Ehwaz – Rune of Trust
When we trust ourselves and others, it becomes possible to move forward speedily and efficiently. A most excellent example of this is how when a rider establishes trust with a horse, the two can move as one and very quickly get from point A to B.
I got Ehwaz as my personal rune of the day on the day I had decided to write about it, so I knew there would be a message for me. Just before I sat down to write this article, I went for a run. Along the path, there were some horses grazing in a nearby field. Only last summer this would have sent me into a light state of panic since I am terribly allergic to horses and they sometimes trigger my asthma really badly.
The message that came through from Spirit was that allergy to horses is connected holistically to a sense of helplessness and inability to trust ourselves.
Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape
Ehwaz means horse and sounds nothing like the modern Swedish word ‘häst.’ Some associate this, the horse rune, with Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Horse-related meanings for the rune have to do with making progress, moving speedily and transportation.
Essentially, though the shape of this rune looks nothing like a horse, it does look like two horseheads facing each other or two opposing forces coming together in harmony. Contrast this with the shape of Gebo where the four ‘arms’ of the rune radiate into the world and you get a sense of Ehwaz having a more internal focus.
To trust ourselves and bring opposing forces together within, we each have to learn how to integrate and harmonise masculine and feminine energy. Thus, the two halves of this rune represent the animus and the anima.
Other examples of opposing forces that are highlighted when Ehwaz shows up: the dreamer and the inner critic, the inner child and the voice of the stern father, the id and the superego, the wild woman and the good girl, the virgin and the whore… You get the idea.
But this voice does not only relate to opposing forces within ourselves (though it is wise to look there first) but can also show a need for concord between two people. In some instances, Ehwaz is an excellent sign of people coming together and moving forward with a shared vision and can even indicate marriage, though traditionally this would fall more under the auspice of Gebo.
- Polarity: Gender neutral
- Zodiac correspondences: Cancer
- Tarot card correspondences: The Chariot, Strength, The Lovers, Judgement, 2 of Swords, The Knights
- Archangel correspondences: Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael and Archangel Gabriel
- Chakra correspondences: Sacral Chakra
- Health: Gut health
General: trust, progress, concord, shared goals, integration – Reversed: lack of trust, disconnect from intuitive guidance
Love & relationships: a harmonious romantic relationship, trusting partner, loyalty, spirit guide – Reversed: lack of trust and harmony, continuously going against one’s gut and choosing the wrong type of partner
Health/wellbeing: mind-body-spirit in harmony, trusting one’s gut, listening to one’s body and meeting its needs, holistic view of one’s health and being in charge of one’s own wellbeing – Reversed: going against the body by, for instance depriving it of sleep; lack of holistic understanding, leaving it to others to care for one’s body, digestive disorders, obesity, gut health issues
Business: ideal business partner, trust between collaborators, a trusted brand, brand loyalty – Reversed: lack of trust, mismanagement
Holistic Healing Tips for Ehwaz
Draw this rune over your cards or runes to remind yourself to always go with your gut impression about what they are trying to tell you.
Chant Ehwaz (AY-wahz) for greater integration of opposing forces within when you are confused about the best way forward.
Draw the rune over your sacral chakra every morning to remember to allow for intuitive guidance and to not go against your gut instinct about any person or circumstance that arises.
Draw the rune on your pillow at night to allow your anima or animus to provide clear messages and guidance in your dreams.
Use in spellcasting for both business and romantic partnerships.
Use it in a more literal sense to bond with a horse.
You can use Ehwaz for calling in a spirit guide.
- I trust my gut and act on it.
- I trust myself and my body.
- I make room to allow for the integration of opposing forces within.
- All my important relationships are built on trust and a shared vision.
- I move forward with grace and dignity thanks to honouring my inner guidance.
- I quickly resolve tension within by listening to my gut and trusting my intuition.
- I allow solutions to surface intuitively and this allows me to act in a timely fashion.
- My inner guidance grows stronger day by day and in every way.
To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Ehwaz rune over a glass of water. Say the affirmation out loud while holding the glass. Drink the water mindfully and visualise it activating your cells so that they quickly can transport your inner knowing from your gut to your conscious awareness.
Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you that I can trust myself and that my inner guidance steers me right. Help me to bring my mind-body-spirit into alignment and listen carefully as well as to act on my gut instinct. Amen and so it is!