For the week of 8 May 2022

Portal to Flow

Laguz is the half-month rune through 14 May. Ansuz is the intuitive rune, Dagaz indicates Stasis’ message to us, the fossilized ammonite occupies spring, all with the active element of Plant in the direction of Left. Read right to left is Laguz, Ansuz, then Dagaz.
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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. 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. These sacred voices have been Nature, Earth, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

As the runecast has evolved its voice, other components have joined. 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. Osteomancy honors other-than-human persons 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.

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

This week’s cast implements Directions for the first time. To learn more about how they deepen the runecast, read the above section How is the Runecast Done? For support learning how the directions and elements function in your cosmology, check out Patreon.

Last week’s runecast with Laguz was the most optimistic cast we’ve had in a long time, and this week’s is just as bright. Like, literally. It’s easy for me to get in these last few runes of the third aett and start to have tunnel vision for June Solstice, and overlook the significance of these runes and their timing. I’m slowing down year and sitting with the message of each, which, curiously, is what June Solstice is about.

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?

Laguz holds big life force. It’s the water rune that captures its wonderful nurturing qualities, as well as its potential to kill. That dichotomy also captures our perspective on flow well. We either perceive ourselves as in flow or we don’t, and that awareness has everything to do with how we situate ourselves into community–small and vast–how we observe cosmology, and how we bring our calling to bear. This week’s cast gives good insight into how we can use the components of stillness to hold our awareness of flow, and even in still moments, keep moving.

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Ansuz is the rune of speaking our truth, which can be very literal. Its traditional meaning references mouth and breath, which really comes down to using our agency with authority. Humans are the custodians of earth, sheerly because of our ability to Ansuz. We have more agency than other beings on Earth. We have the ability to do more quickly and thoroughly than others can here. That concept is what Ansuz reminds us of, and this week it is the best way we can work with flow–our own flow, and Pluriversal Flow. Now is the time to remember our agency and examine if we’re using it to be the best custodians we can. And if we’re not, don’t know if we’re not, or don’t know how to hold our agency, this runecast suggests Flow, itself, can inform us.

It seems like every June Solstice we start seeing the influence of Dagaz as a supporting rune leading up to its bright moment. Its presence this week is no less powerful and suggests just how important flow is in our lives, and getting right in it before Solstice.

Dagaz means day, though not just daylight. It encompasses the light and dark aspects of day. Specifically, in its season, it’s about where the light and dark meet, where they are the same, yet still clearly distinct. When we sit with what that means, well… All sorts of insights come up. What strikes me most in this cast is connection–how the light and dark can be connected, yet distinct. We can all be connected, yet we’re each still distinct from each other. When we can look at connection in such intimacy, we’re talking about how we are gateways to each other. In the way that light and dark are portals to each other, we are portals opening each other, to each other, and everything between and beyond.

And portals are the key theme in this cast. They seem like static things, thresholds, spaceholders for something else to happen. But that’s the difference between static and stasis. The sacred voice representing a bigger voice in this cast, Stasis is less about maintaining the same, not moving, and more about active stillness. Just as with Dagaz the emphasis is where light and dark meet–the portal they create–Stasis is about being able to be that space. It’s about being able to be here and there, yet not completely either of those things, and the foundation of something completely different from those things. Stasis is ultimately holding space. It is being able to be, without consuming, disregulating, or rejecting what is. It is a portal that doesn’t retreat back to what led to it or project to what it leads. Doesn’t matter what led to it or what lies beyond it. Who knows what’s beyond it? A portal is just exactly right there, and in terms of Dagaz, this means between light and darkness. And in terms of Self standing in that spot, what is Self the portal for at this time? Can we just be comfortable being the portal without knowing? Can we be at peace with Flow needing us to be a portal?

With this stance as the one to hold this week, the fossilized ammonite reinforces that active stillness of portal, with patience, awareness of timing, and execution of boundaries. Its spiral shell is the labyrinth that doesn’t begin or end, though still leads deeper. Even the ammonite’s fossilization echoes holding space–a presence that is long passed, yet still influences. That it occupies spring is promising. It speaks to growth to come, the resources to support it, and the ability to enjoy the creative process along the way.

The potential expressed by Plant is how we learn to grow in a space with little movement. Part of ableist human supremacy over Nature is based on our ability to relocate very easily. We can get out of anything, claim, manifest so much more easily than other-than-human persons here solely because we can move. But Anusz is urging us to find how we hold space in Flow, Laguz, standing between states–the twilight of Dagaz. Everything about that challenges human wiring. But Plant does it all the time. Maybe this is the week to engage Plant in how that works, some consensual shapeshifting to learn how active stillness really is. What energy tending does Plant to, to hold that space healthily? What does it have to let go of? What does it require?

Regarding Left, for me that has corresponded with what folx consider west. It could change. When I sit with how Left can help me be the portal in my own life–it’s a lush green, thriving, supportive landscape with nothing but potential ahead. What sits in that area for Self? How can Left be engaged to support Self? I can sit with knowing there’s much ahead that is clamouring for my success in bearing my gift here, and Left can help me actively feel that support.[/ppp_patron_only]

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • What does Left represent for you?
  • From your anchor point, what allies live to the Left who can help you right now?
  • How can you honor them?


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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
  • Ansuz – Ahn, Ahnsoo, Awn, Awnsoo
  • Dagaz – Dthah, Dthahg, Dthahguh


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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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