March 14, 2010 – Eihwaz


Eihwaz the long sound of the vowel i

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

The yew is a tree with rough bark,
hard and fast in the earth, supported by its roots,a guardian of flame and a joy upon an estate.

The names of Eihwaz are translated as Yew, a type of evergreen (taxus species) that has poison fruit and is toxic to humans. It is also much used in construction bows, but that particular facet belongs to Yr. In the esoteric sense, Eihwaz is the rune of Defense, but also a rune that represents Yggdrasil as the world tree upon which everything is connected, and so it shows connection. To have it show up today with Gar as the rune of the week, an aspect of Yggdrasil with the rune that represents the whole of Yggdrasil itself is kind of a big thing, I think. The combination of those runes shows that essential oneness, and a deeper sense of connection to it, at least for today.

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