To represent Regenuary we are using a rune called Jera
Jera represents change, most frequently positive change. This change is a permanent reward after hardship or a series of hardships, and we feel this represents how the Earth has been treated by conventional agriculture.
As with a successful harvest, Jera is a rune of material gain.
Jera is often seen as a forward-looking rune which refers to an eventual positive resolution occurring at some time in the future. Other possible literal meanings of Jera in a reading are a large, well-attended meal or outdoor festivities, and events like this connect us to food, nature and the Earth.
Jera is connected with the yearly cycle of nature, particularly with the harvest celebrations that go with it.
It is a rune of joy, of plenty and of rich blessings. Jera’s association with celebration connects it with yuletide or the Christmas season in today’s Europe after its Christianisation, and it expresses much of the warmth and happiness of this time. In this sense, Jera is symbolically assigned to the winter solstice, when the sun is at its weakest yet begins to gain strength once more.
This leads us into January and the time we have chosen to consider #Regenuary.
Historical meanings of Jera
The ancient people of the Norse had close ties with the Earth and its seasons. Their lives circled around the seasons as much as the seasons circle around the year while the Earth circles the Sun. The changing seasons affected not only the weather, but the day to day survival of the Norse, dictating what they ate, where they lived and how they lived.
The ancient people's very existence depended upon adapting to change and living by the seasonal cycles, and so, the Norse were accustomed to constant change. Their object was to become attuned to the yearly cycles, rather than attempt to fight them. They were aware that all in life runs in cycles.
Personal meditations on Jera in our modern world
You might think that these ancient symbols have no relevance or meaning to our modern lives, but exploring the subtle nuances can be a very worthwhile thought process. Since they do not have absolute and direct translations, they provide a movement of thought to the meditation.
The Jera rune can represent a time for transformations: of letting go of the old and making way for the new. Jera brings to our attention that there are greater achievements to be made in the future but concepts, ideas and plans must first be drawn in order to be followed to fruition.
Jera lets us know that things are once again turning as they should. It will bring with it a time of happiness and peace, and expectations of prosperity.
We must also keep in mind that it is also a time for hard work, with no place for complacency. These efforts and labours will not last forever, so make the most of it. Remember, being patient is essential for the recognition of your own inner process, which in its own time and season, leads to growth and harvest within the self.
Why Jera for Regenuary?
The Jera rune represents Regenuary for all of the connotations explored above. Jera is a time of plenty, of joy and of celebration, indicating new beginnings, new growth and the fruition of long-laid plans. This is the epitome of why we created Regenuary.
We are reminded that our labours pay off in a big way, so long as we work hard and do what is right. Through choosing regenerative agriculture, we are on the cusp of a turning point where we can change the narrative and actually start to heal the Earth as we consume.
So, in Regenuary, keep in mind all that Jera represents. It truly is a time for transformation. Together, we regenerate the world.