Saturday, February 15, 2014

Algiz Rune

Algiz is the name conventionally given to the z or x-rune ᛉ for elk, protection.


Even a plant can cause harm
if used without caution;
danger lurks even in the safest place.


It is a rune of protection by an external force.   In Norse mythology, Heimdall’s role is guardian and protector. He is the watcher at the gate who guards the boundaries between the worlds and who charges all those entering and leaving with caution. He is the modern day ‘bouncer’ or security guard. He is best known for his horn, but his sword is just as important as it can be used for either offence or defense, depending upon the situation.

The Algiz rune’s traditional meaning is ‘protection’. It is the rune which comes between us and harms way in the physical world as well as the spiritual. This rune often also represents ‘peace’ and interestingly, today’s ‘Peace’ sign/symbol is the Algiz rune, encircled.

Algiz offers a connection to the powers in whose hands lie our fate, and encourages us to channel our energies towards the greater good.  Turned on its side, it looks like a flying swan or goose.  The polarity involves protecting yourself while you are in those initial stages of flight, before you master your wings. 


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