The complete Icelandic staves symbol series. Each artwork is representing an element. They are presented here in the following order : fire, earth, metal, water, wood and air. The symbols are accompanied by stanzas of the Hávamál or Völuspá, written in runes.
Sabine Baring Gould - Icelandic Magical Staves, “Iceland: Its Scenes and Sagas”, 1863. Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols called Galdrastafur in Icelandic, and are credited with magical...
Helm of awe and vegvisir runes / symbols. Right leg is the Helm of awe for protection. Left leg is Vegvisir for guidance through the storm, otherwise known as the Viking compass.
Ægishjálmur (Helm of Awe) - protection; "to instill fear in one's enemies and to conquer fear in one's own mind." Vegvísir (Sign post) - guidance; "if this sign is carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known."
New Tattoo - Aegishjalmur
Aegishjalmur in Icelandic. A symbol that offers invincibility in battle to the wearer, and as I discovered, a charm for finding ones way in the fogs. That I need as I have gotten lost more than once on Mt.Tam in the fog. I also read that vikings used to tattoo it to their foreheads. I wasn't prepared to go that far. Getting a tattoo was amazing experience! I highly recommend it.