The Yggdrasil tattoo or the tree of life or world tree, is one of the Viking emblems that connects to accomplished power, mystical divinity and knowledge.
According to Norse mythologies, it is the tree of life where the gods and goddesses live.
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Yggdrasil tattoo: meanings and examples
Yggdrasil is a powerful tree. The name Yggdrasil or Yggdrasill means "horse of Ygg" or "steed of the Redoubtable". The Redoubtable quoted here is the god Odin. Yggdrasil or the tree of life is displayed on ancestral paintings and sculptures that belong to very different cultures.
In Norse mythology, the Yggdrasil tattoo represents a sacred meaning, the symbol of life. But it also evokes wisdom, strength, beauty, kindness, redemption and protection. Between the Celtic tree of life and the Yggdrasil, these two manage to create a kind of passage between heaven and earth. Without this tree, it's total annihilation.
This Viking tree is a huge eternal ash that connects the nine worlds: Asgard, the kingdom of the Aesir; Vanaheim, the kingdom of the Vanes; Midgard, the kingdom of men; Alfheim, the kingdom of the light elves; Svartalfheim, the kingdom of the dark elves; Jötunheim, the kingdom of giants; Muspellheim, the kingdom of fire; Niflheim, the realm of mist and Helheim, the realm of the dead. Yggdrasil is never presented without the nine worlds. The number nine is an enigmatic and sacred number. Many are the stories that refer to the number nine in the tales of the Gods.
Yggdrasil is supported by three great roots. The first root comes from the source of Hvergelmir, positioned in Niflheim. A dragon, named Nidhogg, watches over this source and slowly wears away the root. The second root is in Mimir's Well, placed in Jotunheim. This well is supposed to hold the source of all wisdom. It is guarded by the giant and hosts the head of the god Mimir who keeps the secrets of the universe. Finally, the third root comes from the well of Urd, in Asgard, of which this well is guarded by three Norns, very wise old witches, whom all the gods fear.
Yggdrasil invites other characters: an eagle, Vidofnir, remains in its branches and a falcon, Vedrfölnir, which remains between its eyes. The goat, Heidrun, lives near the top of the tree and feeds on its leaves. The four stags, named Dain, Durathror, Duneyr and Dvalin, roam among its branches and also feed on its foliage. A fifth deer, called Eikthyrnir, also eats the twigs. Ratatosk, a squirrel who spins endlessly in the Tree and does not stop disseminating the disagreement between Nidhogg and Vidofnir. Finally, the dragon Moin who seeks to annihilate the Tree.
The sacred ash, tree of the universe, takes hold of Ymir's body and rises to heaven after the start of Midgard on the outskirts of the earth by the Aesir. It was by hanging on to a branch of Yggdrasil, pierced with a spear, for nine days and nine nights, that Odin discovered the meaning of the runes.
The Yggdrasil tattoo is a magnificent tattoo, it can be worn on any part of the body, regardless of location: on the thigh, on the calf, on the back, on the chest, on the arm, on the forearm , on the shoulder or on the wrist. For a tattoo design, it evokes family, justice and hope. Anyone can wear it, both men and women. This tattoo can also appear on jewelry such as rings, necklaces, and bracelets. It can also be engraved on a t-shirt, bag, blanket or other objects, whatever the style, size and shape.