Eihwaz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Eihwaz

“Eoh byþ utan unsmeþe treow,
heard hrusan fæst,
hyrde fyres,
wyrtrumun underwreþyd,
wyn on eþle.

“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..

Rune Name – Eihwaz

Aett – Heimdall’s

Aett Position – Fifth

Eihwaz – Upright Meaning


Accountability, honesty, trustworthiness, clarity of mind, endurance, a desire to achieve or obtain, a driving sense of purpose, a sign that you are on track.


eihwazThe Eihwaz rune, of the Elder Futhark, born of Yew, tree of power, tree of mystery. Great Odin hung upon the Yew, and to him by him were revealed the runes of power.

Eihwaz brings us enlightenment, showing us the way, clearing the fog from our minds. He who is marked by Eihwaz is marked as a man of integrity, a man upon whom you can rely.

Know that when the Eihwaz rune shows it’s face to you in a runes reading, it is a guiding light, a mark showing you that the path you wander is the one you wish to be on.

You will benefit you in the long run. Your sense of purpose drives you, the yew lash a welcome sting to push us forward to our goals.

Yew is also the tree of death, and as such the Eihwaz rune can represent a transformation, death is not a thing to be feared, but a step forward for the soul.

Eihwaz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Being unaccountable, deceptive and duplicitous, weakness, lack of motivation, unable to see the path.


eihwas merkstaveThe Eihwaz rune in Merkstave position can mark a delay in the path ahead, barriers that will stand against us and leave us stuck on our path. We may be called to wait upon the will of the Gods, of those that will provide us with the path forward.

Our own will, and that of those around us, is unreliable. The Eihwaz Merkstave, as a rune of death and transformation, can also represent hollowness and illusion.

Those who are marked with the Merkstave are unreliable, they cannot be counted upon, and their desires and wills are wholly for their own benefit.

The merkstave Eihwaz rune marks that our present suffering serves no purpose, there will be no enlightenment, it has no boon.

It is merely a passage in time, and a time we must work to get through on our own. Being tied to our ancestors, it can also represent a desire for a past that never was.

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