SAY THANK YOU, it was hard work getting this all together!…took me like 1 hour of my life 🙂
Staves or magical signs
All of 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 show some relation to runic culture and the old Germanic belief in Thor and Odinn. Much of the magic mentioned in court records can be found in grimoires kept in various manuscript collections. The purpose of the magic involved tells us something of the concerns of the lower classes that used them to lessen the burden of subsidence living in a harsh climate.
These are pretty cool. For some reason, though, I laughed a bit at the titles “So your ewes have twins” and of course “Necropants.” I am a mature person, yes. But this is awesome.