Runes – DAGAZ

(D: Day or dawn.)

Pronunciation: “thaw-gauze” or “daw-gauze”

DIVINATORY MEANINGS: Breakthrough, awakening, awareness. Daylight clarity as opposed to nighttime uncertainty. A time to plan or embark upon an enterprise. The power of change directed by your own will, transformation. Hope/happiness, the ideal. Security and certainty. Growth and release. Balance point, the place where opposites meet. Happiness, success, activity, a fulfilling lifestyle, satisfaction

MAGICAL USES: to bring a positive outcome

ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES: Sunna, Baldr, Nerthus, Yggdrasil

ANALYSIS: This rune effectively marks the end of the third aett, leaving only othala to complete the cycle.  As in the previous two aetts, dagaz concludes the third with light and hope. However, while wunjo represented earthly glories and the sun, heavenly the day brings these two realms together, bringing the more abstract light and power of sowilo ‘down to earth’ and applying it to our everyday lives.

The shape of the rune itself denotes this kind of interconnection.  It is reminiscent of gebo, with its balance of masculine, feminine and the four elements, but dagaz makes further connections to the celestial and the realm of nature.  Like ingwaz, it symbolizes harmony with one’s environment. but again takes it a step further, implying a harmonious relationship with the spiritual environment as well.  It is a bringing together of all six cardinal points – the four compass directions, the celestial realm above us where the Gods are thought to dwell; and that which is below – all the spirits of the earth and of nature.  All of these things are balanced and integrated through dagaz and brought into our daily lives.


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