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Author Topic: What are your takes on using the Galdrstaves in non-traditional material?  (Read 1632 times)

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I simply figured this would be a fun thing to talk about, so hey. What are your takes on using the Icelandic Galdrstaves, but using only their design without actually taking into the process the traditional materials? For example, I have seen a lot of heathen people wear the Helm of Awe as a necklace, or tattoo the Compass somewhere on their body, but the actual sources specifically mention that they all have individual components needed to actually activate - the Helm of Awe should be carved into metal and worn on the users forehead, while the Compass should be carved in a specific type of Icelandic jet stone and must be activated with the wearers blood. Plenty of Galdrstaves can also be found on things sold on Viking or medieval markets, where their purpose appears to be decoration, or where the requirements for activating them are at least not mentioned to the customer (although I suspect not many Compass necklaces would be sold if the buyer knew they'd have to draw their own blood to use it, lol).

Do you personally use the Staves without their traditional components? How did it work out for you, magically? And have you tried to compare the traditional and non-traditional materials to see if there is any difference in how you perceive its effectiveness?
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Quote from: Elding;197476
I simply figured this would be a fun thing to talk about, so hey. What are your takes on using the Icelandic Galdrstaves, but using only their design without actually taking into the process the traditional materials? For example, I have seen a lot of heathen people wear the Helm of Awe as a necklace, or tattoo the Compass somewhere on their body, but the actual sources specifically mention that they all have individual components needed to actually activate - the Helm of Awe should be carved into metal and worn on the users forehead, while the Compass should be carved in a specific type of Icelandic jet stone and must be activated with the wearers blood. Plenty of Galdrstaves can also be found on things sold on Viking or medieval markets, where their purpose appears to be decoration, or where the requirements for activating them are at least not mentioned to the customer (although I suspect not many Compass necklaces would be sold if the buyer knew they'd have to draw their own blood to use it, lol).

Do you personally use the Staves without their traditional components? How did it work out for you, magically? And have you tried to compare the traditional and non-traditional materials to see if there is any difference in how you perceive its effectiveness?

 
I will preface this saying I use a bit of UPG in my practic. So take everything with salt.

This is pretty interesting. Staves are tools, and so I like ti compare them to tools. Aegisjalmur historically being carved on the inside of a helmet could be compared to a metal screwdriver. They are functional tools.

A bamboo screwdriver wouldnt be as useful in a situation that needs a metal one. But it can be a point of focus. For example, some people carve wooden Mjolnir motifs to use in altars. In actuality a wooden representation of Mjolnir wouldnt be as useful as the real thing, but it gives you something to focus on. A set of properties that can help with a state of mind. So I have used with staves in the past with that mindset. When travelling I don Vegvisir (the compas) upon myself because focussing on what it represents reassures me and makes me more content even if it isnt functioning in its actusl context.

So even though I have worked with them in a context that shouldnt work I believe there is someyhing to be gained from them. It is like focussing on a calm beach when meditating. It is more getting myself into a mindset than invoking runic magic.

That is how I see it, anyway.

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