For the week of 24 July 2022
Embodied for Frith
Uruz is the half-month rune through 29 July. Algiz is the intuitive rune, and Eihwaz indicates the planetary Frithgard’s message to us. The spirits of place anchoring the runes this week are fossilized Crinoid in Winter, with the active element of Timing, rooted in the direction of Within. Read right to left is Uruz, Algiz, then Eihwaz.
What's a Runic Calendar?
The Elder Futhark runic calendar I work with is based on the work of Nigel Pennick. It has the potential to provide 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.
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).
How is the Runecast Done?
The Weekly Rune is a (mostly) three-rune cast, situated among spirits of place. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the sacred overview. When the runecast falls at a half-month transition, the fourth rune is included. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. However, in the calendric ordering observed by Pennick, the order is slightly different. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, and 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 voices other-than-human, which are non-human concepts and beyond Earth beings. These sacred voices are Allies, and have been Nature, Earth, Continuity, Creation, First Ancestor, Survival, etc. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
Spirits of place are represented through osteomancy, season, elements, and directions. Each brings a nuance of how to work with the half-month rune, or how to engage forces of the season on a more personal level in the reader’s geographical and cosmological context. Osteomancy honors other-than-human persons on Earth. The elements indicate our best deathwalking/enlivening/tempering force for the time, and the directions offer relationship to place as the best energetic grounding or area where work is needed. These additional beings in the cast give us actionable ways to engage the runes in season and move among with them. Readers should feel free to work with Spirits of Place that most resonate with this runecast, even if they show up differently in their cosmologies and relationships.
New to Runecasting?
- Catch a couple of my IGTV videos, which explain the intention and process behind the runecast, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
- Listen to my What in the Wyrd podcast, which is available across all popular podcast platforms, including Google Play and iTunes.
- A few people have asked the reason that I switch between different rune sets for TWR. The short answer is: because. The more nuanced answer is, I ask which sets wants to speak each week. I don’t assume the same elements are in play according to the timing of the runes; I also don’t assume the same elements of my runes are appropriate to speak each week. I did a podcast on this subject, so there’s more info there. (See above)
- Also, for deep work on coming into relationship with the runes in season, check out my book, Runic Book of Days.
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Uruz moves us deeper into embodiment this week, by invoking our Spirits of Place and our own sacredness. I’ve talked about this before, though it always bears mentioning with this half-month rune that we really internalize what it can teach us. Some of the Elder runic progressions are ‘would be nice to have fortified relationship with,’ while others are ‘must fortify relationship with,’ before moving on to the next half-month rune. Guess which one Uruz is.
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?
Often when Uruz, and its following rune, Thurisaz, come up in readings, folx get a little uncomfortable. These runes deal with being in very good relationship with our primalness. With Uruz, we greet the sublime junction of soul in form. It’s raw with no guard rails under the best of circumstances. Without a solid community to nestle into as we’re growing up, one that understands the importance of shaping the unconscious, it can be an uncomfortable joining–particularly in settler culture. And yet, there’s nothing inherently bad about any of this.
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What’s relevant is the conflict between really honoring how we situate into our bodies and how our culture is in blatant denial of that (for us all), and because we don’t have elders helping us to make that peace, we aren’t instilled with knowledge of the relationship to soul-in-form, and we don’t internalize the skills of how to do so well early on. That lack is huge, because where we don’t get in really good relationship with how we are in our bodies, we also won’t be ready for the alignment with the fusion of the energy that Thurisaz soon brings.
Algiz turns us to our Spirits of Place to gain what we need about how we Uruz. Many, many years ago I learned from Sandra Ingerman that our Spirits of Place are where our sense of belonging and creating comes from. Yes, aspects of it come from our Allies, our Ancestors, our wyrd, ørlǫg, loved ones, community. But if we aren’t deeply rooted into where we stand, we can’t really make use of any of those other supports. Manifestation happens where we stand. It happens through the body, which means we are intentionally, willfully, applying force (Fehu) to form (Uruz). That to say, we are always creating. The question is whether we are doing so with intention. Such is the formula of alchemy that drives everything, and when we aren’t intentionally active in it, we’re creating whatev.
Algiz is suggesting that this week we delve more deeply into how we’re in relationship with our Spirits of Place, to gain grounded awareness of our own wild natures. Even if the relationship to Spirits of Place is good, revisit how Self is engaging it to sustain Self, to feed the relationship, and to further calling. Maybe check in with specific spirits, or to a status report to see if relationships have changed. Some do change with time and season, and it’s okay if certain Spirits of Place step back, while others step forward. Algiz is the rune of being so in sync with SoP that they are part of Self. They travel with Self. Yes, that. More of that yes this week.
Eihwaz is another rune that often creates tension for folx. Again, in the course of the Elder Futhark, we have some skills in place to manage what it brings by the time we get to it. With it as the voice of the big Frithgard this week, it brings a message of realizing the need to align deeply with our sacredness, and not just as this beneficial thing we should do for ourselves. It’s imperative to improving the status of everything on the planet, and maybe Beyond. We aren’t just responsible for bringing our unique gift into being to check off some spiritual requirement of form. We’re required to do it to sustain our present communities, and to contribute the work of our experiences and wisdom to wyrd, ørlǫg, and the Frithgard, and to the Descendants.
Part of our calling isn’t just doing what we came here to do, but doing it for others.
To clarify what I mean by planetary Frithgard, it’s the container of all wisdom cultures that have ever been or will be holding space for humanity, with humanity intentionally contributing to its support, and to its ability to hold the Descendants. Frith means peace, balance, community, and a frithgard was a nature space where communities gathered to settle disputes or hold the collective. The planetary version of this has always been, and has been intentionally contributed to since the first humans. Other words for the planetary Frithgard can be ethnosphere, or pluriverse. I first encountered this force in early 2020, and it was one of the most stunning experiences of being held that I’ve ever had.
This is the level of support we have to call on this week. And in becoming acquainted with it, we need to make room for in our cosmology. It may already be there; it most likely is. What’s relevant is that we identify it as such and begin fortifying that relationship. That the big Frithgard speaks through Eihwaz, it implies that we have to be in active relationship with our own sacredness to grok what the planetary Frithgard is, and to contribute to it in an informed way. More than that, we have to fully grok that our sacredness has always been in relationship with Frithgard, and manage the feels that come up around that, so that the reconnection into All can happen.
The Spirits of Place for this week offer insight into how we can live our sacredness, such that we acknowledge our place in the Frithgard, and know it as a fond relative. Within presents as our inner Midgard, quite specifically experiencing Body to be both the boundary for and determiner of our experience here. It both exalts what is wonderful about being in form, while fully honors that we are also Other. It fosters us to remember that we do not and cannot forego honoring all of who we are. We literally do not have to choose, and aren’t supposed to have to.
The element of Timing or tið in Old Norse further underscores that we aren’t just on the receiving end of transpersonal natural laws, relationships, and duties. Timing reminds us that we are born in sync with the transoul experience. We root into our Spirits of Place to acclimate the best we can to the formed experience. Come back to seasonality. Live through the body’s experience of place, and listen to what that way of moving among tells Self about calling. This reminder to be in relationship with Nature, such that our habits and body rituals sync with the natural occurrences of our lived space has everything to do with supporting our sacredness and attuning with the greater transcurrents of Frithgard.
Fossilized Crinoid Stem in Winter expresses that we have both the resources and the capacity to hold what’s needed from the teachings and support from Spirits of Place this week. Like the Crinoid appears as a plant but is an animal and uses its holdfast to anchor for sustenance in difficult times, so can we draw on the Timing and seasonality of rhythms bigger than our personal lives. We can do the walk that must be done to survive this culture, and stay tapped into what lies beyond it. We can look to the wyrd and ørlǫg that are in our favor, and maximize them for the betterment of everything we care about. When we able to do that, we are capable of intentionally contributing to the planetary Frithgard.
That two of the runes for this cast come from the second aett while we are living in the first point to a dynamic in which we are struggling with people-chaos, inside. We are examining where our relationship with overculture is taking precedence over our inner relationship to Self, and to the bigger seasonality that supports us. The present feels like human conflict. It probably looks like human conflict, though the tension really is around needing that bigger Frithgard support and learning to step out of interhuman tension as much as possible.
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Half-month Rune Prompts
- How do you know you’re in sync with transpersonal seasonality?
- What in your life causes disruption from that relationship?
- How can you make space for it and honor it in your life?
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The way that I use galdr is through chanting. I find repetition of the base phonetic helps me feel the rune. Remember that the Elder Futhark isn’t a language. It was originally an alphabet, incorporated into mythical origin. It functions phonetically, both in spelling and pronunciation. Given that, galdr isn’t terribly different from the overall pronunciation, and the emphasis is on the intention of the chant, not so much the pronunciation.
My personal emphasis in galdr is on the vowels initially and I incorporate the consonants later. For instance, with Ansuz, I focus on ‘ahw-oo,’ before incorporating the middle ‘n,’ such as ‘ahwnsoo.’ There is no right or wrong with galdr (although I guess there could be a flat-out wrong?), though often the final consonants aren’t pronounced, as in ‘ahwsoo.’ Practice galdring different ways, and go with the way that you feel in your body.
- Uruz – Oo, Ooroo
- Algiz – Awl, Awlyee, Ail, Ailhaw, Ailha
- Eihwaz – Eye, Eyewuh, Yes, Yewuh
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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