Aegishjalmur: An Ancient and Universal Sign for Divine Will in Motion

This symbol is called Aegishjalmur or "Helm of Awe"; it is mentioned in the Old Norse Poetic Edda and has been found in old Icelandic books of magic. It is to be used as a defense agains corruption, negativity and evil; it can induce fear in enemies and protects against the abuse of power.(1)The exact same symbol is also found in East India, where it is referred to as the Asthanga Yantra or "Eight Limbed Vehicle". No one knows exactly how old this Yantra is, but shamanic instructor Michael William Denney suggests that the symbol may date back many thousands of years due to its presence in both Iceland and India.(2) Recent DNA analyses studies associated with the Kurgan theory of Indo-European migrations suggest that elements of both cultures originated from a common group of nomads that arose during the Chalcolithic era, out of the Pontic-Caspian steppe beyond the Black Sea.(3) The Aegishjalmur can be considered as a compound symbol, as it would aptly represent the four cardinal directions and midpoints; or perhaps the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days, all of which have been important markers of the seasons since Neolithic times at least. The evidence for this ancient awareness can be found in the strategic placement of numerous dolmens and standing stones around the world, and positions for planets, Sun, Moon and stars carved long into many well-positioned rocks.

The Trident on the end of each arm of the Aegishjalmur is also an extremely ancient symbol that has been found in ruins around the world. As a variation on the theme of tri-une creative power, it can represent the three planes of existence as underworld, earth and the heavens; or the cycle of rebirth, life and destruction; or yin, yang and neutral forces for example. It is carried by the Hindu God Shiva as a reminder of divine rulership on all planes of existence; also carried by the Greek God Poseidon and Roman God Neptune as a symbolic of the power of water (which is in itself a metaphor for feelings and will) in the sea, on the land and as unleashed by storms in the sky. In Peru there is the Paracas Candelabra, also called the Candelabra of the Andes, a 595-foot long prehistoric geoglyph found on the northern face of the Paracas Peninsula. This symbol is said to represent the lightning rod or staff of the god Viracocha or Kon Tiki, a creator god who was once worshipped throughout South America. The trident has been demonized by some religious factions and it has carried an ambivalent meaning in western occult symbolism; suffice to say it should never be deployed as an instrument of wrongdoing. In India, Yantras are symbolic diagrams of the forces at work in the universe; they also denote the means by which a human is expected to lead his life. All Yantras are used as aids for meditation and for the achievement of spiritual and magical power. Based on his own research, Denney has assigned some beautiful esoteric terms to each arm and the center of the Asgishjalmur as follows: Centering, surrounded by Descending, Initiating, Expanding, Creating, Ascending, Purifying, Contracting, and Inspiring.(4)