For the week of 1 May 2022

We Rise and Flow

Laguz is the half-month rune through 14 May. Uruz is the intuitive rune, Isa indicates Cosmology’s message to us, the seashell occupies spring, all on the active elements of wood. Read right to left is Laguz, Uruz, then Isa.

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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. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the sacred overview. 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 different sacred voices. These voices have been Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

As the runecast has evolved its voice, other components have been added. Osteomancy, the elements, and directions were gradually added in to more deeply root the spirits of place into the cast, each bringing a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level for the reader.

New to Runecasting?

  • 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.

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The Runecast

By the time we reach Laguz, we’ve internalized the bumps and twists of the second aett, greeted the turbulent start of the third, and had time to form relationship to grief on all fronts. Part of what we learn in the third aett is that regardless of what happens in life, we’re still that stellar little spark that dropped into the first aett, but we need reminders to help us stay aware of that fact. Enter Laguz.

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?

We reference Laguz as the water rune, though many of the mystical associations we make with water now have no precedence in ON culture. That doesn’t mean we can’t draw on both the emotional feminine qualities that we think of with water, and also acknowledge it as one of the two elemental sources of All Things (the other being fire, and a close third with poison) (and different forms of water were gendered differently in ON). In antiquity it would have encompassed more the ocean’s ability to feed and offer mystery and possibility with travel, but also its potential to unexpectedly change, kill, and destroy livelihoods. Water made humans feel small in the grander scheme of things, so when we arrive at Laguz we can take that complexity different ways: that we are small and need to move among with respect; that we are small and have some huge allies. This week’s runecast touches on both.

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The closest ON context we can extrapolate about Laguz combines ocean, flow, and home, with the idea being that oceans always flow to the same point. Water is the conduit generating movement to home. Always. When we sit with what this means animistically, it’s that direct personal relationship will always lead us where we need to be. Flow will always move us where we need to go.

Will that movement be smooth? Wanted? On our timing? Who can say. But if we have faith in the seasonal progression of the Futhark, the memo is that we are mature enough for it. With Mannaz we have weathered challenges that we learned from how to better handle the next challenges. With Laguz we can at least count on Flow to bring us home in how we choose to move forward.

Uruz brings this awareness through the body. It harkens back to being aware of how we are soul in form, and what we’re doing with that awareness. It also reminds us that the body is the elements, and it never lies. When we’re not sure where the compass is pointed in life, the body knows. When we we don’t know what choice to make around something, the body knows.

This week is a good time to reacquaint with our personal somatics. Uruz is all about the fusion of sacredness into matter, which ultimately equates to embodiment. The way we act out embodiment is manifestation, which doesn’t have to be about external stuff. It can be internal awareness, personal regulation, tuning into the body. Uruz as the rune for how to best work with flow this week says through the body. How elemental!

Isa speaking with the authority of Cosmology is something to behold. The message of be still and know the container of relationships that most affect how we move here is big news, indeed. Maybe this means some flux is needed in how we view cosmology. Maybe cosmology needs to change–someone needs to retreat back while another influence comes forward. However Cosmology demands attention at this time, give it. I find that cosmology changes–our inner one and our wider pluriversal one. Change is rarely made of only awesome, though change that we have warning about can at least be better assimilated.

Often Isa enters a cast with this stillness mandate, usually at a time or under circumstances that aren’t wanted. Because this rune represents the wider, more universal energies, instead of approaching it with the usual forced stillness aspect, it’s more like linger indulgently. Revel in embodiment and the sensuality of true personal sacredness.

Take some time to reassess cosmology this week. Who’s currently present and filling what roles? Who’s at the fore? Who’s in the margins? Look within and see if there’s an inner part tapping for attention. Or perhaps something in the inner cosmology needs attention in how it connects into wider cosmology. Whatever the focus, devote attention to what Cosmology needs to better be in Flow, and know that doing so at this supported interval is indeed cradled in relationship.

Between the seashell in spring promising new beginnings that change shape as needed to sustain and the wood whispering strength and flexibility, we have subtle, genuinely sweet but tough as nails allies walking with us right now. Consider wood a go-to teacher this week, educating us in how to stretch from our centers to expand beyond our wildest reaches, rooted for the ride.

Interesting that we have a rune from each aett in this cast. That doesn’t happen very often. And if we break them down into a simple formula, they say something like flow + embodiment = stillness + elements/season

This is by far the most optimistic and upbeat runecast we’ve had in a couple of years. Probably longer. I know we’re in eclipse weather and tangled planets that spell coming out better on the other end for having decoded our relationship to the process. It’s the kind of settling and assessment that comes only after total demolition and squinting through the dust.


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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • Where do you feel in flow? Where do you not?
  • How does the body communicate this to you?
  • How can you respond to this information?


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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.

  • Laguz – Lah, Lahg, Lahgoo, Law
  • Uruz – Oo, Ooroo
  • Isa – Ees, Eesuh


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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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