… or should you give up the fight? This rune has many spelling variations. I like Tir, because it’s simple to remember, and pronounce! It was drawn reversed. Normally upright, it is an opportunity to fight for what we believe in. To put our best and our all and be prepared for any and all challenges that come our way.
However, I drew it reversed (it is shown upright so that you can see it in its upright position clearly). What this means, is we have the opportunity this weekend, to open ourselves up to the possibility that we may be becoming lax, careless, or unresponsive to the things around us that we care about.
A few questions I am asking myself, since I drew this for one and all of you whom may find that you may be working on a parallel challenge that I too may be facing.
- Where has my desire to make a difference gone?
- Am I ready to take on new challenges on the horizon?
- Will I fight to keep what I have earned?
- Do I still have a fighting spirit?
- Is this a battle I want to fight?
- What exactly am I fighting, and to what end?
Just a few question to chew on, but first let it marinate? I think of my own answers to those questions. I recently ran into someone at my work place that I had a very challenging situation with. Thinking I might see this person again in the future prior to our meeting just yesterday, I had prepared myself for that possibility.
When I passed by them in a somewhat narrow hallway, I thought, “Wow, there they are…” and I walked proudly and unaffected by their presence, while they stood there clearly unprepared. I must admit, I loved seeing the look on their face!
I could have reacted in several ways. But the first thing that came to me was, ‘that which does not exist, does not affect’. And so I chose not to ‘see’ them, even though they were clearly standing right there – in front of my face.
I’ll leave you with this thought and outworn cliche: Choose your battles!
Times are changing; weather is changing; so too aren’t we changing? Human growth comes in all forms, and we weather the internal change as well as the outer. Upright, the Berkana Rune heralds growth in all ways… She is known as a fertility Rune. Why? Notice that she is in the shape of the Letter B, and in fact is the phonetic value of the letter ‘b’ in the runic alphabet; and in the shape of breasts (considered a feminine rune because of its shape).
Whether it’s a newborn, a new enterprise or business, or just a new way of thinking, she is all about growth. She is the 18th Rune; one of Tyr’s Aett; a spiritual warrior rune. But watch out – this is a time of opportunity – do you open yourself up to it, or do you wait? Or worse yet, do you become stagnant, and complacent?
Here the rune was drawn Reversed. Berkana is a Rune picked for today, and it can be a simple and unimportant image or a clear sign. Are you moving too fast, or not fast enough? Are you holding on to seeds that should be planted now, or are they seeds you may want to plant in the fall?
If it feels right, do it. What are you waiting for?
If it’s not time wait, what’s the rush?
It’s up to you to do the work. No one can do it for you – it’s up to you to act, or not… But remember, when we plant something, it requires watering, and care. Eventually, it will need weeding. It takes effort, and the question I think is not if we will plant the seed, but will we take care of the garden when it grows? Effort is everything!