**Serene sounding Vegvisir glass wind chime made from high fire clay and glass.
This hand-rolled 3-1/2" disc (9cm) was carved with the sacred Icelandic Runic symbol, the Vegvisir compass, fired, then glazed and fired once again.
Five strands of translucent fused and unfused turquoise and iridescent glass, are decorated with Swarovski crystal glass beads, agate stone beads, Rutilite Quartz crystal chips, glass crystal beads, and one central Czech glass bead. The chime terminates in one of my fused glass pendants.
Total length from top of hook to bottom is 18" long (46 cm). The hook is made of chainmail rings and steel.
It is a Norse protection symbol, 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’). The origin of this type of witchcraft is difficult to ascertain: to some extent, it derives from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, but also has a few connections with the ancient Germanic runic tradition. Vegvísir was drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost.