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Heimdall Valkyries


Name: Algiz: | Translation: Protection, Refuge
Pronunciation | Al-jeez
Zodiac Sign: | Aquarius
Healing: | Help keep your back straight. Symbolize the end of a disease
Magical Uses: | Protection from negative repercussions. Emotional stability. Protection in general. Ward a person or place. Fill a place with power. With other RUNES - Brings out their highest level of spiritual workings. Binds them together

Divinitory Meanings: Opportunity for growth. Rapid development. Protection. Safe refuge.

Upright : Eyes Open Spirit is asking you to look at your life with open eyes, and not be afraid to acknowledge what you see. your perceptions don't have to be 'right' to anyone else. They are valid for you and you must acknowledge them, even if what you see is different as supposed to how others see things.Even in the heat of battle you are protected, wisdom and vision are your allies.

Reversed : Fear : Look carefully at the associations you're making at this time.. Take steps to protect yourself and be careful not to allow yourself to become exposed or vulnerable..Like energies attract, and nothing happens to you except in accord with your own state of consciousness. Those around you have been drawn to you though the law of resonance. If someone is doing or saying something to you that you don't like, ask yourself honestly, "what is this reflecting within me?"

Analysis : Both the sword and the ram's horns (or the elk's antlers) are symbols of power which may be used for either offence or defense, depending on the situation. In terms of the journey, we have passed through death and rebirth, and must now face the Guardian before returning to our world. It is he who charges us to use our new-found power wisely. The person can no longer be simply concerned with their own personal development, but must now consider the effect that their actions may have on others. This is a crucial turning point, and the person will either choose to adopt a system of ethics or ignore the effect on others and only work to serve their own ends. Again, the sword is in their hands, but they must decide whether to use it for defense or offence.
Heimdall is an interesting and mysterious figure in Norse mythology, and I associate him with the rune algiz because of his role as protector and guardian. He is the watcher at the gate who guards the boundaries between the worlds and who charges all those entering and leaving with caution. He is best known for his famous horn, but his sword is also important in the consideration of this rune. Snorri mentions that the poetic name for a sword is 'Heimdall's head', and the poetic name for a head is 'Heimdall's sword'. This is particularly significant if we consider that one form of his name was 'Heimdali', meaning 'ram'. Through the image of the ram, Heimdall's sword and his horn can be seen as two different sides of the same image. Both the sword and the ram's horns (or the elk's antlers) are symbols of power which may be used for either offence or defence, depending on the situation.

The Rune Poem: Verse XV Algiz
The Elk's-sedge has its home most oft in the fen.
It waxes in water, wounds grimly.
The blood burns of every man
Who makes any grasp at it.