Known among the Anglo-Saxons as Secg, the rune Algiz or Eolh is symbolically associated with the mighty elk, as well as with the yew tree. However, it is also associated with the linden tree and with semi-aquatic plants, such as reeds, rushes, eel grass and sedge.
The shape of the rune resembles an outstretched hand, probably representing the hand of Tyr sacrificed for the safety of the universe. It also looks like the outstretched branches of a tree or the footprint of a bird, like a crow or a raven.
The upright position of this rune was used to denote the date of birth on Viking gravestones. The inverted form was also used to indicate the date of death.
Algiz is the highest rune of healing and protection. In ancient magic, it was said that the power of Algiz could protect not only oneself, but also family and friends. In this sense, the appearance of Algiz in a reading will indicate that there will be a successful outcome to an effort, that a health problem will be overcome, and that this help will be given to you by a caring friend.
Although this is a rune of self-interest, it does not signify selfishness. Its main message is that you should take time for yourself and stick to your dreams and desires.
The demands of others should be a secondary consideration, because if you don't take care of yourself, then you won't be able to take care of anyone in the future.
All creative ventures are favored by the appearance of Algiz. You can take up a new and therapeutic hobby and delve into fascinating areas that previously eluded you.
Algiz is also a rune of meditation, and the message of the surrounding runes in a reading can show the way to personal illumination of some kind.
In the reverse position, this rune reinforces the message of its direct meaning. It can show that health problems are coming up or will come up very soon, and that you need to be concerned with your own well-being.
However, other people may refuse to recognize that one is overworked and tired. The demands of these people will not stop, because when Algiz is reversed, you will find that the people around you are very insensitive.
While you are in this low state, you will have a weak will and tend to agree on something just to have peace.
You should keep this in mind and slow down. Retreat into seclusion and accept nothing more. Algiz signals a time of recovery, so the time to regain strength is ideal.