In today’s world, the constellations of the sky are represented primarily by figures from Greek mythology, at least in the Western world. While I enjoy stargazing and planet watching quite often, I have always had a feeling that the sky was unbalanced, in terms of what culture has influenced the naming of the constellations. Many of the constellations known today were known by other names and symbols by different cultures throughout the ancient world. In many of the worlds mythologies, the stories of the deeds of Gods and Heroes intermingles with the actual night sky. Norse mythology is no different, we just have less surviving information. It is likely that our ancestors saw (most of) the nine worlds existing in the heavens, Yggdrasil literally spread out before their eyes, with the stars hanging like fruit from it’s canopy. The focus of this post is, obviously, on the constellations (and other celestial phenomena) as they were known to our Heathen ancestors.
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