Here’s an essay of mine from the Catskin Sisters blog wherein I talk a little about the symbolism of the two forms of the Hail-Rune.

The Catskin Sisters


The rune Hagalaz (Hagall in Old Norse, Haegl in Anglo-Saxon) is the Hailstone, a destructive force that smashes what has been built up, that lets loose chaos where there once was order.  So it is with hail’s ruin of ripening crops, and so it may be with this rune’s effect on the order of one’s life.  If this rune comes up in a divinatory reading, we flinch – much in the same way we would if the Tower were drawn from a Tarot deck.  But, the power contained in the rune Hagalaz is not evil.  It is often harsh, but still a neccessary part of the unfolding of natural processes.

   Hagalaz is the ninth rune of the Elder Futhark.  Of this rune the Old English Rune Poem says: Hail is the whitest of grain;/It is whirled from the vault of heaven/and is tossed about by gusts of wind/and then it melts into water. It…

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