“Hagall is the whitest of grain, it is whirled from the vault of heaven and tossed about by gusts of wind then melts into water.” “The Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem”
“Hagall is cold grain and driving sleet and the sickness a serpent brings.”
“The Icelandic Rune Poem”
To the Anglo-Saxons, this rune was known as heagl. The Norse spoke of it as hagall. The pronunciation of this rune is the letter “H” The words hagalaz, hagall and heagl literally mean “hail” or “sleet”, as hinted at the words of the Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic rune poems. The rune thus suggests cold winds and bad weather. Since the ancient Norse people were great travellers, especially by sea, such weather conditions were not only disruptive, but very dangerous. indeed, one of their poetic descriptions of the ocean was the “cold, grey widow-maker”. Likewise, the appearance pf hagalaz foretells a blast of disruption sweeping through our lives. The rune is also associated with other potential misfortunes, such as the venom of a serpent. This rune is associated with the fury of nature and you will also be put to the test.
This is the rune of the unknown, of frightening and mysterious events. Sudden, disruptive things are about to occur and your life will be turned on its head of a while. You will have very little power to avert these happenings, which, like cold, arctic winds, will blow hard and confuse your senses with swirling sleet. This meaning cold be taken quite literally as a disruption to travel plans due to inclement weather conditions, but it is more likely that its interpretation goes beyond the merely literal. It is fortunate that the cold winds of icy reality that are set to blow will soon yield to the softer breezes of spring, so hope is implicit in the meaning of Hagalaz. All that you have to do is to sit out the storm and make sure that you wrap up warm. Hagalaz is also considered to be the rune of gamblers, especially those who risk a lot. Since it is the ninth in the Elder Futhark series, it has a correspondence with the number nine.
Body Part: Brain chemistry. The “weather” of the brain.
Associated Maladies: Mental illness due to bad chemistry, possibly affecting physical responses as well. Tumors.
Action: Chaotic, troubled.
Solution: Batter problem with radical and harsh solutions – it’s the only chance.