The Sacred Flame

Yggdrasill: The Tree at the Center

February 12, 2023 Mathias Nordvig Season 1 Episode 1
The Sacred Flame
Yggdrasill: The Tree at the Center
Show Notes

In this episode we explore the symbolic meaning of the world tree Yggdrasill in the Nordic story-worlds. We examine the tree in Old Norse stories and relate them to Sámi and Finnish stories. We dig into the sacred meaning-making that lies behind using the tree as an image of the cosmos, world-connectedness, and community. Eventually, we arrive at suggestions to how the image of the tree in the Nordic story-worlds can be meaningful for us today, and how we can change our perception of our world by reflecting critically on how we think about nature in modern societies.

Show notes:
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