I am working primarily with Odin All-Father during this stage of my journey, and as part of that I am starting to learn the Elder Futhark. I’ve worked with tarot for decades and feel very comfortable with its rich imagery. The abstract glyphs of the runes are much more difficult for me to memorize and build relationships with.
The last few weeks have been difficult, and this morning I decided that I would figure out which rune embodied resilience, and then work with it. After looking through several books, I decided that Eihwaz was the best choice.
Like all the runes, Eihwaz does not have a single meaning. This morning I gravitated to its connection with the yew tree and Yggdrasil in particular, the World Tree of northern lore which supports and connects the Nine Worlds. Galina Krasskova’s discussion of Eihwaz* included a section about nurturing one’s reservoirs of energy, balancing work and rest. To me trees are the quintessence of resilience: both rooted and moving. Eihwaz is also one of the runes which comes up frequently for me when I do personal divination (“frequently” being a relative term, since I am still new to this work). It felt right.
I took out my bag of runes, intending to find Eihwaz, commune with it for a while, and then leave it on my altar. But then, on an impulse, I decided to simply reach into the bag and see if it would come to my hand, not actually expecting it to happen.
I ran the fingers of my left hand through the ceramic discs, trying to sense which one was *the* one to draw. I felt a connection with several, but then experienced a sudden urge to grab one in particular. I pulled it out.
I have never sought to pull a particular rune — or tarot card — and had it appear like that.
I stared at it for several moments, stunned, then gave thanks to Odin for the confirmation that this was the right rune for the work I wanted to do.
Keeping Eihwaz in my awareness throughout the workday wasn’t easy, but I managed to bring myself back to it several times. I visualized the rune, the tree, and the sense of flexible rootedness, and then tried to bring them all together within myself. The results were mixed, but I’ve realized that having a specific purpose for working with a rune is going to help me forge those elusive connections. The challenge will be to also remain open to the wider significance of each one, not limit it to the aspect I connect with in a particular circumstance.
* Runes: Theory and Practice, by Galina Krasskova, p. 89