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Runic Half-Months

I forget where and when I read about the concept of runic half-months and I really wish I could remember so that I may give some credit to the author here. However, I feel that this idea is too great to leave off the site simply because I can’t remember where I read it.

How does it work? The idea is simple: There are 12 months in a year and 24 runes of the elder futhark. Which means that each month contains two runes, or each rune has a half-month where it represents the time, season and events of that month. A similar action can be held true for the hours in a day, which will be covered in another section (24 runes, 24 hours in a day).

Runic Half-Months
Runic half-month start date* Rune
January 13 Perdhro
January 28 Elhaz
February 12 Sowulo
February 27 Teiwaz
March 14 Berkana
March 30 Ehwaz
April 14 Mannaz
April 29 Laguz
May 14 Inguz
May 29 Othala
June 14 Dagaz
June 29 Fehu
July 14 Uruz
July 29 Thurisaz
August 13 Ansuz
August 29 Raidho
September 13 Kenaz
September 28 Gebo
October 13 Wunjo
October 28 Hagalaz
November 13 Naudhiz
November 28 Isa
December 13 Jera
December 28 Eihwaz

For those of you who are new to the runes and wish to learn more – well use this table to your advantage. Read and learn as much as you can about the rune that relates to the half-month you are currently in. Learn the different names and symbols for that rune, the color and sound associated with it and even try to commit the rune meaning for casting to memory. It sounds tough, but trust me it’s a great exercise.



This article has 5 responses.


Spada - Jan 10, 2012

Un livre très intéressant…

“Les runes & le secret initiatique.”

auteur: Jean-Yves Guillaume - Jan 10, 2012

Thanks for the book recommendation, Spada.

For our non French speaking visitors (I’m included in that list), Spada said:

A very interesting book…

“Runes and initiatory secret.”

author: Jean-Yves Guillaume

Hector Lee

Hector Lee - Dec 2, 2012

Concept first written about by Nigel Pennick in his treaty on Runic Astrology.

Aquarian Press ISBN 0-85030-871-2

Hector Lee

Hector Lee - Dec 26, 2012

2nd time I comment with this info: Nigel Pennick published this list in at least 2 of his books. 1st, Runic Astrology; 2nd, Practical Magick of the Northern Traditions - Jan 19, 2013

Sorry Hector – Haven’t had the time to really get to all the comments and approve them.



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