Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yggdrasil - Norse Tree of Life

The Tree of Knowledge
Yggdrasil- The Norse World Ash, World tree the giant mythological Tree that holds together the Nine Worlds or realms of existence.  The tree itself, created many years before the earth was formed, was the giver of all life, but also symbolically important.
As long as Yggdrasil stood, healthy and green, the gods would be safe.This interpretation is layered in ancient Norse mythology & symbolism, the giant ash tree that links and shelters all the worlds.

Nine World 
The World-ash encompasses the Nine Worlds, and is guarded by the serpent Jormungandr. Yggdrasil is one of many variations of the Cosmic Axis or Universal World Tree known to all human cultures. Yggdrasil is home to many creatures, most notably the serpent or Dragon Nidhogg, who lurks in the base, The Rooster Gullinkambi (golden comb), who lives at the tree’s peak, and the squirrel, Ratatosk, who carries messages between them. These animals can be viewed as metaphors for the human body. According to Norse legend, Yggdrasil is where the god Odin hung upside-down for nine nights in order to obtain the Rune Alphabet. Beneath the roots of the World Ash lies the spring, Mimir, to which Odin sacrificed an eye to gain wisdom.

Known also by these devotional name;
                                                             "The Terrible One's Horse"
                                                                    "The Eternal Tree of Life"

                                                                             " The Tree of Knowledge"
                                                                                       "The Horse of Yggr*"

By Symbol Dictionary Net;

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