“Elk sedge grows in the fen, waxing in the water, grimly wounding; it burns the blood of those who would lay hands on it.” — Old English Rune Poem
Algiz literally means, “elk sedge,” which is a grass widely regarded as having properties of magical protection. This rune is like a protective charm and when Algiz appears in a reading the message is optimistic. Some say Algiz means “elk” while others insist on its meaning being “amber.” This symbol is not free from dispute; some note its outstretched arms, while others see an antler, and still others a staff. It is agreed however that this is a most favorable and beneficial rune, no matter what place it holds in the reading.
Algiz signifies that one is shielded from danger or difficulty during the time span to which any questions apply. Algiz also signifies a new and beneficial influence is about to enter one’s life. This could take the form of a new career, interest, or even a forthcoming union. It is likely that this new influence will not arrive as a result of conscious reasoning or determination. This is most definitely a rune of friendship and protection but it is through ones inner self that this friendly influence is manifested; it is what is needed and deserved.
When this rune appears reversed, it is expected that one will be duped. People in business or personal relationships have their own agenda’s and their goals will oppose those of the person for whom the runes are being consulted. Algiz reversed indicates that one needs to take great care and caution because others have only their own best interests in mind. One can expect others to do their best to make sure there will be unjust blame.
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We all make decisions all the time, and each one of them, large or small, creates change within us. Since change is frightening, making a decision is frightening too. The process can become easier by asking ourselves the right questions: “Do I really want to do this?” or, “Will it benefit my life?” or “Is it realistic?” These questions help us know our true feelings, which are the most important part of any decision we must make.
Wrong decisions are often made by focusing on external data: “If I do this, it will please my partner.” or, “I’m doing this for the thrill and fascination.” “I’m doing it for the money.” or, “I want the power and position.” “I may be running away from something I can’t or don’t want to face now, but so what?”
It is important to avoid impulsivity and “all-or-nothing” thinking. If we can just slow down, take our time, talk our feelings through with friends or a support group, we begin to see the bigger picture. If we’re still unsure of the right thing to do, we can ask for the Universe’s help, decide, and then trust the outcome. The only wrong decision is one made for the wrong reasons!
The Five of Pentacles card suggests that my power today lies in defiance. I am willing to reject the sure thing or accept excommunication to try to make it on my own, rather than endure the status quo or submit to conditions that assume I am invisible — in this, I have nothing to lose. I accept responsibility for the difficulties ahead and do not seek pity for having chosen to move against the grain. I am empowered by mutual support and my assets are self-worth, hope, and pride.