The Helm of Awe is a classic rune stave that is known as a Viking symbol of protection. Here in Minnesota, quite frequently. Aegishjalmur is an Old Norse term coming aegis, which means 'shield,' with hjalmr, or 'helm.' No surprise, as the stave was painted or drawn on their foreheads to protect them in battle, or to simply freak out their enemies with menacing face graphics.
The symbol consists of eight trident-shaped arms emanating from a central point, with each arm ending in three points. It is often depicted as being worn on the forehead, but it can also be found in other forms such as pendants or tattoos.
The origins of the Aegishjalmr are unclear, and there are various interpretations of its meaning and significance. Some scholars believe it may have originally been a magical symbol used in Norse rituals and spells, while others see it as a symbol of the god Odin or a representation of the power of the gods.
In Norse mythology, the Aegishjalmr is associated with the god Odin, who is said to have used it in battle to gain an advantage over his enemies. It is also said to have been worn by the Valkyries, female figures who were believed to choose which warriors would be taken to Valhalla after they died in battle.
The Aegishjalmr is also associated with the concept of "rune magic," which involves the use of runes (ancient Scandinavian letters) in spells and rituals. Some believe that the symbol represents the eight different runes that make up the word "Aegishjalmr," with each arm representing a different rune. These eight runes are said to have powerful magical properties and can be used to protect the wearer or bring about good fortune. The truth has been lost to time, however.
In modern times, the Aegishjalmr has been adopted by various groups and individuals as a symbol of strength, courage, and protection. It is often worn as a tattoo or displayed as a pendant or amulet.
You might not be swinging an ax on raids today, but who doesn't need a badass symbol of protection when you enter your daily battles? Plus it's a fun conversation starter.
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