Aegishjalmur - The Helm of Awe
Aegishjalmur, also called Ægishjálmur is an ancient
protective talisman of the Norse ---but the true nature of its magic
has many interpretations. In icelandic sagas it can be found to confer
power and dominance in conflict. To instill fear in one's enemies and to conquer fear in one's own mind.
And while its literal translation is "Terror Helm", it is believed that
it was never actually a helm, but rather something worn impressed or
imprinted upon the forehead.
Pronunciation - How to correctly pronounce Aegishjalmur.
Secrets Hidden in Aegishjalmur
Aegishjalmur contains two numerical patterns, 3 and 8, that were sacred
to the Northern tradition. And multiples like 24, the number of runes
in the elder futhark, or runic alphabet. But its most prominent feature
is the rune Elhaz. Elhaz can be used by itself for protection of a
person, place or thing. It can create a sacred space or can be employed
more aggressively to scatter negative energy, people or groups. Elhaz
protects by connecting a circuit to our spiritual resources. Linking us
to guardianship, a sovereign right to exist, for our time here. The
rune is shaped like someone with outstretched hands to the heavens. And
adopting this posture can touch and develop a feel for its streams of
influence. Can summon it with its song.
In the Aegishjalmur, Elhaz is also contained 8 times not only at the ends of each spoke, but 8 times hidden in the spokes themselves. Truly a defense in depth, in other ways as well.
There are many ways to activate the power of an archetype in daily life.
You can wear it on an article of clothing. You can embody it with a
temporary or permanent tattoo. You can wear jewelry with the design.You
can carry an image in your head. Most of these rely on a part of the
mind knowing this symbol is present and connected to you in some
physical, symbolic or image awareness. The psychologist Carl Jung
believed these archetypes act as beacons to deeper energies within the
self. Energies reaching back into a communal reality of consciousness, deeper than the mind of the individual.
In this sense the symbol primes the pump and taps an energy much
deeper, older and more powerful than the currents typically at play in
our day to day awareness. It sets up a vibration, answered and
amplified in a more powerful resonance.
But this older mind isn't impressed with words and reason. It prefers the potencies of song and music, of the tactile and the visual, of story and image. Ritual and play. Poetry and rhythm.
So a playful ritual for imprinting Aegishjalmur into the fabric of your energy is to use a mirror. Either the one in your bathroom, hall or dresser. Or a small one you carry with you. Or a special one framed for this purpose. On the mirror, with the markers used for white boards, draw the Aegishjalmur . Draw it of a size and height that when you look into the mirror, the symbol appears emblazoned upon your forehead. Repeat the ancient activation:"Ægishjalm eg ber milli bruna mjer" (Ægishjalm I carry between my brows) Or construct your own phrase or poem such as this one.
Recommended Rune Books
Diana is author of several historical novels and a good book on navigating the trance stance (Trance-Portation.) This book was originally material she used for a study group on runes. It goes into each rune in detail, historical and modern meanings, interpretation and usage, providing practical ways to use each rune for both an individual and group to explore its deeper meanings and effects.
What I like about Freya's book is that she brings her own experiences of magic with the runes and encounters with the deities into play. She discussed applications for both magic and divination and has a section that delves into the deities as well.
Kveldulf Gundarsson covers all the usual bases and does so with a more traditional slant than the books above. Where I think his book is really valuable is in the guided meditations for encountering each rune in a scenario where you learn about its energies and application. This is a way to contact the magic and essence of the runes for yourself and a way to start making the runes your own.
This is one of the new rune books out and uses a basic understanding of the runes to explore how they are woven into all of our experiences from the physical to the emotional and spiritual. It's designed to be used as a workbook to explore these rune streams of our own lifes and nature.