For the week of 16 January 2022

Risk, Ruminate, and Roll

Perthro is the half-month rune through 28 January. Isa is the intuitive rune, Gebo indicates Rumination’s message to us, and the spirit of seashell occupies autumn–all on ice. Read right to left is Perthro, Isa, then Gebo.

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).

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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.

The Runecast

Perthro is the rune of risk. We don’t know much about its specific meaning, though it’s historically presented in the context of gambling, gaming–finding the fun and challenge with strategy and luck. It’s interesting that it’s a rune we know little about, yet what we do know about it describes the way we approach every day: doing what we can, hoping things work out, hoping the foundations we’ve built will still support us. Working with Perthro as the half-month rune, we get this small dose, this wee trial to find our relationship to strategy and luck, for now. We get to come to terms, again, with not knowing.

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?

As we have crested the midpoint of the second aett and gained Allies, gained renewed relationship with Sacred Self, we realize we can’t just sit on all of that support, knowledge, experience, and wisdom. We’re required to live through it, and the thing that makes doing so difficult is even though we’ve changed and grown, even though we know more and better how to move among…  life hasn’t changed. It’s still life. It throws curve balls, no matter how embodied we are, no matter how true our wisdom rings for us. And that realization, that truth, is risk. It’s that principle of chance that we can never control or change, though must continue risking our entire Self to, over and over. The framing runes speak to this dynamic this week, and the resources we have that can help us through it. Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

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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To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.