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May 28, 2019 2 min read

Vegvisir Meaning

The Vegvisir is one of the oldest and most sacred Scandinavian symbols and is native to Iceland. "Vegur" means - road or path and "Vísir" means - Guide.

The symbol was often affixed to ships to ensure their safe return.


The Vegvisir was like a guide helping its carrier to find his way back. The Nordics believed that the Vegvisir had special powers and was considered a talisman for luck, protection and blessings. This powerful symbol could help a person find the right path in case of bad weather or storms, regardless of the environment they encounter.


He also played an important role among people who believed in magical powers, such as northern shamans. As a spiritual compass, this magical device guides your heart to make the right choices in life. If you have lost your faith in yourself. This sacred symbol helps you to regain confidence.

The "Saga of Hrana hrings" (Circle of the Saga of Hrana), which is one of the Icelandic Sagas, which only exists in manuscripts dating from 1887-1888, mentions the Vegvisir:"... the weather was cloudy and stormy.... ".the king looked around him and did not see the blue of the sky... then the king took the Vegvisir in his hands and saw where[the sun] appeared on the stone...".

The symbol appears in an Icelandic book of magic, or grimoire, known as Galdrabók, published around 1600 AD. Also, in 1860, in the'Huld Manuscript', Geir Vigfusson mentions the Vegvisir. Vigfusson has collected and categorized various Icelandic folk symbols using much older material. A page of the manuscript provides an image of the vegvísir, gives its name, and, declares that "if this sign is worn, you will never lose your way in storms or bad weather, even if the path is not known...".


The Viking and Scandinavian symbols represented gods, beliefs and myths. Some Viking symbols remain mysterious and their meaning is still unknown, but there are also many ancient symbols that have clear messages.
Scandinavian shamans like the mighty Völva (priestesses - prophetsesses), whom even the Scandinavian gods feared, depended on her magic to predict the future. The use of symbols for communication or divination has played an important role among northern shamans.


Some suggest that the Vegvisir was created by the Ásatrú, people who believe in ancient Germanic spirits and gods, but this statement is false. Ásatrú is a New Age movement and the Vegvisir is a very old symbol that was used in ancient times.

The true power of the Vegvisir is hidden in each of its 8 rods that offer different types of protection against many types of obstacles that can make you lose your way.

The Vegvisir remains a unique and mysterious northern symbol of unknown age. It is a powerful ancestral spiritual symbol that has survived to this day. Tattoos and amulets made with the image of a Vegvisir are very common nowadays.

Discover the vegvisir ring, vegvisir necklace and vegivisir bracelet


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May 28, 2019

beautiful viking symbol, perfect for a viking tattoo !

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