For the week of 28 February 2021
Holding space for Plan B
Tiwaz is the half-month rune through 14 March. Berkana is the intuitive rune, Sowilo indicates the Endeavor’s message to us, and the mink vertebra occupies autumn. Read right to left is Tiwaz, Berkana, then Sowilo.
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to humanity keys for how we live in season with All Things. Through #theweeklyrune I share the Futhark’s insight on how to live better as animists, to make better choices based on keen insight into the present, and to help each of us be more active in creating a better life for us all. That realization includes living with All Things as family, learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to do so. 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 that 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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Having closed the second aett, we’ve made great use of the build up to its end, which is leading us into a fabulous debut with Tiwaz. We’ve spent the last few months deeply renovating our inner cosmology, and culminating with a sweet send off from Sowilo. As we move into the third aett and all the grounding it demands, we encounter the memo that we let go of what we think we know, what we think we should do with it, and stand in our true power.
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?
If I’m honest, these runes are a lot kinder than I expected going into Tiwaz. Starting the third aett is no freaking joke, and apart from that whole rabbit hole of crazy around Eihwaz, moving from the second to the third aett is the most bumpy transition in the Futhark. We leave the empowered stance of Sowilo and are catapulted straight into the chaos of Tiwaz. But here’s the thing: if we really got to do our Sowilo right–and the entire second aett leading up to it–we’re ready for Tiwaz. We’re not afraid of Tiwaz, and there’s no reason to be. The challenge there is factors outlying our control. With the best of intentions and actions we may not have gotten the most out of Sowilo, and that’s okay. This entry into Tiwaz more validation than confrontation. More of that, please. 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.