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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Ehwaz

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Ehwaz is the nineteenth rune of the Elder Futhark and the third rune of Tyr's Ætt.


Tyr's Ætt is associated broadly with spiritual forces and how they relate to the experience of humanity. To learn more about the ættir and runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.


The Elder Futhark Rune Ehwaz. Also known as Ehwass, Eih, and Eoh.
Ehwaz Rune

Keywords: trust (horse), loyalty, faith, harmonious duality, travel (physical or astral), fertility, marriage, changes, movement, progress, cooperation, partnership, duality


Ehwaz Upright Meaning


Ehwaz upright represents a horse, an important counterpart to humans as they traversed the earth. (It is worth recalling Odin's 8-legged horse Sleipnir -- touted as the greatest horse ever -- whom Loki birthed while in mare form in the Gylfaggining section of the Prose Edda.)


The relationship between humans and horses is trustworthiness, loyalty, and faith. For these reasons, Ehwaz relates both to travel and the aforementioned qualities. Some say that Ehwaz correlates with The Lovers tarot card.


If not about another person, these qualities may apply to yourself -- pointing to a level of trust and security with how you move through life.


Ehwaz Reversed Meaning


When Ehwaz is reversed, it could be that someone is behaving in an untrustworthy or disloyal way. Alternatively, it may indicate that your journey forward will not be a smooth one.


It could also be that you haven't been putting in enough effort towards your goals.


Magical Properties of Ehwaz


Ehwaz is a powerful rune that can enhance the trustworthiness and loyalty of relationships. It can also help ease travel, whether in the physical world or on the astral plane. And it offers prophetic wisdom.


Ehwaz relates to the occult concept of a fetch and grants swiftness to aspects of your life.


To go even deeper with your study of the runes, check out How to Read Runes by Kira the Rune Witch.





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