) is the half-month rune through 28 December, at which point Eihwaz comes to the fore, until 13 January. Gebo is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates Infinity’s message to us. For this Dead Time the spirits of place anchoring the runes are Teeth (Coyote, Fossilized Mosasaur, and Fossilized Squalicorax) in Autumn, with all of the elements in the direction of Within. Read right to left is Jera above for the current week then Eihwaz for the following week, Gebo, then Raidho. The current week’s runes include Jera, Gebo, then Raidho, with the next week’s runecast including Eihwaz, Gebo, then Raidho.

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?

For the week of 25 December 2022

The current week’s runes include Jera, Gebo, then Raidho.

Considering how externalized the native tension of the second aett is, much of this season’s experience of it has been internal. It’s been on how we regulate given any particular day, through all systems in question, amidst our own personal stuff.  There’s been no lack of astral weather or local turmoil, though unlike cycles past, this experience of early second aett has been very nuanced, and encouraged us to be in our bodies, notice what’s coming up where, and given us awareness of room to make choices around that.

 

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At first I couldn’t parse out wtf this runecast was doing. When I realized, I couldn’t help but laugh and lean into how the runes always manage to suss out the dynamics that are harder to put into words. I had been fretting over how I would get two runecasts done in one week, because it is such a pillar of my own awareness and grounding. It’s rare that I have skipped doing one; doing so messes with my ability to plot myself in timing/place-space. I know that I’m a lot harder on myself about that than y’all are. And the runecast, itself, brought the solution.

When I started putting together the cast, right away it wanted things done differently. I started pulling out the background and rune mat. Once I have that sacred divider in place, I do the runes next. But this time I was only permitted to lay out the half-month runes. The others Would. Not. Come. So I moved onto the direction–instant: Within. Helping Spirits, immediate: All the teeth. Season: Coyote chose Autumn (I never look when doing that part). Only once those bits were laid out did the rest of the runes come. When I got to who might speak through Raidho, Infinity got a double check. 

The gist of this cast is expanding our potential for relationship: Infinity, boundless space, which when we conceive of as humans, is place. Boundless potential for relationship, regardless of time, yet observable from a fixed point such as, say, an ecosystem? Where we stand? The runes for the next two weeks posit us in a place–literal and liminal–each in our ecosystem–that holds space for us to draw on the most vast, deep roots of well Ancestors that we can conceive, to wyrdweave our way into new normal, to the futures of our Descendants. Over the next two weeks we are reminded of our capacity to change, to be the hinge of light and darkness, and be utterly, helpfully functional to all who pass through this place.

I thought this would be two runecasts based on the same supporting components, but no. The runecasts are meant to be held in context with each other, though they don’t have to be read all at once. In fact, doing so may be overkill.

FTR, in that reindeer antler set, I can never tell the difference between Sowilo and Eihwaz. They’re not carved the way that I would do them, and the distinction is so subtly made that… well. Improvise where needed. And I realized this week that my aesthetic for altar space was largely influenced by I Spy books…

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Jera, in this just-slipped-past-Solstice rendering, is a little less intense than pre-Solstice. It’s still dark in the Global North, and where I am, the Hunt will be blowing through for a while longer. The processes of decay and death are still playing out in our lived experience of the season, though this side of that movement toward light, life force begins to stir ever so slightly upward from the roots. Mycelium networks begin dreaming up new life from the offerings of the Dead Time. It’s subtle, but it’s there, and it is this experience of place that Gebo wants us to engage.

With Gebo we find a bond in the barely extended daylight that promises so much support. Gebo is all about gift, giving, the exchange, the connection forged from that interaction, how it carries us forward in relationship. In the context of time with Jera, year, and the place from which we wyrdweave into Infinity, we are in a moment of ecstasy with place. It truly is a love affair with where we stand, and over the next week allow expression of it. Sing to the land. Sing to place. Share supper with it, with the understanding that it does the same for Self, every day, all day. 

We can’t over-experience the hyperdistillation of timing, place, and the elements in this runecast, with the emphasis on the direction of Within. It all spells embodiment, interdependence, and truly coming into an understanding of what it means to stand each where we do. 

Raidho, ride, is the act of literally taking our show on the road. Its placement in the first aett still has us largely in the joy ride portion of the intermingling of human agency, the impact of our agency with that of other-than-human persons. This rune is about movement and comes with the education that we can’t just keep our agency to ourselves. It can’t be just for us, and in truth, isn’t possible for it to be. 

Raidho in its traditional placement gives us a sampling of what it means to be out and about as a relatively fully actualized human. But of course what the second aett teaches us is that what we thought that was is wrong, is maybe not even attainable, or just isn’t the goal at all. As the rune speaking the voice of Infinity this week, movement, ride is asking that we remember the last Jera and what we’ve learned from it on our travels forward, so that we apply our agency in a way that we remember the blessings we’ve received from Gebo with our ecosystem, our place-space, so that we Raidho through our lives, in kind.

All of the teeth speaking in unison was new. There wasn’t emphasis on the hosts of those teeth. Rather, the emphasis was on our ability to communicate and making things usable, to turn them into nutrients. Teeth represent possibly the most core relationship and reliance that human-persons have on their ecosystem: sustenance. Yes, we move among it, and no, most of us don’t eat off our own land. Yet our bodies still have that intimate awareness of place-space, even when we don’t.

In Autumn, Teeth herald this post-Solstice moment as a time of preparation, though with ample resources and the maturity to know how to use them well. Again, within the context of interdependence, we Gebo with place.

All of the elements speaking at once was far less chaotic than I would have imagined. In fact, it was harmonious and  affirming. I’ve always been taught that ether is the container of all elements, and while my experience with this runecast held that truth, the presence of them all was something more than that, as well. I think because they spoke from Within shaded the context of their presence. It made it less about a clanging gaggle of busybodies vying for individual attention around me, and more of a unity of what is without, Within me. It was all place, all space, every step I took. Where I Stand was traveling with me, which in my experience far outstrips our current Influencer projections of actualized human. It was more along the lines of actualized beingness, which seems to be the ultimate emphasis for this week: Yes, we are where we stand, which I’ve led with for 15 years, now. Beyond that, we must adore where we stand and be willing to demonstrate it to place and in how we live.

In this runecast we have two first aett runes anchoring the second aett half-month rune. This formula points to drawing on our somewhat naive wonder and excitement of souling-in-form, and remembering to draw on our elemental and place-space kin to help us stay motivated to do that.

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What is your comfort level with intimacy with place?
  • How do you experience the relationship between the elements in your body and those beyond it?
  • How does place inform you of yourself?

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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.

  • Jera – Yer, Yeruh, Yair, Yairuh, Yer/Yairaw
  • Gebo – Gay, Gaboh, Geh, Gehboh
  • Raidho – Rhye, Ryedthe, Ryedthoh

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Full Monty Weekly Runecast for 1 January 2023

For the week of 1 January 2023

A Love Song to New Self

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What Does It Mean?

This week’s runecast includes Eihwaz, Gebo, then Raidho.

Eihwaz is associated with the yew tree.This relationship makes it a powerful symbol of both endurance as it is ever green, and of death, as its taxine is poisonous. Leading up to this rune in the traditional progression of the Elder Futhark, we’ve traversed how to soul-in-form in the first aett, have endured the trials upon entry of the second aett and settled into what we can take from those trials into how we more deeply engage our place-space through harvest. 

At Eihwaz, we are not who we were. We aren’t the naive new soul in town (first aett). We aren’t the addled human-person buffeting adversity (early second aett). We’ve had some boots-on-the-ground experience with Where We Stand, and even though we were legitimately rattled by it, we learned to regulate and find blessings and relationships, despite. 

Yet how we relate to everything–even just being here–has changed, so it makes sense from an animistic standpoint that this rune can also be about the place between evergreen and death: embodiment. When we’re embodied, we are in relationship with place-space. We are not individual. We are ecosystem. We are all.

The thing about going through adversity is it messes with our sense of who we are, not for no reason. Adversity is another way of saying impact, which is a direct result of agency. We leave an impact, regardless of intention. We are impacted by pretty much everything, whether we’re aware of it or are oblivious. Given that, with Eihwaz we’re dipping a bit into scar territory–that interstitial space where we aren’t who we were, though who we are isn’t evident, or perhaps even here yet. It’s the space of possibility, which in terms of embodiment points us to re-situating with our sacredness.  This week prompts questions around who we perceive ourselves to be at our most sacred depths, what lies between us and that perception, what we need to release to access it, and what we need to bring in to support it.

Which brings us to Raidho. As the best way to work with Jera this week, we’re taking the Sacred Self show on the road. Still drawing on Gebo celebration and gratitude of place-space relationship, we’re packing that up, along with our scar(s), and we’re doing life anyway. We’re re-learning who we are in new contexts, still honoring the challenges we’ve been through, still able to access embodiment and honor our ecosystem relationships. This week we become aware of our ability to really be present, still experience tension and disruption around that, yet be able to stay in some facet of relationship with it to do what we have to do.

Embodiment is not about a state of perfect 100%, 24/7 presence of Self and place-space. It’s about holding in our awareness that it’s there as we are able to draw on it. The result of it isn’t that we always know how to respond or we never get into challenges. It’s that we remain aware of our tools, relationships, wisdom, and knowledge to support us through it.  This is why tending, not healing. This is why caring, not curing. 

Again, Teeth represent communication and creating sustenance. I also suggest here that they know when to bite off what’s no longer needed. Anything that’s in the way of allowing a new iteration of Sacred Self(ves) to come forward, situate in ritual what allows Self to bite off what is in the way, clearing room for what must come.

That this cast is in the energy of Autumn means we have a bounty of resources available to support us in this internal shift, and that we’re mature enough to be able to do that dismemberment work with clarity and wisdom.

All of the elements speaking from Within give voice to the many relationships that can help us make space for this new awareness of our sacredness. We are ever charged to find the place where the elements within us are the same as the ones we move among. That threshold is everything about us that is unique, and everything about us that is kin. All of this support can help us hold in place the parts of us that are who we are even as they introduce us to who we are becoming. Because they already know and are intimately, inextricably in relationship with all of Self.

Again, in this runecast we have two first aett runes holding the second aett half-month rune. This combo emphasizes that we can still draw on the wonder and magickalness of early souling-in-form. Even though we’ve got bruises and scars now, even though some parts of us have to go to make room for the versions that are needed now, we don’t have to let go of everything. It’s okay to love and adore versions of ourselves who were naive and more carefree. In fact, maybe we have to in order to really tend the scars.

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • Who are you becoming?
  • What needs to go in order for the needed version of Self to emerge fully?
  • What ceremony can you create to honor it?

Galdr

  • Eihwaz – Eye, Eyewuh, Yew, Yewuh
  • Gebo – Gay, Gaboh, Geh, Gehboh
  • Raidho – Rhye, Ryedthe, Ryedthoh

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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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