Aegishjalmur (Helm of Awe), Axe, Valknut
Antique Gold Plated, Antique Silver Plated, Zinc Alloy
23 ⅝" (60 cm)
Aegishjalmur (Helm of Awe)
The Helm of Awe (Aegishjalmur) is one of the most mysterious and powerful symbols in Norse mythology. The very appearance of this symbol is frightening. The shield is supposed to protect its owner, no matter what. Eight arms ended with a modified Elhaz rune (which in itself is protective) gives the power to capture the energy around us. By passing it through triple accumulators, they increase its power and lead it to the center, reflecting with increased power (reflecting from the circle located in the center of the symbol). The increased energy, pushed outwards, increases its strength once again (again passing through the amplifying element), to finally reach its source. Therefore, woe to our enemies who want to attack us on a physical or mental level. Why? Let’s say that someone wishes us wrong. Energy hits our environment. The Aegishjalmur catches it, intensifies, reflects, intensifies again and throws it at the sender. The symbol was also tattooed on the forehead (in the place of the third eye).
There is also an interpretation that the Aegishjalmur is 9 Scandinavian mythological worlds – 8 outer worlds and our human Midgard at the center. Based on this theory, this symbol could also be interpreted as a balance between all states of consciousness. Following this lead, we can also recognize that the Aegishjalmur is also a protection against uninvited guests from the immaterial world and their interference with us and our surroundings.
Valknut is best known as the “Knot of the Fallen”. The warriors who gave their lives in battle, equipped with the symbol of intertwined triangles, demonstrated not only their faith in noble values, but also their hope that after their death they would join the ranks of the “Einherjar” – warriors taken to the land of Valhalla, the eternal happiness from which they would return on the day of the end of the world, called to the final fight against evil.
Valor, courage, honor, and love for the homeland – these were the qualities that characterized every Germanic warrior ready to give his life for his people. The etymology of the word Valknut refers directly to the following values: “Val” refers to valor, and “knut” to knot binds three triangles together.
Depending on its interpretation, is assigned different numerical symbols:
Three is a Celtic symbol of motherhood, birth, and rebirth; another interpretation makes us understand the connection of the three triangles as a symbol of the coexistence of the kingdom of earth, heaven, and hell. Nine refers to images of nine worlds of Nordic mythology (Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, Helheim).