For the week of 10 November 2019
Listening to our story
Nauthiz is the half-month stave through 28 November. Ingwaz is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Nauthiz, Ingwaz, then Raidho.
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 reality for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to accomplish that. 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 we can become well Ancestors upon death.
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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 are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
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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)
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In the runic calendar, part of our procession into darkness in the north involves deep internal assessment. Specifically, with Nauthiz we are challenged to examine our needs and re-evaluate whether they reflect our current wants, desires, life plans, and community duties. The gamut of the winter runes–Hagalaz, Nauthiz, and Isa–puts us through our paces of sitting with how we respond to external adversity, how we acknowledge and express our needs, and how we sit with the changes we must make in order to proceed through the second aett. Fun times. Again, in the way TWR is structured, this doesn’t mean we will be faced with the tension these runes can indicate. Rather, we have the opportunity to gain the skills they teach.
What does it mean?
We know that Hagalaz is the rune of externally motivated abrupt change. It wants us to have skills and a plan for how we handle adversity in our lives. It also wants us to understand that through adversity we remember our power. This isn’t a runes thing; it’s a way-humans-actually-function thing.
Likewise, Nauthiz is the rune of needs. When we know what we’re dealing with environmentally (Hagalaz), we can then assess or reassess how to meet our needs under new constraints or changes (Nauthiz). Really, evaluating our needs should be an ongoing habit, though it’s not one that’s culturally supported. Unless we make the time and space to do it, little outside of us provides opportunity to do it. Even when we do it, we don’t always know how to meet our needs, or have the boundaries for understanding when they should be met by others.
Personal emotional hygiene isn’t something that’s automatically associated with the runes, yet here it is, for two weeks. We’re in catharsis season, just in time for the darkness. 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
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