Jera is the fifth rune of the second Aett in the Futhark alphabet. It represents the symbolism of the spiral pattern of time. It associates the forward movement of time through our hopes, dreams and fears, and the backward movement through our memories. Jera represents the completion of a cycle, season or year.
It illustrates the eternal contrasts of opposites that comprise a whole. The twelfth rune of the Futhark represents rhythm, change, continuous movement - everything is related. Harmonious movements, as in inhaling and exhaling, the heartbeat, the change of seasons, day and night, represent the gradual yet unstoppable energy of the rune Jera.
If you do not plant seeds, do not do work, do not fulfill goals and desires your thoughts, Jera will create situations that reflect this lack. The consequences of past human actions manifest in the future. The goal of constant change is to adjust to the annual cycles rather than trying to fight them. Become aware that everything in life occurs in cycles.
Jera has the meaning year, thus it gives an indication of the passing of the seasons. Jera symbolizes the ever-returning cycles, the life cycle and fertility cycle.
It is the rune of hope and continuous movement. It also represents new momentum, peace and harmony. For the person seeking advice, it signifies a period of waiting ahead. In terms of the future, it means that a time of abundance may come.
Origin and Meaning of the Jera Rune
Traditionally, this rune is compared with the completed wheel of the year. The high holidays, the seasons have closed a cycle. Jera "Yehr-ah" from the Celtic language suggests the English "Year" for year.
The symbol of the rune Jera is formed from two Kenaz runes. Both stand close together, but strive in opposite directions. Thus those forces are represented, which produce an eternal rhythm by their mutual interaction.
The runic power of Jera stands for constant change and the patience that nothing remains as it was before and yet turns in circles. The summer crop was the winter crop, the seeds from the winter crop became the next summer crop. Everything we send out comes back to us at some point. The power of Jera stands for constancy through endless change in the cycle of life.
The meaning of the rune Jera can be described as a reaction to past actions. Positive action and appropriate timing later produces good livelihood, peace or repetition. Bad timing brings poverty, regression and conflict.
Jera is also called "Jara" in some areas - the year. Other names of the rune Jera are Ger, Jer, Ar and Yer. Its major theme is harvest, fertility and growth: "All will be well". If you draw the rune Jera, it is a positive sign. You have done right in the past and are now receiving the reward for all your efforts.
However, you have not arrived at your destination, but quite in accordance with the energy of Jera, at a turning point. Therefore, there is no wrong way, because everything you do serves a purpose in the future. Even if you are worried because of the developments, everything has its right. When the time is right, you will realize in retrospect that everything has come about as it should.
You have reached your present position only because you did the right thing at the right time. You may have taken detours along the way, but this is not a loss. Even long ways ultimately lead to the goal and are therefore also right. Life is not a highway where you go strictly straight ahead at speed 180. Jera can magically slow things down or speed them up.
Fixed Jera Rune Meaning
After sowing, growing and nurturing, it is now time to reap the harvest. It will bring a time of happiness and peace and expectations of prosperity. It is a time of abundance, a time of joy and celebration. Jera points to a time of new beginnings, new growth, and the realization of long-standing plans.
But beware: wait to celebrate the harvest until you have all the fruit safely in storage. Jera reminds you to be patient and wait for the right moment. Guard wisdom and knowledge of the past time like a treasure, because the harvest time is followed by winter. You have to face new challenges that you treat the fruits properly so that they do not rot.
In the coming year, a new cycle begins. Now is the time for transformations. Let go of the old to make way for the new. Establish balance by using experience from the past period to reap greater harvests.
To realize this, it is necessary to develop new concepts, ideas and plans. It is necessary to show stronger initiative, spend more time caring for the seedlings and safely support the supporting branches that bend under the great weight of the fruit.
In terms of modern times, this means that a breakthrough will bring a time when things stagnate. If the Jera Rune falls in a reading, it can also indicate to the seeker that there may be unfinished business returning that needs to be concluded and laid to rest once and for all.
Reversed Jera Rune Meaning
Jera does not have an opposite interpretation, since it shows the same image in both directions. However, consider her position: Jera may be in opposition. This is a warning of an unexpected reversal of fortune that could mean a major change in life and lifestyle. Conflict becomes inevitable, poverty beckons, and timing goes awry.
When the Jera rune is inverted, it is a message to stop procrastinating and make concerted efforts for the future.
Jera Rune Properties
- Alphabet: J, G
- Element: Earth
- Deity: Baldr
- Symbol: The year wheel
- Interpretation: Year, harvest, change, cycles, completion and reward
- Stone: Luvulite, Emerald, Carnelian
- Tree: Maple, Oak
- Flower: Cornflower
- Herb: Rosemary, Nettle
- Animal: Eagle
- Color: Green, light blue
- Body: Rhythms of the body
- Scent: Oak bark
- Tarot: The Fool. The Ruler. The Wheel of Destiny
- Astrology: Sun in Taurus, Moon in 2nd house, Jupiter