Friday, June 10, 2016

Vegvisir and the Jimmo's Nordic Collection


Vegvisir T-Shirt by Jimmo

It is time to introduce you to our successful, beautifully designed Nordic Collection that features the Icelandic runic compass. Nordic culture experiences a revival of sorts, partly thanks to a very successful "Vikings" TV series. 

Vegvísir is an Icelandic sigil or stave. It is a magical symbol that was often carried on one's person or drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost.

Nowadays this symbol is often mistakenly attributed to the Vikings, but it is actually much younger that the Viking culture. Like many other magical staves, Vegvísir probably has its roots in Medieval magic, Germanic and Scandinavian lore, and the magical meaning of the Runes.

Vegvísir was mentioned in an Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (magic book) dating back to the 17th century. It can also be found in the Huld Manuscript of 1860.

The word Vegvísir  is translated as "signpost." It derives from two Icelandic words: "veg" and "vísir." "Vegur" means road or path. "Vísir" stands for the word guide. Often, though not quite correctly, Vegvísir is understood as a compass. The New Age culture may even identify it as a runic compass that incorporates runic magic.

The meaning of this symbol has been interpreted as follows: "If this sign is carried, one will never lose one's way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known." Magical properties were instilled by its creator, but the symbol had its power if it was written (composed) correctly.

The symbol is a wheel composed of eight staves with eight different protective charms attached at the end of each stave. Each charm protects against a different obstacle and together they potentiate their magic.  According to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík, Iceland, the effects attributed to magical staves were more relevant to poorer, illiterate, superstitious natives of Iceland, since these people were mostly small farmers and fishers who had to deal with harsh climate and uncertain seas and hoped for protection from disasters.

In the 1960s Vegvísir was appropriated by a New Age religion of Ásatrú and is used by the followers as a magical symbol. Today many people use Vegvísir symbol for protection. In an esoteric sense, Vegvísir may protect a seeker on his way to higher consciousness. It helps one find the right way and continue the journey despite all perils from within and without.

Independently from ascribed magical powers, the symbol has a high aesthetic value and is often used in art and fashion, or worn as a tattoo.

By Dominique Allmon, Marketing Assistant at Jimmo's

Dominique Allmon©2016




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