1. The 13th rune of the Elder Futhark, representing the sound ei.
To the ancients, the yew which this rune symbolizes was a powerful ally in their daily lives. It was the most important tree to the Nordic peoples, more important even than the oak, being not only the best tree for making their formidable longbows but also the tree Yggdrasil, the Great Tree which forms all the nine worlds of men and spirits in Nordic mythology. This rune has powerful associations with protection.
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Matthew Ash McKernan, author of the new Wyrdcraft.
The weird, wild, and wonderful English psych-rock band Hawkwind said it well in their song, "We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago." What this "wrong...