Germanic Name: Hagalaz, (hail) -stone
Phonetic Value: H
Modern English: Hail
Rune Number: Rune 9 of the Elder Futhark & 1st Rune of Heimdall’s Aett
Color Association(s): Light Blue
Elemental Association(s): Air , Water
Deity Association(s): Ymir
Herbal Association(s): Lily of the Valley
Tree Association(s): Ash/Yew
Astrological Association(s): Aquarius
Month/Days: October 28 – November 13
Chakras: Crown, Heart, Root
Tarot Card(s): Death, The Tower, 8 of Cups
Magickal Uses: Hagalaz is a powerful rune for meditation. Sit with this rune to understand that no matter how bad you have it, you could always have it worse. No matter the number of crops that you lost, you could always lose more. Chant this rune as you meditate to help find optimism in the direst of situations.
Protection, Luck, quick transformations, success in navigating difficult situations, break unhealthy patterns.
Overall Meanings/Keyword(s): Hail, Dark Feminine, Destruction, Transformation, Past Lives, Healing, Potential, Disruption, Change, Delay
Seeds of icy carnage rain down, planting points of clarity & choice. The shattered ground on which you stand cannot stay frozen in its brokenness: sprouts of life will emerge once the schism in your heart - & soul – have shifted, bearing a refreshed path.
Mighty Hella, lady of Hel, cradle me in your dark womb of rebirth. Breathe cool air into my hour of incendiary transformation. I cannel Urd, Norn of the past, to alchemize my history, honoring & releasing what was, in the name of sewing my newly-fertile fields of inheritance.
Hail can fall from the sky any time of the year, not just in winter. Just as hail can appear suddenly in a clear sky, this rune portends a very sudden change in your circumstances. This isn’t always a pleasant change either, but one that you will have to bear until it’s over.
We cannot always control our circumstances. Hagalaz signifies these forces of chaos that cannot be controlled. You cannot control or “fix” this interference; resistance is futile. Know that your course is being corrected for reasons beyond your understanding. You may be being forced into taking a new approach, which will become clear with patience & perseverance.
Brightstave/Upright: A change or transformation of your life situation. Perhaps crisis or trauma in the offing. The source of this impetus probably will come from beyond your present consciousness. Be prepared for crisis. This rune indicates self-ordering & inner harmony based on mythic models. (This is the only preparation possible) Seek to develop pure, crystalline ideals or principles. If change is undertaken from the impetus of crisis, a good outcome can be expected. A reshaping of your present situation is modeled on higher forms or principles (archetypes) is indicated. This rune may indicate a mystic, magician, or priest.
Edit Merkstave/Reversed is for those that happen to read all runes with a Merkstave/Reversed meaning which means that they are pulled sideways instead of upright. However, Hagalaz traditionally isn’t read reversed
Merkstave/Reversed: Crisis leading to the destruction of your vital powers & sources of well-being is indicated. There is a lack of preparation. Change for the worse. Personal stagnation is an invitation to catastrophe. Blockage of the “hail” will result in total stagnation & lack of change in life. At first, this may seem beneficial, but crisis must be controlled, not avoided entirely.
Meditation Hagalaz Meditation - Magin Rose
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