For the week of 3 May 2020

Worth the Effort

Laguz is the half-month stave through 14 May. Gebo is the intuitive rune, and Kenaz indicates the well Ancestors’ message to us. Read right to left is Laguz, Gebo, then Kenaz.

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).

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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


As we press ever into Laguz and life during pandemic, we’ve started to see what happens when folx feel the pressure of life logistics out of their control, and are learning that how we respond is everything. We’re not out of the woods of physical isolation, and due to that stress and others, our sense of flow is altered. Some of us respond to that alteration by forcing an old view of flow, as in demonstrating we have the right to function as if nothing’s wrong with no regard for the wellbeing of others. Some respond by following the guidance of health organizations and government and allowing new flow, yet still contend with distress of doing so. Even still, some of us lead lives that alienate us from understanding flow at all, and are just trying to make do with the remnants of an old life and a new one we don’t yet know how to live.

This week’s runes speak to that dynamic, and in a present that’s experiencing a warped relationship to time, offers a way to find continuity without 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?

For the last few weeks we’ve had to approach the runes a different way. Where I’ve been inclined to read them in their historic context and divine their relationship to modern life, modern life has molted in a way that is both historic and not yet plottable, which means we must back to a time when the runes have such transition in their memory.  That means our memory of the runes must expand, even while our knowledge of where we’re going isn’t available yet. We can’t just be satisfied with what we’ve been taught of the runes; we now have to go back to their origins and find relationship with them then, to get their wisdom about where we’re going.

And that makes sense, because nothing gold can stay. It’s right that our rituals change now. It’s right that our boundaries, needs, and efforts to meet them change. The challenge is that we are not at the end of this shift, so we can’t set a bearing and aim for the outcome. We can’t feel new grounding beneath our feet, thus start to build. We are still in the flux of what can be, so we can’t plot dreams or goals upon a foundation that doesn’t exist yet.  Though this week’s runes are all about how to deal with that dynamic. Read more…

Purple text reads "Runes for Change" with a grayscale billowy tree with purple runes carved in it and an owl perched in the branches

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.
S. Kelley Harrell

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

Kelley Harrell is an animist, author, deathwalker, and death doula held by Tuscarora, Woccon, and Sissipihaw land. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts she’s helped others ethically build thriving spiritual paths. Her work is Nature-based, and centers soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral tending, and deathwork. She hosts the podcast, What in the Wyrd, and also writes The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Work with her in the Runes for Change community or in her intensive soul tending training, The Spirited Path.  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.