The response I got was not what I was expecting at all. The image above, of a stream swirling through a calm forest is what I was thinking about; taking time, even a moment, to relax, regroup, and move forward calmly. That was my image. The Runes had other thoughts entirely - sometimes things take over our lives and we must embrace them.
If I doubted that interpretation, Gebo as the second Rune, reinforces what Thurisaz is saying. Although we like to feel like we have balance in our lives, no one does, not all the time. Being out of balance or feeling close to it can be a gift. For example, I just started a new job and, though I am enjoying it very much, it has meant that other parts of my life, like this blog, don't get the same amount of my time as they used to and it feels out of balance. As we approach the equinox, that feeling is becoming more obvious to me. But what the Runes are telling me is that this shift in my life is a gift to embrace, for if we don't get out of balance once in a while, how will we grow and change? Evolve and experience new and exciting things?
I believe that is why Berkana came third in this draw. Moments spent out of balance, experiencing things outside of our comfort zone or that we haven't experienced in a while bring out our creativity. They inspire and energize us. Without these out of balance moments, we would not have beginnings, the beginnings that Berkana represents.
So, as we approach this equinox, if you are feeling a bit out of balance, do not fear. Embrace the energy that is pulling you and turn it into something positive, a growth experience. Consider it a gift that is leading you to new paths or helping you develop new skills, but in some way offering you a positive beginning.