For the week of 26 April 2020
Foreshadowing and Flowing
Mannaz is the half-month stave through 29 April, at which point Laguz steps in until 14 May. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, and Eihwaz indicates Satiation’s message to us. Read right to left is Mannaz above, Laguz below, then Ingwaz, and Eihwaz.
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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).
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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Every week I sit with the runes to write this cast, and I can’t ignore how their tone has shifted during the pandemic. Then, of course, I realize their tone hasn’t shifted at all; I just have a fuller picture of what their wisdom can hold and their wide range of experience in the matters of formed being. We live, we learn
Mannaz has featured in four runecasts this season, which is only due to how the half-month rune transitions have fallen alongside the timing of when I write the casts. Yet it seemingly lingering for so long is also a testament to the way time tracking has become warped with our radical change in the flow of daily life. Our sense of time is also deeply connected to our sense of boundaries, and it’s really important that we hold time loosely, yet shape the boundaries we need to still stay functional and safe.
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 transition away from Mannaz into Laguz on Wednesday of this week, which under usualy circumstances is really nice. We queue up for the speech about how we have carried our sacred seed through its travails into new, supportive social community, and as we slip into Laguz can enjoy being carried by flow.
We are carried by flow, all the time. However, in the same way that Mannaz is the social rune and its native time has been dominated by the deepst and most widespread social complications of our lived experience here, so our sense of flow will be jaded. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker in North Carolina. She teaches rune work, ancestral healing, and deathwalking, as well as mentors and leads the soul tending training intensive, The Spirited Path. As an interfaith minister, she has served her local community and an international client base since 2000 through Soul Intent Arts, and advocates embodied soul tending and sacred activism through Nature. #beyourcommunity
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.