For the week of 16 February 2020
Persons, relationships, blessing
Sowilu (Sowilo) is the half-month stave through 27 February. Gebo is the intuitive rune, and Berkana indicates Blessing’s message to us. Read right to left is Sowilu, Gebo, then Berkana.
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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.
Sowilu is a significant seasonal passage in the north. Sure, the progression through each rune is significant. I single Sowilu out because it’s seasonal spot actually still aligns with how much of North American experiences this time of year. One of the biggest challenges in Nature-based spiritual paths is that the way we experience season isn’t the way our Ancestors did, it’s likely not even where our Ancestors were located, and the retrofitted models we’ve accepted as most applicable to our contemporary rhythms also don’t really fit. We’re left with a hyper-focused sense of where we stand, and for right now, Sowilu is where the north is standing. For reals.
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?
Sowilu is considered the rune of Divinity. It’s the force behind All Things (or of All Things) encapsulated in our reliance on the sun, making the connection that within that warmth we bear responsiblities to shine on others. It’s the pay-it-forward rune. As such, it generally indicates a very bright and uplifting outlook. Combined with Gebo and Berkana, it’s the happy family of runecasts.
Of course there’s subtext to these liaisons, and that whisper is along the lines of being really aware of ourselves, making use of our influence, so that we can value the bonds it brings, which are what keep the whole thing moving. But how? What are the personal sacrifices that are required, and what makes them worth it? 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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