Hi, hi, hi, Witches, Witchlings, and Witchlets! Today we’re continuing our series on the Runes of the Elder Furthak. With each post, we’ll go over the meaning and interpretation of each focused Rune and show what each one looks like. Let us begin.
WHAT ARE RUNES?
Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets. Runes were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet and for specialized purposes thereafter. In addition to representing a sound value (a phoneme), runes can be used to represent the concepts after which they are named (ideographs).SOURCE
WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?
Runes have been found in places that hold root in Germanic-speaking countries like Iceland, Scandinavia, parts of England and Central Europe, Constantinople and anywhere the Vikings journeyed.
WHEN WAS THE RUNIC ALPHABET USED?
AD 150 is the earliest date that runic inscriptions have been recorded. With time, the Latin alphabet replaced these characters as those who utilized runes were subjected to the Christian Reformation. In Central Europe, this happened around AD 700 and in northern Europe, AD 1100.
USING RUNES FOR DIVINATION
Interestingly enough, using runes for divination is NOT an ancient practice used by the Vikings. There is no evidence to support this commonly-held belief. The closest thing we do have are a few Icelandic magickal texts that use runic symbology. Other than that, the utilization of runes for divination didn’t come about until the 17th century.
While runes may not have been used by the Vikings, this doesn’t mean this system of divination isn’t a viable one. I know plenty of witches – including myself – who cast runes and consult the messages found from the Divine.
THE ALGIZ RUNE
Prounounced ‘AL-geez’, the ALGIZ rune’s literal interpretation means ‘elk’ while its esoteric translation means ‘protection’ and ‘higher self’.
WHAT DOES THE ALGIZ RUNE LOOK LIKE
The ALGIZ rune is represented by a middle straight line with two lines branching off, much like where the branches of the letter ‘Y’ are situated.
- Higher self
- Spiritual Connection
When ALGIZ makes an appearance in a casting, it can signal:
- A connection with the Divine
- Spiritual awakening
- Protection is around you
- Hidden dangers
- Disappearance of Divine bonds
- Obsession with Divine powers
The ALGIZ rune is believed to govern our luck. Alongside this, ALGIZ strengthens our life’s energy through courageous acts. Any and all communication with the Divine, entities, spirits, etc. is also ruled by this rune. The ALGIZ rune teaches us to eject any fears surrounding death.
When ALGIZ makes an appearance in a divination casting, it reminds us that protection is all around us. With this protective energy comes lessons that teach independence alongside faith and courage. This courage is necessary when it comes to situations where we are faced with taking responsibility and answering for our actions.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the third installment of the Rune Series! The aim is to offer an introduction to each rune to give an idea of what they all mean and to encourage new casters to try their hand at this divinatory practice. Do you cast runes? Are you inspired to start? Let me know in the comments and, as always, Bright Blessings and Happy Crafting!