For the week of 18 October 2020

Guided by Joy

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

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 life for us all. That realization process includes learning to tend what can’t just be fixed, and using every tool at our disposal. 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 upon our good death, we can be well Ancestors.

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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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  • 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)
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The Runecast

Our philosophical relationship to Joy is often very different from our experiential relationship to it. Our idea of what it is and feels like can be very polar to how and under what circumstances we experience it. This week’s runecast puts Joy in a motivational position. If we knew we could still feel Joy during the hard times, could we endure them better? If we knew Joy was at the end of a hard time, would hardness be as hard?

This week we are prompted to ask ourselves these and similar questions, to make space for Joy, no matter what.

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 associated with Joy, though it is perhaps as much about how we arrived at that point than the point, itself. Most of us have a conflicted relationship with Joy, ranging from not being able to identify it, feeling that it’s gone, or that it’s rare. As it closes the first aett, in the context of the runes it points to Joy not as a reward for something, but as the outcome of certain effort put in. The first aett coaches us through what being a soul in form is really about. We’ve spent our progression of it in a largely safe bubble, exploring human-spirit dynamics and non-human-spirit dynamics. We’ve learned the importance of body-consciousness and how to tend it (Fehu and Uruz), we’ve learned that our potent inner worlds (Thurisaz) can wreak havoc on our outer world if left unhealthily voiced. We’ve learned the agency we have as creators (Ansuz, Raidho, Kenaz), and we’ve seen how the sharing of that experience in perfection leads to deep bonds with other human-persons. 

In short, with the arrival of Wunjo we get time to feel good about ourselves and the world we’re in. It is a meeting of the best of everything, and it is also the ability to enjoy that truth. 

Again, is it a reward?  Read more…

If there’s anything we learn from the runes about How All Things Work, it’s that the more we get, the more we heal, the more we stand in our power, the more responsibility we take on. That’s the secret of everything. It’s the completion of the statement “You create your own reality; you take on more responsibility.” It’s the secret of The Secret. The problem, of course, is that’s not what has happened in the nuage. We, as a collective, have healed. We have gained power, and instead of taking on more responsibility to serve community, we have used our power to serve ourselves. Another trauma mindset. And what’s interesting about this particular feedback loop is it is connected to a lack of Joy.


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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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elder well, die well, ancestor well


Elder Well

To bear your unique gift to the world.

Die Well

To leave the planet better than you found it.

Ancestor Well

So that your descendants never elder alone.