Mannaz represents mankind in its most perfect form: a descendant of the gods inextricably linked with the divine.
Mannaz is the power of intelligence, rational thought, and tradition. It is the quest of self-development towards a perfectly balanced life.
Jera represents the cycle of the year, or more specifically, the turning over of a new cycle. The end of the longest night and the slow returning of the light.
A more gentle change than Dagaz (which represents the daily cycle), Jera signals a reward for past actions. It is time to reap what we have sown.
Perthro represents fate – but not in the modern sense of predetermination. The Norse idea of fate is more akin to what you’d think of as Karma. The sum of our past actions has created our current situation.
Perthro reminds us that where we are is a direct result of the choices we have made, which means that where we go from here is also in our own hands.
These cards are actually the perfect combination leading up to spring. For me, spring has always been the true new year. The rebirth of nature into a new cycle.
Jera tells us now is the time to reap what we have sown. Look back at the past year and ask yourself what you have grown and nurtured within yourself and without. Was it what you had planned? If not, what unexpected turns did you take, and were they for the better or not?
Use these reflections to plan out your next actions. Spring will be here before you know it and with it comes fresh energy and optimism. Prepare your path now so you can jump into action when the time is right.