The light of our nearest star through the branches of Yggdrasil...

Kalevala… Our World Tree and the Milky Way

The Milky Way… a cosmic tree of stars…

Our Odinist world tree is the soul of the manifold realms of our galaxy. The ancient Eastern European custom of hanging a tree top decorated with stars from the ceilings at Yuletide is no meaningless custom, and certainly has nothing to do with the birth of Jew “gods”. .

Yggdrasil is a heavenly tree and the Milky Way literally takes the form of a vertical tree in the sky. It is an expression of our Odinist spirit of wonder, adventure,  and exploration, and of our belief in the living spirit of Nature and the immortality of our souls.

The light of our nearest star through the branches of Yggdrasil...
The light of our nearest star through the branches of Yggdrasil…

Our planet resides in one on the arms of our spiral galaxy. When we view the Andromeda galaxy, another spiral galaxy like our own, which one can view with the naked eye atop Mauna Kea here on the Big Island of Hawai’i, we are seeing very much the same view that one would see if one were looking at our own galaxy from far distant space.

The reason the Milky Way appears vertical, like a tree, from our vantage point on Earth, has to do with the way our solar system orbits the galaxy. Our solar system’s orbital plane is approx. 60º relative to that of our galaxy’s.

The Finnish epic, the Kalevala, is not just a myth, but a scientific and metaphoric tale of creation.

“The Great Oak” from Kalevala