The Runes of Odin (9. Hagalaz)




Galdr :

Pathwalking with the Rune :

Element : Water, Ice

Colour : light blue

Day : Wednesday

Month : April

Tree : Ash

Plant : wild pumpkin

Stone : Onyx

The Rune of destruction. It helps creating obstacles and storms on someone`s path. It should be used only when there is no another option because the destruction can turn against who created it and bring him/her troubles. This rune can be placed on each thing. If it is placed in an area or property, we should better think about all the innocent creaturesthat live there, they may be hurt. That is why we should use it with caution and meditate before using it and ask permission from the area about using Hagalaz in it.If after the meditation we do not feel well, we should better not use Hagalaz but find another way to cope with the situation.

It is a rune of the silence and meditation, the rune of decisions. It can be used to prevent aspects of our inner lower nature and our bad habbits. It can be used for overcoming obstacles. This is the rune of self destruction and the tendency towards the failure of our own efforts.

In magic the rune Hagalaz is the rune of evolution, but this evolution is a slow one, solid evolution within certain frames. The rune maintains safety and prevents entering of negative energies into your sphere. Defence. You can use it when you need good luck and to encourage the positive outcome. It means completement and ballanced force. It is also mystical and divine knowledge and experience.

In Divination : the forces that run this situation are out of your control. You should avoid any risk. Your future is in the hands of someone else. This one is not your close friend or relative but a colleague . In a positive combination of runes its meaning is ‘delay”.

Hagalaz – Rune Meaning

“Don’t try to fix what we should break before it breaks us.”

Hagalaz – “Hag-all-az” – Literally: “Hail” or “Hailstone” – Esoteric: Crisis or Radical Change

Key Concepts: hailstones, crisis and catastrophe, disruption, radical change, destructive elements of nature, severe weather, the uncontrollable, unavoidable unpleasantness, Jungian shadow, psychoanalysis, regression, acceptance of the unalterable

Psi: disruption, change, personal past

power beyond human ability to harness, perfect pattern, seed formation, objective confrontation, destructive natural forces, chaos

Mundane: bad weather, obstacles, surprises, shelter

Divinations: Change according to ideals, changes for the long-term good, controlled crisis, corrections, completion, inner harmony; or catastrophe, crisis, stagnation, loss of power, loss of property, short-term disappointment, victim-consciousness, obsession with the past, blame.

Completeness and balance of power, integration of unconscious shadow elements
The inevitability of Fate, Wyrd, Orlog
Evolutionary progress and operations of becoming
The outworking of a perfect pattern
Protection through banishing or exorcising disharmonious patterns, protection
Awareness of the unconscious ideas for eventual processing
Causing discomfort in others by awakening their own subconscious ‘garbage’

Hagalaz Rune Meanings Notes:

Hagalaz signals a major shift of energies as the Elder Futhark begins its second row of aetts. Hagalaz is the rune of objective confrontation with past patterns. It will uncover the vast flow of energies around and through human energy systems. Its nature is completely impersonal and it represents power generally beyond human ability to harness.

Hail shocks you with stinging hardness (confrontation) then it melts into water which creates germination of seeds (transformation). The ancients describe hail as a grain rather than as ice, thus creating a metaphor for a deeper truth of life. It contains the seed of all the other runic energies and this can be seen in its other form, a six-fold snowflake. Spiritual awakening often comes from times of deep crisis.

As the ninth rune, Hagalaz has a special place in the ordering, as nine has particular significance in the elder futhark. Nine signals completion of a perfect pattern. Nine months is one of nature’s most regular human cycles, that of the gestation period for a baby in a mother’s womb. In this sense it is a protective rune, and assists us in acceptance of the unalterable, the seeking of shelter and patience while things blow over.

Hagalaz can be used as a force of repulsion or banishment. It is used in work to process and dispel the effects of subconscious baggage and ‘shadow elements’ so that your life pattern can carry itself forward in its pure form. Hagalaz has the magical energy of a ‘spring cleaning’. It reveals the personal past, past lives and early environmental factors in childhood development. It follows that LAGAZ, from which hail is ultimately made, is also a rune of profound unconscious exploration and personal depth.

Hagalaz can be used as a curse against others, aimed to bring up their suppressed inner conflicts and thus impeding them. It is a clean curse, as the recipient is only experiencing the ill effects of their own accountability. It is a dark, feminine power and can been associated with witchcraft and destructive female magic.

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More on Hagalaz:

Lessons of Hagalaz: Rune of Disaster and Healing




Alternative Names

Haegl, Hagl, Haegl, Hagal, Hagall.



Key Phrase

‘Never shy away from challenges

as they strengthen and teach you

throughout your life.’




Hail, elemental power, the Great Awakener.



Viking Rune Equivalent and Meaning

Disruption. Disruptive forces. Hail. Natural forces that damage.







Tarot Equivalent

The Tower  –  10  –  X



Divinatory Meaning

A challenge.


Corresponding Letter


Associated Colour Light Blue

Associated Herb



Associated Myths and Deities

Ragnarok, Loki, Frost Giants, Urd. Sacred to Heindall – the Watcher, and Mordgud – keeper of the icy bridge to the Underworld.



Manifestation Uses

Removing unwanted influences and energies, breaking destructive patterns. Used for protection, health and harmony.





Relationship Interpretation

Unconscious influences operating within the relationship.  Past experiences in other relationships, including projections from parents.


Healing Colour and Qualities

Rainbow – all forms of the colour




To promote good health and harmony within the body. Particularly good for use with the kidney, bladder and lower back pain. Helps in healing cold and flu symptoms. Also aids in the recovery after an illness.




As a talisman Hagalaz removes unwanted influences and what appears to be a circle of never-ending destruction.



Hagalaz Drawn Upright


Destruction, disaster, sudden loss, ordeal, clearance, testing, karmic lessons, drastic change, wrath of nature, uncontrolled forces, tempering, testing, trials and tribulations, influences from the past.



HAGALAZ is ‘forces beyond our control’.



Hagalaz is the ninth rune and the first rune of the Second Aett. The Hagalaz rune, above all others, represents the concept of balance;  yin/yang, male/female, positive/negative, black/white.



The Hagalaz rune is seen as potential energy of neutral power by an external force. Appearing as it does at the beginning of the second Aett, it marks both a beginning and an end and indicates a warning not to become too complacent.



Hagalaz lies between the rune Kenaz (fire) and Isa (ice) reminding us of the creative potential that lies between these two opposites, eventhough initially their meeting may seem destructive.



Essential to the understanding of the Hagalaz rune is the idea that the destruction of the old brings necessary growth of the new. This concept is contained in the Norse myths of Ragnarok and of creation. Hagalaz represents a dramatic event or trauma which comes from outside your own immediate perceptions.



Hagalaz is the ‘bolt from the blue’ that shakes things up, then rearranges them perfectly. This rune is integrated into the mysteries of renewal through destruction. Like Odin, sometimes one must lose all in order to find his or her own personal power. The transformation from destruction to fertility comes after much upheaval.



Like the Tower card in the Tarot deck, Hagalaz is only a ‘negative’ rune if we choose to view it that way and refuse to see the lesson for what it is, and learn it.





Challenges are occurring in your life, but these are to be embraced rather than feared. A hailstorm, for example, may seem daunting and scary at first, but if you catch a hailstone you will realise that it is only water and is not to be feared.



Look upon your challenges as opportunities for greater learning and growth. The greater the challenge, the more wisdom you can acquire once you have overcome the obstacles in your path.



Hagalaz is a ‘wake up call’. It is the rune that tells you that although things may appear to be going well, due to complacency on your behalf, you may be about to take a tumble.



Hagalaz is the rune that tells you to pay attention. Often throughout one’s life we receive ‘wake-up calls’ which are often misinterpreted as ‘Divine punishment’ for some imagined wrong, when in fact they are merely a way of drawing your attention to a recurrent pattern in your life which needs to be addressed in order for you to progress, positively.



Hagalaz indicates uncontrolled forces wreaking havoc and disruptive plans and ushering a time of trials and tests. But all is not lost as Hagalaz also suggests that the crisis will lead to completion or closure of some sort that heralds an inner harmony.



When the Hagalaz rune is drawn be aware that there are external forces around you which will make situations and issues come to a head. You may experience a physical, emotional or spiritual upheaval of sorts, which ultimately, will clear out the old to allow in the new.



Change is definitely necessary. An adjustment on world-views and personal outlook may be indicated. Initially, all may seem catastrophic, but its aftermath will prove fruitful. Your power lies within your inner-strength and it is this that will provide you with support and guidance at a time when everything you’ve taken for granted is being challenged.



Hagalaz Drawn Reversed (Merkstave)


Hagalaz cannot be reversed, but may lie in opposition. Natural disasters, the sudden destroyer, uncontrolled forces, inner and outer, a hail of weapons, delay, upheaval in personal unconscious, catastrophe, stagnation, accident, unavoidable bad luck, challenge to change, destruction, disruption, loss of power, pain, suffering, hardship, sickness, crisis.



Hagalaz drawn reversed indicates a time of trial and tribulations and a test of your true inner strengths and weaknesses.



Drawn merkstave, Hagalaz implies a catastrophic natural disaster may be about to strike. On a personal level it indicates loss of power and a period of stagnation, hardship and loss, brought about perhaps by illnes

Joanne Walmsley

Sacred Scribes

It is drawn with the index finger , first draw the vertical lines and then the diagonal one, all the lines are drawn from top to base.

Until we merry meet again

Blessed Be

Mistress of the Mountains



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