Hi, hi, hi fellow Witches, Witchlings, and Witchlets! Here we are with another post in our Rune Series where we go over the meaning and interprestation of each focused Elder Futhark Rune. Let’s go!
WHAT ARE RUNES?
Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets. Runes were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialised purposes thereafter. In addition to representing a sound value (a phoneme), runes can be used to represent the concepts after which they are named (ideographs).SOURCE
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Runes have been found in places that hold root in Germanic-speaking countries like Iceland, Scandinavia, parts of England and Central Europe, Constantinople and anywhere the Vikings journeyed.
WHEN WAS THE RUNIC ALPHABET USED?
AD 150 is the earliest date that runic inscriptions have been recorded. With time, the Latin alphabet replaced these characters as those who utilized runes were subjected to the Christian Reformation. In Central Europe, this happened around AD 700 and in northern Europe, AD 1100.
USING RUNES FOR DIVINATION
Interestingly enough, using runes for divination is NOT an ancient practice used by the Vikings. There is no evidence to support this commonly-held belief. The closest thing we do have are a few Icelandic magickal texts that use runic symbology. Other than that, the utilization of runes for divination didn’t come about until the 17th century.
While runes may not have been used by the Vikings, this doesn’t mean this system of divination isn’t a viable one. I know plenty of witches – including myself – who cast runes and consult the messages found from the Divine.
THE EHWAZ RUNE
Today’s rune is EHWAZ and it is pronounced ‘EH-was’. The literal interpretation of this rune is ‘horse’. The esoteric interpretation is ‘trust’.
WHAT DOES THE EHWAZ RUNE LOOK LIKE?
It is represented with the equivalent to our capital ‘M’.
When EHWAZ makes an appearance in a divination cast, it can signal:
- Harmony within your relationships
- Trust within others
- A happy marriage
- A loyal friend
- Working well with others
- Possible betrayal
- An enemy
- Nightmares or sleepless nights
- Inability to make decisions
The EHWAZ rune is said to govern our capacity to detect betrayal and deception. It also helps to flip the switch to energies of our inner spirit guide. EHWAZ quickens everything in our lives, as well as aids in work with animals.
Having the EHWAZ rune show up in a casting is a reminder that through partnership we can accomplish much more than that which we tackle alone. When we try to take on too much by ourselves, it can increase the chances of losing sight of the reason we accepted the challenge in the first place. It’s a rune of encouragement, if not also a swift reminder to cherish those who are loyal to us and who we are loyal to.
I hope you’ve enjoyed another installment of the Rune Series! The aim is to offer an introduction to each rune to give an idea of what they all mean and to encourage new casters to try their hand at this divinatory practice. Do you cast runes? Are you inspired to start? Let me know in the comments and, as always, Bright Blessings and Happy Crafting!