Runic World Tree

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Kay Isaac

Hand burned Elder Rune and Tree of Life altar tile with Celic infuence.(European mythology)The cosmic ash of Germanic mythology. Its branches overhung all the worlds and struck out above the heavens. It had three mighty roots: one reached down to Giantland, where stood the wisdom well of Mimir; the second ended in foggy Niflheim, close by the well of Hvergelmir, close by the ‘the roaring cauldron’, and dragon Nidhoggr, ‘dread biter’, which gnawed the root from below; the last was embedded in heaven and beneath it was the sacred well of Urdr, where the gods had their judgement seat.Yggdrasil means ‘the horse of the terrible one’, Odin. Since this god discovered the secret of runic wisdom by hanging himself on the cosmic ash—that is, sacrificing himself to himself—Yggdrasil must have been regarded as a tree of knowledge. Parallel with the Cross, the death of Odin has a separate ancestry, sacrificial trees have existed in northern Europe from earliest times. Christian missionaries like St Boniface (c.674–754) cut them down, to the terror and rage of the people: till he was himself cut down at Dockum near the Frisian coast.Info borrowed from: 

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