Dagaz


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Dagaz (Proto-Germanic):day; Dags (Gothic): day;
Dæg (Old English): day; Dagr (Old Norse, not in Younger Futhark): day




Phonetic values: d and voice th as in "then."
Esoteric interpretation of name: the light of day.
Ideographic interpretation: the balance between night and day.




Dagaz is the light of day, perceived at the sunset and sunrise,
dawn and twilight. It is the Rune of total awakening. The mystery of
this Rune is expressed in the invocations of Sigrdrífa that she spoke upon
being awakened from a magickal sleep by the hero Sigurdhr ("the warder of victory"):

Hail Day!
Hail to Day's sons!
Hail Night and her daughter!
Look upon us twain
with loving eyes
and give those sitting here speed!

Hail the Gods!
Hail the Goddesses!
Hail the much needed earth!
Sayings and sage wit
give to us, the storied ones,
and healing hands in this life!
(Poetic Edda "Sigrdifumal" stanzas 2-3)


This Rune represents the ritual fire of the hearth and the mystic
light perceived by the magician during magickal rites.

Dagaz is the combination of the powers of day and night through the births of dawn and twilight.
This expressed by the heavenly phenomena of the morning and evening stars - as symbols of the divine twins.

This is the Rune of polarity and of the "Divine paradox."
It is embodied in the paradoxical nature of the god Odin
himself and is best explained in terms of the "mystical moment."
This is the moment that is sought out and that is found in the
vortex of polarized ideas. These ideas are in harmony with one
another through a secret "alchemy" in which two extremes become one.
Dagaz is that time/place in which darkness and light, pleasure
and pain, life and death, body and soul, matter and energy are synchronized
into a common concept that goes beyond their perceived opposition.
In describing the Rune Dagaz, words fail.


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Key Words:
Light
Polarity
Reconciling conflicting beliefs.
"Divine paradox"


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Galdr (Mantra):
dagaz dagaz dagaz
dhdhdhdhdhdhdhdhdhdh
daaaaaagaaaazzzz
du da di de do
dh dh dh dh dh
odh edh idh adh udh
od ed id ad ud
daaaaagaaaazzzz


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Stadha (Position):
Stand straight and cross your arms in front of your chest
in an "X", with your fingertips touching your shoulders.


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Magickal Uses:
Attaining a mystical moment through penetration of the secret of the
Divine paradox. Reception of mystical inspiration - the gift of Odin.


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Oracular Interpretation:



Here is the final Rune belonging to the Cycle of Initiation.
Drawing Dagaz often signals a major shift or breakthrough
in the process of self-change, a complete transformation in attitiude,
a 180º turn. For some, the transition is so radical that they are no
longer able to live the ordinary life in the ordinary way.

Because the timing is right, the outcome is assured although not,
from the present vantage point, predictable. In each life there
comes at least one moment which, if recognized and seized, transforms
the course of that life forever. Rely, therefore, on radical trust,
even though the moment may call for you to leap empty-handed into the void.
With this Rune your Warrior Nature reveals itself.

If Dagaz is followed by The Blank Rune, the magnitude of
the transformation might be so great as to portend a death, the successful
conclusion to your passage.

A major period of achievement and
prosperity is often introduced by this Rune. The darkness is behind you,
daylight has come. Nevertheless, you are reminded not to collapse yourself
into thoughts for the future or behave recklessly in your new situation.
Considerable hard work can be involved in a time of transformation.
Undertake to do it joyfully.

--Copied word for word from The Book of Runes by Ralph H. Blum

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