Stav Runes (Hagl)

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Meaning: Hailstones
Symbolises: Rainbow between Heaven (God) and Earth (Mankind)
Mythology: Heimdall – Watcher, teacher, and guardian
Fylgja: Ram
Class: Yarl
Tree: Beech
Plant: Bearberry
Old Norwegian Rune Rhyme:
Hail is the coldest of grains; Christ formed the world in ancient times.

Hagl is associated with Heimdall, the watchman of the Aesir and Odin’s agent for the education of mankind. The association of this rune to hailstones suggest a sudden change or disaster which strikes unexpectedly. It may destroy and cause temporary chaos but like the hailstones which may destroy crops then turns instantly to water which can enable new growth. When hagl occurs it means a sudden change is in the offing.

The change that Hagl indicates may not be better or worse, simply something new. Heimdall is the god of change and his role was to bring about a new order of mankind. Heimdall is very far sighted god so he sees the consequences of everything that happens due to his actions.

Thus when he fathered Jarl it was with the clear intention of raising a lord who in turn would father a king. Nor did he father Jarl and leave him to his own devices, he returned later and gave the young man a full education including knowledge of the runes. The Hagl rune suggests a shock to the system, cutting away the old to make way for the new.

This suggests a healthy growth process that should be embraced and not a disaster that should be resisted. If should be regarded more as an education and the beginning of something new. Change, however, never comes without some pain, hardship, and disillusionment. The Hagl rune should serve as a reminder that change is part of the process of live and growth, it is ever present and if change is resisted then there is the danger of life leaving you behind.