Berkano – Rune of Nurturing
In Berkano, we find the regenerating power of the Goddess. This is the rune of both Mother and Maiden, of She who was, is and ever shall be. We have both the inner child here and the Mother archetype contained in the energy of this rune. Whatever needs nurturing and whoever is capable of nurturing falls under the auspice of Berkano. And let’s not forget that sometimes we are best nurtured by allowing our inner child to roam, for example by allowing ourselves to get completely lost in art project for no other reason than to enjoy the process.
Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape
This is a more angular version of the letter ‘B’ and – let’s keep it real – the shape is that of a pair of boobs, seen from above. Berkano means ‘birch’ (björk in modern Swedish).
What do boobs do? They nurture us. What does birch stand for? Birch is the first tree to come back to life in the spring – it’s a sign of the regenerative powers of Mother Nature. Bunched up, long silver birch twigs are traditionally used for cleansing (detox).
- Polarity: Feminine
- Zodiac correspondences: Moon and Venus
- Tarot card correspondences: The High Priestess and The Empress
- Archangel correspondences: Archangels Gabriel and Anael
- Chakra correspondences: Sacral Chakra and Heart Chakra
- Health: Women’s health, fertility, regeneration, purification
General: nurturing (both body and soul), nursing, fertility, creativity, regeneration, gratitude, abundance – Reversed: stagnation, infertility, blocked creativity, mother issues, austerity, patriarchal restrictions and edicts
Love & relationships: a creative partnership, a loving and nurturing relationship, a relationship that gives the seeker strength, someone who is in touch with their feminine side – Reversed: mother issues are negatively impacting the relationship, one person is doing all the giving/nurturing
Health/wellbeing: female puberty, issues around fertility, eating habits, having enough me-time to spend on creative pursuits, excellent self-care – Reversed: menopause, disruption in the female cycle, infertility, breast health issues, need to detox, poor self-care habits
Business: goals are being nurtured, mutually nurturing business partnerships, creative business pursuits, prosperity – Reversed: lack of creative vision, lack of growth, one-sided business partnerships, a need to watch expenditure, lack of foresight
Holistic Healing Tips for Berkano
Chant Berkano (BEAR-kawn-oh) and let the sound roll around in the cauldron of your pelvic bowl to balance the menstrual cycle
Wear the rune around your neck to remember to stick to your daily/weekly self-care routine.
Draw the rune over the womb to stimulate fertility.
Sit with your back against a birch tree to ground and communicate with the tree spirit.
Gather some birch twigs from the ground under the tree and make a small broom for space clearing.
Place your hands over your heart and chant the rune name several times until the love of Mother God starts filling your heart, then extend the hands out to bless and feed the world with Her love.
Use with Fehu in prosperity spells.
- I rest in the soft embrace of Mother-God and allow myself to be nurtured by Her.
- I take excellent care of myself.
- As I engage in creative pursuits that put me in a state of flow, my soul light shines brighter.
- I have the ability to heal and regenerate.
- I nurture those around me with the love of Mother-God.
- I am an embodiment of Her (this is NOT just for women!)
- I am infinitely creative.
- My partnerships are based on mutual respect and nurturing.
- I gratefully allow Mother Nature to heal me.
To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Berkano rune over a glass of water. Say the affirmation out loud while holding the glass. Then drink it slowly while visualising drawing the cosmic light from the centre of the Milky Way galaxy in through the top of your crown. Give thanks.
Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you for creative chaos and a wild, untamed spirit within. Thank you that I do not have to strive to nurture or be nurtured but to simply allow you to flow through me. Guide me to good health and abundance so that I may truly prosper in this lifetime and be a blessing rather than a burden to others. Purge my life of anything that keeps me from being of service to you. Amen and so it is!
Lisa Frideborg – Frideborg means ‘Fortress of Peace’. I was named after the first Viking female to convert to Christianity