Elder Futhark Rune Meanings
Heimdall's 2nd Aett
algiz elder futhark symbol meaning



Elhaz elhaz elhaz

Z z z z z z z z z

Uz az iz ez oz

Oz ez iz az uz


(Galdr Source: "Futhark The Handbook of Rune Magic" by Edred Thorsson)


​Old Germanic name: Algis, Elhaz

Old Norwegian name: Ihwar

Anglo-Saxon name: Eolh or Olh

Old Celtic name: Eileadh

Old Icelandic name: Elgr

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Rune Algiz Overall Meaning: Algiz is one of the most known Runes of Elder Futhark. The Rune is most commonly associated with "divine" protection and is in fact under the strong influence of Heimdall, the Guardian of the Gods' stronghold and the protector against evil forces. Algiz is the Rune of growth, both spiritual and physical. It is the connection between us and the Gods and the strength that helps us to push through the obstacles.

algiz elder futhark general meaning



If someone knows anything about the Runes, they know the Rune Algiz and its association with protection from all kinds of negative energies. The Rune of course is much more than that.


Algiz means being a warrior and having the internal strength backed up by the powers of the Universe and Ancestors to protect yourself and others. I hope you understand from this that the Rune allows for both passive and active forms of protection.


While we probably won’t know the origin of the Rune Algiz symbol, it is thought to be a splayed hand that you would put forward to indicate “stop” (and definitely NOT a peace symbol despite what some may think).


Rune Algiz used to be frequently seen on graveyards beside the name and dates of birth & death. 


Despite the above facts, Algiz is a very positive Rune. It is not an aggressive Rune that can cause devastation or ruin. It covers a person like a cocoon, making everything negative thrown its way simply bounce back. 


Here is some interesting information about Rune Algiz symbol position. Upright Algiz represents female genitalia, while reversed Algiz Rune is a symbol of male genitalia. 


The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem says:


The sedge is mostly to be found in a marsh;

it grows in the water and makes a ghastly wound,

covering with blood every warrior who touches it.



Rune Advice: listen to your intuition and your inner voice. Tap into the Source for information and guidance. Protect your ideals and what you believe in.

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Interestingly, Algiz is a very spiritual Rune that allows one to really dip into the higher realms and merge with the Source.

The Rune helps one to bring out their inner creativity that is activated when a person really starts to listen to their inner voice.

With regards to the use of Algiz in protection Rituals, you can go as simple or as complicated as you wish. You can use Algiz alone or in a Bindrune, integrating it in a simple candle ritual (see my Resource library for instructions).


The Rune has a strong connection with the God Heimdall who is very sensitive and swift.


No wonder this Rune gives an opportunity to develop psychic abilities by making you more sensitive to energy and its changes.



Algiz is usually the most worn Rune as a protection Rune pendant. It protects you from ALL sources of negativity, curses and nasty actions from competitors.

The Rune also gives you the strength to fight back and stand your ground. It will strengthen your spirit, giving you a chance to really push and overcome obstacles.

In general, the Rune does work on three levels:

·      Physical: protecting you from any negativity, evil intentions and in day-to-day situations that you may face at work or just with people.

·      Emotional: Rune Algiz gives you strength and willpower to make decisions and to have control over your emotions, allowing you to make the right judgements.

·      Spiritual: Algiz protects your aura (and chakras) against any negative energy.

I personally think it is a must-have Rune for the jewelry/amulet collection. It is a very powerful and useful Rune.

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Upright Algiz indicates good health, particularly with regards to the immune system and the body’s ability to fight unwanted pathogens. This is how the protection side of Algiz shows itself in health matters.


It also means that you are well energetically protected, such as that you will not easily get hit with negativity thrown your way.


The reversed Algiz would naturally suggest the opposite of the above. It is that health situation when someone around you sneezes and you already come down with the flu.


Therefore, when reversed Algiz comes up in health matters, it is important to work on boosting your immunity.


It may also be a good idea to do a simple protection ritual to fight off unwanted energies because being energetically weak also puts you at a higher risk of suffering from physical illnesses.