Original meaning: Hail
Sudden changes and disruption are indicated. Forces beyond your control are interacting with you. There may be delays – patience is indicated.
Hagol is the rune of creation. The lines of the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem speaks of the creation of a hail stone and its final transformation into water. Hagol therefore symbolizes not only creation but the process of transformation in life. It is the rune of life change and the shaping energies that brings about that change. It is somewhat symbolic of Wyrd also as what the poem does not say is that the water will again evaporate into the clouds to be sent back down again as rain, hail, sleet, or snow. It is therefore ever going through changes based on laws laid down at the beginning of time. Much as the water in the well of Wyrd goes through its cycles condensing as dew on the World Tree only to fall back into the Well, Hagol goes through its cycles. Many runesters see this rune as symbolic of the “cosmic egg” or a set pattern as in a crystal, but this does not agree with the Northern European view of an ever changing universe.
Hagol can also be seen as a rune of fertility as it falls to the ground to water growing crops. But here it has its destructive tendencies too, leveling crops, and injuring cattle; change is often not without destruction.
In divination, Hagol can be taken that a period of change may be about to take place, or that a new creation in one’s life is coming about. In magic it can be used to bring about such change.
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