Ehwaz – Rune Meaning

“The mind will trust the body, the body will trust the mind.”

Ehwaz – “eh-was” – Literally: “Horse” – Esoteric: Trust

Rune of harmonious teamwork and trust. Rune of pairs of entities working together for a common goal.

Psi: trust between individual entities, sexuality

Energy: trust, cooperation, the Fetch

Mundane: animals, teamwork, friendship

Divinations: Harmony, teamwork, trust, marriage, loyalty, a friend; or duplication, disharmony, mistrust, betrayal, nightmares, indecision, an enemy.


Activating the energies of your inner Fetch
Ability to detect deceit and uncover subtle queues
Facilitates swiftness in every regard
Establishing trust and bonds with animals (ie. horse whisperers)

My Notes:

Ehwaz symbolizes all the various bodies as vehicles for travel and movement. Twins represent the Sacred Marriage of the Inner and the Outer, or mind and body. The horse and rider metaphor is the best way to represent the symbiotic relationship between two individualized, yet harmonious beings. Anyone who has had the least exposure to the value of a horse to a person, family or clan would understand the esoteric code hidden within Ehwaz.

Ehwaz is not force, but persuasion, suggestion and co-operation. Control issues that birth questions such as ‘who is the boss?’ are settled and accepted with assistance of this rune. Making the best of a situation, making the necessary adjustments to a relationship and the finding of means are frequent activities that focus on Ehwaz can assist. In every way it represents flexibility, adaptability, pragmatism. It is the activation and use of instinct, using gut over the analysis or reasoning of MANNAZ or ANSUZ.

The loyalty, trust and dependence build between two partners with each passing day forms a web of emotional and spiritual one-on-one connections which becomes highly resilient as time goes on. Genuine friendship develops, for it’s own sake, the kind of bond we die for. It is the combination of emotional energies with the intellectual spark to produce harmonious partnership represents the friendship with parents blossoming upon adulthood.

Ehwaz is particularly relevant to the energies which bond man and woman together in lawful marriage. Its energies can unify two people in a strong cooperative relationship and attract the right persons for partnership in work, business, teams or service.

Ehwaz is the rune of the psycho-spiritual construct called the Fetch. Your Fetch is the opposite gender as you, inactive in the material plane but still quite accessible within your spirit. Activating the Fetch can assist you in attracting to yourself the right partner as your life mate. It will also refresh an existing marriage or committed relationship by re-energizing the two conscious minds of the partners in the coupling.

Most people do not realize that the answer to the great mysteries of the opposite sex are found within their own mental make-up when a communication link is established between oneself and one’s Fetch. One might imagine the Fetch, in modern terms, as the dormant DNA which is still active on a psychic level, though the physical manifestation has already chosen and developed its gender. Likewise, we are able to create an emotional understanding with any other human being, because within ourselves, we find the Other.

Other topics:

Learning of ourselves through others.

27 thoughts on “Ehwaz – Rune Meaning”

  1. Hi Tyriel and all here,
    wow ..This is quite an insightfull site on runes.i am a newbie here and think it is an awesome way of putting on the psychology and all the esoteric elements of runes beautifully linked to gether.May I ask a question on the practical aspect of runes?- First of all let me tell you runes, just like tarot or I ching had helped to guide me effectively.Runes are fast and quick almost like an electric switch.Now the problem I am coming to discuss is about “control” if it is the apt word in the situation.I am an educator, a teacher for the past decade,-2 yrs back I joined a new school teaching children from 10-15 yrs of age.Here the whole lot of kids were unruly as one may have it.However hard I tried the kids were inattentive talkative and moving around (in case od the smaller agegroup).I tried all I can used love,persuasion ,being strict – used more activities,told stories to make the class interesting,only to end up more and more disillusioned .I felt so bad at my innability to hold their undivided attention inspite of all my efforts( it was’nt so before) I asked my children what was wrong only to be answered mam we like you but we are just not interested much in second languages.For the smaller kids in the class who used to run around used Isa the rune of standstill-I dont know if it was because I couldnt focus properly it didnt work.later I tried Ehwas for building more trust and teamwork,Ingwas etc.none of them worked or maybe for a few seconds.1:38 is not an easy dimension to handle.As a teacher with excellent success rate I dont know why I failed here.Can you suggest some other runes I could have used for this particular situation-?-Did I use the wrong ones?The present day teens are so much to handle. The runes have helped me in all the other times I had used them.

  2. Jan. 9th 2009 I wrote my comments re: Ehwaz. tonight-June 25th,2010 I am able to say that Elven has it — the intuition and knowledge of “the whisperings” of Ehwaz. The Dancing and The Prancing between all of creation especially in matters of the Heart! Thank You. Munsey Alston P.S. Tonight my Promised Jera has manifested.

  3. Kat, I’ve been reading some of your posts, and your post about drawing Ehwaz and asking if it was a good thing made me think about my own interpretations of this rune.

    I am an accomplished horse woman and ‘horse whisperer’ (by this I mean I have utilized the way in which horses communicate with body and emotion to train and rehabilitate them) and I feel that through spending the majority of my life in the company of horses, the strength of my connection and understanding of Ehwaz is intuitive and runs very deep.

    The relationship between horse and rider is often viewed as a harmonious, beautiful thing, a true partnership transcending language, a connection of spirits into a single being. This idea is shown time and again in horse films and literature: the perfect partnership, galloping on an open field or a sandy beach, or deep into battle, together, with hearts aflame.

    Often in this literature, there is also a ‘taming’ of some wild, unruly horse into a magnificent animal, and the view that the person who tamed him is ‘special’ and has ‘changed’ the animal. This ancient tale goes as far back as the stories of Alexander the Great and his horse, Bucephalus, and probably even further!

    All these perceptions can exist in the real horse world, but not nearly as often as portrayed in fiction, and the ‘taming’ is definitely not done by the ‘better’ person who, with the wink of an eye, rides the wild stallion. By thinking on the presence of Ehwaz, I feel, somehow, that the rune is addressing this discrepancy between the real relationship and the perceived fantasy.
    In reality, the horse and rider do not work as a harmonious team at all times, nor is there ever a point at which the horse and rider are at a state of permanent connection. There is always the give and take, the dominant and the dominated. The man is but a fraction the size of the horse, and can easily be over-powered and killed. A horse does not have the same ability as man to mask his own intentions, and cannot shield himself from the emotional manipulation of the trainer. There isn’t the same level of ‘thinking outside the box’ that is gifted upon human beings, and as such, the horse is vulnerable to manipulation in this way: man knows the herd ‘rules’ and man is notorious for using rules to his advantage. So, we are faced with the vulnerabilities of the physical lacking in the rider and the horse’s rigid psychology. Between the two there is always an ebb and flow, a give and take. Less harmony and more conflict, more harmony and less conflict, but never stable, never static.

    The idea of the perfect, harmonious relationship is just that – a thought, an IDEAL, but it can rarely, if ever, be realized. Even in my most perfect riding moments, in which a horse and I connected so deep as to seemingly know the other within, there was much conflict, MUCH struggle, before reaching that point, and the conflict and struggle would soon return. This, to me, is Ehwaz: Balance, Guidance, but a Trade-Off, an expectation that the other in the partnership does have the power to manipulate your vulnerabilities, but trusting them to the betterment of the union. BUT neither can be ‘changed’ or ‘tamed’, these vulnerabilities and advantages exist as they are, always, and a ‘better’ person will not be able to alter them, only perhaps to accommodate, to understand, and to act in the best way possible. This can be seen in friends, family, lovers, and, of course, between the horse and rider.

    I’m very very new to the runes, but I felt extremely compelled to share this with you, Kat.

  4. Tyriel,

    I think I get what you are saying. I am really trying to use them as guidance for myself. I have my inner voices that help me through life, that I am trying to follow but sometimes they get mixed up with the noise of the outside world. I really am trying to look to the runes to kind of help me know which is which. This is why I pull a rune everyday and see how is applies to my life that day, but I do ask questions sometimes. I don’t want to get caught up in that though. I have been going through a rough patch for over a year now and just trying to figure out the lessons and what to do to move toward better in my life. Thanks tyriel and mahryan for all your input.

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