Welcome to Monday Morning! It was a rough weekend…so I take to my Runes and “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum to see what message and pearl of wisdom they have for us to begin our week. The Rune that came to my hand is:
Berkana: Growth, Rebirth, A Birch Tree
Message (paraphrased): “The Rune of life process, Berkana denotes that form of fertility which promotes growth both symbolically and actually. The growth may occur in family matters, one’s relationship to one’s self, or the relationship with the Divine. This is a “leading to” Rune, in that it leads to blossoming and ripening.
What is called for here is going into things deeply, with care and awareness. In this action, be gentle, penetrating, and pervasive.
First, disperse resistance, then accomplish the work. For this to happen, your will must be clear and controlled. In regard to the issue, your motives must be correct. Any dark corners should be cleansed; this must be carried out diligently and sometimes with expert help. Modesty, patience, fairness and generosity are called for here. Once resistance is dispersed and rectification carried out and seen to hold firm, then, through steadfastness and right attitude, the blossoming can occur.”
from The Desk of MarDrag:
Well, not surprisingly, this is not the easiest of Runes. But its message is timely and profound. It tells us that, the good news in all that is happening is that growth is present and moving. That is a good thing to know and to hold on to as we move through this tense time. It also assures us that the hard work we are doing is going to “lead us” to a blossoming and ripening from that growth. It helps to know that! Just as the mighty oak begins as a seed, so do our greatest accomplishments. The growth can, at times, be painful and stressful, but there is that promise of blossoming at the end of it.
So…while we must go deeper still into the issues and the understanding of them, it is important to remember to be gentle with ourselves. Though we must penetrate the depths to have the level of growth we are looking for, we should not be hard on ourselves or stand in judgment of what we are going through. We must be accepting and compassionate with ourselves, for we are working hard and deserve a soft cushion to fall on.
The last message this Rune has is difficult, yet paramount to growth. We must let go of resistance to the issue and the growth it promotes. Resistance builds a wall that makes it harder to get through. And we do not need anything to make our path more difficult than it is. Resistance can be hard to let go of…but it is necessary. We should look to any dark corners and cleanse them. Examine our motives for doing this work in the first place and make sure they are honest and clear…within ourselves.
And then…stay with it. Persevere, hold firm, and get through it. We must try to keep a positive attitude in that we take this as an opportunity to move past the issue, grow, and blossom. We should not give up. Just when it feels the hardest and that we would give up…that is when we should persevere and push through. It is at that moment that the breakthrough occurs. And it is through that steadfastness…when we realize just how Powerful we really are…that the blossoming happens…and we see what a Magnificent being we really are. We are that blossom on the vine that conquered the depths of the earth beneath us, shot through the surface, raised our bud toward the sun, flourished…and grew into a lovely, fragrant flower.