For the week of 24 October 2021
Wunjo is the half-month rune through 28 October, at which point Hagalaz ushers us into the second aett. Algiz reversed is the intuitive rune of Wunjo, while Mannaz is the intuitive rune of Hagalaz. Jera indicates Vibrance’s message to us, and the mink femur occupies winter. Read right to left is Wunjo and Algiz reversed above, Hagalaz with Mannaz below, then Jera.
The Weekly Rune Free Version - Wunjo-Hagalaz for the Week of 24 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.
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Later this week we transition from Wunjo into Hagalaz, from the first to second aett, though Wunjo still has very clear information for us. For that reason the construction of the runecast is different from its usual three-rune spread. Our time with Wunjo has been what I think of as Shadow-Joy. Yes, it’s true joy, though it comes with more grounded appreciation than we’ve had in the past, and makes room for the anger and sadness it stirs as it moves through. This time with Wunjo has gently reminded us that joy is never separate from any other aspect of us. It’s just as much always part of us as is any other emotion, feeling, or state of being.
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?
Working with the runic calendar that’s based on Pennick’s calculations, we’re approaching the end of the first eatt and moving into the second. It’s really lovely that we end on such a high note, as the shift into Hagalaz needs it. Looking at that transition from a northern perspective, we are moving into the Dead Time, the dark half of the year in which we cull. I’ve talked a great deal in TWR and on my blog in general about this being when the Ancestors would have worried about stores and sunlight being in short supply. They would have faced real challenges to surviving harsh winter, shut up with family they no doubt didn’t want to be that close to, for that long. They would have lived in quarantine-like circumstances for months, waiting for it to end, and honoring their dead.
The connection between that stuckness, the petri dish of hard circumstances, and the lack of light would have resulted in clear rituals for honoring Nature, which directly correlated to releasing the dead of their lives. Read more…
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
Kelley is an author, animist, and deathwalker on traditional Sissipihaw land 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. She also helps folx who are disabled, chronically ill, or neurodivergent find meaningful spiritual practices rooted in their cosmologies.
elder well, die well, ancestor well
So that your descendants grow from your wisdom.
So that you leave the planet better than you found it.
So that your descendants never elder alone.