Berkano literally meaning "Birch Goddess", esoterically - "birth, sanctuary". Rune of continued growth and continual rebirth or renewal in all things, rune of becoming. Berkano has the energy of a birch grove, and is a hidden sanctuary in times of need. The birch is the first tree to awaken in the spring time, and so Berkano is about the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Healing of all sorts is strongest through this rune, particularly recuperation, rejuvenation, purification, detoxification and regeneration. This is the rune of maternity and represents the ready womb for child-bearing. Also represented here is the the concealment and protection of what is coming into being.
Motherhood, the wisdom that comes with maturity and the patience developed by nurturing children, are all mental and spiritual strengths emphasized through use of this particular rune.
Secrecy with Berkano is not a wicked thing, but a power that can be used to great effect. It is the mastery of silence as a device for listening and protecting. It will enhance efforts to give oneself, and others, the time and space they need to grow on their own. The creation of time and space is a magical act done consciously through restraint and silence. This ability is magical, requires great humility and is an enviable feminine power.