The Weekly Rune Jera
For the week of 10 December 2017
Accounting inner nurture, or bust.
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Jera is the half-month stave through 28 December. Uruz is the intuitive stave, and Nauthiz indicates the planet’s message to us. Read right to left is Jera, Uruz, then Nauthiz.
The half-month rune is set by the runic calendar, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight). The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, which brings the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus for the present week. It suggests how we can handle these energies. The planetary stave (also a blind draw) indicates the state and needs of the planet, and where noted, of Nature, well beyond the earthly sphere. If you’re curious about how I do the cast every week, catch a couple of my Instagram videos, which explain the intention behind The Weekly Rune, and what makes it different from other ways of casting.
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Holy mackerel, these last few weeks. Where Isa showed that we won’t move forward from the current dynamic until we’ve gained the skills to, Jera follows it up with ample assessment that we’re truly up to the task.
The half-month rune of (northern) Winter Solstice (which falls this year on 21 December, at 16:28 UTC), Jera, means “year.” In application it refers to the accounting process of reviewing the work of the year–specifically harvest–and deducing whether it was beneficial. It’s the appropriate time for assessing what worked, what didn’t, what to do, what never to do again. To that end, I call Jera the rune of “Hearth Accounting.” It represents external and internal housecleaning of the deepest level.
As this is the Winter Solstice stave, it demands that we thoroughly examine the last vestiges of shadow, of darkness, and lay a plan for how to illuminate it. Sure, this can be done any time of year. This moment is of the essence, because native forces of the season support us that effort. We aren’t going it completely alone, and we can call on that help to get our jobs done.
Curious that Uruz is the rune playing backup. Referring to the wild unconscious, again we are deflected back into a well of feminine, which suggests that we not only know how we’re nurturing that sacred seed of Isa through its initiation, but that we become it. We can’t really understand the raw creativity we’re developing if we don’t step directly into it. There’s no testing the waters, here. Uruz is the point that we realize, or in some cases return to, our most primal drives, and it demands that we dive into however that’s manifesting in our lives, right now.
The theme of the winter runes has been coming more deeply into the human cycles of hardship and benefit, birth and growth, growth and death, manifestation and loss, having and having not… Within this very clarifying assertion that the wheel will always turn (Hagalaz), we’re given the opportunity to hone in on exactly what we want to do with our time, here. We’re told to define our needs and gain the skills to learn to meet them (Nauthiz-Isa), and assess how our actual lives stack up to enabling us to meet them (Jera). In that controlled process, we’re now being told to unleash Uruz. Let the untamed auroch into that fine balance we’ve set up to create momentum in our lives, and see what happens.
Will it all topple? Will it root out what’s not needed? Will it bring in some wild new desire we’ve been afraid of honoring?
We’re about to find out. What’s certain is the outcome will serve. The moxy to stick with it until the end sources from that assurance.
Nauthiz as Nature’s wisdom on the subject advises we not rush. None of the winter runes hurry, which is usually what makes them so uncomfortable. Yes, each introduces nuance of refining how we cope with change, though each does so through a frozen state of deep reflection. It’s that suspended animation that makes their cycle seem. so. hard.
This week we have another chance to stand at our crossroads, and make sure we’re clear on our needs. Nothing in Nature ventures forward unless it understands the reason to do so–including risk and reward. And there’s no pressure to leap. Take the time given to thoroughly assess what’s needed where, how much, when. All the same, bring keen awareness to the act of busy stillness. That age old challenge of allowing the active masculine to do its job to protect the embodied feminine…
We’ve got this.
- How do you best take stock of your life?
- What shadows remain unexcavated?
- How do you best deal with active stillness?
Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.