By request, here is a video tour of my grimoire on Icelandic Magical Staves. This is a book of sigil magick that I created in 2011 based on a Russian language resource on the Galdrabok. Russian is my second language, so I was careful to translate the written portion very carefully. I bound this grimoire by hand on oak boards. The paper used is Southworth Ivory Parchment Paper, 8.5x11″ 24 lb weight. The ink is Authentic Models calligraphic ink, and the content of the grimoire was written with quill pens.
At the time in 2011, actual copies of the Galdrabok were out of print and used ones were being sold for over $1000, which is why I ultimately had to use the version transcribed into the Russian language. Then miraculously in 2012, I found out there was a limited reprint of the Galdrabok for about $20, and I bought mine immediately since there were only 8 left at the time. Since that time, they have printed more copies which contain a ton of information.
Hulinhjalmur (“Helm Of Disguise”) is a visual magic sigil that allows the user to appear invisible.
The complex task of creating the ink to make this sigil is done by collecting three drops of blood from the index finger of one’s left hand, three from the ring-finger of one’s right hand, two from the right nipple and one from the left nipple. Then the blood must be mixed with six drops of blood from the heart of a living raven and melted with raven’s brains and pieces of human stomach.
Once that is done the sigil must be drawn out in this ink on brown coal (lignite) and then pressed into the brow, activating this visual magic to prevent your enemies from being able to see you.
Because I work with teenagers, I have a lot of issues a spiritual parasites following me home. I was planning to put an apotropaic symbol on my insoles so I can keep it with me at all times. Do you have any suggestions?
There are many “apotropaic” symbols among the galdrastafir (staves) of Late Medieval Iceland. Where instructions are given on how they should be carried, most advise they should be held in hand or less frequently, it should be worn mid-chest or in one’s headwear. They also tend towards the left side, which I have read theories explaining that the left side is the “shield arm” defensive side of the body. Further instructions also tend to remark that it should not be seen.
Rúðu kross Eiriks jarls, hinn meiri:
Based on that, I recommend staves be attached to jewellery such as bracelets or necklaces, or tattooed on the inner left forearm or chest.
The only instance I recall of wearing a stave in footwear is one intended to give success in wrestling. Another to cause fear in enemies is meant to be cast at the feet of enemies. Neither of these fit your need.
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Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols credited with magical effect preserved in various grimoires dating from the 17th century and later. According to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the effects credited to most of the staves were very relevant to the average Icelanders of the time, who were mostly substitence farmers and had to deal with harsh climatic conditions.
Stafur til að vekja upp draug pendant by Moon and Serpent Handmade polished and darkened silver Icelandic magical sigil (galdrastafur) to invoke ghosts and spirits. A stave to awaken draugr (revenants).
Where many would think to use Ægishjálmur (particularly in tattoo’s as I have seen), it would often be more appropriate to use Veldismagn.
Where Ægishjálmur must be carved in metal and placed between the brows (acting as a visual magic), Veldismagn is drawn out in blood and placed on the chest. Since tattooing draws blood this might actually activate this overlooked sigil and in doing so create a charm so that nothing evil can harm you and you will return healthy and without sickness from any journey.
thedandybutch sumbitted me about a very interesting Icelandic Magical Stave.
Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols credited with magical effect preserved in various grimoires dating from the 17th century and later.According to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the effects credited to most of the staves were very relevant to the average Icelanders of the time, who were mostly subsistence farmers and had to deal with harsh climatic conditions
The one they told me about was the Nábrókarstafur,a stave used when making Necropants, a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man that are capable of producing an endless supply of money. X
Translated this means “Magic Numbered Ship” and is a very complex bindrune designed to be used against a robber’s ship so it will sink.
The bindrune should be placed in the vessel and then the following galdr (incantation magic) verse recited:
Hátt eru segl við húna hengd með strengi snúna. Séð hef ég ristur rúna mig rankar við því núna.Ofan af öllu landi ógn og stormur standi, særokið með sandi sendi þeim erkifjandi.High is the sail hoisted, Hanged from a cursed rope, Seen have I a carved rune, I give to it now when leaving land you shall fear from storm, sand, sea spray, with it I send to my arch enemies
To avoid ghosts and evil spirits you should carve these sigils onto oak and paint them with blood from your hand. Then they should be hung above the door of the home to protect against evil entities entering.
Vegvísir (roughly translated as “road map”)is a sigil to guide travellers and keep them safe on journeys even in harsh weather.
There is only a single leaf of manuscript which documents this sigil in the Huld Manuscript (collected in 1847 but dating from much earlier). Along with a drawing of the sigil (above), accompanied with it’s name, there is a single line to describe it:
“If this sign is carried, one will never lose one’s way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known.”
A sigil that can be used to protect against thieves. If someone stole from you, carve this sigil into the bottom of a wooden bowl, fill it with clean water and sprinkle yarrow flowers over it. After reciting a charm the face of the thief will appear in the water.
This is a very powerful stave that protects against all magic. Write it on the shoulder blade of a seal with blood from a mouse and carry it with you and you will have nothing to fear from another’s magic and charms.
Known in English as “Blood Oxen - Earth Oxen”, these sigils are carved into the inside of the lid of a wooden chest, the first by daylight and the second by moonlight, and will protect any valuables that are kept in this chest against theft.
This sigil is often called the ‘Helm of Awe’ or ‘Helm of Terror’ due to the effect it has on one’s enemies but it is more correctly translated as the ‘Helm of Ægir’ (Ægir being the sea god of Norse Mythology).
It is a type of visual magic called sjónhverfing (“deceiving the sight”) which prevents the victim from seeing things as they are, instead creating an illusion to instil deep fear into the victim of it’s power.
Galdrakver (the Icelandic 'Little Book of Magic’) gives the following instructions on how to use this charm:
“It shall be made in lead, and when a man expects his enemies he shall imprint it on his forehead. And thou wilt conquer him”
The person using this sigil would then be assured of success in battle as their enemies’ confidence waned and fear overcame them.
Ægishjálmur appears by name in chapter 18 of Volsungasaga, where Fáfnir explains it’s power to drive fear into another.