Sock it to Me

June 23, 2011

These socks are inspired by the rune Jera (pronounced yer-ah). It's the 12th rune of the Elder Futhark, representing the year or the harvest.

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Patience up to a point. Know your time, but work your wyrd always.”

Jera is the embodiment of the cyclical pattern of arising-being/becoming-passing-away to new arising. This a basic formula working throughout the Rune row. This Rune is one of the two “central runes” in the scheme of the Elder Futhark, and it defines the cyclical nature of the ever-evolving horizontal plane.
It is the secret of the omnipresent circumference.

Jera is the reward for past actions that are honorable, right, and in accordance with natural law. This has no real moral implications – it is a natural law. If one sows correctly and hamingja (“luck”) is with you then, according to tradition, you will be rewarded with a great reaping. It is the fruition of efforts well spent toward a willed or instinctual goal. This is true and valid for the supernatural as well as the phenomenological realms.

The cosmic fertility aspect of this Rune points to the Vanic god Freya, who is invoked til árs ok fridhar {for good season (harvest) and peace}.

The Old Norse name ár gives us the popular association of this Rune with the Eagle (Old Norse ari) as a symbol of the swift flight of the archetypal sun.

Freya in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

A Rune of beneficial outcomes, Jera applies to any activity or endeavor to which you are committed. Be aware, however, that no quick results can be expected. A span of time is usually involve; hence the key words “One Year,” symbolizing a full cycle before the reaping, the harvest or deliverance.

You have prepared the ground and planted the seed. Now you must cultivate with care. To those whose labor has a long season, a long coming to term, Jera offers encouragement of success. Know that the outcome is in the keeping of Providence and continue to persevere.

Remember the old story about the farmer who was so eager to assist his crops that he went out at night and tugged on the new shoots. There is no way to push the rive; equally you cannot hasten the harvest. Be mindful that patience is essential for the recognition of your own process that, in its season, leads
to the harvest of the self.


Sock squirrel

Image Found: Roman Sock 

Rune sock patterns available from Ravelry: Stariel Knits

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