For the week of 11 October 2020

Joy Against Currents

Wunjo is the half-month stave through 28 October.  Isa is the intuitive rune, and Laguz indicates Rhythm’s message to us. Read right to left is Wunjo, Isa, then Laguz.

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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 have been Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week, as it is revealed.

 

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The Runecast

Later this week we transition into half-month Wunjo, which closes this year’s experience of the first aett. The first aett focuses on coming into our bodies as souls, and it teaches us how to use our agency well. Wunjo is both the culmination of that ability, and the celebration of it. 

This week we can begin a cathartic process to honor what work has been done, and to bring closure around what aspects of it we can. With this particular framing of runes, we are encouraged to learn to find joy among challenging currents, which is particularly difficult to do when the currents are Class 6 rapids. 

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?

Wunjo is the rune of all elements being aligned with intention and action. It’s the rune of meeting our orlog with an active engagement of our wyrd–the aspects of it we can affect and the ones we can’t–and sitting with that moment. And because it is the last rune of the first aett, we can be assured it will only last a moment. That is one of the greatest teachings of the runes–everything comes in cycles, which repeat. Yes, this alignment will give way to new variables and needs, all of which will require tweaked if not new intentions and actions. As with everything, it isn’t about how long it lasts, but how much of our attention we can direct to it as it is. How embodied can we be in joys at this time? How attentive to our needs around closure can we be at this time? How aware are we of what is closing? This week’s cast gives us insight into those nuances, and a bit of direction no how to move with them.  Read more…

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

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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Elder Well

So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.

Die Well

So that you leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.