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Hagall / Hagalaz /Haegl
Known as the "Mother Rune" by some runeworkers, the Younger Futhark Old Norse rune Hagall (corresponding to Hagalaz of the Elder Futhark and to Anglo-Saxon Haegl) is most often associated with the goddess Hel and with the Norn Urd (Wyrd). Urd is located with the other Norns at the well Urðarbrunnr beneath the world ash tree Yggdrasil. Together they spin threads of life and destiny. The water of the well in which Urd dwells is holy. In stanza 31 of Grímnismál, Hel is listed as (also) living beneath one of three roots growing from the world tree Yggdrasil (similarly to the Norns). Half living (driving incarnation), half dead (discarnate), Hel is she who unites and transforms both the Light (conscious awareness) and the Darkness (essential being) into Manifest Reality.
Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) is the "rune of transformation and evolution."
From the Younger Futhark of Scandinavia, the Old Norse rune Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) has this Norwegian rune poem associated with it:
Hagall er kaldastr korna;
Kristr skóp hæimenn forna.
Hail is the coldest of grain;
Christ (Consicousness) created the world of old.
Forna, in this rune poem, means "olden times" and is written within the context of a primordial world being shaped, similar to the way in which my (former world of old) preincarnate memories pertain to "remembering" actively shaping my (current) world of incarnate experience. The word 'forna' is also an element contained within the Icelandic word for "old world witchcraft", namely fornekja (meaning "old one"). Thus, my own experience of preincarnate and perinatal consciousness intimately connects to the rune Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) through the runic folklore of my Ancestors.
Kveldulf Gundarsson writes in Teutonic Magic:
Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) represents the unchanging structure or set pattern of the Nine Worlds in the tree Yggdrasill through which all living wights move and through which energies the runic energies flow - the unity of "organic" and "inorganic" ...
Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) is the great controller and focuser of energies, as written forth in Havamal, where it is spoken of as a rune with which to control the wild might of fire - raw active power.
Above all, Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) is the rune of completion and bringing into being. It may be seen as the passive form of Thurisaz, and in another sense its antithesis. Thurisaz melds fire and ice to create force which breaks down form; Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) use ice and fire to create that form which holds and guides force.
Gundarsson also writes:
The main effect of Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) on the individual life is to bring you into unity with the universal pattern.
Indeed, this main effect of Hagall (Hagalaz, Haegl) finds support for the idea of creating a continuing ("Christ") consciousness between incarnations, rooted in an expanded reality-forming consciousness characteristic of genuine ancestral "old world witchcraft" (fornekja) with one of the highest aims of initiation into an ancient mystery Tradition.
Michael Kelly writes in Aegishjalmur: The Book of Dragon Runes:
The more coherent and integrated the personality is within life, the more cohesion and direct memory there will be between incarnations. This continuity of conscious identity and memory is one of the highest aims of Initiation.