To the ancient people, the wood from the yew was perhaps the most important. It fashioned the longbow, the weapon that brought food and, in times of war, protection as well. The yew was of tremendous practical value to its people and held a spiritual significance as a symbol of death and resurrection. Even today, yew can still be found in many church cemeteries.
When this rune Eihwaz, appears in a runecast or reading, it may be taken as a very positive sign. It suggests that the person being read is close to their target and, with steady aim will achieve it before too long. Sometimes the appearance of Eihwaz can also signal delay. Either way, the outcome can be assuredly positive.
On a spiritual level, Eihwaz represents the ability to put one’s inner self into stronger and safer territory. The yew tree is evergreen and extremely flexible, yet very strong and is an excellent source wood for making staffs which may in turn, be seen as symbols of inner strength. The yew tree in a churchyard exists symbolically to direct the souls on to the other side, revealing that Eihwaz has more than one side to its nature.
As with Jera and Is, Eihwaz shows no distinction whichever way it is drawn or cast. Because of this, particular attention must be paid to the surrounding runes in the reading or cast, as they show the kind of anticipatory actions one should take to avoid problems. Eihwaz shows that there is a way out of any difficulty as long as the situation is approached in the correct way.`