Spellings: jera, jer, ger, ar
Translations: year, harvest, a good year/harvest
Harvest is the hope of men, when gods let,
holy king of heaven, the Earth give,
her bright fruits to the nobles and the needy.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: time, patience, cycles, harvest, progress, waiting, effort, gentle indifference
“… Jera most clearly refers to the procession of time, literally meaning ‘Year’… Time marches relentlessly forward…”
“… Jera is the rune of patience and effort. Herin lay the deepest secret and greatest power of human progress and individual success. Talent and ingenuity may get us so far, but to build something lasting or to harvest a bountiful reward, planning, patience and hard work are the single key ingredients. We must spend our time wisely if we are to have a lasting accomplishment…”
“… Jera represents growth and development, but also decline and erosion over time. Powerful monuments still exist, such as stonehenge, the pyramids, or the Aztec and Inca ruins… yet time has slowly but surely proceeded onward without the people and societies that once maintained them…History is a master at covering its own tracks.”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Jera – Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict.
LORE: Rune of reward for, or reaction to, actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of the results of actions.
Freya Aswynn says:
Jera: Hopes and expectations; turning points; gradual changes; results of earlier actions.
MAGIC: “This is a very beneficial rune, used to create a positive change in a situation. It works well in all matters involving time… it will act to ben the web gently in order to help a person who is having difficulty working toward a specific end or in achieving a hard task… Jera can initiate a lasting change in the prevailing currents or in a person’s consciousness.”
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