Rich in myths and fantastic legends, the Viking culture offers us a bed of symbols, some as full of meaning as the others. However, of all the symbols with which it abounds , Norse mythology gives the Viking tree of Life such a great reputation that art and culture enthusiasts use it without reserve for their artistic creations.
The tree of life has therefore become a very popular symbol in tattooing . But before going any further, what meaning does this Viking symbol carry and where should it be made?
What does the viking tree of life tattoo mean?
Known as Yggdrasil, the Viking Tree of Life is usually represented by a tree with sturdy stems , very broad roots, and multiple branches and leaves. The roots come out from the depths of the earth, much like the process of birth.
The stem, on the other hand, rises like a man overcoming the adversities of life and then divides into several branches and leaves, much like the process of procreation and development. In tattooing, the Viking tree of life is represented in several ways, in particular through the circle of Yin and Yang.
It is also worth taking a closer look at this tree. From the root of the Yggrasil springs the fountain of knowledge as an eagle living at its summit produces wind and disturbances on the earth with its wings.
The protection of the god Heimdall is then required to protect the tree against a dragon, against deer and against snakes which try to browse on it and nibble its roots and kill the tree.
Despite these threats, the Viking tree of life remains strong and firm . The Viking Celtic tattoo like the tree of life is therefore an image of the real world, of all its components and of its continuity despite the constant threats hanging over it.
In Norse mythology, this tree carries sacred significance . It is the symbol of self and life. In reality, it is an ash tree that holds and connects the 9 worlds including the worlds of the dead, the gods, the giants, the fire, the snow, the dark elves, the light elves, etc. Yggdrasil therefore represents the divine mystic, mystical knowledge, absolute spiritual power. Find here other viking tattoos like the viking raven tattoo .
What location for my viking tree of life tattoo?
A Viking tree of life tattoo can be done in several places on the body. The tattoo can be made on the thigh, on the calf, on the back , on the chest, on the shoulder, on the forearm, on the arm or at the level of the wrist. It can be done on the side, a little below the armpits, in the palm of the hand or on the outside of the hand.
Everything will depend on the size of the image to be made and the type of tree, since many variants of Yggdrasil have appeared over time.
However, the choice of the ideal location can also be dictated by a possible future need to tattoo near the tree of life , other symbols like the runes, the hammer of Thor, the ravens of Odin, the Vegvisir and other Celtic symbols to enrich the tattoo.
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