The signs and staves seen here can be found in Icelandic grimoires, some from the 17th century, some from later times though all of them seem to be related. The origin of this peculiar Icelandic magic is difficult to ascertain. Some signs seem to be derived from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, while others may be related to runic culture and Germanic belief in Thor and Odinn. Most magic mentioned in court records can be found in grimoires kept in various manuscript collections.
BIND RUNES: We see a lot of confusion with Post-Viking age symbology, in particular with the Icelandic staves. Whilst the staves may include runes, not all of them do. So whilst some may be classified as "bind runes", others are staves or symbols in their own right. This image shows a variety of symbols, all that have been commonly described as "bind runes". However, only 9, 11, 12, 13, and 15 are bind runes.
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Runic inscription: Hamingja Medu “Hamingja” translates as mutable magic energy/force and “medu” means three things: inspiration, transformation and mead – hard to separate. The meaning refers to the three hares symbol which forms the three-legged trefot or triskele symbol which symbolizes the ever-full well of magical inspiration as well as the meeting of the three realms of earth, sea, and sky. Blackthorn and Hawthorn are well known fairy trees in Europe. Hawthorn is a doorway to the othe...
Multiple sigilum crafted with the ancient arte of ensorceled ink & arcane quill through the hand of a witch held in thrall to the otherworld. Which talisman calls to you?What secrets and stories does it whisper? The top left one is hard to look away from for me. Open paths, keys, crossroads, scales, the serpentine bits at the ends… These are beautiful, Shivian.
Early belief held that the Gates of Paradise are guarded by a pair of peacocks. The peacock has ability to eat poisonous snakes w/o harm. Both Origen& Augustine refer to peacocks as a symbol of the resurrection. Pythagoras wrote that the soul of Homer moved into a peacock, a hyperbole to establish the respect& longevity of the Greek poet’s words. The Greeks dedicated the peacock to Juno, the goddess of sky and stars, in recognition of the golden circles and blue background of the peacock’s tail.
“By the Peacock” was a sacred oath, because the peacock was thought to have the power of resurrection, like the Phoenix. A necklace of Amethyst, peacock feathers, and swallow feathers were a talisman to protect its wearer from witches& sorcerers. Christians thought, in early times, that the peacock's blood could kill evil spirits. Two peacocks drinking from a chalice symbolizes rebirth and angels are often depicted with four wings of peacock feathers.