Saturday, July 24, 2021

Algiz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Algiz

“seccard hæfþ oftust on fenne
wexeð on wature,
wundaþ grimme
blode breneð beorna gehwylcne
ðe him ænigne onfeng gedeþ.”

“The Elk-sedge usually lives in the fen,
growing in the water.
It wounds severely,
staining with blood any man
who makes a grab at it.”

Rune Name – Algiz

Aett – Heimdall’s

Aett Position – Seventh

Algiz – Upright Meaning


A ward of protection, a shield against negativity. The urge to defend or protect others, a guardianship, that banishing or warding off of a negative presence. Opening the pathways to connection to the gods, an awakening. A sign to follow your instincts to keep hold of a position earned.


algizWhen Algiz rune is in your reading, it speaks of the presence of a protection from unwanted energies. When it is present, bolster your defenses, and open yourself to the arrival of a mentor or one who will lend needed support.

When one needs emotional control and stability, one can call on the Algiz rune, but it warns against hiding from adversity. Adversity is often the father of change.

When brought up in regards to a relationship it tells us that we are in a relationship that is warm and protective, caring in its depths.

It can speak of a needed sanctuary, or at its most cautionary, an ethical dilemma coming our way. When a cleansing is needed, this rune of the Elder Futhark can be drawn physically or spiritually to drive away unwanted negative forces.

Algiz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Being consumed by negative forces, a loss of our connection with the divine, a violation of taboo and a warning to turn away from the same. A repulsion of the positive, and forewarning of a hidden danger.


algiz merkstaveWhen the Algiz rune appears in merkstave, it tells us that our defenses are weak, and perhaps even breached. There is a negative energy near and about us that will devour us given the opportunity.

It blocks our spirit, clouding our connection with the Gods, and can serve as a warning that we are violating a taboo, and that we are reaping the consequences of breaking our own inner rules.

The Merkstave Algiz rune, at its worst, is telling us that we or some influence in our life is actively driving away the positive influences in our life.

It tells us to take a look at our lives, and the way we are living it. Find what acts we’re taking that could be driving away that which is healthful and beneficial to us.

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