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 85986
22 For rowing Strandagaldur 61178
23 To make your sheep docile Strandagaldur 63814
24 To fish well Strandagaldur 62911
25 To protect livestock Strandagaldur 65272
26 Róðukross Ólafs konungs Tryggvasonar Strandagaldur 82917
27 Rosahringur minni Strandagaldur 78841
28 Óttastafur Strandagaldur 80031
29 Stave for Necropants Strandagaldur 187940
30 Lockbreaker Strandagaldur 93136

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