Eihwaz Rune Meaning

Eihwaz Rune Meaning

Eihwaz Rune Meaning

Eihwaz Rune Meaning

Pronounced: “EYE-waz”

Eihwaz Rune is also known as Eoh, and Eiwaz

Eihwaz Rune Meaning

Eihwaz is the thirteenth rune of Elder Futhark. The rune itself has the world pillar. In this case it symbolizes the yew tree, Yggdrasil, and/or the tree of the life and death. The unique geometrical shape of this rune symbolizes the union of the two universes. Its two pointed ends also refer to life and death.

The Yew is the European tree which has the greatest life span. It also happens to be a tree that is green throughout the entire year. However, it is absolutely lethal. Its connection to death is also seen in its prevalence in graveyards in England. In this way Eihwaz speaks to the baguette of yew, the enchantment wand with two limits, one of life and other one of death. This two-fold component gives the typical sense to this rune called likewise “unfortunate thirteen” from its thirteenth position in the Futhark or ” Death’s rune “. It is death and change, life, and the initiatory death (initiation of Odin). The hidden meaning of this rune is a reminder that death brings about the possibility of rebirth, but not necessarily the promise of it.


It is clear that Eihwaz symbolizes two inversions, and can be present during upheavals and changes. After Jera’s cycles, Eihwaz continues the communication of the polarization of things to achieve another level of understanding. Therefore, the Eihwaz rune reveals another way to understand another reality with new observations. The rune communicates that the concept of death as another reality.

Eihwaz Rune Poems


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.

Old Norse

No Old Norse Rune Poem exists for the Eihwaz Rune.

Icelandic Rune Poem

No Icelandic Rune Poem exists for the Eihwaz Rune.

Eihwaz Rune Meaning for Divination and Casting

Eihwaz Rune


The Yew Tree – Endurance, union, resilient strength, ability to deflect problems and difficulties

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