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The Elder Futhark Runes: Meaning of Dagaz

Updated: Jun 17, 2022

Dagaz is the twenty-third rune of the Elder Futhark and the seventh rune of Tyr's Ætt (although it is sometimes placed last in the runic alphabet after Othala, and there will be more on that at the end of this post if you're interested).

Tyr's Ætt is associated broadly with spiritual forces and how they relate to the experience of humanity. To learn more about the ættir and runes, check out our post on The Elder Futhark Ættir and Their Significance.

The Elder Futhark Rune Dagaz. Also known as Daeg, Dags, and Dogr.
Dagaz Rune

Keywords: dawn and dusk, success, hope, breakthrough, transformation, balance, paradox, relief, clarity, understanding, progress, mutability

Dagaz Upright Meaning

The meaning of Dagaz is slightly similar to that of Jera. However, whereas Jera points to harvesting manifestations from seeds planted and hard work, Dagaz represents the inevitable dawn. Darkness will inevitably be brought to light and vice versa. It highlights the synthesis of powers and the balance between extremes.

Dagaz is representative of hope. Things are constantly in flux, as The Law of Rhythm (closely relating to The Law of Polarity) highlights. Dagaz could indicate finally leaving a dark night of the soul.

Dagaz Reversed Meaning

Dagaz has no reversal.

Magical Properties of Dagaz

Dagaz is an excellent rune for good luck and overcoming challenges. It will help you speed to that light at the end of the tunnel. It can help with breakthroughs and transformation for the better.

Dagaz will help you understand paradoxical mysteries and offers mystical inspiration.

To go even deeper with your study of the runes, check out How to Read Runes by Kira the Rune Witch.

Does Dagaz or Othala Go Last?

Interested in more information on why there is a discrepancy between whether Dagaz or Othala goes last in the runic alphabet? In that case, there is a helpful embedded article on that here:

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