The Weekly Rune – Berkano
For the week of 19 July 2015
This week, behold the change and step into its wisdom.
Uruz remains the half-month rune until 29 July. Read right to left is Uruz then Berkano.
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After two weeks of being frozen in place by Isa, we find a bit of movement with Berkano, sort of. In the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark, Berkano comes after Tiwaz, a warrior rune that indicates victory after tragic loss. In fact, I’d actually call Tiwaz a battle rune rather than a warrior rune, because it speaks more about how to move on in the thick of survivor’s guilt than actual victory. How fitting that Berkano, the nurturer, the embodiment of caregiver feminine, comes immediately after.
What we bear with Uruz is an ill-fitting self. Isa made us sit with that discomfort until we could hardly stand it. The half-month stave has brought a primal awareness to the fore that can no longer be overlooked. It is a place in our lives in which we feel we haven’t been authentic, or capable of speaking our truth. Where the combination of Isa (stillness) and Uruz (unconscious rumbling) brought discomfort, Berkano can now bring healing to that sore spot. Where Isa held us against our wills to see the truth, Berkano gives us the fortitude to pause of our own volition and honor change.
This week we gain insight into some aspect of self that is no longer working. It likely served us well at some point, but we’re passed it now. The rumbling Uruz has brought over the last week can transmute into a powerful force to recreate the self. Berkano asks us to make sure we create not only the self we want, but to pause with intention and create the one that best serves our deepest needs.