For the week of 4 August 2019

Alone time

Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Mannaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Fehu indicates the Air’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Mannaz reversed, then Fehu.

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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 are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.


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Thurisaz has us thick in the exploration of ourselves, as provoked by life change. Bigger than the specifics of the rune, it points to the timing that’s supported to be able to address what we find within.

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?

We’ve talked about how Thurisaz being the second Jötnar rune in our seasonal progression. The significance of that is intense introspection, though not the sentimental type. Most often when we talk about introspection, it’s in this cradled, cozy “what do I think? how do I feel?” sort of way. No. Not that.  Thurisaz isn’t that comfortable, and it goes much deeper.

All about the unconscious and how we mine it to be healthy, well-adjusted elders, Thurisaz brings us back to this feeling of needed change. The thing is, that nudge for change is internally driven, which can only come from an unconscious level. 

The message from Mannaz, in terms of how we approach Thurisaz this week is very clear: alone. I don’t take this to mean without resources, without teachers, true support, etc. It means without peers, social angst, or approving cookies. The big validation moment that’s usually associated with Mannaz’s more extroverted vibe is not coming. Instead, the work is the validation. The realization of how important it is and how it shifts our lives when we do it, is the validation.

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Fehu is the pay off, this week. From the voice of Air, comes the reminder that what seems obvious, what seems so elementary and evident, requires attention–even if only in the form of acknowledgement. Air is largely unacknowledged. We take for granted maybe more than other elements that it will just continue to be there.

We do the same with our unconscious. Because we can’t see it, it’s easy to ignore. In fact, many folks won’t even realize they have these other unseen facets of self that factor into their every response. But if we can bring our awareness to it. If we can notice the unacknowledged parts of ourselves, we can update them to the current specs.

We’ve seen a lot of Fehu over the last few weeks, in various roles of TWR. This is good stuff, overall, though for this week, specifically, the work results in something very worthwhile.

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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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