Thyme was sacred to the ancient Greeks and those who wore thyme were said to be attractive, poised, and stylish. Thyme is great for encouragement through difficult times, for courage and for heartening. Ancient soldiers also used it in baths to increase bravery and strength. It can dispel melancholy, hopelessness, and the mood of tragedy. It’s associated with bringing abundance and prosperity into being. Thyme is excellent in ritual baths and fumigation for early spring festivals when we seek to leave the old behind and begin anew.
The thirteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. Similar and yet different from the 13th Major Arcana card, Death, Eihwaz steps out from Jera’s yearly cycles and asks us to ponder cosmic eternity, rebirth, and transformation. It makes us the axis, with our feet in mortality and our heads in forever. Some use this rune for ancestor work or to connect with divinity (or our higher self) for insight and guidance. It is the rune that pierces the veil. Scholars debate whether the world tree was an ash tree or a yew tree etymologically, but regardless, this rune is attested as representing the yew tree: an important tree in old times that grew evergreen through winter and was often planted at gravesites as a symbol of eternal life. Though not attested, I associate this rune with Hel.