Algiz is the horns of the deer, elk, and aurochs, or the crown of the trees. The crown is the apex. A person’s crown is felt as a dense energy at the top of the head when the crown chakra is active. The crown chakra connects us to Source; communion with Source is possible for all of us without the need of priestly or clerical mediators. The connection to the Divine suggests protection of the sort that comes from knowledge of higher consciousness. If you have that, you will know what to do in any situation, threatening or otherwise. Thus this Rune can mean awakening to the life of higher consciousness, connection to the gods, or depending on the Runes surrounding it in the layout, hidden danger or loss of connectivity to divine forces. When I am reading for myself in relation to a question on my own soul work, when this Rune shows up reversed, I know I need to be more grounded. After all, the branches of the crown of the tree have their counterpart in the root system. There is a Tree Meditation we have taught that centers and grounds us and helps us to be more present to life. In this manner we gain energy, continuity, and are more receptive to receiving our guidance. A higher level of protection comes in when we have the capacity to receive and accept guidance and hold our light.
However, we are not always in an inner state to hold our light strong in the outer world, therefore… In a practical Rune reading, this Rune upright usually means that you have protection concerning the inquiry you asked about. It can also mean friendship, a new business opportunity or other type of good fortune, with beneficial outcomes all around. If a threat does arise, you will have a strong premonition that will help you to counteract that threat. Algiz reversed can mean that you are in a particular state of vulnerability, of making a sacrifice with no gain, or that you are in some manner being deceived or held as a scapegoat for other people’s failures.