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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Berkana

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Berkana is the eighteenth Elder Futhark rune and the second rune of Tyr's Ætt.


Tyr's Ætt is associated broadly with spiritual forces and how they relate to the experience of humanity. To learn more about the ættir and runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.


The Elder Futhark Rune Berkana. Also known as Berkano, Bairkan, Beorc, and Bjarkan.
Berkana Rune

Keywords: fertility, mother, birth, life and death cycle, creativity, new beginnings, new ideas, nourishment, growth, regeneration, feminine energy


Berkana Upright Meaning


Berkana upright is a rune of fertility, new beginnings, and that your manifestations are incoming. It also represents Divine Feminine energy, and some think its image represents breasts. Fertility not only means the literal ability to conceive flesh and blood but points to creative force and energy.


When Berkana comes out in conjunction with Tiwaz, the union between the two can be interpreted as a good romantic and energetic match.


Berkana Reversed Meaning


Berkana reversed could indicate blockages with fertility or creativity. In readings where multiple parties are concerned, it could indicate a third-party situation or trouble with the family.


Magical Properties of Berkana


Berkana helps bring manifestations into physical form as the process of birth brings lifeforms into physical being: this particularly relates to those of the creative process. It can also help you be reborn spiritually.


It can help with love, protection, concealment, creativity, holding together powers, and strengthening relationships.


To go even deeper with your study of the runes, check out How to Read Runes by Kira the Rune Witch.





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