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A is for Aegishjalmur


I’m sure most people who are interested in this sorts of things will be somewhat passingly familiar with the aegishjalmur, and it’s also most common appearance.  However, there are quite a few variations on that form, and they were used for a good number of things from looking at various spells and entries in Icelandic magic of the middle ages.

This particular version, shown above, is one of my favorites.  The name  of these is aegishjalm arnirniu (I’m sorry, I don’t quite know how to put accent marks in there, so I apologize for their absence) which is translated as the Nine Helms of Aegir.  The text associated with them says “These are the nine helms of Aegir that everyone who deals with knowledge cannot do without. Each of them should be used.”


Following these directions, I put them all down on a piece of paper, in red ink, and proceeded to use that as petition paper that would I burn candles on (thus the waxy circle on the paper, yes this is a photo graph of the actual talisman).   As there is no further directions given, I just laid them all out as I felt was aesthetically pleasing, and using oils and incense with them as it relates to wisdom, knowledge, and mind empowerment.


Here is a spell.


What you’ll need

-a purple candle

-a wisdom oil (King Solomon’s Wisdom, or just Wisdom etc…)

-incense (wisdom incense if you can, but just frankincense or copal will do in a pinch.  You can could also burn sage leaves)

-a candle holder

-piece of paper

A piece of solomon seal root

-red pen


Take the piece of paper (something about 2×4 inches will be fine) and using the red paper, write the 9 helms of aegir on the paper. Put it however you want, but there should probably be a helm in each corner and a helm on each side with one helm in the middle.


Using the Wisdom oil and your finger, dab a small amount of oil on to each helm.


Take the solomon seal root, and fix it with the Wisdom oil.
Take the purple candle, and anoint it with Wisdom oil.  Do this however you prefer anoint candles. Set the candle in the holder, and place the holder on top of the piece of paper. ( I find a good brass holder is good for this purpose.) If you can, place the Solomon seal root under the candle holder, on top of the paper, or place it next to the base of the holder.


Light some charcoal, and put it into your censer, brazier or whatever you burn charcoal in.  Put a good pinch of incense on the charcoal and let it smoke.  Light the candle wick and let it burn.


As the candle burns, you should pray.  You might recite mantras for wisdom, recitations from Psalms or Proverbs.  You can also pray silently, and allow the Wisdom of God or the Gods, or the ancestors to come to you and fill you.  You could also meditate.


You can do this spell in one day, by letting the candle burn down. You could also repeat it for 7 days, burning the candle in 15 minute increments, snuffing it each day with your fingers or a candle snuffer, until the 7th day, where you should let it finish burning.


Take the solomon seal root, and put it into a flannel bag of either white, purple or red, along with the paper with the nine helms on it.  Carry it with you, or place it under your pillow as you sleep, keep it on a secure place on your altar or wherever you keep your altar.  Whenever you are doing your daily practice of prayer, you should take it, and wear the bag, or sit with it while you do your daily prayers or meditation.

Fascination and the Aegishjalmur


The power of fascination or enchantment is one of the more commonly given powers associated with practitioners of magic.  Yet, it seems to be the least mentioned ability in many books dealing with magic.  The only sources that I have yet to find that deal with it are Agrippa (in his classic 3 books) Paul Huson in Mastering Witchcraft, and Jason Miller in the Sorcerer’s Secrets.  It is such a useful technique; it is surprising that so many people seem to ignore it.


For myself, I have found that the aegishjalmur, or the helm of awe (or terror), is a most useful symbol in working this kind of magic, both in a general way and in working with the specific application when interacting with a specific person.  I also combine the aegishjalmur with the ideas and techniques presented by the three authors above, so it makes it a pretty effective tool in my bag of tricks.


When you are first starting out, I highly recommend actual putting the aegishjalmur on your forehead.  A method described in the galdrabok indicates doing so with your own spit, so work up a good mouthful of saliva (you’ll need it) and using your left index finger, put the aegishjalmur on your forehead. It’s not going to be perfect, so don’t try to make it that way. When you are finished, press your index finger into the center of the symbol and say:


“The helm of awe is upon my brow. Let all strife be stemmed, let all wrath be run away, Let all people look upon me with favor, as the Lady looks upon the Lord with favor and may the world and land be gracious as friends.”


Channel some ond into the symbol and then continue on about your day.  You could also use an appropriate condition oil to put the symbol on your forehead, but I find that makes me break out, and having facial blemishes doesn’t really help one in social interaction.


This is the basic set-up for working with the aegishjalmur and using it for persuasion and influence. When it comes time to work on someone specifically, well, you should already have done this.  When you find yourself entering into a situation where you want the influence of the helm, start channeling ond into the figure on your forehead.  Feel it light up with energy, and start glowing, and that glow starts to wrap itself around you. As you continue to power it, you should also start to feel it acting upon the third eye and perhaps feel ond flow into the subtle channels of the eyes from there.  I find that with fascination, eye contact is important.  The ond that will radiate from the eyes will carry emotions and desires with it, and for it to “hit” it needs to meet the eyes of the desired target.  So, make eye contact.  Often times the eye contact will instantly get the attention of the target once it is made, because in this day and age it seems eye contact is something that many people avoid.  Depending upon how you want to influence the target, try and keep your face relaxed but  following the general intention, i.e., try a subtle smile (practice it) if you are trying to entice the person, and do a subtle frown or tighten your jaw a little if you’re trying to intimidate the target.

Once you have the target’s gaze (even if for a second) then continue to move forward.  Play a game of cat and mouse, where you are present, but just out of reach.  Talk to them briefly, but then indicate you need to go elsewhere (to friends, refresh your drink) to give them space, but then return after a few minutes.  If you find the opportunity presents itself, give them an acceptable and friendly touch.  The touch should also be charged with ond and your intention, whether it is a handshake or an “accidental” tap with the elbow against their elbow or arm.  Of course, if all is going well, they should be paying rapt attention to you, and find ignoring your difficult.  If your goal is to get into close contact/quarters with the target, once that occurs, start delivering ond with your breath, your gaze and your touch, all channeled through the helm of awe.



The Aegishjalmur or Helm of Awe is probably one of my favorite symbols from the Northern Tradition. It is one of the magical signs that have many forms and seems to appear often, especially in the Icelandic galdrbok as a means to gain many things, from stilling anger, to winning love, or just having the favor of men or removing anger. Some variants are very simple images, others are as complex as solomonic and goetic talismans in their imagery. I personally have a preference for the simpler ones, mainly because they are much easier to inscribe on a multitude of surfaces.

The helm of awe is even mentioned in the sagas, probably the most famous saga, The Volsungasaga. The dwarf turned dragon, Fafnir, bears a helm of awe, which is one of the means that he keeps his suspected foes away from the treasure that he has accumulated.

Later, in the galdrbok tradition, it is suggested that the aegishjalmur symbol be made into lead and pressed between the brows, or using spit, drawn on the forehead. One version has an incantation that reads

“It is the helm of awe that I bear between my eyes-wrath runs away, strife is stemmed. May every mother be delighted with me as Maria was delighted with her blessed son when she found him on the rock of victory, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit” followed by “ Olvir, Odhinn, Evil One/ All will you bewitch! / May God himself, with skill/ Send love between us two!”

This was used to still wrath, but also could be used to bring love.

A variant aegishjlamur was named Solomon’s Insigli aka Solomon’s sign and was used for protection.

The main purpose of the Helm of Awe in my works is for success, victory, mastery and favor. You could use spit and other traditional means to place it upon your brow, but you can also use relevant condition oils (such as Crown of Success, Master or High John the Conqueror).

A simple Aegishjalmur spell for success could consist of the following:

A yellow candle (for success, victory and favor)
Crown of Success condition oil
Crown of Success sachet powder
Crown of Success incense
A piece of paper (parchment paper or hand torn brown paper)
A red pen
A pin or needle
Quick lighting charcoal
Incense holder

Light your charcoal.

Take the piece of paper, and using the red pen, draw the aegishjalmur symbol on the piece of paper. Sprinkle a small amount of sachet powder on the paper and symbol, and then retrace the symbol with your left index finger. When you finish, snap the paper to remove the sachet powder.

Take the yellow candle. With the pin or needle, carve the aegishjalmur symbol into the candle. Dress the candle with Crown of Success oil, and place it over the symbol and paper. Put some incense on the charcoal. As it is smoking, using spit or oil, make the draw the aegishjalmur on your forehead, when completed say:

“The Helm of awe is upon my brow. Let all people look upon me and hear my words with favor, as the Lord looked upon his creation with favor, that I may succeed in all my works. So It is!

Light the candle and let the candle burn down to completion. After it has burned out, carry the paper with you in your wallet or purse, as talisman for success and favor. If you desire, you can take the talisman and press the symbol to your forehead and repeat your incantation, while you are out to strengthen the aegishjalmur.