Here’s your weekly update on what planetary movements are coming up. As always, Middle Earth Readings for the week is published at the bottom of the page after the live event.
Sunna’s Chariot (the Sun) is now in Jera. Jera literally means ‘Year’ and is precursor to the modern ‘Y/J’ sounds. The two arms of the Jera rune remind us that the growth of the new year springs from the dying winter of the old. Likewise, the summer itself births the winter as the blade strikes to cut the corn and the fruit falls from the boughs. The figures of the circling gods Sumar (Summer) and Vetr (Winter) are often depicted as being in conflict – yet in the extremes of their natures they evoke the spirits of each other.
Odin’s Chariot (Roman equivalent Mercury) in Eihwaz brings forth the power of the shamanic journey. The sacrifice of self to self. In the dreaming space where time and space collapse we see wyrd not as the inevitable hand of destiny but as a bright thread offering us the best possible version of ourselves. It is yours to take, power that is yours, and yours alone to claim. The quest for knowledge that will lessen the burdens of suffering and ignorance. The thirst for the fire of knowledge, inspiration and evolution. What is the destiny that whispers to you in the dead of night and seems too impossible or ambitious to speak in the light of day? This is the thread, this is your thread. Eihwaz represents the Yew tree which is known for its longevity and endurance. The World Tree itself Yggdrasil (Odin’s steed) is said to be of Yew or Ash wood. In its Yew form it supports continued life, growth and wisdom.
Manni’s Chariot (the Moon) moves through one rune approximately every 24 hours. The potency of the Full Moon energy is like a high tide leaving tracks in the sand as it departs – it forms a current over the coming month. Manni’s Chariot in Dagaz is particularly powerful for this time of year. It is the rune of Day, transformation and enlightenment. It provides a gateway into the new and undreamt. In the light of Day Manni basks in the full light and confers hope, joy, fulfilment on those who call to him for succour and aid. This Full Moon is unusual because the last Full Moon Before Yule was also in Dagaz. It offers a chance for us to connect with who we were, to give gratitude for what we have received and mourn for what we have lost. It reminds us that time itself bends when subject to the great forces of the universe. It invites us to think less about what we have received or lost through the course of the past year and to focus rather on how we have transformed and what we have become.
This week we move into the half month of Jera, a rune that represents the agricultural year with particular points for sowing and harvesting. The change it brings is slow and requires patience, planning and hard work. Energetically, Jera is a gentle rune and is useful for work focusing on long term plans and things you wish to bring into manifestation at a slow and steady pace.
Find out more on Jera here.