For the week of 9 May 2021

Distillation and expansion

Laguz is the half-month rune through 14 May. Nauthiz is the intuitive rune, Othala indicates Attrition’s message to us, and the mink vertebrae occupies summer. Read right to left is Laguz, Nauthiz, then Othala.

The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to 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.

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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.


New to The Weekly Rune?

  • 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.

The Runecast

Laguz has brought us into deeper aware of Flow, which I liken to a one-rune distillation of the narrative of the second aett. Where the first aett has us learning how to be a soul in form, the second has us learning to hold that embodiment among others doing the same. It’s messy, often graceless, maybe mean, and beautiful at least around the edges. The thing that doesn’t translate clearly about Laguz is that Flow is bigger than just earthly dynamics, and that’s a strong undercurrent of the third aett.

Flow encompasses how we move amongst other human-persons and how we move amongst other-than-human-persons. It also encompasses how and that we’re moving among universal, even multiversal currents, that aren’t rooted in earth-soul level stuff. When sat with that way, it be too easy to view it purely philosophically, which bypasses the impact of Flow. When we sit with it from a felt sense place it can be overwhelming, which also can be a bit bypassy.

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?

It’s heavy to really sit with what impact we have and what things impact us, though part of bringing awareness to Flow is just that. As many of us are traipsing through ancestral wounds and our own personal baggage, we have this expectation that Flow shouldn’t be stressful. It shouldn’t sting. It should be relieving if not blissful. I can only feel into the potential that it is at heart, and we can experience brushings of those things. Because we come in with such challengingly interwoven collective/familial wyrd, we get stuck at that unraveling and never really get to ease into true Flow. When we start to realize the relationships that impact how we find ourselves in Flow and suss out those we want to engage intentionally, those we engage unintentionally and need to set parameters around, and those we intentionally engage but maybe shouldn’t, it can get stressful really quickly. And confusion around those overlaps and distinctions isn’t just personal, it’s part of our culture and cultural heritage. This week’s cast brings us to a place that we can sit with the tension we feel around Flow, and find resources to keep moving in it and stay deeply aware of our relationship to it. 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 held by Tuscarora, Woccon, and Sissipihaw land. 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 several books on soul work and runes, and when moved 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

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.