Ehwaz rune


Traditional meaning: horse

Meanings when upright:

Meanings when inverted:

Ehwaz can be useful for:

Anglo-Saxon rune poem:

Eh byþ for eorlum æþelinga wyn,
hors hofum wlanc, ðær him hæleþ ymb[e]
welege on wicgum wrixlaþ spræce
and biþ unstyllum æfre frofur.
The horse is a joy to princes in the presence of warriors.
A steed in the pride of its hoofs,
when rich men on horseback bandy words about it;
and it is ever a source of comfort to the restless.

There is not a Norwegian rune poem for Ehwaz.

A modern poem:

A full belly, bonfire blazing
just a little bit away,
saved a place
for me in the circle of friends
as the sun dips below and day comes to an end.

Your arms are the only chariot I trust,
whether half-asleep in drowsy lust
or the fateful day my vessel decides
it's time to return to dust.
How gently
you will exhume me from my body,
whisk me so swiftly away

to a hospital in a place I cannot here name
to evade
the Second Death.
You promised you'd never leave me behind,
and as long as in your embrace I am
I am assured of your vow I am not bereft.

Psychopomp and Rainbow Bridge,
the two of us whose entire fates hinge
on being able to pass between worlds.
The first colors to breach the metaclysma:
speckled red and shiny merle.