A steed, a lover, a dream, a nightmare, a union. The loss of Self and the embrace of the Other through whom you come to know yourself again. All these things are encapsulated by the Ehwaz rune which represents both the speeding stallion and the divine twins.
Both the horse and twins are known throughout many cultures for their magical, other-worldly qualities. The horse is wild and powerful, its speed and grace speak to us of the untameable force of nature; yet man enjoys an intimacy and partnership with horses that can make horse and rider seem almost as one. Our ancestors read the movement of horses as a form of divination and they are associated in mythology with sovereignty, fertility and, of course, the ability to journey through the worlds.
The close partnership of horse and rider hint at the importance of partnership for the Ehwaz rune; its associations with twinship take this further. Everyone is fascinated by twins. Two lives form entwined together, sharing experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Twins have often been thought to bring luck and good fortune to their tribes. The shape of the Ehwaz rune is sometimes likened to two horses heads, a pair of divine horses gazing at each other.
Ehwaz is a rune of speed and connection, it removes boundaries, drawing like to like, spanning the barriers that hold us apart. It is particularly associated with the Fetch, a key component of the Germanic soul complex which might be best understood by the modern mind as the personal power animal, anima/animus, or shadow self. The Ehwaz rune is often a complicated rune to work with because it represents both our power and our weakness; it is the rune of witches and trance workers who journey to the hidden places at the edges of the worlds and the depths of the soul.
Traditional meaning: Partnership, horse
Gods: Frey, Idun, Frey
Colour: Silver, yellow, green
Half month (Sunna’s Chariot in Ehwaz): March 30th – April 14th
Individuals with the Sun in Ehwaz are creative and are often the authors of visionary new ideas. Their quick wit and sense of purpose mean that they are often successful in bringing their ideas to fruition. The Ehwaz sun-child is blessed in that the shadow-self which can haunt Ehwaz is illuminated: the subconscious is open in all its depth and richness.
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Plants: Apple, ash, ragwort
Mineral: Iceland Spar
Aroma: Grapefruit, Pettigrain
Object of power: Box
Journeys with the Elder Futhark – Ehwaz
I will be publishing all the journeys with the Elder Futhark on the runes’ half months during 2018-19.