The Helm of Awe is easily one of the most powerful and intriguing symbols in Norse Mythology. For centuries its 8-pointed design has been drawn, etched, and worn during rituals to strike fear into the heart of enemies. Norse elders claim that working with the Helm of Awe expands psychic abilities, allowing a person to penetrate the ethereal boundaries of others. Manipulating the thoughts and actions of their enemies gave Norse people a supernatural layer of protection from anyone who wished them harm.
If you’re familiar with Germanic runes, you may notice that the eight arms of the Helm of Awe closely resemble the Algiz and Isa runes.
This is not a coincidence.
The Algiz (or Elhaz) rune is intimately linked with divine protection, creativity, and the willingness to act. It asks that we reflect upon the tools that are readily available and use accordingly. Whereas Algiz is prodding us to spring into action, Isa tells us to pause, get grounded, and purvey our surroundings. It’s a reminder that important details are often overlooked when moving too quickly. Slow down, take a breath, and consider that there might be vital information hiding just out of sight.