The Weekly Rune – Berkano

For the week of 20 September 2015

Honoring the need for closure is the ley this week.

Kenaz remains the half-month rune through 28 September. Read right to left is Kenaz, then Berkano.

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Monthly personal runecasts on Patreon by Kelley HarrellTelling a more authentic story of the self has been the theme of this year. Last week, Kenaz indicated challenges in finding Fehu’s wealth. This week we birth it into being, and sit with the changes, challenges, and celebration of that closure.

We discussed that Kenaz means “torch,” as well as “boil,” or “blemish,” indicating a slow burn that constantly begs for relief. While we have clues if not utter clarity on the blessings Fehu brought, it can be challenging to take the requisite time to celebrate them.

Berkano is the midwifery stave, though she’s much more than that. She’s intent on celebrating the birth of a fabulous project. Think about that for a second. How often do we actually just sit with our successes? Most common is the urge to look back and be critical over what we didn’t do that we should’ve, how we could have done it better. Likewise, we jet onto the next thing, without really holding space for the lifeforce we’ve created or to replenish ourselves.

Berkano Rune art "Mother Tree" by Kelley Harrell, Soul Intent Arts, on EtsyBerkano is often considered a ‘mama’ rune, but I call shenanigans on that. Mothers, especially new ones, are terrible at being in the moment, not because they don’t want to be, but because their sense of the birth moment is so distorted by fatigue, stress, excitement, fear, fatigue… They also have a hard time emotionally detaching from their children. In shamanic cultures, past a certain age, mothers aren’t the soul caretakers of their children, not because they can’t do it, but because they shouldn’t do it. There’s a reason the emphasis is on the midwife, rather than on the mom. Berkano calls for an elegant detachment from the event, dynamic, or experience, such that it can be facilitated to some closure.

After all, initiation that never culminates in conjoined effort and wisdom is just crisis.

Don’t underestimate that niggly irritation Kenaz brings to the need to celebrate successes, this week. The idea of hidden light and illuminating what it hides becomes paramount by week’s end. On the 27, we have the second SuperMoon, which just happens to also be a blood moon, beaming during a total lunar eclipse. Now is the time to look at what’s come from hard work and embodiment, love it hard, then bless it on its path.

Sit with Kenaz to learn exactly what attention needs to be paid, this week. Bring it through to completion, and see it for what it is.