Traditional meaning: birch
Meanings when upright:
Meanings when inverted:
Berkana can be useful for:
Anglo-Saxon rune poem:
Beorc byþ bleda leas, bereþ efne swa ðeah
tanas butan tudder, biþ on telgum wlitig,
heah on helme hrysted fægere,
geloden leafum, lyfte getenge.
The poplar bears no fruit; yet without seed it brings forth suckers,
for it is generated from its leaves.
Splendid are its branches and gloriously adorned
its lofty crown which reaches to the skies.
Norwegian rune poem:
Bjarkan er laufgrønstr líma;
Loki bar flærða tíma.
Birch has the greenest leaves of any shrub;
Loki was fortunate in his deceit.
A modern rune poem:
Lethe Berkana Beltane.
From this rune
I took my middle name
in hopes of carrying with me always
the warmth of an early spring day,
a gentle impassioned hug from my wife,
the promise that soon all will be okay
and together we'll build a kinder life.
Berkana makes things grow,
even after the storms have thrown
in shambles onto the ground.
The seedling that blooms after wildfire,
alone amidst the ashes.
down the treetops, and now sunlight
through the skeletal branches
"Keep going, Lethe,"
my wife to me beseeches.
"You have every right to take pride
in how long against everything you've survived.
Stand strong and steal what you can from this world of men
and I promise you I'll make it worth your effort in the end."