Spellings: ihwaz; eihwas, eoh, ihwar
Translations: yew tree
Yew is on the outside a rough tree
and hard, firm in the earth, keeper of the fire,
supported by roots, it is a joy on the estate.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: the timeless, eternity, mysteries of life and death, the afterlife, immortality, the reality of other worlds, total perspective, solitude, oblivion
“… Ihwaz represents the mysteries of the universe, themselves, and our initiation into those mysteries…”
“… Ihwaz represents access to other worlds and dimensions that are hardly concerned with our petty human affairs… the reality of other worlds, with other laws, from the quantum, to the molecular, to the cellular, up into the heavens, other planets, stars, galaxies and beyond. This rune exposes us to the total perspective, to infinity.”
“… The secrets of the universe reveal themselves to us only through a rigorous dedication on our part, to the truth, above all else… The mysteries themselves do not care who pays attention to them — their rewards are given neutrally — and they are not always rewards at all…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Ihwaz – Enlightenment, endurance, initiation, protection; or confusion, destruction, dissatisfaction, weakness.
LORE: Rune of the verticality of enlightenment. The axis of the spiritual or intellectual process of becoming. Axis of unity between the upper and nether worlds meeting in Midgard.
Freya Aswynn says:
Eihwaz: The driving forces in the unconscious; motivation; sense of purpose.
MAGIC: “Used for a situation which demands an outgoing, dynamic, go-out-and-get-it response, such as hunting or simply searching for a job or an apartment. There is another darker side to this rune; it can be used to ‘kill’, as in shamanic hunting for a soul… related to the will in the ability to impose one’s will on someone else… this rune represents Yggdrasil.”
Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers is on Amazon.