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Að fá stúlku

Staves to win a girl whom you love.

The staves are meant to be drawn on your right hand palm, using blood drawn from the tip of your left thumb.

Now seek out the girl you love and wish to woo. With the hand you painted the staves onto, hold her hand and look deep into her eyes and recite the following:

My hand in thine in lay,
upon your will I will play.
Lest thine love for me is as great
as the one I hold for you,
may thine bones thee burn.

Hear my words passionate as the void:
Sorcery thine mind will turn and bend
to love towards me for all to see,
all those who dwell below aid me in this!

Vegvisir (Huld version)

The Vegvisir as seen in The Huld Manuscript.

Vegvisir – Huld

The word “Vegvisir” in Icelandic, or “Vejviser” in Danish is comprised of two words. Roughly translated; “Veg” and “Vej” means “direction” or “road” and “Visir” and “Viser” means “to show” or “to display” – so basically “showing the direction (or road)

These galdrastafir are said to help the user find his or her way by sea or land in harsh conditions, even when the road is not known.

In modern esoteric use, the Vegvisir is often used in a more metaphoric sense to help the user find his or her way on their spiritual path. For this reason it has become a popular choice as a spiritual tattoo.

If you are looking for a tattoo-stencil of the Vegvisir, please feel free to use the image from our website and use it for free. You can find it in high resolution, among several other designs, in our gallery.

Several versions of these famous galdrastafir can be found across several historic manuscripts, and have later spawned several modern iterations. The most popular variations of these are based on eight-spoke wheels such as the one seen here, but several non-symmetrical variations are also known.

In some modern heathen, pagan and esoteric literature (and on social media / internet sharing sites etc.) these staves will often be referred to as “The Viking Compass” or “The Runic Compass”. This often appears to be based on the notion that Vikings used these staves to navigate their ships, and that the spokes of the staves are representative of compass directions. There is, however, no evidence to support this theory, although some people will insist upon it. There are in fact no traces of this symbol in any historical Viking-finds, and all research into the origin of this symbol points to a fusion of European renaissance magic and Norse folk-magic.

Galdrablöð – Blad III

This is the remastered version of the third document of The Galdrablöð Manuscript (JS 375 8v – blad 3). The manuscript, as it’s archived in the Icelandic historic national library, is made from several documents, each comprised of several pages, and written by different authors of unknown identity.

This part of the complete manuscript contains several well illustrated galdrastafir, making it perhaps the most interesting part for most people. Apart from the other documents in the manuscript; these are presented in a slimmer portrait-format, and overall found in very good condition (especially if compared to Blad II)

The digital scans used for the PDF document we present here, have been edited and enhanced for optimal presentation in PDF format.

The files can be downloaded here:

Example of a page taken from the document