Web of Wyrd

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The fountain of Viking symbols always seems to be a wonderful source of both power and inspiration. Among those symbols, the Web of Wyrd was the listed as one of the most awesome and mysterious ones. The meaning and power of Web of Wyrd were worth discussing. In this blog post, we are going to discover one of the most important Viking symbols: the Web of Wyrd.

The Web of Wyrd symbol was very powerful

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Web of Wyrd symbol

In Norse mythology and Viking belief, the Web of Wyrd was the matrix of fates. The Norns, who held the fates of all beings in the cosmos, bore the responsibilities to weave the fates of all beings and also the Web of Wyrd. In Old English, “Wyrd” was formed from the verb “weorþan” meaning “to come to pass”. Somehow, this represented the power of the word “Wyrd” to people today. Another interesting about the word “Wyrd” was that it was the feminine noun which possibly related to the Norns in Norse mythology.

When it comes to the Web, it is mainly about the destiny and fates. Actually, the Web of Wyrd represented the past, the present, and the upcoming future. It worked as a Viking reminder that the deeds in the past would affect the present and what we did at the present time would affect our future. All the phases of our life were interconnected and impossible to separate. We might also see that the Web of Wyrd had something in common with the interconnectedness symbol – Yggdrasil the Tree of Life.

Mysterious Symbol

When we take a look at the Web symbol, we might see something sacred in it. To be specific, the symbol consisted of 9 straight lines. And to the Vikings, nine was the number that they might have respected the most. Why? There were Nine Worlds in the Norse mythology, namely Asgard, Midgard, Vanaheim, Jotunheim, Svartalfheim, Alfheim, Muspelheim, Niflheim, and Helheim. The Odin’s ring Draupner would give off 8 more rings every nine nights. The Valknut symbol of Odin included three triangles which for sure had nine points. The more we take a look at Norse myth, the more we see the number nine. That is to say, the design was the inextricable connection between the Web and the Norse mythology.

Moreover, many people these days believe that the Web of Wyrd included the Rune letters inside its design. Regarding Runes, they were the Viking alphabets and Odin was the first to discover Runes in Norse mythology. According to the myth, runes carried within themselves the destiny of the whole cosmos. This somehow explained the power of the Web of Wyrd which had a close link with the destiny of all beings in the cosmos.

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Rune letters

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