Jera Rune {Meaning and Divination Reading}

If you are starting out with Elder Futhark divination readings, you’re probably still getting to grips with their meanings. So if you’ve drawn the Jera rune, you’re curious about what it means.

The Jera rune is associated with cycles and reaping rewards. It is the twelfth symbol of the Elder Futhark alphabet. The Jera sign is ruled under Hagal’s aett. The Jera symbol also relates to putting in effort and perseverance.

That’s a brief idea of the Jera symbol, but if you want to know more, keep reading. This guide will tell you everything you want to know about this rune symbol.

You’ll also learn how to use it with divination and energy work.

Let’s get started.

Jera rune symbol

What is the Jera Rune?

Jera is the twelfth symbol of the Elder Futhark Runes. You pronounce it as yeh-ra.

The whole elder futhark alphabet is split into three lots of eight. A Norse deity rules over each set as an aettir (family).

Jera is the fourth symbol of the second (Hagal’s) Aett. This set of runes is ruled by Heimdall, the Norse god of perception and foresight.

Hagal’s aett represents runes that encourage action with self. They bring about introspection and endurance. These runes help to navigate the hardships of being human and encourage us with the will to push forward.

The Jera Rune represents the hard work that you have to go through to meet your goals.

In addition to Jera, the other symbols in this Aettir include the:

What is the Meaning of the Jera Rune?

Jera rune

In a general rune reading, Jera symbolizes the natural cycles of life.

The translation of Jera means ‘year’ or ‘harvest.’

For the Norse people, this was related to the solar year. They were aware that each season would come and go. Yet the work they would put would dictate how the rewards they would harvest in the end.

This is a karmic rune, and you will ‘reap what you sow.’ If you don’t put in the effort, don’t expect the same results as those who have.

Jera is a natural process; time will pass whether you do the work or not. You can choose the results; the more you work, the better they’ll be.

The Jera rune is also one of opposites. A cycle usually means you have to experience both the light and dark sides. Jera is day and night, life and death, yin and yang.

Agriculture is strongly associated with Jera. The planting of seeds, nurturing the shoots, and reaping the rewards of the crops.

It’s important to remember that once one cycle ends, another begins. If you are going through a tough time, it won’t last forever. If you are enjoying life, don’t get complacent, and keep up the excellent work.

Jera Keywords:

  • Cycles
  • Harvest
  • Rewards
  • Effort
  • Fertility

How to read the Jera Rune

Rune divination starts with you having a question or intention in mind. Drawing the Jera rune can bring answers to that which you seek guidance.

We’ve already discussed the general meaning of the Jera rune. Yet, you may find this doesn’t really relate to your intention or question.

Jera is not a chief rune for some intentions. On its own, it doesn’t always give the depth of answer you need.

When you’ve drawn a Jera rune, it’s always better you get context from the neighboring runes. Often the order you read them will give you more details about the message of the Jera.

On that note, the meanings in this guide are not set in stone. As a beginner, they may help you decipher the message’s meaning in your rune reading.

Use your own judgment and intuition to guide you through.

Can Jera be reversed?

jera lying in oppostion
Jera lying in opposition

The Jera rune cannot be reversed. That’s because the symbol looks the same in upright and reversed positions. Therefore, it’s impossible to know which one is intended.

Although the Jera rune doesn’t have a typical reverse (merkstave) position, it can ‘lie in opposition.’

Some rune casters will assign a negative meaning to Jera in a sideways position.

Negativity may also be evident from other runes that have been cast.

A negative Jera reading can signal the repetition of an issue. There may be no changes with what you have previously experienced before.

You may also experience setbacks that interfere with progress towards your goals. The message it brings is to stop making excuses or procrastinating and put in the effort.

You may choose not to consider Jera lying in opposition as a meaning. But, you could be missing an important message from the Divine.

Jera For Love


A Jera rune in a love intention can indicate a strong, long-lasting relationship. You are likely to be celebrating an anniversary with your partner.

Jera can also point to both you and your partner putting in the work to keep your relationship healthy, loving, and nurturing.

This rune reminds you not to expect your relationship to always be perfect. You and your partner will often likely look at situations differently. Working through these challenges is how your relationship will strengthen.

In Opposition

Drawing negative Jera for a love intention signals that you may be prone to repeating mistakes in your relationship. Often this is a conflict that has been unresolved because both or one party is refusing to address the issue.

A Jera in opposition may also warn you not to reconcile with an ex-partner. There is a reason you didn’t work out in the first place, and you should consider this before jumping back in.

Jera for Family and Friends


When Jera is drawn for matters of family and friends, it’s often linked to a celebration. Pregnancy announcements are common with Jera.

The Jera rune can also point to a reunion with family or friends. This will likely be to celebrate a milestone birthday or an anniversary.

Jera reminds you that strong and stable support networks require effort and input from both sides.

In Opposition

A negative Jera usually signals that you may not have as much time with your loved ones as you think. The message is to make your memories now and don’t leave it until it’s too late.

You may find yourself repeating the same behavior patterns with a family member or a friend. If you feel like you’re making all the effort, consider if this is what you want in the long term.

Jera reminds you that this behavior is chronic and won’t change regardless of how long you persist. You either change your perspective, or you end the relationship.

Jera for Health and wellbeing


Jera drawn for health can that a period of illness is coming to an end. The cycle is complete, and you’re on the road to recovery.

Jera relates to digestive health and the benefits of eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. This can also be aided by regular exercise. Being consistent with both of these will make a significant impact on your overall health.

For women, Jera can indicate a pregnancy after a period of trying to conceive.

In Opposition

Drawing a negative Jera can often point to a chronic or recurrent health issue that isn’t resolved. The message from Jera is that you may need to consider a different approach to treatment or medication.

You may also be starting to experience ill effects due to not looking after your health through the years.

For women, you may start to experience menopause, signaling the end of their fertility.

Jera For Money and finances


In money matters, drawing the Jera rune indicates that you will soon reap financial rewards. Jera is related to abundance, but only when you’ve put the work in.

You certainly won’t be making money off any get-rich-quick schemes with Jera.

The Jera rune encourages you to celebrate your financial success. But, consider using some of the money to reinvest and keep growing.

In Opposition

A Jera in opposition can relate to paying back the money that you owe. A poor financial decision may even see you in heavy debt with a long road to recovery.

Legal issues which are binding and unable to be reversed are often linked to a negative Jera. These are likely to be costly and take a long time to resolve.

Jera for Career


When Jera is drawn in career intention, it signals that your hard work will come to fruition. If you’ve been putting in the extra hours and going that extra mile, you’ll be rewarded with recognition, a bonus, or even a promotion.

Jera is an excellent rune if you’re an entrepreneur because you’ve taken a risk and put in the work. Now is the time to reap the success of your growing business.

In Opposition

Jera, in opposition, can indicate that you are not putting in the effort you should be. You’re likely doing the bare minimum you need to keep your job.

Jera reminds you that you can keep making excuses for your work. But, ultimately, don’t expect things to change while you keep repeating this behavior.

A negative Jera can also indicate that a job offer or position has opened at your worst possible time.

Jera for Personal development


Jera is a rune of growth and the beginning of ideas. It’s time to consider what you want to achieve and use your past knowledge to work toward it.

You are reminded that whatever you choose to work on will not come quickly. There will be bumps in the road, but you’ll be glad you’ve persevered in the end.

Jera often relates to learning skills through connecting with nature. Consider the benefits of hobbies such as gardening, birdwatching, or camping.

In Opposition

Jera, in opposition for personal development, can indicate that you should stop procrastinating. Or at least stop making excuses to not put in the effort.

Worthwhile rewards take time, and slow and steady wins the race. Even a small change every day is better than none at all.

Jera for Spirituality


Drawing a Jera rune relates to the harvesting of spiritual energy. The Jera rune is pointing you in the direction of carrying out energy work. It may even encourage you to guide others by raising the vibrational energy of your environment.

Putting in the work with enthusiasm is undoubtedly inspirational for those around you.

You will align well with crystal energy when you draw a Jera rune.

In Opposition

A negative Jera can often indicate you are trying to take a shortcut to reach spiritual enlightenment. The divine is aware of the work you put in. Without the hard times, you cannot gain the experience to grow spiritually.

Jera is a reminder that you cannot escape the natural laws. Time will pass, and the seasons will change, don’t fight the process.

Magical uses of the Jera Rune

  • Fertility spells
  • Connection to cyclical nature
  • Strengthening creativity
  • Manifesting concepts
  • Bringing things to completion

Jera Rune Associations

The Jera rune connects with many other universal energies. These may suggest ways to incorporate the Jera energy into your divination work.

Jera has been corresponds with the following

ChakraSolar Plexus
ColourLight blue
CrystalsEmerald, malachite
God/GoddessesSif, Freya and Frey
Half monthDecember 1th – December 28th
Ruling planetNeptune
TarotThe Wheel

Jera Rune Poems

Anglo-Saxon Jera Poem

Summer is a joy to men, when God,

the holy King of Heaven,

suffers the earth to bring forth shining fruits

for rich and poor alike.

Norwegian Jera Poem

Plenty is a boon to men;

I say that Frothi was generous.

Icelandic Jera Poem


Boon to men

And good summer

And thriving crops.

Jera Galdr (Runic Chant)

Jera Jera Jera
Ju ja ji je jo

Rune Jera Other Names

  • Old Germanic name: Gaar (Jera)
  • Old Norwegian name: Jara, Ar
  • Anglo-Saxon name: Ger (Jara)
  • Old Celtic name: Dusgadh
  • Old Icelandic name: Ár

Final thoughts

Jera is a rune of cycles and preparation for growth. It represents putting in the effort and being patient to reap the rewards of the harvest.

Taking time to nurture essential things will pay off in the long run. You’ll be well compensated for your dedication and perseverance.

Jera is a time to celebrate and appreciate the joys of good fortune. It inspires hope and determination for your future plans. 

In opposition, Jera reminds us that cycles can become repetitive, and if you don’t make changes, you’ll keep getting the same results.

If the outcome is not what you hoped for, you must reflect on your behaviors. Excuses and procrastination will hold you back from significant results.

Use the Jera rune to harness these energies into your life and divination work.

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