Rune binding is the creation of a unique magical symbol with a specific “power” to it, and one of the most famous symbols is the Aegishjalmur. Also written Ægishjálmur and commonly known as the “The Helm of Awe”,this symbol is an ancient protective talisman of the Norse cultures. In Icelandic sagas it can be found to confer power and dominance in conflict and also to instill fear in one’s enemies and to conquer fear in one’s own mind. 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. However, there are also some reports of painting this symbol in one’s shield to strike fear upon the enemy.

This powerful symbol contains two numerical patterns, 3 and 8, that were sacred to the Northern tradition. Multiplying such numbers, gives us the number 24, the number of runes in the runic alphabet (elder futhark). But its most prominent feature is the rune Algiz/Elhaz. This rune can be used by itself for protection of a person, place or an object. It can create a sacred space or can be employed more aggressively to scatter negative energy into a person or a group of people. In the Aegishjalmur, the rune is also contained 8 times not only at the ends of each spoke, but 8 times hidden in the spokes themselves. This shows that the main purpose of this symbol is really to defend the wearer of evil.

Supposedly, Algiz protects whatever and wherever we place this symbol onto, by connecting a circuit of positive energies to the spiritual resources of the living thing or place. The symbol has many visual interpretations,such as its shape being like someone with outstretched hands to the heavens. Adopting this posture one can touch and develop a feel for its streams of influence as if summoning its power as if it was a song.

A person can wear this symbol on an article of clothing. You can embody it with a temporary or permanent tattoo. You can wear jewelry with the design.You can also carry an image in your head, pocket, hand, whatever. 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.

It is believed that energies can reach 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. Its is as if vibrations were pulled through us.

“Ægishjalm eg ber milli bruna mjer”

11 responses to “Aegishjalmur

  1. Nice post. I have an Aegishjalmur on my calf and I get a lot of comments about my “snow flake” tattoo 🙂 Most people are quite intrigued when I give them a brief explanation of what it actually is.

    • “Snow flake” that’s funny. Yeah I understand, I get the same about my tattoos and wonder if I give the long version of the meaning or the short one. Either way, people usually get iuite fascinated and surprised about it.

      • My mistake probably came from the runes. Of late I’ve been writing essays for my Youtube Videos related to the runes. The words “runes”, “runic” and “bindrunes” and such are often in my head lately, that I’ve probably unconsiously writen “unic” instead of “unique” xD

  2. Thankyou again for yet more excellent info. I am particularly glad for you choosing this as this symbol has been projecting itself for some time to me.

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