For the week of 21 July 2019

Avoidance inventory

Uruz is the half-month stave through 29 July. Tiwaz reversed is the intuitive rune, and Jera indicates the Earth Guardian’s message to us. Read right to left is Uruz, Tiwaz reversed, then Jera.

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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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 Uruz continues to root out our relationship to our unconscious, through the filters it knows we’ll recognize: shadow and ego. Should those be the filters we’re most responsive to? Do we have other options?  This week we learn about deeper nuance of self.

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?

Uruz is the point in the Futhark that we realize we’re multi-faceted creatures, and that we have to have skills in working with all of those facets to human well. As the second rune in the first aett, Uruz focuses us on remembering that we aren’t all we think we are. Meaning, we’re more than we’ve been consciously taught to regard.

Western culture holds mental capacity above all others. In the New Age circles of the 90s, there was great discussion around the subjugation of the ego, if not killing it, and several gurus of the day put forward the channeled idea that our capacity of intellect had far out-stripped anything the gods had in store for us. We surprised even them in our ability to innovate in the Earth strata. Jury’s out on that, though I think such currents still point to how we have put the mind over every other aspect of our being.

Animism requires that we be aware of our wholeness, in order to be aware of The Wholeness. Without access to that state of self, thus transpersonal being, we’re not thriving as animisists. We’re not Uruzing.

Uruz stings for a lot of people, because it breaks that facade of external systems. It reminds us that we are raw, primal life force that can’t be siphoned into segmented thoughts, roles, or ways of being. We are whole, all the time. The problems arise when we aren’t aware of that fact. The biggest system breaking right now isn’t cultural, political, economic. It isn’t even external.

It’s the one telling us to be more aware of who we are so that through living it, the external systems can’t sustain as they have. They have to become more inclusive.

So Tiwaz reversed reinforces that awareness, this week. Tiwaz is the battle rune that indicates we’ve had to face a visceral truth and make life decisions based on it. Usually those decisions come at the cost of some dear thing–a heartsong, a dream. In my years with Tiwaz, it shows up after the battle is over. It comes after the hard choice has been made, so at least rest easy on that note. The challenge lies in the rubble at our feet–sifting through it, deciding what stays, what goes, what’s needed.

Except we’re just standing there. Tiwaz reversed presents a dynamic in which we’re frozen in the aftermath. We’re avoidant, with good reason. What has happened is a momentous life change, and we need to fully honor and hold space for what it has brought up. However, this is our chance to do that with awareness of our wholeness.

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I laughed when I saw Jera: take stock, inventory, organize.  Of course. Yes, we’re being asked to cull through our shit and step up our game as elders. We’re also being very supported to accomplish this. Jera means that we have something to work with–even if we think we don’t. And maybe that’s part of our problem, not honoring what we have, not playing to our skills. That’s ego, too. If we’re not recognizing and making use of our resources, that’s an ego stuck in victim mode. If we’re rolling in prosperity and thinking its mere presence (like attracts like) is just going to attract more, that’s ego, too.

This is our sole purpose. It always was mission #1. And now rune #2 is telling us to get on with the program.

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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