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Dagaz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Dagaz

“Dæg byþ drihtnes sond,
deore mannum, mære metodes leoht,
myrgþ and tohiht eadgum and earmum,
eallum brice.“

“An estate is very dear to every man,
if he can enjoy there in his house
whatever is right and proper
in constant prosperity. ”

Rune Name – Dagaz

Aett – Tyr’s

Aett Position – Eighth

Dagaz – Upright Meaning


An opening of the way, and the coming of a new light, a new path will make itself apparent in the light of a new dawn. Success, achievement, prosperity, and an end to the darkness of night.


dagazThe Dagaz rune of the Elder Futhark speaks of success during a time of trial or at the beginning of a new one. When the Dagaz rune is revealed, we are on the cusp of a major achievement or breakthrough in our current journey.

It will be a major turning point, speaking of a new dawn or a major change in the path we are walking. The Dagaz rune is the rune of the dawn, and as such represents important times of awakening within our lives.

If it appears in your rune reading, know that the time of darkness is behind you. You are set to come into the light. For the time being your path ahead will be quite clear to you.

You will find some wealth and success ahead, achievement and prosperity will come as a result, whether monetarily, or spiritually.

Dagaz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


The dawn has not yet come, and daylight is still a good way off. Right now it is perseverance and trust that continued effort will bring you into the light. But now is not the time for change, that time is still coming.


dagaz-merkstaveThe Dagaz Merkstave marks the time, and the time is ‘not yet’. The future is before you, and the light of dawn is coming, it’s just a little further.

You have the skills and abilities to achieve the goal you wish to reach, now is a time for you to persevere, not give in.

Keep your eyes on the horizon, keep working and fighting through the challenges of night.

Do not try to force the change, the merkstave rune tells us that this is not the time for those efforts. Instead, we should keep working with the change.

There is no hopelessness here, no lack of vision, merely time and work left to finish. Know that darkness is not darkness, it is not a thing, but the absence of a thing.

The Dagaz Merkstave speaks of this truth, the future is a thing, but it is a thing that is not yet.

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