Ehwaz

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Also known as: Ehwass, Eih, Eoh
Pronunciation: ay-wahz
Letter sound: E (“eh,” as in “element”)
Translation: horse
Keywords: changes, faith, loyalty, trust, movement, travel
Magical Uses: Safe travels, physical and mental stamina, promotes trustworthy and loyal relationships, brings swift change, aids with astral travel

Primary Themes
The shape of Ehwaz is symbolic of the horse, revered as a sacred animal in the cultures of the ancient Germanic tribes. This rune represents the qualities of faith, loyalty, and trust—all necessary to a successful relationship between a horse and its rider. Ehwaz is a rune of partnership and friendship, and indicates the need to be faithful and accountable to the people in your life. If the reading is about a relationship, drawing Ehwaz is a good sign that these crucial aspects are present for both people involved. The concept of faithfulness also applies to yourself and your goals. If your reading is about a specific pursuit, Ehwaz is reminding you that you have what it takes to accomplish it, but you must dedicate yourself fully to the endeavor in order to see it through. Steady progress is made by placing one foot in front of the other. Provided you do your part, the support you need will arise and you will gain momentum. Depending on the context of the reading, Ehwaz in the reversed position could indicate that you or someone else in a relationship is not demonstrating faith or loyalty. If you have been wondering whether to trust someone, Ehwaz reversed may be confirming your doubts. Alternatively, it may be signalling a lack of faith or trust on your part. This is a good time to step back and take a look at the bigger picture—are you harboring past hurts that are preventing you from trusting or accepting someone else’s trust? If the reading is related to a goal, Ehwaz reversed indicates a lack of momentum. Take an objective look at how you have been approaching things up to now. Is there a lack of faith in yourself or in the outcome that’s keeping you stuck? If so, don’t make decisions from this place—wait until you’ve regained your confidence.

Additional Meanings
Horses are able to change direction swiftly, and another meaning for Ehwaz is change. Often this is in the form of changing jobs or place of residence. This is a positive change, even if it may seem daunting at first. Ehwaz reversed in this context may be signalling that you are ready for change in a specific situation, due to feeling constrained or restless. Depending on the other runes in the reading, it may be an indication that it’s time to start exploring your options. Ehwaz is also associated with movement and travel, as horses were key means of transportation in the ancient world. This can be a journey in the physical world, but is likely an internal, spiritual journey, as horses are associated with astral travel in many shamanic traditions around the world. If you have been experiencing severe emotional or physical difficulties, Ehwaz may be indicating that you are actually on an inner journey toward a transformed and stronger self than you were before. Keep an open mind in order to learn the spiritual lessons that your life is presenting to you now. Ehwaz reversed in the context of physical travel is a warning that now is not the best time to go on a journey. If you can avoid traveling, do so. If not, just take extra care and don’t let interruptions or “bumps in the road” get to you. In the context of a spiritual journey, Ehwaz reversed warns against trying to wriggle out of the inner work through escapism, whether in the form of substance abuse, workaholism, or mind-numbing technology.

 

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