Icelandic magical staves


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.

Table of magical staves

Name Description Image
Að fá stúlku To get a girl. Icelandic Magical Stave adfastulku.svg
Ægishjálmur Helm of awe; to induce fear and to protect against abuse of power. Aegishjalmr.svg
Angurgapi Carved on the ends of barrels. Purpose unclear. Icelandic Magical Stave angurgapi.svg
Brýnslustafir For use on whetstones. Icelandic Magical Stave brynslustafir.svg
Draumstafir To dream what your heart desires. Icelandic Magical Stave draumstafir.svg
Dreprún To kill an enemy’s cattle.[2] Icelandic Magical Stave dreprun.svg
Feingur fertility rune. Icelandic Magical Stave feingur.svg
Gapaldur Two 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). Icelandic Magical Stave gapaldur.svg
Ginfaxi Icelandic Magical Stave ginfaxi.svg
Hólastafur To open hills. Icelandic Magical Stave holastafur.svg
Kaupaloki To prosper in trade and business (19th century manuscript). Icelandic Magical Stave kaupaloki.svg
Lásabrjótur To open a lock without a key. Icelandic Magical Stave lasabrjotur.svg
Máladeilan To win in court.[3] Icelandic Magical Stave maladeilan.svg
Nábrókarstafur Necropants, a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man that are capable of producing an endless supply of money.[4] Icelandic Magical Stave nabrokarstafur.svg
Óttastafur To induce fear. Icelandic Magical Stave ottastafur.svg
Rosahringur minni A lesser circle of protection. Icelandic Magical Stave rosahringurminni.svg
Smjörhnútur Butterknot, to ensure butter was procured through non-magical means. Icelandic Magical Stave smjorhnutur.svg
Stafur gegn galdri Staves against witchcraft.[5] Icelandic Magical Stave stafurgegngaldri.svg
Stafur til að vekja upp draug To invoke ghosts and evil spirits. Icelandic Magical Stave stafurtiladvekjauppdraug.svg
Þjófastafur For use against thieves.[6] Icelandic Magical Stave thjofastafur.svg
Tóustefna To ward off foxes.[7] Icelandic Magical Stave toustefna.svg
Varnarstafur Valdemars Valdemar’s Protection Stave; increases favor and happiness. Icelandic Magical Stave valdemar.svg
Vatnahlífir Protection against drowning. Icelandic Magical Stave vatnahlifir.svg
Vegvísir To guide people through rough weather. Vegvisir.svg
Veiðistafur For luck in fishing. Icelandic Magical Stave veidistafur.svg

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(Some) Asatru U.S style


I cant help it, sometimes when i see Amercan Heathens i feel like i´m watching some bad Viking LARP.

That goes for all the talk of “Folk” and all the “hails” too.

I dont know any Swedish people that greet eachother with “Hail” or “Hielsa” (witch just sounds like misunderstood Swedish).

As a general rule you can hardly distinguish between Swedish Christians,Heathens and the secular majority (not to mention those that are kind of a mix of these…..witch in a sense is our entire culture).

I should make clear that:

1: I do NOT intend to insult anyone here, Heathen,Christian or other.

2: Neither will i deliberatly call all “Folkish” Heathens racists or all “Universalist” Heathens airhead neo pagans (Besides, we actually ARE neo pagans per defenition, EVEN if we are reconstructionists or grew up in a culture saturated with the folklore and extentions of cult and myth as i am).

3: And i do not think the fact that American Heathenry differs from Swedish (generalizing my ass off here) is in anyway “bad” or “wrong”. On the contrary i think its good. The custom SHOULD be adaptable to individuals, circumstances, places and communities. It always was. Even within what is today the nation of Sweden, Heathen cult and customs differed depending on when and where.

You organize in kindreds, we dont,Some of you use terms like “Thorsman”, i have never heard a Swede, even one focusing on Thor calling himself that or having an “patron God” attitude towards it (individuals and even whole areas in Scandinavia sometimes focus on certain mights as etymology shows, but it seems very de emphasized in actual cult, even today in most cases).

Eplagarðr Kindred. Some Heathens dress in Norse garb at special occations, others dont (and sometimes its a matter of practicality rather than choice)

Non of this is what i´m talking about.

Its simply that when i watch an Asatru Kindred video where “the dangers of a monoculture” is discussed where one guy leads the meeting while another guy sits on a chair, doing his best “viking chieftain” with a girl with a logo T – shirt on each side of him, a model longship on a shelf above him and two drinking horns on a table……

…..it feels weird and a bit cult (in the modern use of the word, incorrect as it is) ,LARP ,survivalist…..”i wish i was part of something cool and had a special heritage”….alien, silly.

It also gives me a feeling of self indoctrination by pastor, evangelical style.

I have nothing against boat models or drinking horns and definetely not girls…..especially several of them and in combination with drinking horns (horny?), i guess i just wish fate (not faith), and a trust that our culture(s) are biological enteties that takes care of themself  quite well with much less attitude, roleplay, pretend uniqueness and heritage would more of a base.

Mock history,science or hertage is a much bigger threat to culture than another culture ever was.

Swedish Heathens performing Disa Blot at a boulder.

Dont believe me? Ask a viking. They loved to mix their culture with others.