For the week of 9 August 2020

Tough Joy

Thurisaz is the half-month stave through 13 August. Wunjo is the intuitive rune, and Nauthiz indicates Flow’s message to us.  Read right to left is Thurisaz, Wunjo, then Nauthiz.

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).

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


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The Runecast

Our time with Thurisaz has challenges us at our deepest levels. It has urged us to see where our biases affect the community, and to likewise deal with those biases so that the community (and self) can thrive. This week’s message taps more evenly into the personal and collective need, and gives surprisingly specific insight into how to cope with mixed emotions, challenged patterns, and so many screams coming from so many different directions.

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, in its traditionally accepted meaning, is thurs, or Jotun. It represents the wild forces of Nature within humanity, which is the unconscious. The unconscious comprises a large part of our inner cosmology, thus we need to be in good relationship with it. When we aren’t, it unleashes raw emotion on everything. It rules us, and we don’t even know that’s what’s happening. We think that’s just how we are, harmful or not. This natural blinder is the culprit that garners all the talk around inherent human flaw and original sin. Left unchecked, particularly as folx on the broken path carrying generations of trauma, the unconscious is the primordial shitshow. 

But it is so because of the broken path. That the unconscious exists as an innate part of our inner cosmology doesn’t automatically entail it must be bad. Working in its ideal state, it’s the fylgja and kinfylgja (internal personal and ancestral alarms), the frithgard (internal bouncer), and all the other internal aspects communicating and signaling us to respond consciously to protect our sovereignty. In its ideal state, because the inner and outer are so well connected, we know what sovereignty feels like. We’re supposed to have that. We’re supposed to have a balanced internal system of sensing and informing working in the background all the time. The fact that we don’t, that we have to unravel our way inward to heal amassed personal and ancestral trauma in our unconscious is how the broken path is internalized within us. It literally fragmented us from ourselves in a form of species-wide soul loss, right out of the gate. Our challenge in this life is to find balance between our outer life experience and inner life sensing. 

And this week’s runes talk about how that is doable. Read more.

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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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elder well, die well, ancestor well


Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.