The rune is ALGIZ, which symbolizes defense, protection and sanctuary. It was used on the shields, swords and spears of warriors as a mark of protection and a safe place from harm. When this rune appears it is notification to the seeker that there is a need to protect against something, yet within the same energy is contained the force that ensures he or she will come to no harm. It references our natural internal system of checks and balances that do keep us on track with our purpose. I see Algiz as the assurance that although we may lose our perspective in the moment to moment busy-ness of life, there is an intelligence within us that has our backs, so to speak. It talks to us through our “gut” feelings, letting us know if we are engaging in activities that are beneficial for ourselves and others or not. It is the part of us that is connected to the bigger picture and is the ever present sanctuary. It feeds us information and creative ideas that keep us on course.