Alternative Names
Anglo-Friesian/Germanic: Berkanan
Norse (Viking): Bjarkan
Old English: Beorc
Other names/spellings: Bairkan, Bercna, Berkana, Berkano, Beroc

Pronunciation
Bear-khan-awn

English Letter Equivalent
B as in BAG

Translation
Birch Twig

Meaning
Growth. Fertility. Re-birth. New life. A new broom. Physical beauty or stature.

Characteristics
Physical or mental growth. Increased business, investment or profit. Bumper crops. Lost causes may be redeemed. New beginnings will flourish.

Berkanan refers to renewal, regeneration, purification, healing, and recovery. It is the rune of the family and the home, and represents the enjoyment of sexual relations, fertility, and birth. Birth in this context can be literal or symbolic, such as the successful start of any new idea or enterprise.

Personal Interpretation
An exciting time for new beginnings, fresh adventures. Activity and energy. Sow seeds, but the harvest is yet to come so don’t expect immediate reward for your effort. Put the past in its place, learn from experience. A good time for spiritual renewal – clear away misconceptions and accept new ideas.

Reverse
Lack of growth or reduction in stature. Decline or loss in business, profits, or crops. A bad time for new ventures.

Converse
Increased size or profit is being hidden, or dishonestly withheld. You may suffer a theft.
An investment that looks risky may well be safe.

Runic Number
18

Color
Dark green

Element
Earth

Polarity
Female

Associated gods
Nerthus, Holda

Astrological Correspondence
Virgo