Algiz: The Rune of Protection and Opportunity GemShoppy November 17, 2014 Symbols Algiz is often regarded as one of the most difficult runes to interpret. It suggests that help will come from an unexpected quarter to ward off a threat of some kind. Algiz also offers a connection to the powers in whose hands lays our fate and encourages us to channel our energies towards the greater good. Reversed, it is a sign that hidden dangers lay ahead, ill health may be about to strike and a warning to consider any advice from a third party before acting on it. Algiz protects as a talisman and helps build defenses. 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 endeavor 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. Algiz is a difficult rune to interpret. It suggests that help will come from an unexpected quarter to ward off a threat of some kind. Algiz offers a connection to the powers in whose hands lie our fate, and encourages us to channel our energies towards the greater good. Keep hold of success or maintain a position you have won or earned. The rune of Algiz depicts a person with arms upraised, elk’s antlers, or a representation of the Norse God Heimdall who holds his sword in one hand and his horn in the other — guarding the divine realm of Asgard. In the old Germanic languages, Algiz means “defense” or “protection”. Algiz was commonly carved into the shields, swords and spears of warriors as a mark of protection and sanctuary from harm. Algiz’s 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 is a weapon of protection such as a sword, protecting with a sharp edge. In the spiritual world, Algiz represents a faith or belief in the gods or a god and that which is beyond our five physical senses. Algiz represents the subconscious desire to put up defenses against harm.