Runes – EHWAZ
(E: Horse, two horses.)
Pronunciation: “ay-wawz” or Ehwo “ay-woh”
DIVINATORY MEANINGS: Transportation. May represent a horse, car, plane, boat or other vehicle. Movement and change for the better. Gradual development and steady progress are indicated. Harmony, teamwork, trust, loyalty. An ideal marriage or partnership. Confirmation beyond doubt the meanings of the runes around it. Motion, assistance, energy, power, communication, will, recklessness
MAGICAL USES: power, aiding in communication, transportation; to ‘send’ a spell
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Sleipnir, Freya’s feathered cloak
ANALYSIS: The horse has been a powerful symbol in nearly every culture and every age. They were often believed to draw the sun about heavens. Strong, swift and loyal, their relationship with humankind is unique. They allow us to perform tasks that would normally be beyond our strength, and to travel distances that would normally be beyond our reach. The mare symbolizes fertility fecundity, and the stallion is the epitome of virility and raw energy. It is an animal that never lost its power by being domesticated.
Like the sun which is its counterpart, ehwaz represents energy and motion. In this case, however, there is also respect for the source of the power to be considered. This is not merely an impersonal energy source – it is a living, breathing thing whose needs and desires must be taken into consideration, rather than be simply used as a slave. This is the power that was given by the God at algiz, and this rune reminds us of our oath to only use it to help, never to harm. Like the two-edged sword, the horse powerful tool, but must be carefully controlled to avoid harming yourself or other. It is tempting to just go barrelling along recklessly, but to do so is to risk loosing that power forever. This is the balance that must be achieved on the path of pure magic.