Viking Yggdrasil Tree Of Life Rune Pendant Necklace
|SYMBOL||Elder Futhark Rune, Yggdrasil (Tree of Life)|
|MATERIAL||Antique Silver Plated, Zinc Alloy|
|LENGTH||17 ¾” (45 cm)|
|PENDANT SIZE:||1 ⅜” (35mm)|
Elder Futhark Rune, Yggdrasil (Tree of Life)
Antique Silver Plated, Zinc Alloy
17 ¾” (45 cm)
1 ⅜" (35mm)
Elder Futhark Rune
The Elder Futhark is the oldest form of the runic alphabet, with a Germanic character, used from the 2nd to the 8th century. About 350 inscriptions of this type of alphabet have survived, mainly from the Jutland Peninsula and Skåne. As a result of phonetic processes in Germanic languages, it was replaced in Scandinavia by the reduced so-called Younger Fuþark, and in Anglo-Saxon areas by the 28-character, and later 31-character Fuþork.
According to Norse beliefs, runes were given to people by the god Odin. Runes were also taught by Heimdall.
It is believed that runes are symbols working on the principle of “radiation of shapes”. Each symbol evokes subtle energies from the spiritual world and the cosmos. In addition, runes influence the subconscious by activating mental forces that are hidden under the threshold of consciousness. Nowadays, runes are used by some people to shape their personality (i.e. to strengthen certain features of the adept and eliminate others such as fear, anxiety, etc.).
|Fehu||f||the mobile property, power.||More about this rune|
|Uruz||u, v||aurochs – the primal forming force; Audhumla in the Edda, or drizzle – the primal fertilizing essence.||More about this rune|
|Thurisaz||th||Ása-Thórr, the enemy of unfriendly forces.||More about this rune|
|Ansuz||a||Ódhinn of the Æsir.||More about this rune|
|Raidho||r||The solar wagon, and the chariot of Thórr.||More about this rune|
|Kenaz||k||The controlled fire, cremation. The Gothic and Old Norse names are secondary – internal fire, inflammation, etc.||More about this rune|
|Gebo||g||That which is exchanged between gods and men.||More about this rune|
|Wunjo||w||Relationship of beings descended from the same source.||More about this rune|
|Hagalaz||h||Icy egg or seed of primal cosmic life and pattern.||More about this rune|
|Naudhiz||n||Need-fire and deliverance from distress.||More about this rune|
|Isa||i||Primal matter/antimatter.||More about this rune|
|Jera||j||Life cycle, the cycle of the sun.||More about this rune|
|Eihwaz||æ / e-i||yew as the tree of life and death – the world-tree, Yggdrasill.||More about this rune|
|Perthro||p||Divination as an indicator of ørlög, the “primal laws.”||More about this rune|
|Elhaz||z||Protective force, valkyrjur.||More about this rune|
|Sowilo||s||The holy solar wheel.||More about this rune|
|Tiwaz||t||The sky god.||More about this rune|
|Berkano||b||The numen of the birch as the earth mother.||More about this rune|
|Ehwaz||e||The twin gods or heroes in equine aspect.||More about this rune|
|Mannaz||m||The divine ancestor and sky father.||More about this rune|
|Laguz||l||Life energy and organic growth.||More about this rune|
|Ingwaz||ŋ / ng||The earth god.||More about this rune|
|Dagaz||d||The light of day.||More about this rune|
|Othala||o||Immobile hereditary property.||More about this rune|
Yggdrasil (Tree of Life)
Yggdrasil is a sacred ash tree with its spreading branches covering 9 worlds: Niflheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, Svartalfheim, and Helheim. In Nordic mythology, Yggdrasil is a cosmic tree, but also a tree of Odin (literally translated as Horrible Horse or Odin). Its branches cover all the heavens, its roots reach the depths of the world. It has three powerful roots – one goes back to the source of Mimir’s wisdom; the other to the Hvergelmir spring (Hurling Cauldron) – where the dragon Nidhogg (Biting Fear) lives, who bites the root; the third root goes back to heaven and the source of Urdr, where the tribunal in which the gods sat is located. The three roots have a symbolic dimension – they reflect the genesis of the world’s structure drawing on the source of wisdom and knowledge of the gods, but also from a source that is chaotic and restless (the Hurling Cauldron), the root that reaches into this sphere is bitten by a dragon – a symbol of destruction. The world, therefore, is made up of such elements, constituting its warp.
At the end of the world (or rather a certain cosmic era) a great battle will be fought between the gods and the forces of evil. After the defeat of the Yggdrasil gods, the great cosmic ash will shake so that everyone will be horrified. The world will tremble in its foundations. It will be completely destroyed, but to be reborn in a new era of love and peace.
Yggdrasil often appears in stories about Odin, the central god of heaven. In the roots of Yggdrasil was hidden the source of wisdom of Mimir, the famous sage. Odin sent his own eye there to gain access to the mystery of the source. In another version of Odin’s initiation, he hung himself, making a sacrifice of himself (a sacrifice for himself, by the way), on Yggdrasil in order to gain knowledge of runes.
The cosmic tree not only covers the whole world but is also a source of wisdom and hidden knowledge.