For the week of 28 July 2019
Inner is Outer is Inner
Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Kenaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Raidho indicates elemental Iron’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Kenaz reversed, then Raidho.
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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 are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
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We began this runic year with a bit of tension, which is only exacerbated by the first aett kicking off with a lot of Jötun (þursar) energy. We move more into that larger way of being with Thurisaz, which is a tricky place to be.
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?
The Jötnar are nothing to mess with. They are the primal forces of Nature, and with Thurisaz they are internalized. Uruz is our first meeting with such, in the form of our own unconscious, our raw life force that we have to come into relationship with, to elder well and weave wyrd with authority. With Thurisaz we realize we are a living breathing microcosm of forces that are both fed and limited by external ones.
Where Uruz lets us know we’re still wild, Thurisaz points directly to what we should be doing with it, which is at the minimum coming to know it better. A phrase associated with Thurisaz is “the point that we realize we’re separate from Source,” meaning, we are our own beings. We have to learn to draw on the network of life force within and around us to move through life well. This is the core step of wyrdweaving. Getting the internal cosmology in balance, so that we can evoke the changes we really want to in the greater collective.
Kenaz reversed points to a hindrance in that process. Upright this rune is the AHA! moment. Reversed, it’s the slow-gutting pain we can’t confront. In keeping with the unconscious Jötnar influences of Thurisaz, that pain is something we’ve internalized as a belief system that is holding us back. Period.
Raidho comes from the voice of Iron, which is the rune set that spoke to me this week. For those who are curious, this set was custom made for me by Patrick Brown, of Five Feline Forge. While Raidho brings the message that we must pay attention to how we tell our story, Iron offers advice around that in the form of permanence. Iron nothing if not has staying power, as do our stories. How we tell them to the world is one thing. The bigger consideration is how we tell them to ourselves.
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 intensive training, 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