Spellings: elhaz, algiz, algis, eolh, ihwar, yr
Translations: elk; protection; swan(?); yew bow
Elk’s sedge has its home most often in the fen,
it waxes in the water and grimly wounds
and burns with blood any child
who in any way tries to grasp it.
~ Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: Protection, divinity, archetypes, higher self, mentors, protective teaching force, the divine plan, Valkyries, communication with the divine, evolution toward consciousness/godhood
“… Algiz is the ever alert guardian within us — Our higher self, our higher awareness, that which is truly us. It protects us and serves us, even in our darkest days, even if we have ignored it a long time. It teaches us if we will listen…”
“… the form of communication Algiz represents is with divine, intelligent beings, as we perceive them in the universe… one potent form in rune lore is that of the Valkyrie…”
“… Algiz is the teacher-self teaching itself — protecting itself and the unawakened — and awakening on behalf of the yet to awaken. It is not judgemental of its students, nor does its interest necessarily lay in hastening the awakening of others…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Algiz – Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life, protection; or hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link.
LORE: Rune of the essential link or connection with the patterns of divine or archetypal consciousness. Rune of the possible danger of realizing this link when unprepared.
Freya Aswynn says:
Algiz: The strong, protective side in the unconscious; the influence which will protect you; religious aspirations.
MAGIC: “Used to invoke divine protection… In particular it acts as a shielding device, especially in a working in which the possibility of a backlash has to be considered.”
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