Last night, I engaged in a rather interesting meditation/journeywork session. The short version is that I ended up carving two symbols into a door (I even smeared some blood into them with a knife). One of the symbols was the rune Algiz. The other was a W tipped up on its side, or maybe a spiky E. Any thoughts as to the second symbol? I can't find it in either of my books on Runes, so I have no idea what it is or why it is associated with Algiz.
A spiky E makes me think that it could have been Berkano. I find it interesting that you smeared the symbols with blood from a knife, do you happen to recall if the blood was yours or not? My very (very) base understanding of the runes would make me think that you were trying to protect something, a birth chamber (if the second rune was Berkano) perhaps, though for what I couldn't say.
While I was carving the second symbol, I kept thinking it was Perthro, but it looked nothing like Perthro. Do symbols ever appear backwards? It could have been Berkano in that case. There is a possibility that it may have been a sideways Ear and I just didn't see the stem.
The building that I was carving the symbols into was … um … I had a very visceral, "this is off, this should not be here" reaction to it. After I carved the runes, it gradually faded away, just leaving an empty space among the trees.
I take it being your blood to be a good thing. Were you otherwise familier with the place that the building was in, did it look like someplace you visit in your journeywork or otherwise?
I'm not experienced in these matters but I've seen others work through the symbolism of journeywork before, so I offer what thoughts I can. I imagine that on occasion runes could appear backwards and they absolutely can be carved that way. My understanding is that runes carved backwards, or that fall in that manner can (but does not always) mean they have an opposite meaning to their norm, or take on the more 'negative' connotations they usually have. Hopefully someone with more experience with runes will chime in.
Sounds like the Gothic variant of the Sowilo rune to me. The version I use looks like a W on its side with the wide ends facing left, but I believe I have seen it facing right like a sigma as well. If someone with no knowlege of the runes described your dream to me i would immediatly interpret the second rune as Sowilo. Obviously you have some knowlege of and relationshp to the runes, so if that interpretation feels wrong it probably is.
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