For the week of 17 October 2021
Springing Back with Joy
Wunjo is the half-month rune through 28 October. Berkana/Berkano is the intuitive rune, Nauthiz indicates Resilience’s message to us, and the Coyote tooth occupies summer. Read right to left is Wunjo, Berkana, then Nauthiz.
The Weekly Rune Free Version - Wunjo for the Week of 17 October 2021
The Elder Futhark runic calendar provides to 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.
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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 have been 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 runic year has depicted the fine line between how we really live, the systems opposed to that truth, and the greater planetary (maybe even cosmos-level) cycles that are playing out. The runes’ memo through all of it has been that we are part of what’s happening. While it is happening to us, we are part of the greater cycles, the systems, and our truth. Maybe now more than ever, we have to navigate with each of those levels not just in mind, but in our day planner. We have to prioritize daily mindfulness and embodiment, which means the cultivation of pristine rituals. As I’ve always said, rituals aren’t always about theatre or pomp, but meeting needs. This week’s runecast touches on exactly that.
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 joy. It closes the first aett on the highest of high notes, emphasizing just what a victory it is to have learned to soul-in-form well. It also reinforces how much magick humans really have. And if only for this one spot in the year (I hope it’s more than that!) we need to celebrate that magick in the timing of Wunjo. That said, from an animistic viewpoint that magick comes with the understanding that we are to do something with our joy, to do something from our joy. It’s a gift, and if it being at the end of an aett and right before the aett-that-repeatedly-tries-to-kill-us tells us anything, it’s an indication that joy and its circumstances don’t last, and maybe that impermanence is part of its magick. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. For almost 25 years I’ve taught 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.
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that you bear your unique gift to the world.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.