Viking Protection Sigil

The Vegvisir, or Viking compass, has eight different arms and was used as a protection spell from getting lost. It is composed of magical rune staves numbering eight in all. The Galdrabok, a book of spells, mentions the Viking compass as a symbol that was drawn in blood and was a symbol of protection.

Icelandic magical staves (Icelandic: galdrastafir) are sigils that were credited with supposed magical effect preserved in various Icelandic grimoires dating from the 17th century and later.[1][better source needed]

Table of magical staves[edit]

Icelandic nameManuscript descriptionImage
Að unni“To get a girl”, this magical stave is used by a man in love to gain the affections of the object of his desires.
ÆgishjálmurHelm of Awe (or Helm of Terror); to induce fear, protect the warrior, and prevail in battle.[citation needed]
AngurgapiCarved on the ends of barrels to prevent leaking.[citation needed]
BrýnslustafirFor use on whetstones.[2]
DraumstafirTo dream of unfulfilled desires.[2]
DreprúnTo kill an enemy's cattle.[3]
FeingurA fertility rune.[2]
GapaldurTwo staves, kept in the shoes, gapaldur under the heel of the right foot and ginfaxi under the toes of the left foot, to magically ensure victory in bouts of Icelandic wrestling (glíma).[citation needed]
Ginfaxi
HólastafurTo open hills.[citation needed]
KaupalokiTo prosper in trade and business.[citation needed]
LásabrjóturTo open a lock without a key.
LukkustafirWhoever carries this symbol with them encounters no evil, neither on the sea nor on the land.[4]
MáladeilanTo win in court.[5]
NábrókarstafurA stave used when making necropants (nábrók), a pair of trousers made from the skin of a dead man that are capable of producing an endless supply of money.[6]
SkelkunarstafurTo make your enemies afraid.[7] (A similar looking stave is titled Óttastafur in the Huld Manuscript.)
Rosahringur minniA lesser circle of protection.[citation needed]
SmjörhnúturButterknot, to find out if butter was made using milk stolen by a Tilberi.[8]
Stafur gegn galdriStaves against witchcraft.[9]
Stafur til að vekja upp draugTo invoke ghosts and evil spirits.[citation needed]
ÞjófastafurFor use against thieves.[10]
TóustefnaTo ward off foxes.[11]
Varnarstafur ValdemarsValdemar's Protection Stave; increases favor and happiness.
VatnahlífirProtection against drowning.
VegvísirTo guide people through rough weather.[2]
VeiðistafurFor luck in fishing.
  1. Aegishjalmr (also known as the Helm of Awe and terror) is a rune stave that is known as a Viking symbol of protection. The word Aegishjalmur is comprised of two different words in Old Norse language: aegis meaning ‘shield’ and hjalmr meaning ‘helm’. © Bourbon-88 at Shutterstock.
  2. Aegishjalmur is rune stave that is well known to be a Viking symbol of victory and protection. The emblem itself reminds eight branches that look like radiant tridents that are located around a central point of the symbol, the point that should be protected. Those eight tridents protect that central point.
  3. High quality Protection Sigil gifts and merchandise. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours.

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^''Staves or magical signs' Galdrastafir - Strandagaldur ~ Galdrasýning á Ströndum ~ Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft'. www.galdrasyning.is.
  2. ^ abcdHuld Manuscript ÍB 383 4 in the National Library in Reykjavík
  3. ^From a 17th-century grimoire, in the Antikvarisk-Topografiska Arkivet in Stockholm.
  4. ^[1] Huld Manuscript ÍB 383 4] in the National Library in Reykjavík
  5. ^From a 19th-century manuscript, lbs 4375 8vo, in the National Library in Reykjavík.
  6. ^'Nábrókarstafur - Strandagaldur ~ Galdrasýning á Ströndum ~ Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft'. www.galdrasyning.is.
  7. ^From Skuggi. Ársritið Jólagjöfin 4. Ár. 1940. 'GALDRA-SKRÆÐA' by Jochum M. Eggertson
  8. ^'Butterknot - Tilberi ~ Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft'. www.galdrasyning.is.
  9. ^From a 17th-century manuscript, lbs 143 8vo, in the National Library in Reykjavík.
  10. ^From a 17th-century medical text, am 434a 12mo, in the Arnemagnean Collection in Reykjavík.
  11. ^From a 19th-century manuscript, lbs 4375 8vo, in the National Library in Reykjavík.

External links[edit]

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