Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tattoo Journey - Part 2 - Birch

The second part of my tattoo …


Haven’t yet decided whether it should be the leaves, a branch or perhaps the Norse rune Berkana, which has the meaning of the tree Birch embedded into it, along with other symbolism. Seeing as I love Norse mythology and I am Norwegian, this rune may be a good choice for me. Also, it may be cheaper and turn out nicer than a birch leaf would. The leaves may look nice on a photo, but be too intricate and too detailed to come out nice on a tattoo.

Something to think about…Heres the Berkana rune:
Also called Beorc

Letter: Bold

Norse name: Bjarkan

Ancient Norse word for birch (which is my last name).

Essentially, Berkana is a female rune. It indicates Goddess force, female fertility, and the relationship between a mother and her child, especially the relationship between a mother and her infant. Maternal influence/nurturing is key when Berkana shows in a reading. In readings concerning business or some other non-mother/child situation, it still carries the connotation of nurturing, such as the nurturing one would give a business project in its early stages.Generally though, Berkana is indicative of the domestic situation. When Berkana is reversed, it often indicates problems or frictions between mother and child, especially between mothers and daughters. Unless it is paired with highly negative runes, however, these problems are usually temporary. Think of the frictions of a child becoming more independent versus the mother who is unable to let go of the child, and that is what Berkana reversed is indicating

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