For the week of 7 June 2020
Handling the Discomfort
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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“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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Indeed, the screw is turning–as it always does–as Solstice grows closer. Likewise, I’ve always observed the downhill to the close of the Futhark to be one of stumbling, sliding, and surrender. It’s always a time of discomfort, thus an opportunity to grow.
What we’re up against at this close with the pandemic and centuries-old fight for systemic racial equality is the question of how we manage discomfort. It isn’t a question of when or if we weather it, but a realization of now and how. Given that we’re moving into the close of the Futhark for the year, I anticipate this continuing to escalate, which means we need to get the skills for sitting with discomfort, yesterday.
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?
Now is the time to call on the strengths of the well Ancestors. Now is the time to do the work that puts the descendants on a better trajectory than we’ve had. This is the message of Othala, always, and it’s never been more necessary to embody than now. Many of us can’t know details of our ancestry. We can’t pinpoint origins, victories, derailings. Regardless of what we know about who they were and what they did with their time on the planet, we can live in a way that heals them, sustains us, and leaves the tools in place for those who come after us to address the needs of their day. Such is the message of the cast this week, with clear commentary on how we accomplish that, and what we can expect from it. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker on traditional Sissipihaw land 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.