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.

Activating Aegishjalmur

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

Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic
Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic

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.

Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers
Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers

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.

Teutonic Magic
Teutonic Magic

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.

Runes for Transformation: Using Ancient Symbols to Change Your Life
Runes for Transformation: Using Ancient Symbols to Change Your Life

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.


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qlcoach 7 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Enjoyed your HUB. Affirmations, decrees, visualizations, and meditations are important spiritual tools to find our balance. Namaste...Gary.

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Minnaloushe 7 years ago Author

Thanks Gary, and thanks for stopping by!


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marcofratelli 7 years ago from Australia

That's so cool, I wasn't aware of the talisman or the power of protection behind it!

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Minnaloushe 7 years ago Author

Thanks Marco, more talismans to come :-)

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cheaptrick 7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

I know nothing of this subject but I believe in having a well rounded mind so shall read your Hubs.

Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud were having a conversation in Jung's kitchen that became so intense the crystal dinning wear spontaneously shattered"The portable Jung".

I believe Jung so you also have credibility.


Dean 5 years ago

i struck gold when i went aegishjalm i have been bothered by someones' for a very long time and i have tried to deal with it on my own because help went bad on me. thanks for the knowledge you have bestored upon me a "peace be still". happy holidays and a happy new year 2012E.

Irukandji 4 years ago

3 years ago i got this tattoo and only now am i finding a deeper meaning to it.

Levi 3 years ago

Thanks, man!

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