Inside the circle of the Peace sign is a Rune called an algiz. The Rune, or Runes, when encircled is called a Runebind. This empowers the Magical meanings of the Rune, or Runes especially when drawn in a red dye or ink – the empowering color. The Rune symbolizes birth or new beginnings (upright position) and death or end of a cycle (downward position).In Scandinavian countries, you can go to the old grave sites and find the algiz inscribed on the tombstone to identify the date of birth (upright position) and the date of death (downward position).
Centuries ago the people were guided by Runemasters. These Runemasters presided over ceremonies and rituals and performed ritualistic magic as needed. If the Runemaster was good the people prospered. If the Runemaster was weak the people suffered.
Occationally there arose a person who so terrorized the territory that the people feared him even in death. When that person died the people would call upon the Runemaster to perform a ritual to ensure that the person would never rise again to harm them.
First the Runemaster would find a place surrounded by sharp rocks and remove the corps’ footgear to keep him from walking around. Then the Runemaster would cut off his legs and hands and bind them tightly around the body to make sure the corps couldn’t open the coffin. Then the coffin was sealed with pitch and nails so the lid couldn’t be open. The the Runemaster would carve the algiz upside down and placed a circle around it, painted it with red dye, so the soul would be bound in gravedom. Then the corps was buried deep in the earth so he can in no way get free. Thus bringing peace to the land.
In the early 60s a revival of the old religions took a sharp upswing. A group of followers, led by a Runemaster, went out to perform that ritual, using the symbolic figure of the government, especially the military, as the object of fear to bind. Then the group went out everywhere and painted the Runebind wherever they could and taught that peace would come throughout the land through this symbol. The idea spread everywhere. When Vietnam became the order of the day the people became desperate to end the conflict. The best symbol for peace that they had for the generation was the Runebind. Thus became the Peace sign as we now know it.
This work was done as a collaborative with tkrosevear who did the artwork and writes:
From the “Book of Runes” by Robert Blum, more about Algiz ~
Control of the emotions is at issue here. In transit and transition, shifts in life’s course and accelerated self – change, it is important not ot collapse yourself into your emotions – the highs as well as the lows. This time offers ample mental exercise and stimuations. New opportunities and challenges are typical of this Rune. And with them will come trespasses and unwanted influences.
Algiz serves as a mirror for the Spiritual Warrior, the one whose battle is always with the self. The protection of the Warrior are like the curved horns of the Elk, or like the Sedge grass, for both to serve to keep open space around you. Remain mindful that timely action and correct conduct are the only true protection. If you find yourself feeling pain, observe the pain, stay with it. Don’t try to protect yourself from life or pull yourself down and escape by denying what is happening. You will progress; knowing that is your protection.
Reverse (same as the peace sign): Look carefully at all associations you form at this time. Be thoughtful about your health and alert not to add weight to the burdens others are carrying. If you see fit to become involved with people who are “using” you, stay conscious of the fact and take responsibility for your own position; then you can only benefit. And yet regardless of whether your enterprise prospers or suffers, do not be concerned: you may not win, but you will never lose, for you will always learn from what takes place. Temperance and courtesy are the sinues of the Rune’s protective powers.