Norse (Viking): Bjarkan
Old English: Beorc
Other names/spellings: Bairkan, Bercna, Berkana,
English Letter Equivalent
B as in BAG
Growth. Fertility. Re-birth. New life. A new broom. Physical beauty or stature.
Physical or mental growth. Increased business, investment or profit. Bumper crops. Lost causes may be redeemed. New beginnings will
Berkanan refers to renewal, regeneration, purification, healing, and recovery. It is the rune of the family and the home, and
represents the enjoyment of sexual relations, fertility, and birth. Birth in this context can be literal or symbolic, such as the
successful start of any new idea or enterprise.
An exciting time for new beginnings, fresh adventures. Activity and energy. Sow seeds, but the harvest is yet to come so dont expect
immediate reward for your effort. Put the past in its place, learn from experience. A good time for spiritual renewal - clear away
misconceptions and accept new ideas.
Lack of growth or reduction in stature. Decline or loss in business, profits, or crops. A bad time for new ventures.
Increased size or profit is being hidden, or dishonestly withheld. You may suffer a theft.
An investment that looks risky may well be safe.
Color: Dark Green
Associated gods: Nerthus, Holda
Astrological Correspondence: Virgo
Tarot Talk by Leila Vey
Like Berkanan, The Empress refers to new life, growth,
fertility, birth and re-birth, beauty, stature and
abundance. Berkanan embodies female energy in its
earthiest sense and its association with The Empress is
The Empress also represents the power of nature, wealth,
sensuality, sexuality, family and home, renewal,
purification and regeneration, health and healing, and
thus reinforces all these attributes in the Berkanan
rune. I have also seen this run associated with Death
because of the renewal, regeneration and purification
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The Rune Poem: Verse XVIII Berkanan
The Birch is fruitless, nonetheless it bears
Shoots without seed; it is beauteous in boughs
High of helm, fairly adorned
Laden with leaves, close to the sky