“The Eolh-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.”
“Control of the emotions is at issue here. During times of transition, shifts in life course and accelerated self-change, it is important not to collapse yourself into your emotions – the highs as well as the lows. New opportunities and challenges are typical of this Rune. And with them may come trespasses and unwanted influences.
Algiz serves as a mirror for the Spiritual Warrior, the one whose battle is always with the self. The protection of the Warrior is like the warning rustle of the sedge grass or like the curved horns of the elk, for both serve to keep open space around you. Remain mindful that timely action and correct conduct are the only true protection. If you find yourself feeling pain, observe the pain, stay with it. Don’t try to pull down the veil and escape from life by denying what is happening. You will progress; knowing that is your protection.
Reversed: Be thoughtful about your health. Do not add to the burdens others are carrying. Look carefully at the associations you form at this time. If you see fit to become involved with people who are using you, remain conscious of that fact and take responsibility for your own position; then you can only benefit. Regardless of whether your enterprise prospers or suffers, do not be concerned: you may not win, but you will never lose, for you will always learn from what takes place. Temperance and courtesy are the sinews of this Rune’s protective powers.”
This month, The Daily Oracle will be devoted to the Viking Runes. I am not a scholar of this divination method, and as with my cycle with The I Ching, I will be using a combination of my own astrological observance, together with text from another authority. For my reference I will be using a book that I have had for very many years, “The Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum, which is still in print…. but also available on the web as a free PDF. As with The Tarot, I will be invoking my own choice of deity to watch over me as I seek guidance on behalf of all who find this oracle. The Runes that I am using are ones that I have had for about 12 years, and which replaced my original handmade set, which were inadvertently left behind on one of my many migrations. These particular Runes are made of carnelian, and were purchased in a small bead shop on Catherine Hill in the Wiltshire town of Frome. If you wish to read about how the Runes were discovered, there is a good site HERE that is a wealth of information on all things Norse.
My name is Joanna Grant, I am an Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Writer, who lives on the beautiful Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland. I can often be found at home, deep in arcane research, or practicing some new form of divination whilst burning the dinner! My children probably wish that I was “normal” but may well remember my eccentricities fondly when they come to face the challenges of their own paths. My long knowledge of Astrology leads and informs my practice, in offering guidance, empowerment and healing, helping others to lead a more authentic and magical life. You can read more about me here.
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