Talisman Set #11: Gorse, Alder, Willow

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Consisting of three unique handcrafted talismans, the set is suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

Each amulet is a different wood:


I ritually blessed all three amulets in a major Faerie rite.

The willow piece in this set is a lintel ward to bless and safeguard your home. This talisman will do its magical work placed by or above a door, another opening to the outdoors, or anywhere else you choose in your home.

The talisman will also work for a building other than a home.


Willow protects and blesses those who are fey-touched and childlike, and empowers their magic and other endeavors. I think these magics perfectly suit a threshold piece for someone who is Fey-touched. (These magical sensibilities in Lady Willow are ones I perceived myself; I’ve never read about them in a book or heard of them anywhere. I love getting to know the magical properties of wood through visions and other direct experiences.)

Lady Willow also provides a threshold into Faerie—a place between the worlds—and safety while there. Using Willow as a threshold protection and blessing seems to me a lovely pun and enchantment. Again, I’ve not read or otherwise heard of the functions of willow mentioned in this paragraph, but for decades Lady Willow has performed them wonderfully for me.

Ogham letters going down the center of the willow spell out the Gaelic word for love. That seemed a perfect word for an amulet to safeguard and bless because the Old Gods take good care of us in Their love for us, and because love in a home is among the greatest blessings.

The pyrography is my original one-of-a-kind shamanic design that adds to the wood’s powers. My pyrography is done ritually to add yet more power. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.)

On the back, I pyrographed the Ogham that corresponds with the willow tree:

This set also includes a gorse wood pendant.

As I said, I learn the metaphysical properties of a tree directly from it or its wood. What gorse has told me, and here says to you:

“You are beautiful exactly as you are. Your face, your body, your DNA, your mind, your feelings, your bones, your veins, your breath, your heart, and your soul are beautiful.”

When you need a reminder of that message, and magic to reinforce it, wear this gorse charm.

Gorse also said:

“Serve others generously; whatever you have, give; use whatever you have in service; every part of you is beautiful, so do not worry about whether what you give of yourself is good enough.” Wear this amulet to help you live as gorse suggests.

On the top, I wood-burned the gorse Ogham:

The set also includes an alder amulet pendant.


When I tune into alder, I sense the essence of magic that runs through all things. I also notice a sensibility of being magic rather than doing magic. (I love doing magic, I do magic all day long. But being magic is entirely different and core to my existence.) Hence, an alder amulet helps you be magic and tune into the essence of magic.

I sense alder’s magic is powerful, rich, and complex, but also subtle, not flashy or obvious. It is below the surface. Someone whose magic is akin to alder’s can seem like there’s nothing enchanted in them at all, that they might not even have the potential for magic. Alder can remind such a person of their power and boost it.

When I asked Alder Spirit if it protects the person whom I’ve described above as akin to it, Alder said, “Yes.”

I pyrographed the alder Ogham on the back of this nice thick chunk of wood. … And maybe you want to wear the back as the front. The wood is gorgeous either side.

To benefit from the power of either pendant, when you don’t want to wear it or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar.

Cost for the entire set is $130 plus $5 shipping. I ship only to U.S. non-military addresses. Scroll down to pay securely with PayPal.





If this set calls, grab it. I’m constitutionally incapable of repeating my designs.

Your set will arrive with simple care instructions to keep the wood beautiful. I’ll also enclose a print up of this post.

All wood was ethically harvested. Each amulet is finished with a natural beeswax and oil treatment, then strung on waxed cotton cord.

I put my heart and soul in these pieces because I’m an old-fashioned witch who believes I was put on this planet to serve you. Now the amulets will flow to whomever they are meant to serve.

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Surrender Creates Victory

Roadblocks, Accidents, and Synchronicity:
Surrender Creates Victory in the Creative Process and the Rest of Life

After lucking out by acquiring gorgeous, large, old turquoise beads, I decided to make myself a somewhat monochromatic necklace. Sorting through my other beads, I found perfect pieces, but needed one more style of beads for the necklace to really kick, so I started making them, by felting.

I made six felted beads. I wanted them to be just plain turquoise-colored for the monochromatic look I’d envisioned. But the Corriedale Turquoise wool fiber I’d bought from Living Felt was temporarily hiding in my very messy crafting area.

I love it, though, when something limits me in my creative process, since whatever I do to circumvent the problem usually produces something better than my original vision. It always affirms that I needn’t let blocks stop me in any endeavor, whether creative, romantic, spiritual, financial, magical, or other.

The only pale blue wool I had from Living Felt (LF) was more like a baby blue, probably LF’s Corriedale Ice. So I needle felted that, using one of LF’s pink-handled needles (I think pink handle means their 36 triangle, but you can check that on their site). I needle-felted around a shish kebabs skewer, to make the beads’ holes.

Once the pieces were very roughly felted, I took apart yarns of various greens and blues and wrapped them around the beads, letting a lot of the pale blue show through. Luckily, I had a tiny bit of turquoise yarn, which I think made a difference.

Then I added wisps of one of LF’s dark greens, probably their Fir Merino top. Next, I wet felted, rounding the pieces into balls and firming them up, keeping the skewer in them to stop their holes from closing.

I’d hoped a portion of each bead would be turquoise-colored, and hadn’t expected what happened instead. Imagine my delighted shock when the colors and patterns that emerged made the felt reminiscent of turquoise. The resemblance was not strong enough to make the felt beads look like sleazy imitations of turquoise. Instead, the felt mildly echoes the necklace’s real turquoise, highlighting it. I mean, this is one of the necklaces I’m most proud of having made. And I feel elegant wearing it.

This happy accident was a wonderful reminder for me about how to deal with blocks in any part of life: instead of getting all frustrated, I went with the flow. Feeling frustrated is natural. But sitting in my frustration endlessly instead of going with the flow is unnecessary. Remembering that is always so freeing for me.


Going with the flow does not mean being a doormat. For example, often, when I surrender to the flow, it opens the door for the Goddess to create a pattern better than anything I could’ve come up with, whether it’s a pattern on a wool bead or a pattern for living. Going with the flow when a challenge hits any part of my life might help me come up with a pattern for overcoming that challenge.

The creative process informs the rest of my life.

As a witch, I strive to align with the flows that course through my day because there’s much magic in them.

Even when I almost died from multiple sclerosis in my early years of it—my utter feebleness and impending demise like a nightmare from which I just could not wake—leaning into that horrifying “flow” best I could (which was not very well, I’ll be honest) and trusting there was a Divine hand in it, brought me to a much happier place in my life than I’ve ever been in before.

Going with that flow, even though I couldn’t do it well, also helped create a mindset and events that made my health bounce back and will allow me to keep going well into my late senior years. I intend to enjoy every magical moment of it.

2018 note: this piece was written in 2016, but I hadn’t the chance to post it yet. Then I came across it today. It served as a good reminder for me. I’m not a pacifist. I fight for my rights and for the rights of all people. And I need constant reminders that spiritual surrender makes me a better fighter.

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Talisman Set #10: Fig, Apple, Rose

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Consisting of three unique talismans, the set is suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

The three amulets are each a different wood:

I ritually blessed all three amulets in a major Faerie rite.

The apple piece is a pentacle for your altar.

A pentacle will safeguard and bless the home, add power and protection to your rituals, and honor your wild, witchy heart.

Whether on the altar or elsewhere in your dwelling, a pentacle will protect and bless the home. I display a pentacle by leaning it against a pretty vase.

A pentacle also symbolizes the wisdom and free ways of witches, and honors sexuality.

I believe apple wood: fosters wisdom, as well as freedom from suppression, oppression, and depression; and is good for opening to joyful living and satisfying sexuality.

After all, Apple was the sacred tree on the isle of Avalon, where ancient Pagan priestesses of the Goddess lived and cast their Fey spells, free to live as they wished, learning wisdoms from the other realms. Apples also brings to mind the garden of Eden. Eve refused to kowtow to a God who didn’t want her to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. She wanted freedom and wisdom. Everything in this paragraph leads to what is stated in the above paragraph.

Plus, anything that got Eve into so much trouble with a bullying, patriarchal, uptight Jehovah must have had a sex-related aspect. As does all freedom! Yet another reason to believe apple wood invokes healthy sexuality.

Apple wood is an excellent amulet for prosperity. I doubt Eve was actually thrown out of any garden just for eating an apple! Free Pagans still live in the Goddess’ abundant garden; She loves us!

Given the Avalon myth and Eve’s story, apple seemed a perfect wood on which to pyrograph a pentacle, the symbol of the witch. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.)

The pyrography is my original one-of-a-kind shamanic design that adds to the apple wood and pentacle’s powers.

I’m rather insistent about asymmetry and won’t even make a pentacle symmetrical, usually.

Rotate the pentacle: you’ll notice the design can be viewed any-side-up.

I pyrographed the apple Ogham on the back of this thick, gorgeous chunk of wood:

A pentacle that is a little smaller but still substantial, like this one, suits me. It easily tucks into a purse or backpack, so its powers can go with me. The amulet also feels good in the hand—great to hold while doing magic.

This set also includes an amulet pendant, crafted from the wood of a wild rosebush.

Rose is sacred to the Faerie Queen and King, so draws Their blessings and protection. Rose also adds Fey power to spells.

Rose also represents mysticism, helping you see into the Mysteries and find their power.

Though I’ve always been drawn to roses, sensing their spiritual importance and presence at the heart of the Mysteries, crafting rose wood affirmed its power to me.

This enchanted jewelry is from a wild rose bush I had to cut back before its thorns destroyed wiring on a utility pole. The Faerie Queen helped and blessed the work. The wood cured beautifully and is so elegant that sometimes I don’t pyrograph it.

The set also includes a fig wood amulet pendant.

Fig trees hold abundance magic. If you’ve ever bit into one of their luscious fruits, you’ll see why fig trees are a perfect symbol for the good life. Figs have been part of Mediterranean culture forever. Given all this, when strega me found a piece of fig wood just big enough for two pendants, you better believe I kept one for myself.

The wood had a pithy core that was quite off-center. I hollowed it out for stringing. This natural formation causes the pendant to hang lopsided, matching the happy, lopsided grin of a Pagan who’s enjoying abundance from the Old Gods. The aesthetic is bold and modern, while the energy is ancient and ecstatic.

I love ferreting through my collection for the right beads. The amber-colored glass, which has bits of pale blue that are like an astral mist, is accented by the faceted cobalt blue beads. Transparent cobalt blue has a lovely spiritual vibration.

To benefit from the power of either pendant, when you don’t want to wear it or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar or wall.

Cost for the entire set is $130 plus $5 shipping. I ship only to U.S. non-military addresses. Scroll down to pay securely with PayPal.





If this set calls, grab it. I’m constitutionally incapable of repeating my designs.

Your set will arrive with simple care instructions to keep the wood beautiful. I’ll also enclose a print up of this post.

Each amulet is coated with a natural beeswax and oil treatment. Pendants are strung on waxed cotton cord. All wood was ethically harvested.

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Talisman Set #9: Birch and Elm

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Consisting of two unique talismans, the set is suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

The talismans are each a different wood, from a tree sacred to the Celts:

I ritually blessed both amulets in a major Faerie rite.

The birch piece is a pentacle for your altar.

A pentacle will protect and bless the home, add power and protection to your rites, and honor your wild witchy spirit.

Whether on the altar or elsewhere in your dwelling, this pentacle will safeguard and bless the home. I display my wood pentacle by leaning it against a pretty vase.

A pentacle also symbolizes the wisdom and free ways of witches, and honors sexuality.

Birch trees hold the magic of new beginnings and renewal.

The pyrography is my original one-of-a-kind design that adds to the birch and pentacle’s powers. Home decor with mojo. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.)

The design is my usual insistent asymmetry. I won’t even make a pentacle symmetrical, usually.

If you rotate the pentacle, you’ll notice the design can be viewed any-side-up.

I pyrographed the birch Ogham on the back. I wish the photo showed how smooth it is.

I left the bark on because it’s beautiful. It might come off since I refuse to use a polyurethane finish or the like. I applied a lovely, natural, beeswax blend instead. Whoever buys this sacred artifact can enjoy its bark for as long it lasts then, if the bark comes off, still enjoy a lovely talisman.

The elm wood piece is a pendant talisman.


Elm is a high tree, so no surprise it traditionally represents seeing the large picture and being objective. My sense of the wood, when I hold it and tune in, is that elm helps me experience my feelings more fully and comfortably instead of suppressing them, so I can assess a challenge or other situation more accurately and wisely, and am proactive rather than reactive. I also intuit elm helps me stay down to earth when exploring strong emotions, remember my true goals, and act on them.

I thought all those traits might be desirable for someone who wants birch for new beginnings.

I looked forward to wood burning my first piece of elm but, when I finished sanding, the wood was so beautiful that I hesitated to cover it up with pyrography. Moments later, I learned that burning elm is verboten in lore. Interesting. I left this magical jewelry simple, showing its gorgeousness.

To benefit from the pendant’s power when you don’t want to wear it or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar or wall.

Cost for the set is $130 plus $5 shipping. I ship only to U.S. non-military addresses. Scroll down to pay securely with PayPal.





If this set calls, grab it. I’m constitutionally incapable of repeating my designs.

The birch is my first large, detailed piece. It was exciting to have developed my skill enough for this project and to obtain a large enough piece of wood. My sets have previously consisted of three pieces. Since the birch is a large and detailed, and I don’t want to raise my price, I’m offering this two-piece set. Is it yours?

Your set will arrive with simple care instructions to keep the wood beautiful. I’ll also enclose a print up of this post about the set.

Each amulet is coated with a natural beeswax and oil treatment. The pendant is strung on waxed cotton cord. All wood was ethically harvested.

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Talisman Set #8: Elder, Apple, Willow

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Consisting of three unique talismans, the set is suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

The three talismans are each a different wood:

The elder piece in this set protects and blesses the home.

Look at that huge chunk of elder! But I added more magic anyway, starting at the top with a pink bead I’m 99% sure is rose quartz. (I up-cycled it, so I can’t be 100% sure. In any case, pink is the color of self-love, domestic happiness, and coziness.) Rose quartz is a gem of self-love, which felt like the right gem to add since a home should be nurturing.

Next are two India vintage beads, a green for the God and a blue for the Goddess. Then come two more rose quartz, then a faceted glass pink bead that I’ve waited for the right use for. I love ferreting through my stash to find perfect beads. The metal tassels are lead and nickel free.

The aesthetic is boldly modern whimsy, the energy is ancient and powerful. Elder has a pithy core I hollowed out for stringing. The pith was slightly off-center. This natural formation may cause the piece to hangs slightly askew. A jaunty tilt! I love the hollow core, a natural phenomena that provides a wee portal for Fey Folk to come bless your home. Enchanted home decor.

This lintel amulet will do its magic when hung by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or elsewhere in your dwelling. You could instead use this threshold charm as a protection and blessing for a space other than a home.

Elder is multifaceted. It is sacred to more than one domestic Goddess. It can add power to your magic, facilitate change, protect from evil spirits, and be used in exorcisms. Elder is sacred to Goddesses Freya and Holda, as well as to the Crone Goddess. I myself experience elder as invoking the Great Goddess, Creator of All Things. Some folks, myself included, meet a Goddess called the Elder Mother living in the tree. When sanding elder, it appears primordial to me—the original archetype of a tree mystically.

Important to read before purchase: Elder’s energy is suited only to a person who
* serves a Goddess (other than the Goddess within oneself. I am not diminishing the importance viewing self as deity has for some people. I’m instead stating what’s needed to work with elder.)
* works hard on surrendering to that Goddess
* strives for humility
* and devotes substantial time to serving humans (as opposed to serving non-corporeal beings. My emphasis on humans doesn’t diminish the importance of serving spirits. I’m simply stating what’s needed to work with elder).

If the above requirements are met, elder can safely provide all its marvelous magic. For anyone other than the type of person I described, elder’s energy might automatically backfire harmfully on them. So I dare not sell it without cautionary statements.

Magic is everyone’s birthright, but not every magic is right for everyone. I’m comfortable with elder, adore it, but I couldn’t work with a garnet stone if my life depended on it.

If you think elder is safe for you though you don’t fulfill the requirements listed, trust yourself. My belief in elder’s restrictions is purely my own. I’ve never seen it in lore. Even if it appeared in traditional material, lore is not law. You are the ultimate authority on you.

Lore provides food for thought. Though my theory—that elder use is restricted to certain persons—isn’t spelled out in traditional material, I analyzed lore and found it congruent with my ideas. Here’s that analysis (If you want to skip it, information about the set’s actual amulet continues with the next photo of it):

Lore forbids cutting from the elder tree without its permission. There is also a tradition of saying, before cutting into an elder tree, “Lady Ellhorn, give me some of your wood, and I will give you some of mine when I grow into a tree.” There’s also a tradition of spitting on the ground by the elder tree, to protect oneself from the tree.

However, I myself, when harvesting from a plant, might spit by the plant to give it some of myself in exchange for its giving some of itself to me. This practice is something I came up with myself, but I intuit—and it just makes logical sense—that spitting by the elder tree gives some of one’s own “wood” to the tree. In other words, spitting gives part of yourself as an offering to the tree.

I also experience my spitting as giving myself to the service of the Great Mother. A forgotten tradition of spitting by an elder tree with that motive would be congruent with the attributes I sense in individuals who can enjoy elder wood’s magic, especially given the following:

To alienate people from the Old Religion, the Christian church created superstitions to spread the lie that elder trees are evil. Spitting to protect oneself from the tree could easily have been part of this alienating lore and a bastardization of spitting as an offering to the tree. Not that I know any lore saying you spit by a tree to offer yourself to it, but I think there’s a good chance that could have been lore.

One could, of course, argue my line of reasoning. I may totally change my mind about elder, someday. However, my theory about elder’s restricted use is based in my actual interactions with the Elder Mother, as well as in related observations that spanned a few decades. Only after those interactions and observations led to my theory did I analyze it in terms of the lore I’ve mentioned. (Let me tell you a tiny bit about those experiences and observations. Elder is not the sole magic suitable only to the sort of individual I’ve described. I practice many of those types of magics safely. Yet I’ve watched them used by a good number of individuals, including skilled practitioners, who do not meet the requirements I described, and those magics backfired big-time on those folks.)

You might consider spitting on the ground outdoors, as a one-time offering to the Elder Goddess and the Great Mother, before you hang the talisman.

Lore tells us to never burn elder. Many folks, myself among them, believe that includes pyrography.

This set’s apple wood piece is a pendant talisman.


I believe the wood: fosters wisdom, as well as freedom from suppression, oppression, and depression; and is good for opening to joyful living and satisfying sexuality.

After all, Apple is the sacred tree on the isle of Avalon, where ancient Pagan priestesses of the Goddess lived and cast their spells, free to live as they wished, learning wisdoms from the other realms. Apples also brings to mind the garden of Eden. Eve refused to kowtow to a God who didn’t want her to eat from the tree of knowledge. She wanted freedom and wisdom. Everything in this paragraph leads to what is stated in the above paragraph.

Plus, anything that got Eve into so much trouble with a bullying, patriarchal, uptight Jehovah must have had a sex-related aspect. As does all freedom! Yet another reason to believe apple wood invokes healthy sexuality.

Apple wood is an excellent amulet for prosperity. I doubt Eve was actually thrown out of any garden just for eating an apple! Free women still live in the Goddess’ abundant garden, She loves us!

Given the Avalon myth and Eve’s story, apple seemed a great wood on which to pyrograph a pentacle, the symbol of the witch. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.)
A pentacle symbolizes the wisdom and free ways of witches, including honoring sexuality.

A pentacle is also good overall protection.

I pyrographed the apple Ogham on the back of the pendant:

I held apple wood over my heart for a few moments and experienced calming, centering, and a healing of my heart chakra. It felt like an act of self-love. I think Eve ate from the tree of knowledge as an act of self-love and love for Adam. Every time we choose freedom, whether from external tyranny or from unhealthy restraints we put on ourselves, we are choosing love. Perhaps apple wood helps us choose love.

I added Czech faceted glass “Fire polished” transparent beads. They’re ruby-colored, a sexy color to further celebrate sexuality. The photos make them look more orangey than they are, except for the last photo.

This set’s third talisman is a pendant to bless and protect you, crafted from the wood of a willow tree.

Willow protects and blesses those who are Fey-touched and childlike, and empowers their magic and other endeavors. (These magical sensibilities of willow are ones I perceived myself; I’ve never read about them in a book or heard of them anywhere. I love getting to know the magical properties of wood through spending time with it, visions, and other direct experiences.)

Lady Willow also provides a threshold into Faerie—a place between the worlds—and safety while there. Again, I’ve not read or otherwise heard of the functions of willow mentioned in this paragraph, but for decades Lady Willow has performed them wonderfully for me.

The pyrography is my original one-of-a-kind design that adds to the willow’s power to bless and protect. Boho jewelry with big mojo.

I also pyrographed the willow Ogham on the back of the pendant:

To benefit from the power of either pendant when you don’t want to wear it or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar or wall.

Cost for the entire set is $130 plus $5 shipping. I ship only to U.S. non-military addresses. Scroll down to pay securely with PayPal.





If this set calls, grab it. I’m constitutionally incapable of repeating my designs.

Your set will arrive with simple care instructions to keep the wood beautiful. I’ll also enclose a print up of this post about the set.

Each amulet is coated with a natural beeswax and oil treatment, and then strung on waxed cotton cord. The wood was ethically harvested.

I ritually blessed all three amulets. Now they can flow to whomever they are meant to serve.

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Talisman Set #7: Rose, Elder, Oak

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This set is available exclusively to one of my students or other newsletter subscribers.

Consisting of three unique talismans, the set is one-of-a-kind, suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

I blessed these talismans in a major Faerie rite.

Each piece is coated with a natural beeswax and oil treatment, and then strung on waxed cotton cord. The wood was ethically harvested.

This set’s three talismans are each a different wood:

The oak piece is a pendant talisman.

Oak symbolizes strength, prosperity, protection, and overall blessings. Oak is also a door into enchanted realms and their Mysteries.

Oak calls forth protection and blessings from the Green God (whom some view as synonymous with Herne, the deer-antlered God of the forest), and from Elen of the Ways (the antlered Green Goddess).

My pyrography increases the oak’s power. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.) I burnt an oak leaf into the pendant. I also pyrographed the oak Ogham near the bottom:

This pendant also is a keppen (small wand).

Oak is a standard wand for witches, druids, and others, since it represents power.

Like oak’s acorns, this wee keppen holds oak’s powers: boho jewelry with big mojo, on hand whenever you want.

This set also has an elder wood amulet pendant.

Elder can add power to your magic, facilitate change, protect from evil spirits, and be used in exorcisms. Elder is sacred to Goddesses Freya and Holda, as well as to the Crone Goddess. I myself experience elder as invoking the Great Goddess, Creator of All Things. Some folks, myself included, meet a Goddess called “the Elder Mother” living in the tree. When sanding elder, it appears primordial to me—the original archetype of a tree mystically.

Important to read before purchase: Elder’s energy is suited only to a person who
* serves a Goddess (other than the Goddess within oneself. I am not diminishing the importance viewing self as deity has for some people. I’m instead stating what’s needed to work with elder.)
* works hard on surrendering to that Goddess
* strives for humility
* and devotes substantial time to serving humans (as opposed to serving non-corporeal beings. My emphasis on humans doesn’t diminish the importance of serving spirits. I’m simply stating what’s needed to work with elder).

If the above requirements are met, this pendant can safely provide all the marvelous magic described in the paragraph that starts, “Elder can add power to your magic.” For anyone other than the type of person I described, this piece’s energy might automatically backfire harmfully on them. So I dare not sell it without cautionary statements.

To readers who lack confidence: if you underestimate your devotion to the Goddess, the importance of the service you provide your community and/or family, your surrender to Her, and its humility, then your under-estimation might not let you realize that you can use elder when many others cannot.

Magic is everyone’s birthright, but not every magic is right for everyone. I’m comfortable with elder, adore it, but I couldn’t work with a garnet stone if my life depended on it.

If you think elder is safe for you though you don’t fulfill the requirements listed, trust yourself. My belief in elder’s restrictions is purely my own. I’ve never seen it in lore. Even if it appeared in traditional material, lore is not law. You are the ultimate authority on you.

Lore provides food for thought. Though my theory—that elder use is restricted to certain persons—isn’t spelled out in traditional material, I analyzed lore and found it congruent with my ideas. Here’s that analysis: (If you want to skip it, information about the set’s actual amulet continues with the line You might consider spitting on the ground outdoors …)

Lore forbids cutting from the elder tree without its permission. There is also a tradition of saying, before cutting into an elder tree, “Lady Ellhorn, give me some of your wood, and I will give you some of mine when I grow into a tree.” There’s also a tradition of spitting on the ground by the elder tree, to protect oneself from the tree.

However, I myself, when harvesting from a plant, might spit by the plant to give it some of myself in exchange for its giving some of itself to me. This practice is something I came up with myself, but I intuit—and it just makes logical sense—that spitting by the elder tree gives some of one’s own “wood” to the tree. In other words, spitting gives part of yourself as an offering to the tree, just as I do when I spit by a plant.

I also experience my own spitting by a plant as giving myself to the service of the Great Mother. A forgotten tradition of spitting by an elder tree with that motive would be congruent with the attributes I sense are in the individuals who can enjoy elder wood’s magic, especially given the following:

To alienate people from the Old Religion, the Christian church created new lore supporting the falsehood that elder trees are evil. Spitting to protect oneself from the tree could easily have been part of this alienating lore and a bastardization of spitting as an offering to the tree. Not that I know of any lore saying that you spit by a tree to offer yourself to it, but I think there’s a good chance that could be found in lore.

One could, of course, argue my line of reasoning. I may totally change my mind about elder, someday. However, my theory about elder’s restricted use is based in my actual interactions with the Elder Mother, as well as in related observations that spanned a few decades. Only after those interactions and observations led to my theory did I analyze it in terms of the lore I’ve mentioned. (Let me tell you a tiny bit about those experiences and observations. Elder is not the sole magic suitable only to the sort of individual I’ve described. I practice many of those types of magics safely. Yet I’ve watched them used by a good number of individuals, including skilled practitioners, who do not meet the requirements I described, and those magics backfired big-time on those folks.)

You might consider spitting on the ground outdoors, as a one-time offering to the Elder Goddess and the Great Mother, before you first wear the talisman.

Lore tells us to never burn elder. Many folks, myself among them, believe that includes pyrography.

The beads are recycled glass from Bali. I added them for their joy and whimsy because the serious, hard-working Elder Mother is lighthearted, gentle, and merry, if you get to know Her.

I love this elder slice’s warm color.

Elder has a soft pithy center, which I hollowed out to make a hole for stringing this charm. Minuscule circles in your pendant are possibly soft pith (so don’t poke at ‘em). One pithy spot has lines radiating from it, denoting a bird shape:

This set’s third talisman, which is pyrography on wood from a wild rose bush, protects and blesses the home.

This lintel amulet will do its magic when hung by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or elsewhere in your dwelling. You could instead use this threshold charm as a protection and blessing for a space other than a home.

Rose is sacred to the Faerie Queen and King so draws their blessings and protection. Rose also adds Fey power to rituals.

Rose is also a wood for mysticism, helping you see into the Mysteries and find their power. Rose is often a primary symbol in mystical groups. No surprise!

I’ve always been drawn to roses, sensing their spiritual importance and presence at the heart of the Mysteries. Crafting with rose wood affirmed its power to me.

This enchanted home decor is from a wild rose bush I had to cut back before its thorns destroyed wiring on a utility pole. The Faerie Queen helped and blessed the work. The wood cured beautifully.

The pyrography design goes all around the amulet and increases its power.

Cost for the entire set is $130 plus $5 shipping. I ship only to U.S. non-military addresses. Scroll down to pay securely with PayPal.





If this set calls, grab it. I’m constitutionally incapable of repeating my designs.

Your set will arrive with simple care instructions to keep the wood beautiful. I’ll also enclose a print up of this post about the set.

I usually ship within three business days of purchase. These talismans can go quickly to whomever they are meant to serve.

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A Five-Day Blessing Rite, Done for You

A Five-Day Blessing Ceremony,
Done for You

In this ceremony, I bless you and your life.

You don’t have to attend an event or do any work. Just enroll, and I do the work for you.

This ritual blesses your circumstances, body, and spirit with what you need, even if you don’t know what that is. Heck, if compulsively reading social media non-stop robs you of the time you need to figure out how to improve your life, this ritual can help. This blessing’s energy shapes itself to meet your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs.

FallLeaf1Want more than one type of blessing? For example, desire more money and serenity and physical healing and …? I’ve got you covered. This rite takes good care of you.

Your five-day ceremony begins October 30 and continues through November 3. I’ll also do ceremony on Nov 4, if something unexpectedly keeps me from performing a rite on one of the five planned days.

The ceremony occurs at an enchanted time of year. This will amp up the ceremony’s magic.

The Pagan holy day, Samhain, falls between October 31 and November 2. Samhain, and the days immediately preceding and following it, are special magic that this witch loves. I’ll travel into other realms, to draw on Samhain week’s vast power to fuel your rite.

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Cost: $130.





Upon receipt of payment, I email you confirmation of registration. If you need more info, do phone me. 814.337.2490. No refunds. If you can’t afford the enrollment fee, phone to discuss scholarship, partial scholarship, payment plan, or trade.

FallLeaf3I strive to take the best possible care of you. This ceremony facilitates both inner transformation and improvement in circumstances. Examples of inner change: anxiety gives way to hope, a creative block is replaced by artistic action, confusion about a crisis turns into wisdom about what steps to take. Examples of circumstances changing: a long-wanted new home manifests, a surprising opportunity to start your own business appears, a crisis ends.

Magic is not a substitute for medical care by a physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatment. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. This ceremony is extraordinarily effective, but may not work for some individuals.

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Talisman Set #6: Oak, Willow, Blackthorn

This talisman set has sold.

But I left the post up in case you want to read it anyway.
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This set’s available only to one of my students or other newsletter subscribers. Being a shamanic guide keeps me too busy to create many talismans, except for myself. (Well, I paint original digital talismans for my students constantly, but the previous sentence refers to talismans on the physical plane.)

This talisman set consists of three unique charms. The set is one-of-a-kind and suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

The handcrafted charms are meant to suit that individual over the long haul, working both as a powerful grouping and also separately. In other words, when you want to use only one or two of the pieces, store the other one(s) away.

This set’s three pieces are from trees sacred to the Celts:

The wand is triple-pointed:

Oak is a standard wand for witches, druids, and others, since it represents power.

I left a bit of two side-branches on, right below the tip. A triple-pointed wand is used the same way as a regular wand. Side tips automatically boost the magic, without you having to make any effort for that to occur.

Ancient primitive shamans were intelligent, insightful, and Fey, so must’ve realized one piece of wood could function quite well as more than one magical tool. The way I crafted it physically and psychically, this wand also functions fabulously as a lintel ward and blessing—in other words, it protects and blesses the home. When you’re not using it as a wand (or if you never use a wand), hang it in your home as a blessing and protection.

This lintel amulet will do its magic when hung by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or elsewhere in your dwelling. You could instead use this charm as a protection and blessing for a space other than a home.

Oak symbolizes strength, prosperity, protection, and overall blessings. Oak is also a door into enchanted realms and their Mysteries.

The pyrography and ritual I did on the piece call forth protection and blessings from Gaia, from the Green God, and from Elen of the Ways (the Green Goddess). (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.)

In addition, the piece, both as a wand and threshold talisman, has the power of three: the threefold Goddess and Her care of us, the triple God, and other triple magical beneficences.

To invoke all these triplicities, I pyrographed three oak leaves, three stars, and three hearts. There is also the aforementioned tripling in the wood itself: the three points at the tip make a trio that bolsters the piece’s energy.

The two side-extensions also represent Herne, the deer-antlered God of the forest, viewed by some as synonymous with the Green God.

This oak has the moon in it: in places, there’s a faint sheen that reminds me of mother of pearl. Moon magic is strong stuff.

If memory serves, this wood is from the oak tree on my property and has been seasoned for a year or two. You never know what treasures might be in your own backyard—I’ve been growing a moon tree!

The cord is at the wand’s handle end. The tip end is slightly rounded, not pointed or rounded like a ball. I like to shape softly tipped wands.

The glass is Preciosa, a traditional Czech bead. Translucent cobalt blue is sacred to me and holds mysteries of the Green God.

Ever make yourself something, then realize it’s meant for someone else? I’d originally intended this wand for myself but saw it was not mine, when I started its pyrography.

This next amulet in the set is a pendant to bless and protect you, crafted from the wood of a willow tree.

Willow protects and blesses those who are Fey-touched and childlike, and empowers their magic and other endeavors. (These magical sensibilities of willow are ones I perceived myself; I’ve never read about them in a book or heard of them anywhere. I love getting to know the magical properties of wood through spending time with it, visions, and other direct experiences.)

Lady Willow also provides a threshold into Faerie—a place between the worlds—and safety while there. Again, I’ve not read or otherwise heard of the functions of willow mentioned in this paragraph, but for decades Lady Willow has performed them wonderfully for me.

When I woodwork willow, gray lines or patches might appear. I saw another woodworker mention this, too. The gray adds a feel of antiquity to this amulet, as if it was excavated from an archaeological site. All magic is ancient:

To benefit from willow power when you don’t want to wear the pendant or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar or wall.

The large dark cherry-red bead at top is copal. The white bead is an A grade pearl. The two wee glass topaz-colored beads are most likely Czech; I’ve had them too long for me to remember. Pearls and willow have lunar energy so seemed a good pairing. I find copal both grounding and solar, a nice counterpoint harmony to the moon power in this amulet.

I pyrographed the willow Ogham on the back of the pendant. You might prefer to wear the pendant’s back facing front:

This set’s third talisman is a blackthorn pendant.

“The thicket that hid Sleeping Beauty was made of blackthorn, and only the hero of the purest intent and heart could pass through it unscathed; those whose hearts were not so pure and whose intentions were less than honorable found themselves snared in the blackthorn’s vicious spines with their flesh torn.”—proprietor of the Etsy shop, Wytchen Wood

This blackthorn pendant will keep all but the worthy (men) at bay. Blackthorn is also good overall protection.

Blackthorn also conveys a boldly, witchy celebration, a down-to-earth joyful presence that would help one find joy in the mundane simplicities and small tasks of life. I’d never read or otherwise heard about that energy in blackthorn, but I sense it.

I burnt the blackthorn Ogham at the pendant’s top. This photo shows most of the Ogham at the right top of the wood:

Here’s how the wood looked when I began:

The wood told me how to shape the organic contours it wanted. I handcraft, instead of making typical all-sides-match-identically machine-made constructions. Something about the final shape is owl-like to me; there might be owl magic in the piece.

Cost for the entire set is $130 plus $5 shipping. I ship only to U.S. non-military addresses. Scroll down to pay securely with PayPal.





If this set calls, grab it. I’m constitutionally incapable of repeating my designs.

Your set will arrive with simple care instructions to keep the wood beautiful. I’ll also enclose a print up of this post about the set.

Each amulet is coated with a natural beeswax and oil treatment, and then strung on waxed cotton cord. The wood was ethically harvested.

I ritually blessed all three amulets. Now they can flow to whomever they are meant to serve.

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How to Teach Teleseminars

How to Teach Teleseminars:
A Four-Week Intensive for Writers

Teaching teleseminars—classes held via group phone calls—is a solid income source, a way to be of service, and a beautiful experience.

If you write articles, books, or blogs, about witchcraft, art, astrology, psychic readings, marketing, fitness, or anything else, this four-week course will show you how to:

* Turn your blogs, articles, or books into curriculums.
* Draw on your expertise in your field to create lessons.
* Use the easy technical basics of setting up and running teleseminars, including online payment options.

Also included:
* Pricing
* Promotion
* Choosing ideal teleseminar topics
* Turning your writing skills into teaching skills

I’ll work with you as an individual with your own strengths, weaknesses, goals, and concerns.

If you’ve ever wondered whether you want to try to teach teleseminars, how to turn what you’ve written into classes, or how to do so profitably, this course is your chance to know.

I’ve usually led at least two teleseminars a week, since 2002, producing and promoting my own events. I’ve been a professional shaman for decades, cited in major books for my marketing savvy.

I’m offering this course because leading teleseminars has been a joy for me, and I’d like you to have the chance for that experience. Sixteen years of teaching teleseminars has taught me a lot about the best ways to go about it. I look forward to sharing with you what I’ve learned.

This is probably a one-time event because shamanism courses take most of my teaching time.

I originally developed a one-hour version of this course for The American Society of Journalists and Author, an organization of professional writers of which I am a member. (Correction: currently, ASJA accepts non-professional writers as members.) Creating that presentation, I ended up with far more material than could be shared in an hour. That extra material is compelling, so I’ve kept waiting for a chance to offer this fuller version of the material. I look forward to sharing it with you now, and the chance to, in depth, meet your particular goals and needs.

Expect a special handout!

We’ll meet via teleseminar. Teleseminars are group phone calls: just dial the phone to participate.

Enrollment limited.

We’ll meet four consecutive Tuesdays, noon to 1:00 EST, starting Tues, October 9. Reserve Tues Nov 13, same time, for a makeup session in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned meetings.

Tuition: $160. Your particular carrier may charge you for the calls.

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Upon receipt of payment, you receive an email confirming enrollment. A few days before our first meeting, you receive event phone #, etc.

Feel free to phone me to discuss payment plan, scholarship, partial scholarship, or trade. 814-337-2490. No refunds.

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