Happy (Quantum) Leap Year!

I awoke this morning from a dream in which I identified the Hagalaz Rune to a former college professor of mine. He had begun to show me his latest research, found in a rare book with an ornate Hagalaz on the left page and a “picture” of an infinity sign made of bees on the other side. I put picture in quotes, because the bees buzzed around, keeping the infinity sign in living, breathing motion. “That’s Hagalaz!” I said to the professor, “Do you know what that means?!” I stared, transfixed by the bees, watching how their energy engaged the Rune, making it, too, seem to dance upon the page.

Hagalaz Rune

My professor disappeared for awhile and returned with an envelope that read, “Please don’t ask me questions about the limits of my research in MY class.” The word “MY” was capitalized and raised, as if by layers and layers of magazine cutouts of that word, taped to the envelope. I realized that he had no idea what he had discovered in purely academic research. He sensed I knew more about this topic, but he didn’t want to look unscholarly in front of his students. I stared at the bees and the now vibrating Rune, marveling that the professor could actually care about his ego more than the miracle we held in our hands.

Hagalaz is one of those Runes you kind of hope you can avoid. Common interpretations include “harsh agent of change,” “hailstorm,” “loss,” “the hag,” “crisis and catastrophe.” Hagalaz is to Runes what the Tower Card is to the Tarot. It means big time change and acknowledges the sometimes traumatic aspects of that process. According to Ari Berk, as written for Brian Froud’s “The Runes of Elfland,” “When we endeavor to change, we walk the parallel paths of creation and destruction because nothing ends without something arriving to take its place. [The hag’s] nature is that of the hailstone levling crops, yet changing to water in time, a thing most necessary for future growth.” (p. 103)

In keeping with the hail theme, Hagalaz has another form called Hagal, which I often included in portal doors. It looks like a six pointed snowflake, and I used to call it my “create a new Universe Rune.”

Hagal Rune

According to http://Runes-for-Health-Wealth-Love-Now.com, “RUNE-HAGAL is called the MOTHER OF ALL RUNES because she gives birth to the Consciousness Of One within you.” I love Rune-Hagal, especially its emphasis on harmony; however, the Hagalaz form showed itself in my dream, not the pretty snowflake form. When I awoke, I glanced up from the bedroom window and noticed two squirrels working together to build a nest just at the level of the attic I asked them not to inhabit this winter. They did move, relocating themselves outside, but what I noticed this morning was their gathering of leaves and twigs. I watched them for ten minutes or more, enjoying the careful gathering and placing of tiny branches. At that moment, I got a strong hit to consult “The Runes of Elfland.” Sure enough, the Rune story for the Rune of Loss makes much of the hag gathering twisty branches — a further emphasis on the dream Rune’s Hagalaz aspect.

In “The Book of Runes,” Robert Blum associates Hagalaz with “Disruption,” “Elemental Power,” “Hail.” These sound harsh, but he goes on to remind us: “Change, freedom, invention and liberation are all attributes of this Rune. Drawing it indicates a pressing need within the psyche to break free from constricting identification with material reality and to experience the world of the archetypal mind.”

Tyriel of Rune Secrets explains it this way: “Don’t try to fix what we should break before it breaks us.” “Hagalaz is the rune of objective confrontation with past patterns. It will uncover the vast flow of energies around and through human energy systems. Its nature is completely impersonal and it represents power generally beyond human ability to harness. … Hail shocks you with stinging hardness (confrontation) then it melts into water which creates germination of seeds (transformation). The ancients describe hail as a grain rather than as ice, thus creating a metaphor for a deeper truth of life. It contains the seed of all the other runic energies and this can be seen in its other form, a six-fold snowflake. Spiritual awakening often comes from times of deep crisis.”

Sound familiar, anyone? 2012 energies for sure! But what about those bees? Well, last night, I had asked the faeries to do some work on my teeth and any structural paradigms that needed shifting in my sleep. Bees have close associations with faeries and the Divine Feminine. When I painted doors 11 and 12 in 2010 in Canada, a shaman came to see me at my request. I had been “told” I’d find the right one there, and sure enough, synchronicities connected us. On her way to my location, a bee got trapped in her car and stung her cheek. She said that had “never happened before,” and she took it as a sign of bee medicine needed in my healing. She proceeded to remove “an entire hive” from my heart. Apparently, the bees had been working diligently on my heart, but their temporary “hive” had gotten stuck, even though they’d completed the original healing. She spent an hour, carefully extracting honeycomb pieces, freeing the bees as she did so. It was a potent healing, and I’ve felt closely tied to bees ever since.

As some of us know, bees indicate the health of ecosystems worldwide, and the bees are dying. Scientists have presented explanations from pesticide use to cell phone tower frequencies, but in truth, we don’t really know why the bees leave. I plant flowers to attract bees in my garden, and I talk with them whenever they arrive. According to my favorite shamanism site for dream interpretations, “Bee’s Wisdom includes:

Connection to the Goddess Diana

Understanding female warrior energy


Communication with the dead

Helping earth-bound spirits move on to their proper place



So … some interpretations of bees swarming in an infinity symbol, could mean infinite prosperity, infinite reincarnation, infinite removal of limitations that keep people bound to 3D reality, a return to an infinite sense of the Divine Feminine permeating our world. Plus a warrior willingness to fight for these things! Coupled with the Hagalaz Rune, the bees feel like pure potential for a quantum leap for those willing to set aside limitations imposed by ego. Now is not the time to fear looking stupid for not seeing sooner with the higher perspective becoming available. Sure, we will all probably have moments of “OMG, I can’t believe I ever bought into that!” Some people will choose denial over facing Truth, no matter how liberating Truth can be. “The Truth will set you free,” only sounds appealing to people interested in true freedom, which includes taking responsibility for your own beliefs, emotions, thoughts and the reality these create.

Someone (I think it’s Abraham, but not sure) said, “Belief is simply habitual thought.” In other words, we can change beliefs by redirecting our thoughts. “Truth” can shift as we decide to shift ourselves, as long as we don’t get stuck on looking “right” about negative “facts” that our former beliefs produced — because when we change our beliefs, the facts will absolutely appear to change. In “fact,” they will change, which means some formerly “right” interpretations will no longer fit. We will have grown beyond them!

Hail can pummel plants, but it also waters the ground from which they grow. As we move deeper into the energies of 2012, we continue to face the challenge of freeing ourselves from all that’s come before, or hunkering down and grasping to the old. As Rune Secrets reveals, “Hagalaz can be used as a force of repulsion or banishment. It is used in work to process and dispel the effects of subconscious baggage and ‘shadow elements’ so that your life pattern can carry itself forward in its pure form. Hagalaz has the magical energy of a ‘spring cleaning’.”

On February 29, 2012, we’ve gained an extra day, a leap year day in a year of quantum leaps. As I type this post, the sun shines brightly and the squirrels are upgrading their nest. We stand at the split of two worlds … a world in which all sorts of regulations and restrictive laws take effect on March 1 … or a world of infinite breakthroughs and radical discontinuity. Just like the Tower Card with its tossing of old paradigms into the sea, we have the power to embrace such change, thereby softening the blow.

We can harness that usually un-harnessable force and redirect it to hopes and dreams that need more fuel. We can choose which parts of our past we wish to bring forward, and we can reevaluate those relics that “society” told us to forget. As Ari Berk explains, “[The hag’s] realm includes those portions of Elfland most often lost to the modern world; the frontiers of crumbling kingdoms, the plains of forgotten epics, ruins, mead halls, stone circles, barrows, and the landscapes of ancestral memory. She inhabits all places where we forget to ask, ‘What happened here?’ She pauses at every hearth-side where a story is begun but left unfinished.” (The Runes of Elfland)

What’s your story? What’s our story? We’re at a potentially radical plot juncture. How and where would you love to arrive? Happy Quantum Leap Year!

Much Love!

13 responses to this post.

  1. The link is very appreciated! Thank you!



    • Posted by laurabruno on March 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Thank YOU for putting out so much information. I have a giant notebook that I promised not to share in a public way, so I appreciate the information available for linking and reference. Blessings!



  2. I do not know if it was the Prof. ego holding him back or worries about losing his job.

    For the last few paragraphs of this post I tried a different form of reading. I tired to create of visual in my mind for as many words I could. So for ‘putting’ I might imagine a vase being placed on a table.

    Bees are wonderful. Honey is a great gift to the world: in both the honey itself and process it is made.



  3. Worries are linked to intuition. The most common kind. We naturally see possible futures in our worries. It gives us a chance to prepare for the future so we are best able to choose the path we want.

    Sure, the universe has a plan, but helping it isn’t bad. Worry is a gift of nature that when followed correctly lends to wise choices. Used incorrectly it will eat us up.

    This kind of wisdom warns the Prof. of the possible outcomes of his choices so that he can make a choice. It is up to him to decide which life will be his. There is no need to look down on him for it. He can do much good down both paths.



    • Posted by laurabruno on March 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Fear is an ego process. Worry can come from intuition in the sense of making us aware of choices but residing in worry and fear misses the mark. I was not looking down on the professor in my dream, just mystified that given the amazingness of his research he would choose to keep a narrow focus and not even want to explore something further. There was no actual threat to his job in the dream. I have said many times that I honor everyone’s choice. Some are more 3-D or 5-D than others and that’s fine. Being happy with one’s conscious choice and recognizing that choices are being made and why is more important than the actual choice. I do agree that nagging worries can be a warning system, but ultimately the fear process is an ego one. If someone is coming from ego, then they are better off trusting the worry nudge, but if they are willing to use the fear as a means of increasing conscious choice making and reality creation, the “facts” generating the worry can completely alter and dissolve.



  4. Sorry, if I had a mean tone to my last comment. Someone had just spent 30 minutes trying to save my soul because they saw the blog I was reading. I didn’t interfere with the soul saving attempt because it was good-hearted.

    The attempt raised a fear in me about the intuitive possibly being a trick of the devil. I thought I had overcome this fear, but apparently I just hid it in my sub-conscience.

    I know in my heart that if I ever faced another full Mania this fear would raise to the surface and I would be praying to God save me from Hell… as I did last time. Some people have wonderful Mania, but mine was fear. The most all consuming fear.

    So again I am sorry, and also sorry for talking about myself so much.



    • Posted by laurabruno on March 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      No worries, and don’t be too hard on yourself. This is the time of all the hidden Shadow issues popping up into the Light again for fully processing them out. You’re not alone in having old things that you thought were already long gone showing their less than lovely faces right now. Loving into the Light … again and again, until that’s all we’ve got left. 🙂 Peace to you!



  5. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:

    Until synchronicity popped up this post on my blog, I had completely forgotten about this potent dream from 2012. For some reason, the energies and messages feel right to reblog today, so do click through if you’re feeling pulled in two directions, stuck, or have had any recent synchronicities with bees, squirrels, hail or hags. This post might have reappeared for you.



  6. how about synchronicities with infinity signs? 😉 thanks, laura!



  7. Posted by Dancing Light on February 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Last night the Tower practically jumped out of the deck and this morning who should knock on the door but a fellow beekeeper…and both of us with tales of the bees coming in with nectar NOW and the queens are already laying. Those of us here locally do not know where the nectar is coming from and with the temps so low, normally the ‘girls’ are just balled inside, buzzing and climbing around in a big ball to stay warm. Something exciting is happening…they are already getting READY! 🙂



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