Jesse Bransford "Stave against Sorrow (1)" 2014
Art magus, Jesse Bransford, has been involved in a heavy and heady exploration of Icelandic magic of late, as evidenced by the extraordinary "Veil of Dreams" 3 month+ project he did with Max Razdow last year. The latest iteration is his recently released series of staves - essentially sigils for protection or conjuration that correspond to Odin's teachings as chronicled in the Norse poem, Hávamál. Bransford has adapted these runic workings via his own color magick system and other symbolic infusions, and the results are exquisite and highly potent. I jotted down some descriptor terms for these in my notebook, and I'm having trouble whittling them down, so please indulge me: clarity, mystery, elegance, intrigue, tenderness, subtlety, force, spirit machines. I highly recommend you view all 18 staves here.