Spellings: berkano, bairkan, beorc, bjarkan
Translations: the birch goddess, birch twig, birch tree
Birch is without fruit but just the same it bears
shoots without seed; it has beautiful branches
high on its crown it is finely covered
loaded with leaves, touching the sky.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: Birth, abiogenesis/biopoesis, rebirth, regrowth, regeneration, silence, plantlife, emergence, sanctuary
“… Berkano is the rune of life’s emergence from the fundamental cosmic law… an example of one such event, to which the rune refers, is life’s spring-time renewal from the cold of winter…”
“… The energy of Berkano is that of the womb, the metabolism and the immune system. It is the point of contact between life and non-life in nature, and how life integrates seamlessly with its environment … The tendency of life to heal itself, adapt to what it cannot heal, or construct niches in which its environment no longer harms it, is implicit to the life force Berkano represents… to care about itself and provide sanctuary for itself…”
“… Berkano’s ultimately mindless care and indiscriminate patience and love for this task is staggeringly powerful, and we may someday discover that it unites the stars in a way we find inconceivable today…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Berkano – Birth, becoming, life changes, shelter, liberation; or blurring of consciousness, deceit, sterility, stagnation.
LORE: Rune of the containment and release of energy leading to continued growth and continual rebirth or renewal in all things. The rune of liberation and becoming.
Freya Aswynn says:
Berkana: Fertility; birth; rebirth; growth; maternity; family life; feminine Mysteries.
MAGIC: “This rune is very important for the feminine Mysteries. Its powers include the regenerating forces of Nature and the growth of vegetation… Berkana is used to elleviate women’s problems, such as difficult periods, pregnancy and delivery… linked with the Earth goddess, Berchta, who is the patron of children and who cares for mothers.”
Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers is on Amazon.