For the week of 20 September 2020

Meaning in Nature

(Runecast background art by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law)

Kenaz is the half-month stave through 28 September.  Algiz is the intuitive rune, and Dagaz indicates Freedom’s message to us. Read right to left is Kenaz, Algiz, then Dagaz.

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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.


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The Runecast

Kenaz has a way of working its way into our awareness, by nature. It’s what it does. This thing that we couldn’t or wouldn’t know or face suddenly demands room and expression in our lives. I typically experience Kenaz moments as those I’ve not been allowed to know, by some conditioning or experience. In other words, it shows up when something that’s wanted to come through but couldn’t absolutely can’t wait in the wings anymore.

For those who tend soul work, this is shadow stuff. Shadow is created when an external event disallows our power. The hard part to swallow with shadow is that it occurs from our own choice. The complication with that is in situations of trauma or a longterm slow leak of power, the situation gaslights our choices, so that we end up turning on ourselves to survive. We make the choice that keeps us alive in the moment, which can have longterm repercussions on our overall health and growth. Shadow is both the reminder that this event happened, of the choice we made under duress, and that it still needs attention. 

This week’s cast touches on shadow related to how we are  in relationship with our Nature Spirits, and why it matters for our own healing and that of our community to be reconciled with it.

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 AHA! moment brought to us by Kenaz this week is related to how we relate to our immediate animistic network–which is Kelley-speak for our direct relationship to the Nature Spirits we live among. This is the relationship that all animism, direct relationship, and responsibility for all of Life on this planet hinges upon. Often when I say “immediate animistic network,” people start rattling off their animal spirits and totems, which is not necessarily what I’m talking about and potentially very problematic language and association. Not all Nature Spirits want to hang with us. Not all Nature Spirits are ours to hang with. And assumptions we make within those associations are hazardous to us, them, and the folx with whom they had had thousands of years of relationship. So I’m not talking about animal guides, and not all Nature Spirits are available for relationship. What to do? Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

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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elder well, die well, ancestor well


Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.