Part #1


 

Lets start with the basic rune shape, note that there are two bent Isa or four straight lines of Isa. If we think of Isa as the ego or the “I” of an entity, then we might say that Jera has an “I” or ego for each seasonal mythos. The personification of the seasons gives us an archetype in which to work with. In each season there is a spirit, a temperament, a personality. Each has a style of presentation, each casts its own mood, each wears its own colors, has its own foods and its own special holidays. All of these traits and qualities inform us of our place in time and space.  Time and space are key factors to understanding the depth of  Jera.

The next thing to note is that the “I’s” are paired into two opposing bent shapes. We can see that it is two Kenaz.Kenaz is a rune of fiery energy, raw, primal and sexual.The alchemical construction of the Kenaz rune is a bind rune made of two Isa, the alchemical quality is fire from ice. Fire and Ice are the primordial forces of creation in Nordic cosmology. In its deepest sense Kenaz is the vibrational frequency of manifestation. Every thing is resonating at its own vibrational frequency. The fire of Kenaz covers the whole spectrum from short wave light to long wave sound. Cymatics is the study of sound and molecular geometry or molecular structure. The three-dimensional arrangement of the atoms that constitute a molecule. It determines several properties of a substance including its reactivity, polarity, phase of matter, color, magnetism, and biological activity.  We can imagine  the friction between the two Isa creating a kind of heat, a melting in which the two forces blend in an alchemical fusion. We can look at this fusion as the union of two ritual lovers in the union of alchemical marriage. The alchemist seeks to turn dross into purity Jera teaches us timing, rhythm, movement, dance, mood, temperament and tonality. 

We can see that each Kenaz in Jera shows us an ideas about relationships. One idea is that the four parts of the year have two parts related as shown in the shape of the Kenaz. That is in the two Isa binding to form Kenaz. This binding or merging of ego will produce a new emergence. That is to say that Kenaz is never static, it is always active and that energy is always acting to transform. Fire is a transformative power.  The second relationship is two parts in opposition, as shown in the opposing position of the two Kenaz as they face each other. Here the two fiery transformer act on each other. We see in Jera both a dichotomy of fusion and a duality of reflection. This is an extremely deep teaching in that while we see the conceptual frame works of duality, duality itself does not exist. The rune is one unit, the two Kenaz are meant to be seen as the one rune Jera. The dualities are there to inform the mind of the complexity of the oneness of all things. This tiny slice of the visible, audible spectrum is our whole world and yet it is hardly a blip on the vibrational string on the universe. Jera unpacks this complexity.

The Nordic year starts on the first full moon after winter solstice. Understanding the year gives deep insight both the runes and to the innate teleology of mythic meditation. The runic calendar is a perpetual calendar based on the 19 year long Metonic cycle of the Moon. This 19 year lunar cycle is the classroom of the natural world as it maps out the activity of liefs mystic lover; the moon. The accuracy of this type of timing system is still used in modern times. The most significant contemporary use is to help in flight planning (trajectory calculations and launch window analysis) for lunar spacecraft missions as well as serving as the basis for the Hebrew calendar's 19-year cycle. Other uses are in computus, the calculation of the date of Easter, and in tidal analysis. The first Dagaz (day) of the new year predicts the coming year all the sacred holiday's could be mapped from this date.

 

The 52 seven day weeks can be learned through the use of the Tarot cards, by recognizing that the page card is an unformed adolescence and therefore like the Fool has a numerical value of zero.  You can map the thirteen remaining cards to the thirteen weeks of each season. If you would like to try an Eastern approach you can use Mahjong to build the four walls of the fortress. This same time keeping matrix can be found in Mesoamerican calenders as well.

 The whole concept of the ‘Great Year’ is based upon a genuine astronomical phenomenon. The Earth’s axis is not fixed and includes a slight ‘wobble’, properly called ‘nutation’, usually compared to that of a spinning-top when it is slowing down. This means that the poles describe circles, and that the North Pole does not always point to the same star or even any star. Currently Polaris, the Pole

 Star, appears to be very close to the ‘Celestial North Pole’, but some four thousand years ago Thuban in Draco was nearer, and in another twelve thous

and years Vega in Lyra will be nearer.

The year is thus divided into four thirteen week units the weeks can then be divided  into thirteen sets of thirteen hour periods.  A week of seven days has 168 hours. Thirteen units of thirteen hours is 169 days. In modern paganism the trend has been to use the Gregorian calender, but this sets the clock out of balance.The one day difference between 168 and 169 can be divided farther into fractions. The remainder moves us into the next week in the cycle. The year is not a repeating pattern, but is rather a spiral. In the Norse mythos the Sleipnir is an archetype of the year he is the child of Loki who had transformed into a mare. Svaolfari is the father of Sleipnir he was the mythical horse of the builder who was building an impenetrable fortress for the gods. He was to complete the building in six months or half a year and his price for this was the sun, the moon and Freyja. Before the builder is able to collect his reward, Loki lures Svaolfari away thus creating time. It is this metaphor of time and space that gives us yet another insight into Jera as the four walls of of the fortress. Sleipnir’s eight legs mark the eight pagan holidays that mark the compass of the year. The runic calender moves with the natural movement of the procession of the equinox unfolding through the Miltonic calculations of real time.

From midwinter's night to the spring equinox, we see the first ego of the new year as the day grows under the watchful eye of the moon. The days are shorter than the nights.  In the Norse mythos the moon is masculine in nature.  This gives a different spin on the solar lunar metaphor than the popular feminine moon of the modern pagan revival. Mani is the the first teacher and he teaches elemental earth. There will be differing opinions about this order, but I am happy with the matrix of connections.

From Spring equinox to summer solstice, the ego of adolescence pivots away from the ego of the child. The flowering of personality matures in the first dawning of adulthood from summer solstice to the autumnal equinox. Finally the fullness of life comes as a great harvest in the last quarter from the autumnal equinox to winter’s night return.

Thus we see the four stages of life unfold represented in the shape of Jera. The four seasons, the four lunar phases, the four fouled divisions of the runes, the four elemental’s, the alchemical tools, and many more associations can be drawn from this matrix.


 

 

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Comment by Tyriel [Rune Secrets Admin] on April 2, 2011 at 1:45pm
Fantastic analysis, Loclynn! Was this what you and Cathi are working on? Thank you so much, this work of yours is a real asset to the runesecrets.net project :)
Comment by Loclynn on April 2, 2011 at 1:52pm

Tyriel

this is my work Cathi i hope will be writing about the left hand path of justice and how lycanthropy is the Gebo of Tyr transformation from a war god to a god of law.

Comment by Manos on April 2, 2011 at 2:00pm
Jera was always for me the intersection of runes with physics (similar role has Ansuz for mathematics/informatics). Such articles make this feeling clearer and stronger. Thank you Loclynn.
Comment by Loclynn on April 2, 2011 at 2:06pm
Vanr I will write more on the Builder and the long count in my next post
Comment by Manos on April 3, 2011 at 3:01am

Well, certainly, someone could tell me "Eh, guy, where do you see physics on this article?"

 

I mean that today we have a system with 365-days years, leap years and exceptions and so on. Scientific and commercial world need something like this and this has survived.

 

The magickal calendar you refer to covers other needs but it is one answer to the same question: "How do we arrange time?"

 

That's a question of physics interest. Physics would ask "How do we organize knowledge?" and this is intersection with Ansuz. But Physics, and Formal Science generally, would not ask "What should a brave man do?", "what is happiness?" or "what do we pass to our children?"

 

Just a declaration on my previous comment.

Comment by Tyriel [Rune Secrets Admin] on April 3, 2011 at 3:36am
@Vanr -- Although they do ask what do we pass on, in genetics. I'd imagine genetics would be of great interest to anyone who is into ancestor worship or such.
Comment by Manos on April 3, 2011 at 3:50am

How fool of me , you are right. Therefore, Othala is an intersection with genetics. Perhaps there are more. That's could be a great discussion to raise. I 'll think of it for some time.

Thanks

Comment by winter.skadi on April 3, 2011 at 8:37pm
Wow. Very full of insight!

And let us not forget the ramifications of not having the walls built... the whole world as the gods knew it changed, which certainly could be said of the implications of time.
Comment by Loclynn on April 6, 2011 at 2:34am
Comment by KoolcaT on May 9, 2011 at 7:08am

Wow this helped a lot. Thank you. Really deep and insightful. I will be thinking about this for a while :)

More is coming :)

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