Spellings: ehwaz, aihws, eh, ior
Translations: horse, stallion, war-horse
Horse is, in front of the warriors, the joy of noble-men,
a charger proud on its hoofs; when concerning it, heroes–
wealthy men- – on war-horses exchange speech,
and it is to the restless always a comfort.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: Trust, teamwork, emotion, sexuality, instinct, animals, friendship, love, anima/animus, inner-harmony, partnership
“… The horse and rider exemplify this rune, because of a particular and special bond they signify…Ehwaz is a rune of trust, teamwork and love. It involves wisely and intelligently nurturing a relationship over time, building and maintaining trust, and sharpening sensitivity to one’s own emotions and those of others…”
“… Through emotional work and the correction of our conditioned thought patterns, we can ‘tame’ our reactive animal nature and elevate it to a powerful partner alongside our more rational will, just like that horse and rider which Ehwaz represents…”
“… With humans, Ehwaz includes he realm of living relationship, marriage and sexuality. When we seek a life partner, we tap deeply into the energies and teachings of this rune…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Ehwaz – Harmony, teamwork, trust, marriage, loyalty; or duplication, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal.
LORE: Rune of harmonious teamwork and trust. Rune of pairs of entities working together for a common goal. Rune of the outside partner in this configuration.
Freya Aswynn says:
Ehwaz: Adaptability; relationships with others; joint efforts; cooperation; sexuality.
MAGIC: “Used magically to create links between people or conversely to split them up. Friendships and relationships can be magically manipulated for good or ill by a correct use of the Ehwaz rune. For instance, if two people are joining forces against you, Ehwaz is very useful to set them against each other.”
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