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This is the Norse protection symbol called Vegvísir, which has a deep meaning. The Icelandic word literally means ‘guidepost’ or ‘direction sign’. In modern popular culture the Vegvísir is often called Runic Compass or See the Way. It is often associated with the Viking Age, which is not correct: this symbol is from the 17th century Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (‘magic book’).  Vegvísir was drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost.

Vegvisir ("the viking compass"). It is said 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. It is encircled by protection runes. This would be a cool tattoo.

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Runer The Viking Alphabet. Wallpaper and background photos of Runer The Viking Alphabet for fans of Vikings (TV Series) images.

Symbol for Protection

Symbol: Aegishjalmur, the Helm of Awe, is an Icelandic protection rune. It was used in battle to instill fear in one’s enemies, and conquer fear in one’s own mind.