Among the Viking jewelry, a special place was occupied by pendants for power and amulets . They were worn not as jewelry, but as amulets for protection mostly. Further still, to wear such jewelry goods as was customary for everybody: men, women and even children. In the Middle Ages, the Scandinavians believed that amulets for protection from evil spirits with the image of magic symbols on it can protect a person, give him strength and wisdom, and also frighten enemies.
All the Viking jewelry for sale in those days was made of bronze and silver – such goods were worn by ordinary residents. By-turn, gold pendants and amulets for protection from black magic testified to the high status of its owner. They were often seen on representatives of the nobility and great warriors. Each such jewelry item was representing some or other magical religious elements.
This symbol was considered as one of the most common and powerful in Scandinavian mythology. Thor is the God of lightning and thunder. Vikings feared him and deeply esteemed him. In jewelry items, the Thor’s Hammer is presented in the form of a powerful weapon with a short handle. The strength of this weapon was so destructive that it practically had no peer.
The Thor’s hammer, used in the form of an amulet for protection against evil, was the embodiment of the combination of the most powerful forces of nature. The Vikings believed that anyone who carried this symbol would certainly win any battle. Besides, it was the Hammer of the Thor that could protect against misfortune, dangers and malicious intents, to give its owner a powerful energy and to provide him or her with a support in a difficult situation.
The cross of the wolf (Iceland Mjolnir)
This element can be considered as a kind of derivative of the Thor’s Hammer and was the second most popular symbol for the Scandinavians. Often you can come across its other names: the Viking Cross, the Thor’s Cross with the Wolf Head or the Olaf’s Cross (referring to the patron of Norway, King Olaf).
This symbol was often worn by soldiers as a pendant for power or amulet for protection against black magic, as it personified strength, steadfastness and endurance in battles. It could help and protect warrior on the long journeys. Moreover, it was the exact symbol that seafarers used in maritime navigation. With the help of the Wolf Cross and Iceland spar (solar stone), it was possible to find out the position of the Sun even during the bad, overcast weather.
The Wheel of the Sun
The image of this symbol was often met with petroglyphs of Scandinavians, the same pattern was often used in the manufacture of amulets and mascots. No doubt, that Wheel of the Sun is much less in popular demand in present days than before, but the Vikings attached a great importance to it.
The significance of this mascot is part and parcel of the rich harvest, fertility and prosperity in life. It is believed that this power pendant for sale is greatly intensified if it is made of pure gold.
Amulet Uroborus (Ouroboros)
This symbol in the Viking age jewelry has been surely seen by many of us in some or other interpretation. It is presented in the form of a snake that bites itself by the tail. This Viking amulet can be found under a different name – “The Serpent Ring”. In essence, Oroboro is the embodiment of eternity, onset and the end. Its image symbolizes infinity, reason, resurrection and any transformation, repeated repetition, cyclicity.
Its usage in amulets, silver Viking pendants and mascots is not uncommon. While wearing this amulet, the owner can be protected from numerous perils, get help in achieving even the most difficult goals.
Ax and double ax
Axes were on the list of the main weapons of the Vikings, they personified the strength and power of the soldiers. Not surprisingly, these symbols were also used in the manufacture of pendants and mascots. The usual ax symbolized the authority, deity and irrepressible power of the leader. As for the double ax, this is the embodiment of the unity of the god of heaven and the goddess of the earth. With the help of Viking axe pendants warriors could receive faith in victory, certitude and strength in battles from the gods.
One of the most significant and beautifully performed mascots would be the Scandinavian treasures of Trefot. Another name that as beautiful as the symbol itself, is the Scandinavian triskelion. The Vikings culture put the meaning of reign of the absolute existence in it and the amulet was depicted in the form of three spirals of infinite action, converging in the center of the figure. With such a mascot, a person achieves the goal faster, avoiding obstacles and difficulties.
In Scandinavian mythology, there is such a Viking protective symbol as the Column of Irmin. There is another name in existence – Irminsul. This sign is presented in the form of a world tree and commensurable with the tree of the giant Yggdrasil. It was the Column of Irmin, as the Vikings believed, has the vertebral sense and connects heaven and earth. Without which any man could easily collapse.
The meaning of wearing this amulet for protection as a mascot is that the person turns out to be protected by the gods. At the same time, Irminsul symbolizes transformation, might, dynamics, and also is able to support a person on the course of life.
All the above-mentioned symbols are just a small part of all those magical items that were in use among Scandinavians in the Middle Ages.