*HagalaR

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Vad har de,
Ska xa upp nya.
Hagal faller ner och förstörar.
Kalla korn blir vatten för tillväxt.

 

From the cold and shapeless does transformation begin. Where form is not, the slate is clean. Hail falls to the earth, damages the crop, and vanishes. The life upon that ground is transformed, as new forms emerge where what was stagnant once stood. Hail clears the way for progress.

“Hail is coldest of grains. 
Christ shaped the world in olden times.”
-Norwegian rune poem

Hagal’s transformation is not smooth; it is not gentle. It is the winter storm which kills what is not prepared to suffer. Through ice and sleet only the fit are left standing, and the rest is cleared away, to be replaced with something better.

“Hail is cold grain,
driving sleet,
snake’s sickness.”
-Icelandic rune poem

As hail falls from the sky it gains its force. It pummels the ground with a harsh impact, and destroys what lies before it. But this hard, unrelenting force soon melts into nourishing water; patience is the key. Though the cleansing comes harshly, that which seemed the enemy may come to be the guide. The stone of the sky becomes the water of the land, and so Hagal initiates and guides the transformation.

“Hail is whitest of grains;
it whirls from heights of heaven,
wind tosses it about,
then it turns into water.”
-Anglo-Saxon rune poem

 

Vad har de,
Ska xa upp nya.
Hagal faller ner och förstörar.
Kalla korn blir vatten för tillväxt.

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Number: 9

Phonetic Value: H

Literal Meaning: Hail

Associations: Transformation, melting, destruction, cold

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