Icelandic magical staves

This page lists of the various symbols in the Icelandic magical staves group.

Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols called Galdrastafur in Icelandic, and are 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.

Symbols in this group:

Angurgapi

Carved on the ends of barrels to prevent leaking.

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Að unni

So a girl loves a man.

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Brýnslustafir

For use on whetstones.

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Draumstafir

To dream of unfulfilled desires.

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Dreprún

To kill an enemy's cattle.

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Feingur

A fertility rune.

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Gapaldur

One of the two shoe staves

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Ginfaxi

One of the two shoe staves.

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Hólastafur

To open hills.

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Kaupaloki

To prosper in trade and business.

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Lásabrjótur

To open a lock without a key.

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Máladeilan

To win in court.

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Nábrókarstafur

A stave used when making necropants (nábrók), a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man that are capable of producing an endless supply of money.

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Rosahringur minni

A lesser circle of protection.

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Skelkunarstafur

To make your enemies afraid.

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Smjörhnútur

Butterknot, to ensure butter was procured through non-magical means.

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Stafur gegn galdri

Staves against witchcraft.

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Stafur til að vekja upp draug

To invoke ghosts and evil spirits.

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Tóustefna

To ward off foxes.

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Varnarstafur Valdemars

Valdemar's Protection Stave; increases favor and happiness.

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Vatnahlífir

Protection against drowning.

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Vegvísir

A Vegvísir (Icelandic 'sign post') is an Icelandic magical stave intended to help the bearer find their way through rough weather.

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Veiðistafur

For luck in fishing.

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Veldismagn

Veldismagn is an Icelandic magical Bind Rune that is used to grant the wearer with protection against evil, and luck in having good health.

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Ægishjálmur

Helm of awe (or helm of terror); to induce fear and to protect against abuse of power.

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Þjófastafur

For use against thieves.

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