For the week of 24 January 2021
The needfire of closure
Perthro is the half-month stave through 28 January. Nauthiz is the intuitive rune, and Tiwaz indicates the Mother Wound’s message to us. Read right to left is Perthro, Nauthiz, then Tiwaz.
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.
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In the last three months, Nauthiz has featured in our runecast five times in support of the seasonal runes. This repetition is unheard of. It points to the necessity of the moment, and to our need to get more personal with our rituals. Perthro signals an opportunity to facilitate an outcome. Our job is to influence the variables of that outcome the best we can, let go of the rest, and hold space for whatever the outcome is. Therein lies much of the challenge of modern folx. We’re often really good at one part of that formula, though not all of them. And right now we need to work out the bugs to get better at the whole thing.
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?
We’ve talked a good bit about the threads of wyrd, and how we weave them in accordance with örlog to the best outcome that we can. Perthro and Nauthiz occupy the same position in this week’s cast that they did in last week’s. This union creates a message of urgency and timeliness, based on how we’ve addressed our örlog. In the event that we haven’t done a lot to address it, don’t know how to, or can’t, even just being aware of these factors as we greet this timing can still be thoughtful and transformative. 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
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.