11 Oct 2009 2 Comments
I promised to create a blog as a spin-off of Part 5 of Rosslyn chapel that I put up last week. I owe a LOT to Kaden who went out of her way to do a lot of Internet sleuthing for us. Thank you! Now, let’s see what we have!
THE NORDIC RUNE: ALGIZ
Kaden sent me info on the Algiz (all-geese)rune. I have placed her REFERENCES at the end of this blog. She sent me information on The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Runes
by Sirona Knight and the information I share with you is from her book.
Here is the Algiz Nordic Rune carved into the threshold stone step that is the entrance through the south door–the only door in and out of the crypt at one time. Rosslyn chapel was built after this structure was in place–and being utilize.
In the Elder Futhark, an ancient Nordic rune alphabet, only the upward rune is written. (Some others write it downward). The rune in Germanic is Algiz. Anglo-Saxon name for it is Eolh. And the Norwegian name is Elgr. The original meaning was protective force and the three Valkyries. The tree is the magnificent Yew. The herb is Angelica. The color is the rainbow. The run has a symbolic meaning of an elk’s antlers. And the elk ate leaves upon the World Tree. The rune looks like a tree trunk and the spread leaves above it (the three lines).
Algiz also represents the three faces of the goddess, as well as the three energies: positive, neutral and negative. Take the number three (in Christianity is the the father, son and holy ghost), in any major religion, and you will see the importance of it.
Some fascinating lore is that there were nine times nine (81) Valkyries, called “Divine Valkyries.” There were a number of different types of Valkyries but more importantly, in Norse mythology, these women warriors would sometimes oppose Odin, and teach magic to the heroes they wanted to save. These were women with an attitude and individuality and under no man’s thumb.
Keywords for it are: Spirit, protection, sanctuary, refuge, power and divinity. It also represents a human moving and evolving toward god/goddess hood. Algiz represents, in the Nordic tradition, the upper three worlds on Yggdrasil: home of the elves (Alfheim or Lightalfheim), Vanaheim or home of the Vanir and lastly, Asgard, home of the Aesir. By striving to reach the upper worlds of light a human being could communicate with the goddesses, gods, elves and all of Nature and attain divine wisdom.
My comment to that is: considering that the south door was the ONLY entrance to this crypt BEFORE Rosslyn chapel was built, then the placement of the “mother goose foot” rune, Algiz, tells us much, much more about this place in my opinion.
Runes and bind runes were an ancient pre-Christian Europe alphabet used for writing. However, runes were more than letters or sounds. They were reflections of our sacred universe, as well. Various runes held certain types of magic and energies associated with them. They were used in divination, casting spells or to be worn as an amulet.
From all the work that Ingrid Kropf, Grahame Martin and I did, we all had a similar opinion that this crypt (I’d prefer to use the word “mystery school”) was used to first of all, show initiates on a spiritual path where they were at, chakra-wise. There are seven niches to show the seven main chakras within the physical body. (The other two are OUTSIDE the crypt, and are chakra #8 and #9, which helps us attach to and become part of, the Monad (god/goddess or whomever you believe in). This makes the number NINE, which is repeated over and over again in the crypt and chapel. It IS the number that runs the energy of this place.
And so, understanding a deeper meaning of the Algiz Nordic Rune, this also parallels what we discovered. This is a place where one is taught to connect with Spirit. When one enters this abode (the crypt), you are protected. The crypt/mystic school, then becomes not only a sanctuary where one can study about POWER, but also a refuge that can be used on many other levels. Let’s not forget that there was a fireplace built into this room–and that suggest utilitarian purpose as well; not just spiritual pursuits, but being warm and being out of the cold weather, too. Ultimately, the crypt/mystical school is about Divinity. It is about working through our seven chakras and woundings to be able to then move OUT the East wall (where the stained glass now sits) to connect with Chakra #8 and #9. This is where the idea of a ‘portal’ or gate that we felt strongly was there, is also coroborrated.
More about this rune. It is believed that one who practices shape shifting (shamanic) magic to one’s self is called Algiz.
And, some more fascinating items that Kaden came upon through diligent Internet research: The Depiction of the rune itself is associated with an elk antler, branches of a tree or a swan in flight. This SWAN takes on even MORE meaning when she came upon the Freemason’s 18th degree, Knight Rose Croix. It shows a SWAN as part of its design. No accident there. Right?
Here is the 18th degree in Free Masonary, Scottish Rite and notice the SWAN as part of it. The Swan is one of the symbols of the Algiz Rune.
For me, the foundational understanding that Algiz is carved into the doorstep of the only entrance to the crypt/mystic school is promising upward movement toward the divine (from which we all originated). And if one wants to look at this in magical terms, we can say that you have taken flight to move upward toward the divine.
Further, the idea of “nine times nine” Valkyries who were known as the “Divine Valkyries” has a connection to the crypt as well. The number nine is stated over and over again (for example, the nine dragons around the Apprentic Pillar). Was there a connection to the Divine Valkyries here? Certainly, if there is, we know through Norse mythology that Valkyries knew magic. And in order to know and use magic, one must be an adept–someone who has walked through the steps as an initiate through all nine of the human chakras–to move into this powerful spiritual path. And we had the nine petals in the water bowl in the south wall Brow Chakra niche–twice. The larger flower was cut and sculptured and then a smaller flower with nine petals within it.
And now, GR who was a large animal vet, sent me some fascinating information! Remember the Brow Chakra niche? The one with the beautifully sculptured flower within a flower? Well, here’s what the vet had to say:
“Water bowl with 9 petals, inner flower
Here is the Brow Chakra with the flower water bowl at the base of it.
This really looks EXACTLY like a portio vaginalis (the part of the cervix that opens into the vagina). I know that, because, being a vet, I’ve seen many of them. And the anatomy of a cow or mare isn’t much different at least in this little part.
If you compare this to the Brow Chakra niche, you’ll see why the vet made the connection. This is a mare’s portio vaginalis.
There’s a great sketch of the different stages of the estrus of a mare.
(1) is exactly the inner water bowl.
Also, anatomically said, the rose-like portio really protrudes in the same way as the inner flower in the water-bowl. And the same is true for women.
You would see such a picture if you look directly into the vagina, with a speculum, e.g. midwives should have a very good idea of how women’s portios look. But of course, shortly before birth it looks different.
My Comment to GR’s fascinating knowledge is: The Brow Chakra niche is the most sculptured of all of them, followed by the Crown Chakra niche. I find the symbology here, powerful. I wonder if this sculpture was here to acknowledge that we all must ‘past through’ and be ‘reborn’ through the Great Mother Goddess?
And then, GR had a dream which was sent to me and I’d like to share it with you:
I woke up this morning with a new expression in my head:
(english pronunciation would be: ma – roo – pe ['pe' like penny] )
The meaning transmitted was something like:
* you deserve it*
in the sense of being honored with something.
Having a grasp of a couple of languages.
‘Esto’ = Spanish: this
very unfamiliar. Didn’t sound like anything I had had contact with. Not English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian.
A Google-Search revealed:
‘Merupe’ was obviously listed as a normal name, but nothing really remarkable touched me.
Yet slight differently spelled: ‘Merope’ was VERY interesting.
- a star in the Pleiades (7 stars)
- an asteroid
- the name of several women in Greek mythology
One of the women, Merope, is the daughter of Ladon, the dragon, who is said to have been guarding over the apples of the Hesperids.
Dragon? This impression had struck me when I read the blog yesterday and saw the picture of the root chakra niche.
Ladon, the serpent-like dragon, was the one who gave his name for the star-constellation Draco.
My Comment: So here again, I find a link from the crypt to the stars, confirming my primary impressions. When others start having dreams or connection from this crypt and we are getting similar feedback, then that is what I’m looking for. I feel the “Atlantean” template on the north wall of the crypt, which I have yet to give a blog too, has to do with our star sisters and brothers. There’s too many pentacle/five-pointed stars in that template not to think otherwise. Grahame and Ingrid also concur with me on this after studying and connecting with this particular template. Also, I had a feeling that I would find the Pleiades as part of this crypt and was pleased to see that GR also was sensing the same in her dream. And interestingly enough, in one of my books, I wrote about a wise woman from Merope/Pleiades constellation. And just for facts….the Pleiades is composed of NINE stars, not seven!! And doesn’t this connect with the number NINE in so many other ways in the crypt/chapel? All things are connected and it’s powerful and astounding at times.
And when GR mentioned Draco, this was something that I’d discussed with Grahame and Ingrid. The NINE (here we go with the number 9 again) dragons around the base of the Apprentice Pillar, was clear. I felt after looking at that, plus my 9.9.09 moment in the glen below the chapel at sunset when I saw a RED dragon streak by, meant something more. And I saw the dragon on a NINE calendar day. Whew! I truly believe that the constellation Draco (the dragon) is involved with this crypt/mystic school. I have yet to prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt for myself, but I’m sure that the Pleiades and Draco constellations are somehow entwined in the crypt, along with other possible constellations. Only going back and doing more research will yield out an answer, one hopes.
Another stone that drew a lot of attention was the engraved stone down in front of the Root Chakra niche.
Here is my sketch of that stone.
Here is the actual stone that sits below the Root Chakra niche.
I see faces in it Eileen. The predominant one os a female one at the “shoulder level” and she has seen something no human should see or has seen onto other dimensions. Below her is a child’s face, smiling and innocent. There are others there too.
COMMENT: there’s much going on in this stone. And I appreciate what you see.
I think it’s interesting that apart from the ‘neck’ the rest of the drawing seems to be a closed system. My first feeling is a sense that crown, and third eye chakra energy has a free passage down to the base ‘bulb’ in the drawing, assisting the activation of the lower chakras. Below the ‘shoulders’ there seems an echo of the Aries symbol and … Read Morealso the crossover point of this symbol would correspond with the position of the heart chakra. But although the intersection of the central cross might be the solar plexus – there’s no obvious sacral! This is on a purely visual level. However, on an immediate feeling level I got – a flowering, a coming to fruition and on another level wondered if this should be viewed as 3D – as a map or maze or labyrinth.
COMMENT: Like Raewyn, I believe you were psychically looking INTO it. And fascinating that you two, plus Kaden were all doing the SAME THING–looking beyond what anyone could see with their eyes. I wonder if this stone doesn’t inspire those who are initiates and they are looking at their own root chakra that it reflects or reveals revelations or insights to them? About themselves? I didn’t approach this stone on that level, but I can see (now) by the three of you having the SAME response, that there’s more to this stone. Much more.
Kaden looked THROUGH the stone and came up with this drawing. And here’s what she had to say:
“No matter what light I used in the house, it did not want to be more defined than what I ended up with.
I had your picture up on my screen and walked away. Looking at it as I was coming back across the room, I was seeing a surface image. I ended up putting the paper on my monitor and sketching the light and shadow coming through the paper.
I did it two different times, so their are two pictures on one sheet.
I was looking for a rune pattern, so it’s interesting what I ended up with! Nothing I was expecting.”
She felt it might be The Hermit of the Tarot deck and possible little people or fairy in front of him. She also felt, “The Hermit” being told it’s time to prepare to come out and share his wisdom and gifts. And added, “ Anyway, I’ve still been searching online for a design similar to the rock using your sketch and not much luck so far. There are designs in runes from around 1000 AD that show a the type of framing and design balance, but all have fairly detail rune messages. There is usually a sword or cross that is the centered focal point. The crisscross design at the top of the stone is usually on the bottom though and symbolizes either two dragons or two elk.
It’s very balanced and ‘clean’ lined for the most part, so I would think the details that don’t mirror-image on each side are key.
It would be interesting if it was a porous rock and changed when it got wet.”
COMMENT: Yes, I’d like to see this stone wet too–but that won’t happen where it’s at. The folks who own the chapel would have a fit and I don’t blame them. We’ll just have to conjecture and continue to get a ‘hit’ off it as is.
I had a spirited conversation on Facebook about this design. I recall one woman said the top (above the horizontal cross) reminded her of fallopian tubes. I thought: yes! Because below that horizontal cross on the left is what looks like a sperm and to the right is the sign of Aries, the Ram from the Zodiac. If one were to conjecture this, the bottom half is male and the top half female. And together, they create Oneness or integration of both genders. And in an initiate, these two parts of ourselves MUST be integrated. And where better to check this out on someone than at the beginning of a nine-step process, than the Root Chakra, where it all begins, anyway?
I welcome all of your thoughts about these ongoing mysteries that we are trying to find the keys too in order to understand them better. I believe Ingrid Kropf’s discovery and knowledge of the Algiz Rune really sets the TONE and TENOR for WHAT the crypt/mystery school, was utilized for–for thousands upon thousands of years.
We haven’t solved the mystery of the crypt/mystery school, but I feel we’ve got real proof and a direction from what everyone has helped us with. And, next week, I’ll put another blog on our detective work in the crypt! Stay tuned!
In Spirit, Eileen
1. The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Runes
By Sirona Knight and can be bought for $9.95 at
2. The Magic of Shape shifting
By Rosalyn Greene
3. Scottish Rite photo of Swan for 18th degree Freemason