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Meaning of the rune Eihwaz or Ihwaz or Eoh

 
 

Fehu

Uruz

Thurisaz

Ansuz

Raidho

Kenaz

Gebo

Wunjo

Hagalaz

Naudhiz

Isa

Jera

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Perthro

Elhaz

Sowilo

Tiwaz

Berkano

Ehwaz

Mannaz

Logr

Ingwaz

Dagaz

Othala

Meaning of the Rune Eihwaz or Eoh

  • Divinity : Ull
  • Letter : Y as in yew
  • Symbol : The yew (Taxus baccata), the tree of life and death
  • Element : Earth, Air, Fire and Water
  • Tree : If ( Taxus baccata )
  • Plant : The Mandrake ( Mandragora officinarum )
  • Stone : Topaz, crystal and fossil wood
  • Color : Magenta
  • Animal : The Snake (symbol of death and awakening of Consciousness)

Eihwaz, the thirteenth rune of Elder Futhark, pronounce « Eye - warz » Eihwaz, the thirteenth rune of Elder Futhark, pronounce « Eye - warz » is one of the most powerful runes called for protection by the masters of runes. It represents the yew (Taxus baccata), the tree of the life and the death. le hook geometrical shape symbolizes the union of the two worlds.

On the other hand if the yew is the European tree which has the biggest longevity and which is green all year round, it is totally toxic. Thus Eihwaz represents the baguette of yew, the magic wand with two extremities, one of life and other one of the death. This double feature gives the symbolic sense to this rune called also "unlucky thirteen" from its thirteenth position in the Futhark or " Death's rune ". It is the death and the transformation, the initiatory death (see the initiation of Odin).

Eihwaz also symbolizes the reversals, the questionings and the upheavals. After Jera's cycles, Eihwaz signals a break in the rhythm of things to reach another level of experience. Thus Eihwaz represents a passageway to another reality with new perceptions, quite as death is a passageway to this other reality. Eihwaz is the axis all around of which Jera turns because to die is the end of a life but also the beginning of the other.

Divinatory value : Transformation. Reversal of situation, upheaval. Rebirth. New life.

Spiritual value : Don't be afraid about Death. One day everything is transformed

Physiological value : Acts on genital organs, liver, the lower belly and gallbladder .

Wisdom guidance : "Don't be afraid of questioning yourself even if it means you have to change opinion. Sometimes it is necessary to die to be able to born again to a new life."