|You can find a description of the rune of harvest, Jera, here.
|Jera is associated with the harvest;
with the rewards of efforts diligently
applied and purposefully acted. As the
farmer prepares the soil; plants the
seed, and waters, fertilizes, and cares
for the growing plant he is building
latent Jera energy that will spring
forth for him in the fall at the Harvest.
This is the energy of Jera.
Many forget that many of the northern
European tribes were far more
|agriculture than war-like. The Vikings even
had farmers who grew plants in plots for
harvest for the general good. Farmers in many
ancient cultures were held in high regard for
they brought forth the bounty of the earth in a
controlled and regular manner. In our modern
age where we pop into a restaurant or head to
the grocery store, we forget that the flour we
buy had to be planted, tended, harvested,
Tarot Link: Jera is linked with the Tarot card The Fool. This association
shows us the new beginnings that must be contemplated when Jera arrives.
The Fool is ready to start his new journey – Jera is telling you to look ahead
again because you have closed the old projects.
Color: Like many of the Runes Jera is equated with the color blue…the bright
blue of the afternoon sky.
Polarity: Jera represents both male and female polarity. The earth is
receptive, the seed is penetrating. As the earth feeds the seed the seed
grows. Without the gentle receptive energy of the earth, the seed falters and
dies; and, without the energy stored in the seed, the earth remains barren.
Truly the harvest is a time when the application of both polarities is most aptly
Healing Property: Appropriately, this rune is thought to hold special healing
properties for those who have gastrointestinal problems. (It should be noted
that the “harvest” was mainly concerned with the gathering of grains, vegetables
and fruits; modern doctors recommend more fruits and vegetables and whole
grain foods for those with gastric issues.)
Modern Letter Counterpart: Jera has an association with the letters G, J, and
it’s strength is verified by it also holding an association with a vowel – Y.
Special Runic Associations: Jera is the Harvest rune and speaks not only of
the harvest of crops, but also the harvest brought by personal efforts. Hence,
this rune is one of the runes present in the Financial Help grouping.
|has been held sacred by many tribal or earth based belief systems, believed to
hold knowledge and wisdom in its ancient branches.
Jera is associated with the number twelve. If you are looking for a “time
estimate” for the issue of the casting Jera gives you a factor of twelve. Twelve
is the number of months in a year, so that is the first association that should be
looked at for timing.
Another of the Runes that is right-side-up no matter which way it faces, Jera is
not assigned a “reversed” meaning. Jera speaks of the true opportunities that
we can now see from the new understanding of our self and how we interact
with the world around us!
Jera - Harvest
Jera is a member of Hagal’s Aett.
Key Word(s): Harvest, bounty, fruitfulness, the annual twelve month cycle.
Element: Jera, so strongly aligned with harvest and the bounty of growth is
aligned with the element of the earth from which the harvest comes forth.
Zodiac Sign: Jera is associated with the Sun Sign of Virgo.
|shelled, ground, and, in the case of white flour, bleached.
Farmers were the providers of food; warriors were the providers
of glory. Both very important in the Viking culture where one
truly could not survive without the other.
Jera also talks about being receptive and open to the flow of life.
If you have not received your harvest mayhap Jera is
challenging you to look inside yourself. Did you do the
appropriate work to make the harvest a possibility? Did you
prepare the soil? Did you plant the seeds? Were you patient to
|wait for the seeds to grow to their full potential? Jera tells you to go within
yourself to discover the true reason you can’t achieve the joy you want because
Jera tells us that the joy lives within you.
Jera signifies happy and total completions. Ending and moving forward is a
natural part of life. Whether the ending is a relationship, a thought process, a
job, or attitude, with Jera the ending is one that will set you upon the right path
for your new future.
Jera is aligned with the mighty oak tree. The oak