Today’s Card is the Castle-Tower (Fortress, Protected Space, Retreat from Danger) and the rune-stave is Elhaz (or Algiz) – Elk/Protection/Divine connections.
This reading is very similar to Tuesday’s Reading, except in that one we had the individual “Body” card with the Elhaz rune, rather than the Castle.
The best way to read this combination is:
The Tower needs/is Protected
It may also be Protected or Connected to the Divine
On Tuesday we had the same message only it was the individual Body that needed and/or was protected – now we see the Fortress/Castle where People/Tribes/Nations can retreat to and hide to protect those bodies.
Basically, it is a screaming, red light that suggests a great need right now for defensive and Divine protection right now, as well as the connections between This World (where the antler starts) and the Other World (where the branches of the Antler Reach). It is worth noting that another traditional meaning of this stave is the human being reaching their arms out towards the heavens (in prayer or meditation).
The other thing about Elks (Moose in North America) is they are some of the biggest, most powerful animals around and highly dangerous. Having no real natural predators as adults, they are afraid of almost nothing and will happily walking into speeding cars or trains heedless of the danger. They power also makes them difficult to predict and almost impossible to manage (unlike deer which can be tamed and kept in large farming operations). The Elk is the ultimate in wild, big, strong and unpredictable energy.
It is no wonder it was a favorite symbol and totem during in early Europe, though modern people tend to find its rather clumsy looking features the stuff of comedy the Ancient People who lived beside them knew both their strengths and their dangers.
Given the other readings of the past week, I can’t help being concerned that this may be yet more energy signs of a growing threat, possibly an actual physical attack or an attack of some other sort from which both the Body (Individuals) and a larger group (The Castle) need protecting or need to defend against.
It could be a lone individual or it could be a People/Tribe/Nation threat; it could even be an impersonal threat like a Storm/Earthquake/Volcano/Tsunami/Tornado etc; but whatever it is/are (could be more than one) it must be very strong to keep appearing in the cards day after day for all of this week with hints the week before.
The good news is that BOTH the Castle Tower and the Elhaz Runes are primarily protective/defensive in nature showing that today is a day when the power of defenses and protection is very strong. That should help ward against whatever is in the works and even if it can’t stop it utterly could go a long way towards diminishing the threat(s) to those it its (or their) path.
On a personal level, these cards are fantastic with their double-protection message suggesting this is a good day for defensive actions, prayer, meditation, connections with the Other-World and personal activities that result in personal safety. A great day for reviewing your household finances, fire-alarm or other household preparedness planning. A perfect day for a House-Warding or working on protective meditations and similar magical skills.
The only really down side of this energy can be a tendency to be so self occupied that you become too defensive and “wall-off” those who are close to you. Use the connected energy of the Elhaz rune to avoid this issue, and remember that those around you are also part of your “Castle” Defenses, especially if they are your own family or very close friends.
A good day over all, but one to keep watch for whatever the threat is that seems almost certain to be on the way.