Dagaz – Rune Meaning

“Time is an illusion that once realized, is lovingly embraced, none the less.”

– “Day-gahz” – Literally: “Day” or Dawn – Esoteric: Awakening

Rune of the hyper-consciousness. The process of concept becoming realized.

Psi: paradoxical truth, incommunicable experience, conceptual realization, Enlightenment, satori

Energy: twilight/dawn polarity, non-dual reality, unity, synthesis, transmutation

Mundane: another day, daylight, the inevitability of dawn

Divinations: Awakening, awareness, hope-happiness, the ideal, paradigm shift; or lack of vision, sleep, blindness, hopelessness, cataclysmic change.


Attaining the mystical moment through penetration of the secret of paradox or non-duality
Reception of mystical inspiration – the gift of Odin.
Disappearance and the act of becoming the invisible
Invisibility as an organizing principle of Higher Consciousness
Synthesis of right-left brain dynamics.
Transformation of one thing into its opposite
Integration of female and male into complete being

    My Notes:

    Dagaz is the counterpart to the rune Jera. Both refer to time, Jera on an annual cycle and Dagaz on a daily cycle. Both are runes of change – Jera is a rune of gentle change, Dagaz is a rune of bold change, for example, the burst of light at the moment of illumination. It contains within its energies the experience called ‘satori’, a spiritual awakening experience common in all cultures.

    Archaeological evidence proves that Dagaz has been used as a symbol of Light for more than four thousand years. It is the rune of hyper-consciousness. Achievement of this state of mind SEEMS to be a relatively rare occurrence in human life at this stage of evolution. When chronicled, it marks the beginnings of the mission of a World Savior on Earth.

    Much has been written on the psychology and metaphysics of uniting left and right brain functions. Dagaz holds dominion over this union and is a tool that gives you great potency for present awareness and future growth. It is reminiscent of the lemniscate, the symbol of infinity, and the moebius strip, timelessness and illimitable potential, as well as an overturned hourglass.

    The ‘point of poise’ entails balancing polarities so that all mystery is revealed to consciousness. The transformation of paradox into non-dual awareness occurs with Dagaz energies. It is to find the center between two extremes and maintaining a state of mind undisturbed by any mental or emotional storm. At the center, all power is to be found and equilibrium is a desirable attainment. This practice eventually leads to the practitioner no longer requiring a single right or wrong answer to the mysteries and many truths can exist complimentary to one another. No one single belief or viewpoint is sufficient and so all beliefs and viewpoints can be progressively abandoned. In the stillness and silent questioning of the mind that is left behind, all truth resounds.

    Dagaz can be used to gain absolute stillness. It is invisible transforming power. The vibrational patterns of the self, or an object can be dampened so that the perception of material things to the human eye grow faint. Finding this point of poise takes great skill and practice with Dagaz but mastery of this rune of enlightenment leads down the path of disappearance. Mastery of invisibility leads to the understanding of existence through its opposite: non-existence.

    An interesting thing to keep in mind is that the futhark has no rune for the night or for the moon. These are absences, not things. Darkness is not darkness, it is a quality of the light. The sun is always ‘there’, it is our world that spins around and causes the illusion that it is not. As well, the light of the moon is a reflection of the sun’s light. There is little reason to think that the ancients were not aware of this, even mathematically. “Darkness is not darkness” is a wonderful saying to meditate upon, and will reveal to the seeker that there is no true opposites as we are often convinced of, but only polarities within the supreme mystery of existence.

    32 thoughts on “Dagaz – Rune Meaning”

    1. Dagaz, for me, has been and will remain very positive and affirming. Dagaz is, for me, potential. That point of weightlessness at the top of the ride. The potential to keep going, float, or settling back down. It’s about balance. Invisible/visible. 2 parts of the same coin. There is no failure with Dagaz. It’s all where you put your faith and what you want to accomplish. With Dagaz and faith and knowledge you cannot fail. Just my thoughts.

    2. Thank you for this insight information about this Rune. I choice to step into Day-Light and ask that I practice all of my gifts with clarity, beauty and magnificence. It seems to up to all of us to keep our sights on remaining true- to our True- Selves

      1. That was a great thing to have read for me also – in fact I asked for the rune of the day for the first time – and Dagaz it was! The situation Viv described is very common – once you ask for invisibility it may well be granted to you. And the best way to become invisible is to BECOME USELESS!!! In fact the two phenomena are very tightly interlinked as Sherlok Holmes used to say: “to look does not necessarily mean to see” How many people that are irrelevant to your immediate needs do you actually SEE as you encounter them every day? But don’t worry, in most cases the invisibility is reciprocal:-) Paying attention to something/someone is a way of giving out your energy (hence the verb “to pay” used in the expression) Remember in how many legends characters are warned against looking at something sometimes under the peril of death! So you give nothing = you get as much in return. Just play it safe – as a result Reality turns you into a can of preserves in its own juice:-) The good news is you can ask for a tin opener anytime. What I read about burning runes/runescripts: in days of old and even today burning a runescript was sometimes done by runemeisters to make the spell especially powerful and impossible to undo – there even were/still are special rituals for that.

    3. 4/16: “What is the rune on my path today?” Dagaz. Just read your description, Tyriel. Very beautiful and wise. Many cool points to think upon. Thank you.

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