For the week of 23 February 2020
Awareness is now
Sowilu is the half-month stave through 27 February. Thurisaz is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates Death’s message to us. Read right to left is Sowilu, Thurisaz, then Raidho. We verge into the third aett part-way into this week, though this cast remains focused on closure of the second aett.
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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- 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.
As Sowilu invites us to explore our own divinity, along with that comes challenges. When we work with the sun rune, we have the realization that with light comes shadow. Pointed at our inner workings, most of us have an intellectual understanding of what that means. We know the archetypal figure of the Shadow, yet when we really try to hone on in what that is and how to work with it, our information stops there.
This week’s cast suggests a timeliness in working with shadow; thus, Sowilu. We don’t often encounter blunt timeframes with TWR, though the framing runes for this cast very much suggest work that needs to be done this week.
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’ve discussed, Sowilu is the run rune, which must have meant everything to our Ancestors. The sun was the primary check point that life was well. It sill is. In that connection alone, we share a timeless bridge to ancestral wisdom about how to live by the sun’s dictates. Even in a literal appreciation of the rune, we also have to embrace that sometimes things affect our relatonship to the sun, like season, weather, and climate change. They force us to have to deal with aspects of the sun that might be unpleasant, or what the lack of it dredges up in our lives, our psyches.
Liminally, Sowilu asks us to internalize that sun relationship and all the divine, deity-centric projections we have of it. It asks us to see ourselves as part of the divine, not just a result of it. With that vantage point, we become situated into a dynamic larger than ourselves. In realizing our divinity, we become sun that can shine on others. Of course, therein lies the rub. 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.