For the week of 30 April 2023

Changing for Flow

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Laguz (polished amethyst) is the half-month rune through 29 April. Tiwaz is the intuitive rune, and Dagaz indicates the broad overview. The spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are Mink Femur and element Unknown (empty bottle) in Summer (tree button), in the direction of Back (golden dwarf). Read right to left is Laguz, Tiwaz, 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, situated among spirits of place. 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, which are non-human concepts and beyond Earth beings. These sacred voices are Allies, and have been Nature, Earth, Continuity, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level in the reader’s geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human Helping Spirits 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. Readers should feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in their cosmologies and relationships.

This runecast isn’t divinatory in the sense that each half-month rune represents events to occur in its fortnight. Rather, the timing of each rune allows us to greet where we are with what the dynamics each rune represents. It offers a two-week examination of our relationship with the rune.

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.
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  • 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

Laguz is the rune of Flow, and perhaps to some degree, our capability of reading where we are within it. Many of the modern attributes we ascribe to water weren’t true in the rune poems–the attribution of femininity, emotionality, and that all forms of water mean the same thing. Rather, water is presented in all of its life-giving and treacherous aspects, which come with as many assurances as they do risks. The indicator of tides, water is also a deep signifier of our own energetic states. The implication is Flow indicates sacred order, and regardless of tide, we are in it.

Learn more about this seasonal progression, and how to draw its insights into the personal spiritual path in Runic Book of Days.

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What Does It Mean?

Tiwaz as the best way to engage Laguz this week hints at a need to shift perspective somewhat. Tiwaz is a heat-of-battle and survivor rune, both of which imply tough decisions have to be made to stay aware of Flow. My take is we can’t be out of Flow, but we can lose our awareness of it, YMMV. As well, Flow includes everything, even shitty things. It’s not just the feel-good stuff. So now, when tension is crazy high and we’re navigating systems that feel very incongruent with Flow, it can be really hard to feel in-Flow. It can be really hard to feel, period.

And that’s totally fair. Take some time this week to feel into Self’s relationship to Flow, what it means at a personal level, and the places where lived reality isn’t playing well with what’s desired, what’s needed, what’s true, and given these complications, explore how to navigate the details.

Dagaz suggests there’s more to it than we know at present, but we can live into a fuller understanding of our relationship to Flow by sitting with our day. Let me back up for a second: no greater voice came in with the third rune this week, and I have a feeling that’s going to become more frequent. Very clearly when I drew the rune and held space for what voice may speak, one said, “This is yours to do,” meaning humans. We have to be the big voice. We have to clean up our own mess, right now.

With that in mind, Dagaz means “day,” and it is the microcosmic implementation of Jera, which means “year.” For the year review, we assess every detail possible to figure out how we go forward better. But we can’t do that every day with that depth of detail, so we do the next best thing: we contemplate what in our day had meaning, and we build our next steps from there.

That idea of small movement, of thoughtful, intentional application of agency–that’s what we have to do to stay aware of Flow now. For a million and one reasons everybody reading this can attest to their own version of, it is harder to stay aware of Flow now than it used to be. There literally are more systems vying for our distraction. We do have push back on systems that not only disagree with our agency but want to claim it for their own. This rebellion is slow, methodic, and intentional. Slow enough that on a daily basis we assess and renew commitment to it, to ourselves in it, as a way to leave it better than we found it.

In the potent backdrop of Summer we again find a general vibe of good times and coming into power. The season of Summer has come up repeatedly over the last few weeks as the feel of things, and with it comes affirmation of our process–however convoluted it may seem.

Back is the direction others consider South, the dwarf Suðri in ON culture, which in my cosmology corresponds with heat, fire.  Back also the direction of the janitors continually deathwalking what is no longer needed, so that fungi can lay down the new network and teach us all how to use it. It is what is behind me, place of past and letting go, so that we know what comes is what is right for us. Back is the place of Ancestors, who are literally behind me. They have my back.

The element of Unknown brings as much as it doesn’t. When I attempted to draw an element for the cast, my hand kept going to the empty bottle, which had introduced itself to me months ago as Unknown, but it had never spoken until now. I wanted to take it in the direction of all the elements, as in Ether, but it said no. Then I assumed it was whatever it was and hoped to greet it more clearly. Nope. It is whatever it is, but part of its data is to be unknown, maybe unknowable, and yet fully present. I wondered if it had a form, and I felt it wonder if I would stop wondering. 

Much in the way that the beyond PTB put it back on us to carry the heft for now with Dagaz, the element of Unknown brings a similar message, though with good company. There is unknown in the world that can be called on, blessed, acknowledged. When we’re working with the elements, there will always be that which we just don’t know about our ecosystem–inner and outer, that which we can’t know. And we are just as much in relationship with it, already. Maybe if we take that awareness into how we engage our place-space, our bodies, if we can honor that which is Unknown and still has agency in the world, we could hold the unknown of ourselves a bit more gently. We can realize where we haven’t been aware of Flow and simply bring our awareness back. The possibilities of Unknown element are limitless, if we can free our imaginations to work with it.

Held in the backdrop of these potent helpers is the wisdom of Mink Femur. Mink move with great secrecy, which makes how they engage about what is heard and observed, not what is said or done. They can squeeze out of tight spaces and access spaces other creatures can’t or don’t want to. Femur is about this movement, literally and figuratively how we carry ourselves. It represents how we move through the world, and energetically how we present who we are to the world. It is the forward motion needed for us to move into new experiences and grow, to see and acknowledge the places where we can and cannot hold embodiment as we move. Femur is also the strongest bone in the body.

The wisdom of Mink Femur is that we can carry ourselves through whatever we must. Even when we don’t feel that we can, we are strong and capable, and surrounded with place-space support to do so. Our challenge is to remember that we are in relationship all the time with ecosystem, to be in reciprocity with it, so that we face our life challenges in community. So that we remember that we already are.

All of the runes of this cast are from the third aett, which indicates a bit of fatigue, certainly a stance of transition, and the capacity to realize we can still sustain. We can find Flow.

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • How does your body signal Flow?

  • How does experiencing Flow show up emotionally?

  • What life change is demanded to better identify Flow?

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Galdr

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, Lawg, Lawgoo

  • Tiwaz – Tee, Teewuh, Teewaw, Tyr

  • 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 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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