For the week of 14 June 2019

Embody roots

Uruz is the half-month stave through 29 July. Hagalaz is the intuitive rune, and Ehwaz indicates Air’s message to us. Read right to left is Uruz, Hagalaz, then Ehwaz.

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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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The transition from Fehu to Uruz is one of the more fluid ones. With our earthly assets in order, we arrive at the oppotrunity to focus more on esoteric being, which begins with the body–Uruz.

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?

Older “modern” translations of Uruz align it with the unconscious–the primal force that drives us, yet most of us spend our lives without consciously connecting with it. I am absolutely taking liberty with that interpretation, not because I think I’m all that, but because we have grown. Our collective understanding of the unconscious and how we relate to it has evolved, and our understanding how Uruz applies to that needs to update as well. We know now that our unconscious is just one part of the mind complex. It’s not inaccurate to say that we don’t have just one mind, but multiple minds, which is what I mean by the mind complex. We are the doer and the mind observing that we are doing, all the while developing lore/meaning around the engagement. 

This is Uruz. This is tapping into unconsciousness. The synergy that happens with the active grounding of Fehu and the primal force of Uruz is embodiment. Nothing works without it–or at least not healthily. We can accomplish great things without that awareness; however, we pay deep tolls for doing so in burn out, health risks, relationships. The task this week is to learn how to embody self, fully.

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Hagalaz as the best way to approach Uruz suggests that won’t be easy, not because life is out to get us, but because life is life. The adversity rune comes with its own relationship to the unconscious, in that it appears as Uruz perched atop itself yet facing away from each other. With that in mind, Hagalaz emerges as unconscious forces against each other. This could be fully internal, or it could be an external conflict. When aspects of the mind complex aren’t in agreement, the result is depression, PTSD, soul loss, shadow compartmentalization, illness. It is the opposite of our natural state of internal unity. Any of these violations is enough to generate conflict that disrupts everyday life and deeper flow.

Ehwaz. Thank Air for Ehwaz. This week it brings not just the pointer to go within, but to know that change is possible. As the horse, it represents our ability to control states of being, which means by default that we can control straits of being. And with Air bringing that message, it points to our breath as the vehicle.

Breath is sacred. It is the part of us that maybe more than any other thing or act embodies animism. We literally breathe the atmosphere–necessary life forces– into us, then release it back to nourish other life. Doing that with intention is the most sascred self-care act ever, as well as the most situated into community we can be. It’s also the most rebellious thing you could do–to breathe animistically in defiance of systems specifically put in place to keep us from doing so, for thousands of years.

Such a small thing, what a huge impact.

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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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