February 7, 2021 — In Norse myth, nine can be worked out by multiplying three times three, which is highly significant. Odin — who sacrificed himself, to himself — hung on the tree of life, Yggdrasill, for nine days and nights until the secret of the runes were revealed to him.
Thirty-three can be worked out by multiplying nine by three and is often considered the most influential of all “master numbers” and resonates with honesty, inspiration, bravery, health, and blessings. Double-digit numbers are commonly referred to as “master numbers.” Thirty-three is a combination of two other master numbers, namely eleven and twenty-two. Thus, thirty-three is a combination of the energetic attributes of 11 and 22 (11+22)=33 — which makes it a powerful number indeed.
Three is another important number in the many of the Norse myths:
- The three Norns — Urd/Wyrd, Verdandi, and Skuld — weave (or carve?) the threads of destiny as they rule over the past, the present, and the future. The word/name Skuld translates to debt and is still used in Sweden to indicate “debt to the bank” and such. However, from an ancient worldview, it would not be entirely inaccurate to explain the Norse concept of “Skuld” by viewing it through the lens of “Karmic debt”.
- The three roots of the world-tree Yggdrasill, the World Tree, under which lie three sacred wells, one for each root. Those are the Urðarbrunnr (Well of Urd) which lie in Ásgarðr, Mímisbrunnr (Well of Mimir) that is located “among the frost giants” and is a stop on the way to Jotunheim, home of the giants. The third well is Hvergelmir which lies in Niflheim (the word Hvergelmir translates to “bobbling spring of water.”)
- The three years without summer will herald the coming of Ragnarök that signals the end of the world — and the glorious rebirth and return of Baldr.
- In Old Norse, the word for three is “þrír” or “thrir”.
- Bifrost, which is the ferociously burning sky bridge between Midgard and Asgard (a bridge between the realm of the living and the sky gods) has three colors, by most considered to be red, green, and blue (although we cannot say for sure.)