Alternative names: berkano, bairkan, beorc, bjarkan, brica
Translation: birch tree
Sound: “B” as in “birch”
Associated Concepts and Interpretations
Clearing away old before beginning anew
Earth mother (both Nerthus/bright and Hel/dark aspects)
Rites of passage
Road to the Underworld
Associated Rune Poems
(as translated by Bruce Dickins, 1915; public domain)
A number of interpretations are derived from the various runic poems and those associated with this rune (where available) are included below for further consideration.
ᛒ Bjarkan er laufgrønstr líma; Loki bar flærða tíma
ᛒ Bjarkan Birch has the greenest leaves of any shrub; Loki was fortunate in his deceit
ᛒ Bjarkan er laufgat lim ok lítit tré ok ungsamligr viðr. abies buðlungr
Bjarken - Birch Leafy twig and little tree and fresh young shrub
ᛒ Beorc byþ bleda leas, bereþ efne swa ðeah tanas butan tudder, biþ on telgum wlitig, heah on helme hrysted fægere, geloden leafum, lyfte getenge
Beorc 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
last updated: 21 jan 2022
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