Vegvísir, means ‘sign post‘, and it is the name of a magickal Icelandic stave. The intention behind this stave is to prevent the bearer from becoming lost during rough weather, even if their path is not yet known.
N.B: A stave, known as ‘Galdrastafur‘ in Icelandic, is a magickal symbol – like a sigil.
Vegvísir is seen in the Huld Manuscript, – a large compilation of ancient magickal runes, symbols and letters created in 1860 – alongside a description written in prose that states that “if this sign is carried, one will never lose one’s way in storms or bad weather, even when the way is not known“.
Nowadays, Vegvísir’s meaning is taken both literally and spiritually. Many of those who practise magick and who use sigils and staves, will use this particular symbol as a means of staying on their physical and metaphysical paths.