Hagalaz, the ninth in the Elder Futhark rune row, symbolizes a hailstone at its basest level, thus its six-pattern shape, as in the Armanen rune Hagal, (equivalent to the Elder Futhark rune Hagalaz).
If we look to the Anglo-Saxon rune poems, which gives us great insight from our ancestors, we see it talks of Haegl (Hagalaz) thusly:
“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.”
If you would like to delve deeper into the runes and their meanings, and I suggest you do, Futhark written by Edred Thorsson is considered by many, including myself, to be the best starting point to do so, and it’s an excellent book even if you’re not a beginner.
I constantly use it for references, and to re-read time and again.
Instead, as is the point of my blog here at Grasp Fire, I care to relate that ancient wisdom of our ancestors, to modern on goings in our life and society.
When someone plays a game, it is common sense that you learn by playing against the best opponent possible.
It’s proven that you will become better, through being beaten by them.
If you left yourself untested, by either picking on weaker opponents, or not playing the game, fighting, or whatever it may be, you would never grow.
That is precisely what some folks on the extreme left are choosing to do.
They don’t want their ideology to be questioned, and when their ideology goes unquestioned, because they call you a “Nazi, fascist”, insert variable school yard insult if you do challenge their ideology, then it goes untested.
If it goes untested, it can’t grow.
There’s no room for evolution.
In this way, the hailstone never melts into the life-giving water, because it doesn’t meet the resistance it was meant to (Think Nifelheim meeting Musphelheim, ice and fire, meeting in the cosmic void Ginnungagap).
As the great poet William Blake said: “Without Contraries is no progression.
Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.”
It’s crucial that we to lose, humbly, and grow from our loss, to evolve in life, so that we eventually can win (though winning isn’t necessarily the goal either, but rather growing, evolving, learning).
Whether it’s someone else’s ideology, a relationship, friendship, a fight, it doesn’t matter.
We simply must lose, to learn how to win.
No one wins, if everything goes unchallenged.
Instead, we reach a point of stagnation.
Like Bruce Lee says, “
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water…”
We need water to flow, and the way it flows, is by bouncing an idea off someone else, be challenged by their opinions, and then oneself can evolve for the better.
Even if you disagree with what another says, it can make your argument stronger, or you can at times learn that you are even wrong in some facet, or completely.
Yes, it is possible to learn from your enemies, in fact I daresay it would be impossible to not learn.
If you force others to conform, then no one is learning, and that is called totalitarianism, not liberalism.
The only thing that’s possible from this is Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of motion: “To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.”
IE, you punch me, I punch you back.
That doesn’t seem like it’s going to get us very far, now does it?
Unless of course you’re training to be a fighter, then the analogy would be, fighting your shadow won’t get you very far, because you need the resistance from fighting an opponent, and the experience, just like in an argument or discussion.
If an ideology remains unquestioned, being forced upon us, through ads, or “social justice warriors”, etc., then again, we get totalitarianism.
“Do this or else”.
Or else, that’s something an unskilled parent, or bully threatens their children with.
Insert variable silly threat if you need, but when you get down to the root of it, that’s what is going on here.
A bully might say, do this, or else I’ll punch you, steal your lunch, and so forth.
Whereas the unskilled parent might use the old adage, if you do this, I’ll ground you, take away your toy…
No, folks, instead we must have intelligent arguments, discussions, where we both grow, together or apart, but if we can keep things civil, and find a formidable opponent intellectually, we will all evolve as human beings, instead of descending back into the horrors of another dark age, which is precisely what I see some choices potentially leading to on our current path, if humans can’t seem to get their brain to function properly.
Although, the human head is the strongest bone in our bodies, and headbutting is quite efficient, it does serve other purposes, such as philosophical thought, and imagination.
Sadly, I have seen many children’s episodes lately that make me think… there are a lot of adults whom would benefit from these very rudimentary moral notions.
We need to work together with others, not everyone is the same, and that’s okay.
Celebrate your heritage.
By not being allowed to do so, through this globalization attempt to mold everyone into a robot, we’re losing that opponent to sharpen our mental skills against.
Whether we completely disagree with their opinions, ideology, or just a small point, we can’t all always agree with one another.
Don’t be to proud to be wrong, much good can come from it, if we are willing to learn.
In fact, I don’t think anyone can ever agree on everything 100 percent of the time.
To me, that’s a terribly frightening thought if we did.
We might be connected through the Web of Wyrd, but we are not all attached at the hip, or rather brain.
No, I think it’s more being force-fed a lie, and it becomes contagious, until it’s accepted as truth, by force.
In closing, let us find benefit from the chaos of the hailstone instead of fearing it, and through it, find that life-giving water which it melts to bring, which is so scared to all walks of life.
The only safe space is within yourself, and that’s the only one you will ever need.
Make use of it, for it can come in handy, but don’t let it become a prison.