For the week of 24 November 2019
The awakening of disappointment
Nauthiz is the half-month stave through 28 November, at which point Isa moves to the fore. Kenaz is the intuitive rune, and Wunjo reversed indicates Peace’s message to us. Read right to left is Nauthiz above, Isa below, Kenaz, then Wunjo reversed.
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).
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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This week’s cast represents the transition from Nauthiz into Isa, a change which can be so subtle it isn’t felt, or so subtle it’s overlooked. Regardless, it’s one we should pay attention to, and given the framing runes, speaks deeply to how we process disapoointment.
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?
In the most recent episode of What in the Wyrd, I talked about working with Nauthiz as it relates to the ritual of needfire. Nauthiz is steeped in the lore of ritual and its significance to humanity. Check out the episode to understand how that situates into boundaries and how we uphold our end of the deal in spirit ally interactions. What is most relevant in this week’s cast is our movement, minute as it may be, from a stuckness that requires boundaries (and ritual) into an externally enforced sense of stillness. Our relationship to bigger systems has a big impact on that movement (hence the t-shirt).
We still spend most of this week with Nauthiz, though we have to realize how it prepares us to be ready for our time with Isa, which comes on Thursday. We’ve discussed how all the winter runes carry stuckness, though each with its own nuance. It would be remiss to lump them all together in a communal “stuck.” Understanding how they’re distinct means also understanding how to work with them rather than against them. 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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