For the week of 2 August 2020
Community Bonds, Community Wounds
Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Mannaz is the intuitive rune, and Ehwaz indicates Resolution’s message to us. Read right to left is Thurisaz, Mannaz, then Ehwaz.
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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Our second week with Thurisaz is showing our wear. Where we’ve come through the initial planetary crises with a bit of shock and learning curve for duration discomfort, we’ve reached the tough spot of identifying the cracks in our reserves. The runes teach us that life as a human is continuously adapting our needs, boundaries, and skills to what is demanded at any given time, and we’ve worked with them long enough to realize that cyclic assessment never ends. It’s what being on this planet means. Factoring in that base functionality as common on top of the hyper-distilled version of it we’re required to internalize right now is classic Thurisaz. In short: be a better version, now.
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?
Thurisaz is internal natural forces stepping in when the balance needs tipping. It’s the point that our unconscious can’t continue to function under the current plan, and a new one must be made. However, if we haven’t done the work of tending needs, boundaries, and skills, the ensuing explosion of primal self is disastrous. The runes this week bring that layering to a community level, and draw on a previous memo from the Watchers. 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.