For the week of 26 July 2020
All Things Ego
Uruz is the half-month stave through 29 July, at which point Thurisaz moves to the fore until 13 August. Fehu is the intuitive rune, and Ehwaz reversed indicates Future’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Fehu, then Ehwaz reversed.
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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Where Uruz has had us tend our unconscious and etheric field, this week’s shift into Thurisaz builds upon that work and refocuses on a different level. Uruz wraps up Wednesday, though until that point sustains our observation of how the unconscious and field must be tended to stay in balance. When we shift into Thurisaz it becomes all about the ego, and how Thor, along with Mjolnir, remind us we’re not infallible. Shit happens, and while not necessarily an omen for the week, it’s a very adult reminder to stay the work of the inner cosmology, and remember that the ego also plays a role in that.
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 Uruz is embodiment meeting force (Fehu), Thurisaz is deep change from within. It is a hidden facet of the unconscious wanting expression, and without a healthy unconscious and etheric field, our egos run unchecked. We’ve all heard from various corners that ego is evil and must be destroyed. From my vantage point, the ego protects the body–the temple of the soul. It’s the part of us that tells us not to step in front of a moving bus, boosts our sense of self, and reminds us that the body is a direct descendant of Earth. This is the case, of course, when everything is working in harmony. In modern culture, though, few of us have healthy egos, which ties into the concept that they must be destroyed. We take unnecessary risks, our sense of self are attached to superficial rewards, and we haven’t been raised to respect Earth, let alone ourselves or relationship to Earth. This week’s cast gives commentary on all of that, and what we can do to make the best of a very egotistical situation. 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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