Hagalaz Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Hagalaz

“Hægl byþ hwitust corna;
hwyrft hit of heofones lyfte,
wealcaþ hit windes scura;
weorþeþ hit to wætere syððan.

“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.

Rune Name – Hagalaz

Aett – Heimdall’s

Aett Position – First

Hagalaz – Upright Meaning


Natural forces unbridled, energy uncontrolled within the subconscious and uncontrolled forces. Gaining strength through adversity, being tested by life, crisis under control, leading to resolution and balance.

hagalaz rune


The Haglaz rune of the Elder Futhark heralds destruction, the raging of nature against the sky. When the ground rumbles with the stirrings of Jormungandr, when the storm and snow come, the ice packs the bay, the walls of the fjord crumble.

Thus is what Hagalaz heralds, the coming of the inevitable trial, it is not about avoiding, but about surviving, conquering the challenge ahead.

When Hagalaz appears, there is a trial coming, life will has lessons and lessons come only through trial. It also speaks of victory, that you have the tools to solve this, and that in the end you will arise victorious.

Not only will the lesson be learned, but it will bring greater balance to your life, and it will be resolved, not merely overcome.

Hagalaz – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


The wrath of nature unleashed, unstoppable catastrophe, stagnation and failure to grow, sorrow, stripping of power, difficulty, illness, crisis unresolved.


hagalaz merkstave

The Hagalaz rune Merkstave brings sorrow and destruction. Like Ragnaroks eventual arrival, it is not a matter of if, but when.

And when it comes all will be sorrow and catastrophe. These are part of life’s lessons, but you will be the worse for wear for these. Like the cold dark nights of winter.

All one can do is prepare, and forewarned is the best one can ask for.

This rune speaks of stagnation, a failure to move forward, to grow. This will bring hardship and sickness, a crisis resulting in loss and suffering.

All one can do is build on the fallow ground left by the passing destruction. It may also represent illness, a delay in plans, or the coming of the wrath of nature.

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