Algiz: (Z or -R: Elk, protection.) Protection, a shield. The protective urge to shelter oneself or others. Defense, warding off of evil, shield, guardian. Connection with the gods, awakening, higher life. It can be used to channel energies appropriately. Follow your instincts. Keep hold of success or maintain a position won or earned. Algiz Reversed: or Merkstave: Hidden danger, consumption by divine forces, loss of divine link. Taboo, warning, turning away, that which repels.
Algiz has a great protective energy and wards off evil. It can be used as a talisman and as a symbol of shield against anything bad. It is also a rune of connection, both with the divine, the ways and patterns of gods, and with people surrounding you. This connecting power makes Algiz a rune of friendship and responsibility for others.
The plant for Algiz is juniper.