Magical Staves

Staves or magical signs
All of the signs and staves seen here can be found in Icelandic grimoires, some from the 17th century, some from later times though all of them seem to be related. The origin of this peculiar Icelandic magic is difficult to ascertain. Some signs seem to be derived from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, while others show some relation to runic culture and the old Germanic belief in Thor and Odinn. Much of the magic mentioned in court records can be found in grimoires kept in various manuscript collections. The purpose of the magic involved tells us something of the concerns of the lower classes that used them to lessen the burden of subsidence living in a harsh climate.
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21 To prevent drowning Strandagaldur 79810
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 58142
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 60523
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 59266
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 62457
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 76864
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 73691
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 74310
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 171798
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 81432

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