Algiz – Rune Meaning

“Fear has its place in every heart. Courage is only a response.”

Algiz (or Elhaz) – “Al-jiz” – Literally: “Elk” – Esoteric: Protection, Higher Self

Rune of the essential link or connection with the patterns of divine or archetypal consciousness, such as the Valkyrie. Rune of the possible danger of realizing this link when unprepared.

Psi: divinity, higher self, the state of listening

Energy: protective teaching force, the divine plan, Valkyries

Mundane: protection, safety, spirituality

Divinations: Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life, protection; or hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of the divine link, fear.

Strengthening of hamingja (personal gravity, ‘luck’) and life force through courageous deeds
Mystical and religious communication with non-human sentient beings
Communication with other worlds, especially Asgard
Receiving instruction on the magical potential of the runes
Banishing the fear of death

My notes:

Algiz is the single strongest energy connected with my own existence. It is a protective teaching force that promotes independence and autonomy as well as faith. Courage in the face of fear is central, not the absence of fear, because fear may or may not be a warning to us that protection and defensiveness is necessary. Algiz supplies the insight necessary to make such judgments and stand in true service to Asgard.

The spiritual force, hamingja, generated by Algiz envelops the invoker with so much energy that he or she becomes sacred, set apart and protected by Divine power. The image of the Valkyrie in mythology is fully representative of the way in which the energies of Algiz work to protect you. Meditating on the image of a Valkyrie in her teacher, swan and warrior forms is a powerful method of invoking Algiz energy.

The Valkyrie will not assist in evading punishment for wrong deeds, or illegal or immoral acts. It will act to soften the blow of punishment if the person willingly accepts accountability for the harm cased by his or her acts and begins to take steps to compensate.

Do not mistake the archetypes encountered through use of this rune. Ask them politely of their purpose and to identify themselves. Good entities always will respond favorably to such requests, and mischievous or harmful entities tend to become offended or refrain from answering. Have courage and fortitude, as you will sometimes be tested. These entities come in many forms, so be prepared to open your mind as to allow their unique methods of communication to take place.

Other topics:

Activation of the Higher Self
Perception of the Divine Plan
Knowledge of the Ultimate Good in all things/events
Listening correctly to the Voice of the Universe (as non-human sentient beings ie. Valkyries, gods, giants)
Being tested by such entities and instructed

Further Reading:

Algiz – Rune Meaning Analysis (series)

31 thoughts on “Algiz – Rune Meaning”

  1. Hi, I’ve a little question. A friend of mine thinks I’m a witch, but it always seemed to me he was just joking with avoiding me and acting like he was scared (he always laughed when I came up with a new idea). But a few days ago he wrote Algiz on both of his wrists, and when I asked him why it was wrote on his wrists, he said it was nothing. I thought he was probably trying to project himself, but he is Christian and hates everything that has something to do with witchcraft. Xx

  2. So I woke up this morning and Algiz is bruised into my right bicep. I don’t remember getting a bruise, in fact I don’t think I could have since it is on the inside of my arm. I looked in the mirror and right away recognized it. Now if that is not a sign, I don’t know what is.
    The funny part is that I have been really stressed the past few days, I’ve asked for help and have felt very helpless. Knowing that it means that I am protected by the Divine power is exactly what I needed. Sometimes I forget that the gods are watching over me and that I am always protected and taken care of.


  3. Hey there all,
    Just joined the mailing list today. I had a dream months ago of a strange symbol on my left arm. I was looking through a book today and I saw this rune. It looked like of like a bow and arrow in my dream and was drawn on me with henna. But all the same it was this rune. I know it. I also have been interested in Valkyries since about that time as well. I was curious if anyone knew much about the Valkyries. There seems to be a dispute about what they actually are, Angels of Death, Goddesses, Freyja’s warriors that do her bidding or just simply women who take care of the warriors in Valhalla? Thanks.

  4. Michael, Something struck me in your story -‘ i got a weird feeling and wanted to go to a different swimming hole’ – My experience with this rune when inverted is that it is putting you on notice to be aware – the universe will give you warning signs of danger. In this case it was your ‘gut feeling’ . If you observe the Elk you will notice how it will prick it’s head up if there is a predetor lurking, it is listening to the rustling of the leaves and other subtle changes in it’s environment. This is how to utilize the universe’s protective powers. I’m sorry you got hurt.

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