Mythology around runes: Hagalaz

The runes of the second aett take their name from Hagalaz. The first aett begins with chaos and continues to describe the order that was created from it. In this case, the chaos is unexpected, although it is intimately connected with the past. The goddess most closely associated with Hagalaz is Urd, one of the three Norns who wove the web of fate. Urd is thought to be the Norn of the past, the other two, Verdandi and Skuld, being the present and the future respectively. Another, more sinister, goddess is also connected with this rune. She is Hel or Hella to whom i’ve written about in a previous post, from whose name we derive the english word “hell”. She with her hideous apparition, Hel is thought to be a mouldering corpse on the right side of her face and body, yet a beautiful woman on the left. This dreadful goddess is the ruler of the world of the “dishonoured dead”, or so in the beginning people thought, but about this, you better read the post just for her.
The guardian of roads and passageways between the worlds, the watchful Heimdall also has an association with this rune. Interestingly, in runic astrology, Hagalaz is said to represent Hallowe’en.

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