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vegvísir - the runic compass

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 …