Today I did galdr with Hagalaz.
As before, I smoked Großmutter Una to cleanse and prepare myself. As before, I did the prayers to prepare and flowed into a good, clean whole self when I did. Today’s galdr work was done entirely outside.
Today’s galdr was very straightforward. The images came immediately to me, the sensations. They were crisp, clear, and while there was detail, I sat with the sensations and images for quite awhile as they were. Unlike previous galdr work where I would be shown different things, each galdr round went one particular way.
The first round of galdr I was shown a field, and it was being absolutely pummeled by hail. That was it. I got to see crops beaten and shredded by hailstones.
The next round of galdr was snow falling. Quiet, serene, snow fall. Now, for us in Michigan this means that our waters will rise, so this is a good thing. Yes, it sucks to drive through, but we absolutely need it for our waters to do well. This was just me being in the middle of a good, steady snowstorm. No howling wind or anything like that. Just sitting the middle of a beautiful, slow snowfall. It is worth pointing out that when I went outside to do galdr work it was not snowing at all, and the sensations and imagery I got were towards darkening of the day, as opposed to the dead of night when I did this work tonight.
The final round of galdr I was pushed to chant in a croaking manner, rhythmic. This was Hagalaz the cursing Rune, the Rune of ruination, the one that brings your enemies to their knees. This is the one that crashes down a person or crushes their hopes. It is a wrathful Rune, not unlike Thurisaz. Where Thurisaz is “hot”, Hagalaz is “cold”. Not that cold cannot move swift, but the feel of it was ice, of methodical shredding or unwinding or cutting. The Runes carved on a scorning pole came to mind when I came out of the galdr.
As before, I made prayers of thanks to Rúnatýr and the Runevaettir. As before, I cleansed and then cleaned my pipe to come back to normal headspace.
Link to the Daily Ritual for the Challenge.