For the week of 20 October 2019
Wunjo is the half-month stave through 28 October. Sowilo is the intuitive rune, and Tiwaz indicates Pragmatism’s message to us. Read right to left is Wunjo, Sowilo, then Tiwaz.
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 reality for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal to accomplish that. 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 we can become well Ancestors upon death.
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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 are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.
New to The Weekly Rune?
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- 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.
This time of year is all about transition, regardless of which hemisphere we live in. The north is advancing on the Dead Time, while the south progresses into light. Both make steep demands on our ability to be present in seasonal dynamics and work our tools to meet their requirements. As we near the end of our time with Wunjo, we also experience a bit of transition high and free-fall for what comes next. Indeed, it’s a heady combination.
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?
The end of an aett is a curious thing, in terms of seasonal progression. It’s another experience of betwixt, and the best way for us to manage it is to be a fully embodied, as situated into deep being as much as possible. We’re moving through Wunjo and beyond it, brushing up against the next rune, though not quite it, either. The domestication of our human minds doesn’t leave us with strong skills to manage blurred lines. As much as we balk at boundaries, we carry strong ties to unconscious ones in the form of This or That, Here or There. In reality, little of life is lived in those extremes, and the current world transitions to the cross-quarter seasons prod that discomfort. For that reason, we are required to have great skills in the middle, which is what this week’s cast exalts in. 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
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