THE WEEKLY RUNE – ISA by Kelley Harrell

Nov 29th, 2016 | By | Category: Articles, Dodona Books, Monthly Divination, Soul Rocks Books, Weekly Rune by Kelley Harrell

For the week of 27 November 2016

In which the game is on.

Isa is the half-month rune through 28 November. Uruz is the intuitive stave, and Jera indicates the planet’s needs. Read right to left is Isa, then Uruz, followed by Jera.

The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The planetary stave indicates the state and possibly needs of the planet.

Following is a summary of The Weekly Rune. Read the full runecast for more details on how these runes impact human life force over the next week, and how to best manage the curves and twists.

Last week,  Nauthiz forced us to face a deep personal truth, which in turn enabled us to meet that need. The middle of the winter trio–Hagalaz, Nauthiz, Isa–through its discomfort it motivates movement, which sets the stage for Isa.

Isa is the freeze before spring. It’s the long, dark wintry sleep that must happen in order for what must die off to so. Without that natural balancing of resources, what must be fed would starve. Isa, thus, is what must be fed.

novemberWhatever is happening now, whatever truth was freed by Nauthiz, write it down. By May, when we reach Ingwaz, this new consciousness will have gathered all it can from the rime and be ready to burst onto the scene.

To get us started, Uruz is the life force most available to help us get that seed rooted. Still encased in ice, this sleepy but growing consciousness requires us to call on the most primal of feminine forces. Meaning “auroch,” which of course points to the Divine Feminine, Audhumla, we are again back at the beginning. Infer from that a need to self-start, to self-motivate, and having the elements in place to do just that at this time.

Interesting that Jera speaks what nature needs us to hear now, as its native time comes in another two weeks. It follows Isa, and exalts Winter Solstice. It would seem that Nature is asking us to begin our annual accounting early, at least where this new consciousness is concerned. What doesn’t suit growth, get rid of it, or groom it such that it does. Significant now is the motivation and support to work the process needed to set things in motion. A generally beneficial rune, enjoy its power to clarify what’s needed, clear what isn’t, and shed light on how to move forward.

Read the full runecast.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.

S. Kelley Harrell

Kelley is a modern shaman and author in North Carolina. A lifelong intuitive, she has been on a shamanic path since 1988, and since 2000 has served her local community and an international client base through Soul Intent Arts. She has been named a Wisdom Keeper by Shaman Portal.
Her memoir, “Gift of the Dreamtime – Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma,” chronicles her pivotal step from spiritual crisis into shamanism. “Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World” is a collection of essays on supernatural experiences throughout her life. She writes the column, “The Weekly Rune,” which appears on “The Huffington Post.” Since 2004, she has maintained the blog, “Intentional Insights,” about life as a modern shaman, through which she addresses reader inquiries on animism, spiritual healing, and the everyday paranormal.
Through her shamanic practice she has established the Tribe of the Modern Mystic, a community fostering intuitive individuals as they grow into powerful abilities, and to provide support for personal spiritual awakening. Her practice comprises in-person and distance healing sessions, classes, facilitating the Tribe of the Modern Mystic Mystery School, mentoring, and ceremonial artistry in the community. Learn more about Kelley at


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