For the week of 30 August 2020
Eldering the Finish Line
Raidho is the half-month stave through 13 September. Othala reversed is the intuitive rune, and Tiwaz indicates Remorse’s message to us. Read right to left is Raidho, Othala reversed, then Tiwaz.
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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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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Usually a tenet of this season with the runes covers my formula of Ansuz (soothsaying) +Raidho (storytelling) = Kenaz (meaning). Still on pointe; read about it in the archives (or the book). This shift into Raidho comprises all of that, though there’s so much more context, assume the formula and let’s get on with the current iteration of what it means.
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?
Raidho is the rune that indicates movement, whether that’s a literal journey from Point A to Point B, or figurative growth. It tells the story of starting in one state and ending in another. How intentional we are about the movement, how embodied we are through it, whether our desires or needs are at the fore of it–all of these details are the stuff of stories. They literally are plot, which propels us along the healing narrative.
When I was studying fiction writing the nuggets of story I’d sink my teeth into were called significant details. They were the difference between saying ‘starry blue sky’ and ‘glittering portals to another day.’ Same story, conveyed radically differently depending on how it was told. This week we have to not just consider how we’re telling our stories, but learn what’s significant about them, and what it means to see them through to the end, regardless of how they end. 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.