Keyword: Beware (Be Aware)
Elements: Water and Air
When a rune comes into your hand in the converse (or face down), it can sometimes be interpreted differently than if you’d drawn it face up (similar to the difference in meaning between an upright and reversed rune). Generally speaking, a converse rune indicates something is hidden beneath the surface – something to be discovered/sought out. You can look to the “normal” meaning of the rune to determine the nature of what’s hidden.
Usually the keyword associated with this rune is disruption. In the converse, its keywords become be aware. Normal, mundane tasks I undertake today may contain hidden danger. I’m being told to keep my eyes open and my wits about me.
Another possibility with Hagalaz converse is something hidden, either in my subconscious or by someone close to me, that could be harmful if not faced up to and tackled head-on.
Though I’ve been a student of rune lore for many years, the converse meaning concept was only recently introduced to me by Oswald the Rune Maker. I’ve seen it proved accurate enough in my personal readings that I’m now comfortable incorporating it into discussions here on Violet Sun.