Dagaz Rune {Meaning and Divination Reading}

If you are starting out with Elder Futhark divination readings, you’re probably still getting to grips with their meanings. So if you’ve drawn the Dagaz rune, you’re curious about what it means.

The Dagaz rune is associated with daylight and positive outcomes. It is the twenty-third symbol of the Elder Futhark alphabet. The Dagaz sign is ruled under Tyr’s aett. The Dagaz symbol also relates to breakthrough and the balancing between light and dark energy.

That’s a brief idea of the Dagaz symbol, but if you want to know more, keep reading. This guide will tell you everything you want to know about this rune symbol.

You’ll also learn how to use it with divination and energy work.

Let’s get started.

Dagaz rune

What is the Dagaz Rune?

Dagaz is the twenty-third symbol of the Elder Futhark Runes. You pronounce it as dah-gahz.

The whole elder futhark alphabet is split into three lots of eight. A Norse deity rules over each set as an aettir (family).

Dagaz is the seventh symbol of the third (Tyr’s) Aett. This set of runes is ruled by Tyr, the Norse god of law, order, and justice.

Tyr’s aett represents experiences that challenge our progress from primal to the divine self. They bring about the development of your full potential. These runes help to navigate the human condition and broader issues of society.

The Dagaz Rune represents enlightened consciousness. It’s the transformation you go through when you reach the other side of a challenging situation. 

In addition to Dagaz, the other symbols in this Aettir include the:

What is the Meaning of the Dagaz Rune?

Dagaz Rune Meaning

The general meaning of the Dagaz rune is enlightenment and understanding.  There is always transformation between the light and shadow energy.

The translation of Dagaz is daylight. This represents the illumination of the sun’s rays in the morning after a dark night.  It’s literally the light at the end of the tunnel.

Dagaz is associated with the time that we have sunlight throughout the day. This is a good time when we can see clearly, achieve goals, and bask in the light and warmth of the sun.

This filters through our life experiences. Those moments of clarity, making a breakthrough, experiencing success, or growing in confidence.

Yet there is a balance to it all. To reach the highs, we need to experience the lows. Dagaz is the reward we receive for tackling introspection and shadow work.

The Dagaz rune is one of rebirth. This means you must let go of the past hard times to move on. Previous aspects of your life will no longer serve you.

Dagaz is a reminder that you can still visualize the good times ahead even in challenging times. This hope sparks constructive patterns which ultimately lead to happiness and success. This is the essence of Dagaz.

Dagaz Keywords:

  • Awakening
  • Awareness
  • Hope
  • Success
  • Balance

How to read the Dagaz Rune

Upright Dagaz rune

Rune divination starts with you having a question or intention in mind. Drawing the Dagaz rune can bring answers to that which you seek guidance.

We’ve already discussed the general meaning of the Dagaz rune. Yet, you may find this doesn’t really relate to your intention or question.

Dagaz is not a chief rune for some intentions. On its own, it doesn’t always give the depth of answer you need.

When you’ve drawn a Dagaz rune, it’s always better you get context from the neighboring runes. Often the order you read them will give you more details about the message of the Dagaz.

On that note, the meanings in this guide are not set in stone. As a beginner, they may help you decipher the message’s meaning in your rune reading.

Use your own judgment and intuition to guide you through.

Can Dagaz be reversed?

Dagaz Lying in Opposition

The Dagaz rune cannot be reversed. That’s because the symbol looks the same in upright and reversed positions. Therefore, it’s impossible to know which one is intended.

Although the Dagaz rune doesn’t have a typical reverse (merkstave) position, it can ‘lie in opposition.’

Some rune casters will assign a negative meaning to Dagaz in a sideways position.

Negativity may also be evident from other runes that have been cast.

A negative Dagaz reading can signal a sense of hopelessness. You don’t see a way out of the challenging times you are going through and can let them consume you.

It can also represent an unwillingness to change, even if there is the possibility things will be better. Your ego or complacency is holding you back.

You may choose not to consider Dagaz lying in opposition as a meaning. But, you could be missing an important message from the Divine.

Dagaz For Love


The Dagaz rune is a highly positive sign for a relationship intention. You will experience a lot of happiness and fulfillment with your partner.

Dagaz indicates that you may have worked through challenges in your relationship. You both now understand the destructive behaviors that needed to change. Good times are ahead.

If you’re single and looking for a partner Dagaz reminds you to remain positive, a healthy, loving relationship is on the way.

In Opposition

Drawing a reversed Dagaz signifies that the light has gone from your relationship. You can no longer see the benefits it’s bringing to you.

Now is the time to reflect on whether you have both become too complacent with each other. Reflect on what once brought happiness to you both and try to re-introduce those behaviors.

Stop focusing on the bad, and consider what you are thankful for in your relationship.

Dagaz for Family and Friends


Dagaz symbolizes that your support networks are as strong as can be. You’ve likely gone through recent turmoil with a family member or a friend. Those who supported you have helped you through this difficult period.

Dagaz can also symbolize standing your ground against someone close to you. You don’t need to see eye to eye, but mutual respect will strengthen your relationship.

In Opposition

A reversed Dagaz can signal toxicity amongst your family and friendship groups. Sometimes those around us don’t like to see us doing well as it puts their behavior under the spotlight.

Be aware of people close to you purposely trying to stop you from advancing. Take time to reflect on your relationships with these people and consider what light it’s bringing to your life.

Dagaz for Health and wellbeing


Dagaz drawn for health is a positive sign. This is a rune that represents good health and vitality. Expect general wellness over the next few months.

You may find that the sun, light treatment, or warmth is helping to aid your recovery from a health issue.

Dagaz is related to the nervous system. You may have a period of relief from stress or anxiety impacting your health.

In Opposition

Drawing a reversed Dagaz signals that a negative state of mind impacts your health. This may be a chronic issue impacting your mental health. Consider seeking professional counseling to help you work through this.

Dagaz also reminds you not to be complacent with health issues. Being complacent about healthy behaviors will start to hold you back.

Dagaz For Money and finances


In money matters, Dagaz represents a period of abundance. You may have a history of debt or poverty, which has ultimately led you to get a handle on your finances. The divine is now rewarding you for your efforts.

Things now make sense financially, where you may have previously struggled. You can make financial decisions with confidence and clarity.

In Opposition

A reversed Dagaz indicates that you have worries about your finances. However, these may not be as bad as you think. The problem is you’ve put your head in the sand and aren’t yet ready to address them.

Dagaz reminds you to face your fear, the problem isn’t as bad as you think. The longer you leave it unaddressed, the larger the issue will snowball.

Dagaz for Career


When Dagaz is drawn in work intention, it’s a sign that your career gives you great fulfillment.

You may have struggled for a long time to get to the position you are in now. But the hard work is paying off, and you genuinely love what you do for work.

If you are job-seeking, your positive outlook will go in your favor. Potential bosses and colleagues will be attracted to you like a magnet.

In Opposition

A reversed Dagaz can indicate that you feel trapped in your current job. Changes in your role make you feel out of your depth, or you don’t have the confidence to embrace new ways of working.

Dagaz in reverse can also signal that you don’t have a good work/life balance. Either your personal life is affecting your career, or your work life is impacting your home life. Reflect on the changes that need to be made.

Dagaz for Personal development


The Dagaz rune for personal development intentions indicates confidence, freedom, and fun. Whatever you are working on in your life brings a lot of positivity.

You may want to use your enthusiasm for your newfound skills to teach or inspire others. People are drawn to positive energy and want to know how you’ve achieved that.

Now is the time to take on challenges you never imagined were possible. Seeing it through to completion will make your self-esteem skyrocket.

In Opposition

Dagaz reversed indicates that your ego is getting in the way of making major progress with personal development. You keep circling back to what will happen if you fail.

Now is the time to stop thinking about how others will perceive you. Dagaz encourages you to do the work of building up your confidence, so you no longer care what others think. This is indeed what’s holding you back.

Dagaz for Spirituality


The Dagaz rune is an excellent rune that relates to enlightenment and awakening. It’s strongly aligned with the introspection of meditation and energy work. You can reach a place of true contentment if you continue your spiritual journey.

Dagaz reminds you that the rewards will come when the work is complete. Keep faith in the divine. There is nothing but positivity coming your way.

In Opposition

A reversed Dagaz can often indicate that you have lost faith in the benefits spiritual work can offer you. You may have been focusing on the wrong intentions or manifesting unfulfilling outcomes. This can be frustrating if you feel you’ve put a lot of time and effort in with very little change.

Negative thoughts and feelings are overwhelming you right now. Dagaz encourages you to work through these and reconnect with your spirituality once you can see through the darkness.

Magical uses of the Dagaz Rune

  • Abundance and positivity spell
  • Receiving magical inspiration
  • Exploring opportunities
  • Manifesting new beginnings
  • Achieving Powerful change

Dagaz Rune Associations

The Dagaz rune connects with many other universal energies. These may suggest ways to incorporate the Dagaz energy into your divination work.

Dagaz has been associated with the following

AnimalsWhite Horses and Stags
CrystalsClear Quartz, Moss Agate
Half monthJune 14th – June 29th
Ruling planetPluto
TarotThe Sun/ Death

Dagaz Rune Poems

Anglo-Saxon Dagaz Poem

Day, the glorious light of the Creator,

is sent by the Lord;

it is beloved of men, a source of hope and happiness to rich and poor,

and of service to all.

There are no Norwegian or Icelandic Poems for the Dagaz rune.

Dagaz Galdr (Runic Chant)

dagaz dagaz dagaz
du da di de do
dh dh dh dh dh
odh edh idh adh udh
od ed id ad ud

Rune Dagaz Other Names

  • Old Germanic name: Daaz, Daguz, Dagaz
  • Old Norwegian name: Dagr
  • Anglo-Saxon name: Daeg
  • Old Celtic name: Dusgadh
  • Old Icelandic name: Dagr

Final thoughts

Dagaz is a powerful Rune of enlightenment and awakening. It harnesses the power of transformation from the dark into the light. It helps you see with clarity and act with confidence.

Dagaz requires you to go through challenging times to rejoice in the good. The challenges will help you to learn, adapt and reflect. Once you have these skills, you can utilize them to live a life of happiness and success.

It’s an understanding that the good times will come and go. Yet, the more resilient you become in the bad times, you’ll manage to hold faith that the good times will come. You are manifesting your destiny.

Even in reverse, Dagaz reminds you that things aren’t as bad as they seem. All is not lost. You must reflect on what needs to change to get to the other side. Introspection will transform your life.

Use the Dagaz rune to harness these energies into your life and divination work.

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