Icelandic magical staves (sigils) are symbols called Galdrastafur, and are credited with magical effect preserved in various grimoires dating from the 17th century and later. The patch is an accurate square rendition of the Aegishjalmur / Helm of Awe, a type of rune stave, is magical Viking spell of protection. According to a number of legends, this apotropaic (protective) symbol, when worn between the eyes, was intended to confer invincibility in the wearer or instill fear in one’s enemies. The earliest mention of the aegishalmer is in the Eddas, although pictorial representations only date from around medieval times. Silver, related to the moon and the ebb and flow of the tides illuminates the way forward through and out of the darkness in the black background.
See also: The Vegvisir Legend
- 2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm)
- Silver on black
- Fully embroidered, rayon thread on nylon base
- Black hook backing with cover
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