Anglo-Freisian/ Germanic: Algiz
Norse (Viking): Yr
Old English: Eolh
Other names/spellings: Elhaz, Algir, Algis, Algs, Elgr
English Letter Equivalent
Z as in zone. S as in cousin. May also have been the rolling RRR heard in Scottish dialect)
Possibly Pine woods, or more likely Sedge Grass reeds.
Protection. Safe refuge.
Opportunity for growth. Rapid development.
Algiz illustrates both the antlers of the elk, and the shape of the sedge-grass herb. To some it suggests the
spread fingers of a hand raised in a protective gesture. It is a powerful rune of protection and, spiritually,
it symbolizes reaching up to the divine.
Algiz also represents success through endeavour in a search, quest, or other enterprise. Like the fast-growing
pine tree, schemes will develop quickly. Like sharp sedge, you are protected from attack. Alertness and awareness
will be your guide. Wisdom, vision and clarity of mind will aid your cause.
Although the path ahead is fraught with danger, you need have no fear, for you have the power of protection within you. You
will be safe as long as you are not reckless.
Algiz indicates a favourable time for risky ventures, although all things must be built on firm foundations. Do not
Slow growth or decline. You may be unprotected, open to attack. Beware being pig-headed or short-sighted.
Growth or development opportunities are disguised. Insurance may not be as affective as you believe.
Runic Number: 15
Associated gods: Heimdall
Astrological Correspondence: Cancer
Tarot Talk by Leila Vey
I have seen Algiz associated with the Moon but I find this link somewhat weak. The moon is about mystery, illusion,
depth and the unconscious. It is also about motherhood, stages of womanhood, dreams and psychic power. It is the
epitome of female energy, so linking it with a rune of male polarity doesn't sit well with me.
My choice for Algiz is The Hermit. The Hermit seeks protection from negativity through solitude.
She devotes her energy to reaching the divine. Her life is about the inner quest for enlightenment. She possesses
wisdom, vision and clarity of mind. I also like the male polarity applied to the Hermit.
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The Rune Poem : Verse XV Algiz
The Elk's-sedge has its home most oft in the fen.
It waxes in water, wounds grimly.
The blood burns of every man
Who makes any grasp at it.