Duality: Feminine and Masculine
Element: Water, Earth, Fire, Air
Deities: Epona, Celtic Goddess of Horses and the Norse God Loki (the latter specific to this Rune’s reversed aspect).
While meditating on the meaning of this rune several years ago, the following image came to me. The sky was dark grey, and it was pouring rain. A warrior from long ago sat on a tree stump next to the road he’d been traveling on horseback – a road that had become impassable due to the mud. He tried to light a fire for warmth and food, but soon found the effort futile. So there he and his horse remained – cold, wet, and hungry – unable to do anything to better their situation. His only choice was to wait out the storm – to hope that the rain would let up soon so that he could continue down that road.
When you find yourself stuck and unable to move forward, you can choose to either make the best of it (even if this just means resigning yourself and waiting it out) or you can choose to plague yourself with anxiety and restlessness. The former choice has a better chance of keeping you grounded and sane than the latter.
Edit: Looking back over my day, I realize that the lack of movement this Rune speaks to can be either imposed by the outside world or created by me. Today, my choices were the “muddy road” that prevented me from progressing.