For the week of 12 June 2022

Threshold

Othala is the half-month rune 29th May – 14th June, at which point Dagaz moves to the fore through 29 June. Ehwaz is the intuitive rune, Eihwaz indicates Wander’s message to us, Mink femur lies at the threshold between Winter and Spring, with the active element of Earth, in the direction of South. Read right to left is Othala above, Dagaz below, Ehwaz, then Eihwaz.
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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. 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. These sacred voices have been Nature, Earth, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

As the runecast has evolved its voice, other components have joined. Osteomancy, the elements, and directions were gradually added in to more deeply root the spirits of place into the cast, each bringing a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level for the reader. Osteomancy honors other-than-human persons 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.

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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

This week finds us at the juncture of Othala and Dagaz, the first of several transitions in our runecast. We move from Othala, which has us impeccably understand what it means to be a fit human elder. It brings a certain observation of accomplishment, realizing we are in a different place and have to move through our lives differently to do it justice. With the Pennick calendar ordering, then comes Dagaz, which I have referred to as the “So what?” rune. Dagaz kind of comes in all bright and glaring and ushers a new challenge, right when we were getting comfortable with the vibe. At this point I think I’m going to start referring to it as the, “Oh yeah?!” rune. 

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?

What’s more appropriate is that Dagaz comes in sort of as a skill for how to stay in step with the acceptance of Self and life that Othala brought. Othala is a big experience of conceiving of Self as truly here, fully aware of how hard soul in form is and how hard being Self is. None of it is easy, yet this theme of inheritance, ancestors, and descendants hits hard and demands that we rise to it. We do. And Dagaz teaches us how.

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Dagaz means day, as in a full rotation around the sun. That it seasonally arrives with June Solstice amplifies its qualities, of which are many. This rune holds the extremes and where they meet, and exalts the interrelationship of all the aforementioned. It is light and shadow, and what lies between them. It is the polarizing moment of being betwixt, only. It makes sense then that this rune also comes with innate organization to handle that intensity.

Dagaz also occurs exactly opposite Jera in the runic wheel. Where Jera is examination of a year, hearth accounting, Dagaz brings the same scrutiny, but only for a day. It is heart accounting, or finding meaning. Not that we are charged to do so. Not that we can’t soul in form well enough without it. But when we give ourselves the option to find meaning, so much superfluous shit falls to the wayside. It is the ultimate organization strategy:

  • Does this act move me along the fulfillment of my calling?
  • Does this relationship support my sacredness?
  • Am I functioning as an elder in this dynamic?
  • If not, where can I gain the skills to learn to do so?

We can only answer those questions if we’re clear on how their dynamics bring (or do not bring) meaning to our lives.

Ehwaz as the best way to engage these half-month runes brings that idea home by anchoring us in the Other of the dynamic. Meaning ‘ horse,’ which has all kinds of cultural overlaps with Sleipnir and Yggrsasil, it brings this understanding to look beyond the surface of things. The operative way through will not be Midgard level, though understanding what’s happening in the unseen will give solid pointers on how to better manage Midgard. Again, a threshold that is betwixt. We can’t sit only with the mundane and expect to find meaning; we can’t sit only with Other and expect to find grounding. It takes both, and what comes out of that awareness as its own viable lifeforce.

Eihwaz with the voice of Wander sounds funny when we’re talking about sort of being stilled between extremes. How do we wander and be still? Eihwaz, itself, hints of that dynamic, as it draws our attention to where we are transpersonal–our Sacred Self. It is the point that we can really hold and move among with our sacredness. It’s living embodied. The truth of our being is that we are between all the time, and at least as long as we’ve been in form, always have been between. Such is the nature of our existence. We are mundane. We are sacred. The Mundane is sacred. The sacred is mundane. No divisions, only distinctions.

Given that, we’re masters at it, right? The problem is that we’re not. We hit the speedbump of forgetting shortly after entry into Midgard, are greeted by a culture that doesn’t honor Other on any level unless it has 2.38 billion followers and will actively shut us down for not following, and with no elders to help us assimilate any of it. Settler culture is built to forget that we’re betwixt by nature, so events like solstices hit us hard. We haven’t cultivated a life and had it supported longterm to build up the stamina and relationship to greet them with curiosity.

And that is what is meant by Wander in this runecast. We can’t avoid the sweet spot ofJune Solstice. We can’t ignore the glaring light or shadows it dredges up. We can’t deny the poignancy of those few moments where it all seems to stand still and we have nothing but a bared soul wondering what to do with it all.

Take some time this week, in advance of Solstice, to work that out for Self. How can we allow curiosity in otherwise uncomfortable stillness? With all it brings up inside and out, how can we just greet it with detached observation and level no judgment toward Self or others? This year June Solstice falls on 21 June at 5:13am EST. Greet it knowingly. The Othala-elder part of honoring the reality of our situation and the Dagaz-planning part of implementing a meaningful strategy needs to start now to deeply uphold all the work we’ve done with both.

We’re asked to hold all of this with particular Nature Ally, seasonal, elemental, and directional support. The mink femur speaks to how we carry and support ourselves, and comes with deep encouragement take the best use we can of forward momentum in our lives right now. We are only figuratively standing still. That the femur fell exactly on the cups of Spring and Winter hints that our supports in that realm are diverse, but not without limitation. Where Spring brings new growth and creativity, Winter holds space for rest and cultivating endurance. The wisdom of these seasons together is impeccably support for knowing when to push ahead with vision and when to pull back and just sit with it. Elementally, Earth comes to us as an intimately known caretaker. It is Earth parent who stands deft and solid, yet can yield when necessary. It is the place of support that feeds us. However we approach our transition from Self-as-elder to culling strategies for going another round of this wild ride, we do it with the nurture that affirms we are held. Back, or South based on my directional anchor, is the place of fire and fungi. It holds the processes of death and the janitors who tend the evidence of it. Even our messes and what needs to be deathwalked are particularly supported right now.

Albeit a between time, it’s not unanchored. We are drawing on the wealth of our work of the last year, and the promise of so much support to put it into action in a way that sustains us and sets us up to show up even more. It is a threshold time, and we what we are leaving, where we are going, and the door.

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Half-month Rune Prompts

  • How do you define “finding meaning?”
  • What are the criteria for something to have meaning?
  • How comfortable are you with being between extremes?

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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.

  • Othala – Oadth, Oadtha, Oadthal
  • Dagaz – Dthah, Dthahg, Dthahguh
  • Ehwaz – Eh, Ehwuh
  • Eihwaz – Eye, Eyewuh, Yes, Yewuh

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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. 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 Runic Book of Days, and 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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