Thyme was sacred to the ancient Greeks and those who wore thyme were said to be attractive, poised, and stylish. Thyme is great for encouragement through difficult times, for courage and for heartening. Ancient soldiers also used it in baths to increase bravery and strength. It can dispel melancholy, hopelessness, and the mood of tragedy. It’s associated with bringing abundance and prosperity into being. Thyme is excellent in ritual baths and fumigation for early spring festivals when we seek to leave the old behind and begin anew.
The fifteenth rune of the Elder Futhark. Algiz speaks of that which has the ability to harm, but doesn’t inflict harm unless it is harmed first. It is linked with dangerous plants as well as sacred deer and the Valkyrie swans. It is the rune of protection. It may ask us to get ready; to listen and gain awareness for a better sense of where we stand and how to act as a result. It asks us for bravery in the face of fear and faith in whatever higher power guides us—be that divine or intuitive. Algiz reminds us that we are on the right path, but that the act of being present on the path is different than just seeing it.
Malachite is a stone of transformation: it helps reveal knowledge and awareness to us so that we can be brave enough to transform. It grows in organic botryoidal (grapelike) form and its sliced interior reminds me of the rings of a tree that mark changes. It is also used as a protection stone, especially for travelers!