For the week of 10 January 2021
The gospel of pain
Perthro is the half-month stave through 28 January. Dagaz is the intuitive rune, and Thurisaz reversed indicates The Watchers’ message to us. Read right to left is Perthro, Dagaz, then Thurisaz reversed.
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to 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.
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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.
New to The Weekly Rune?
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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.
Where our time with Jera and Eihwaz was chaotic, there’s a quiet firmness coming in with Perthro, which while mysterious brings some assurances. I can’t believe I just said that about Perthro. We don’t know a lot about Perthro historically, though what we do know about it and the relationships we’ve forged with it in modern exploration is that what we know about it is the same as what we don’t.
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?
The best analogy of Perthro has been around for a while: consider a six-sided die. We all know what the options are when we roll it. One of those sides is going to show, we just don’t know which one. Those “rules” of how it works are orlog; they don’t change. The definition of the die and the act of rolling it to see what side shows, all of which determines some action, doesn’t change. I like to take that analogy further and clarify that each side of the die represents an aspect of our wyrd. It’s our personal experiences and their aftermath from this life, that from other manifestations of ourselves, from Ancestors, our inner cosmology, how we connect into cosmology beyond ourselves, and factors that involve us that we don’t even know about. But of course life isn’t as simplistic as rolling a die and knowing the key influence of our current dynamic, because the animistic kicker is all sides of the die are connected. Read more…
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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