Vegvisir : What does he represent in Nordic culture ?

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The Vegvisir is one of the oldest Viking symbols and exhibits both protection and guidance. Conquering the Celtic world, the Vikings used it to point in the right direction. They always wear it during their quests so as not to take the wrong path.

It takes different names. Acting as a guide, Icelanders called it vegvisir compass, runic compass or viking compass.

 

The origins and meanings of the Vegvisir symbol

The Vegvisir is derived from Norse mythology and its name comes from ancient Iceland. Vegvisir comes from two words: Veg and Visir. "Veg" is the stem of Vegur, which means path or road and "visir" means "guide". It symbolizes a mystical force that shows the vector of direction and the delivery of success carried to the hand.

The Vegvisir symbol appears in various Icelandic sources, namely the Huld manuscript, the Galdrabok grimoire, and other mythical books. The Vegvisir is considered a scout or “Wayfinder” piece. Galdrabok's work illustrates that in the absence of a Vegvisir, it suffices to draw its pattern on the forehead to benefit from its strength. You just have to draw it with blood.

 

Runic magic related to Vegvisir

The runic symbols encompass the divine powers and the "Futhark" or the art of magic. They take on different rather complex meanings. According to mythology, only shamans and tribal leaders can wield the Vegvisir compass. It is often used in tattoos without knowing its meaning. However, a tattoo evokes the Scandinavian era.

Runes connect men and ancient gods. Their uses make it possible to defend the cause of an empire or a kingdom, to predict the future, to suppress fear, to guide travel or navigation, to lead a battle... Whatever the size of the obstacles, the magic of the runes lets find a way out to solve it.

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@Nordic Brotherhoo

 

Many runic symbols appear on the Vegvisir such as the Gebo 'X' rune, which denotes giving and hospitality. The Ehwaz “M” rune signifying loyalty, relationship, journey…The Algiz and Maar runes announce divine connection, guidance, protection…The Thurisaz rune symbolizes strength and represents Thor and his hammer, which protected Odin's kingdom against curses.

 

The Vegvisir with spells and Icelandic magic

Mystical forces are always connected with sorcery, tradition, the divinity of the old gods, runes and magic, whatever its color. For vikings, Vegvisir's compass has great value. They use it the same way with an amulet or other magic items.

Spells come from black magic. They appeared during the Middle Ages, in the eras of the ancient Norse sagas. These reflect the image of Icelandic heritage. Since then, spells have taken a large place in the Icelandic tribes. They had become as important as food.

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@spiritual.sifa

 

In the Viking Age, the power of an empire depends on spells and the art of magic. At that time, these two elements became second nature to the Vikings. In the series, Ragnar used it for personal purposes. The desire to control the power of nature and fate invaded his heart.

  

Vegvisir symbols according to grimoires and mythical media

The name Huld comes from the word hulda which means “secret”. Huld's paper manuscript interprets many symbols of the Vegvisir. This is a grimoire containing all of Geir Vigfusson's research on the Vegvisir. The author evokes a drawing of the compass of Vegvisir next to the name of the researcher. It tries to illustrate guide tags. These tags mention the importance of the Vegvisir in travels littered with obstacles. This work states that the Vegvisir is used as a compass or a travel instrument. This magic tool emits the image of a wall or a protective barrier.

The Galdrabók is a typically Irish book. This book was created in 1600 and consists of 47 quotations written in runic and Latin. This manuscript on paper obviously speaks of the Vegvisir.

This grimoire focuses on protection. He mentions the runic symbol "Aegishjalmur", which comes from the old Norse word, designating the "helmet of AEgir". The Galdrabók also evokes the advantages linked to the Vegvisir such as aid in hunting, the search for criminals, insomnia, the reduction of fear... This grimoire also evokes the symbols linked to the invocation of entities, to the forces evil ones, to the Nordic pagan gods, to the use of magic products...

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@asatrubr

 

The Swedish version of the Galdrabók was published by Natant lindqvist in 1929. Then, Stephen Flowers wrote it in English version in 1989. He is known as one of the greatest scholars of mythology. His work was called Futhark "the magic of the runes".

Another version of Galdrabók related to Vegvisir was found in 1670. At that time, this work is called “Manuscript Lbs 1438°”. Recently, this book was revised and published in 2004, taking the name of Galdrakver or "little magic book". As its name suggests, the book interprets the white magic that is attached to the Vegvisir.

The original version of this book appeared at the University Library of Reykjavik in Iceland. It contains the same content as that of Galdrabók and mentions tags related to white magic spells.

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