I Defy the God of the Patriarchs

Crafting a talisman can be a shamanic journey.


When I started to sand a piece of oak to make it into the above talisman pendant, it reminded me of a deer antler tip. This, in turn, made me think of Herne and Elen of the Ways, wild deer-antlered Gods of the forest. So I was very in touch with Them while I sanded, and thus my own wildness was coming forth.

As I sanded, my wildness more and more tried to flow, but I was visited by nasty messages; my mind was filled with shaming restraints. The messages were that I shouldn’t be doing art, that my jubilance and passion in crafting were wrong, that the passionate joy I took in the physical vigor of sanding was inappropriate.

Mind you, I know my passion, joy, art, and physical vigor are holy. And much of the way I act and feel is in accordance with that. But something deep down was sabotaging me, nonetheless. Those horrific messages weren’t overt, but quite faint; I barely noticed them when first sanding the pendant.

There is a well-known pattern of “should’ve, would’ve, could’ve.” Examples: telling oneself one should do something other than what one is doing; thinking it would be better if one does something differently from the way one is doing it; insisting to oneself that one could do better.

Such statements can reflect a search to find and achieve high ideals, but might instead be shaming, a tearing down of healthy pride in one’s accomplishments.

Those messages can bind one’s energy, keeping it from flowing into feelings of joy, happily vigorous activities, and the passion felt when dancing, having sex, running, or playing sports.

Those messages can knot muscles to the degree that one might get injured when moving.

When I was sanding, those messages at first came at me in the faintest repeated whisper of “You should be doing something else right now.” I barely heard it or noticed its terrible effect on me.

But a friend of mine had suggested I start watching for such messages, so I found myself noticing them while I was sanding and, the more I noticed them, the more I realized how constant they were. And the louder they got, which was good, because then I could hear their underlying messages—I shouldn’t be doing art, my jubilance and passion in crafting are wrong, the passionate joy I take in the physical vigor of sanding is inappropriate—and I could deal with them.

They slammed into me, over and over—as I sanded—first only as whispers but eventually brazenly, like a demon visited upon me, hateful. I resisted the messages and moved through them and past them, so my strength and passion and joy gathered and flowed and mounted, until I cried out, fully passionate and released, yet choosing my words carefully for their magic to be potent but safe,

“I defy the God of the patriarchs.
Begone!
I obey the Old Gods—my wild Faerie ancestors.
Because of that obedience,
They can protect me
in my disregard for a petty deity.”

The moon is in this wood. After I finished sanding the pendant and burnt the oak Ogham on it, I applied a beeswax oil finish. I couldn’t believe what happened once the finish was on: parts of the pendant shimmered like mother of pearl. The moon is in this wood. The moon always protects me.

It’s been a few days since I finished the pendant, and I have been freed: healthy defiance allowed my energy to soar more than ever.

More than ever, I am enjoying myself exactly as I am.

I had rebuked the patriarchal God in the past, but now I had reached a new level of rejecting Him.

I changed the piece, so it no longer is reminiscent of a deer antler tip. Originally, I’d left bark on at the top, and had sanded so that, bit by bit, the piece graduated from bark to utterly bare wood. Thus, the pendant was thicker at top, narrowing bit by bit, and its shading progressed from dark bark at the top to pale bare wood at the bottom.

But, as amazing as that looked to me, it was not the tactile sensation I wanted. So I stripped all the bark off. I lost the gorgeous look, but I enjoy touching the oak more when I wear it now, plus more of its silver light shows.

Redoing the amulet added another power to it:

I’ve been told that “should’ve, would’ve, could’ve” thoughts are not one’s own, e.g., were drummed into one during childhood.

There’s no point in dwelling in other people’s thoughts. I choose to disregard what my actions look like to other people. What matters is how my deeds feel to me. This amulet bolsters that choice because it doesn’t matter whether this oak piece looks antler-like to someone else. For me, it will always have antler energy, and I love the way it feels to the touch, and my Gods live in it, Their moonlight and starlight radiating from the wood as a sign of Their indwelling.

Hail Herne, God of the forest. Hail Elen of the Ways. Hail Diana, my moonlit Mother.

The pendant’s name is Defiance.

So mote it be!

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Talisman Set #5: Oak, Ash, Thorn

This talisman set has sold. I am working on another one. My semi-vacation ends soon, but until then I have time for magical wood-working.

Continue to read this post anyway, to learn about one-of-a-kind sets.
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This set’s available only to someone traveling alongside me: 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 handcrafted 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 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.

When the set has sold, I’ll update the listing to say so.

This set has three pieces. Each is from a tree in the witches’ classical triad: oak, ash, and thorn:

The first item in this set is an oak wand that feels like pure enchantment held in your hand. The cord is at the handle end.

I sanded any blunt edges off the tip end without making it pointed or rounded like a ball. I like to shape softly tipped wands. I almost kept this one for myself, it’s so beautiful physically and psychically that it will really inspire you to do magic.

Oak is a standard wand for witches, druids, and others, since it represents power.
Are you ready? I’m thrilled. During my entire process with this oak wand … drum roll … I crafted it physically and psychically to also function fabulously as a household 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 in your home as a blessing and protection.
This amulet will do its magic when placed by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or anywhere else 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 Fey realms and their mysteries.

To add to the piece’s potency as both a wand and a threshold talisman, I pyrographed oak leaves and branches, spirals, the ogham letter for oak, and dots, on the wand. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.) The art and blessing I did on the piece call forth protection and blessings from Gaia, as well as from the Green God and Elen of the Ways (the Green Goddess).

Look at the handle end. I left a tiny bit of bark by one of the holes where the cord goes through. That wild touch represents Herne, the God of the forest, viewed by some as synonymous with the Green God:

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

This set’s second amulet is a pendant made from the wood of an ash tree.


The Tree of Life, otherwise known as the World Tree, is often often considered to be an ash. The Tree of Life represent the entire cosmos in union. This amulet embodies my experience of ever-present care from the Tree of Life. It gives us magic, as well as sweeps us up into its branches to hold us safely and grant us all its fruits.

When I remember that, in any situation, I’m held in the loving care of the World Tree, I can move fearlessly into the activities my Gods ask of me.

To add to the amulet’s power, I woodburned a spiral, a moon, and the Ogham for ash. The latter is the five burnt lines that start at one edge of the pendant. Oghams were often etched at the edge of a stone or piece of wood, the edge representing the perpendicular line of the Ogham.

Since most of this wood is not pyrographed, I found myself touching its nicely smooth front and back, just for the tactile experience. It felt calming.

I left the gorgeous bark on, and I sanded it so it’d be comfortable against your skin:
To benefit from the ash tree power when you don’t want to wear the pendant or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar.

This set’s third talisman is a hawthorn pendant.


In the triad of trees often associated with witches—ash, oak, and thorn—hawthorn is the “thorn.” It has become one of my favorite woods. This hawthorn pendant invites the Faerie Queen, drawing Her blessings, adding Faerie power to your spells, and bringing Fey enchantment into your day.

I experience the attributes of hawthorn viscerally, magic made tangible. The wood grants me an enchanted sense of itself that is deeply personal to who I am, moving me at my core. I don’t know if other people would have the same reaction, or it’s the result of my affinity for hawthorn. Many people view hawthorn as the quintessential Fey tree. I experience that myself (though, long story short, other trees can hold their own), and I myself am utterly Fey; perhaps the Feyness of the wood and my own being combine to create the reactions I note in this paragraph.

The green and white bead dangle at the bottom adds Fey colors.

This piece of wood has a history special to me. A friend gifted me a stunning, long, hawthorn wand from my favorite wand-maker. But I wasn’t using it because I prefer short wands. I cut the wand in four pieces: a short wand, and three pieces to craft into pendants.

The craftswoman who made the wand has high standards for her work. I have equally high standards, so I couldn’t just coast on her work. What makes a good wand does not necessarily make a good pendant.

The thick, rough bark was gorgeous, so I kept some of it on, but it needed to be sanded smooth to feel nice against your skin. I also sanded bark on a knot to reveal wood there.

But the big change was the overall shape. The wand maker had achieved a beautiful pointed wand tip, perfectly symmetrical all the way around. This pendant is that tip. In its new life as a pendant, the piece of hawthorn wanted to be organically shaped, crying out to be less pointed, more rounded, and a bit asymmetrical. And the bottom end of the pendant didn’t want to match the top; though the bottom asked for a good amount of narrowing and rounding, it was not as much as the other end has. This overall shape felt like organic harmony for that piece of wood.

I also sensed some beads added to the pendant would make the overall shape just right. Yup, I found the perfect beads. (I’ve had that little white glass bead at least 10 years, waiting for the right use.)

Since the pendant is strung vertically, it might rotate on the cord when worn. Each side looks different and, from some angles the pendant is slightly askew, clearly an organic little creation instead of machine-made.

From one angle, the pendant looks like a tiny Faerie cottage built into part of a tree—in other words, built without detaching the cottage from tree:
Hawthorn carries Fey wisdom through the veil, along with a wild otherworldliness. It makes sense this piece would look like a happy home for a wood sprite.

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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Creative KillJoys

Someone making you feel down about your writing or other art? You can be productive and joyful anyway. Check out this post.

A stranger emailed me, discouraged by their failed attempts to get published. An adapted excerpt of my response is below, in hopes it encourages you to keep going, no matter what:

After eight years of laboring over the text for Be a Goddess! , and equally sincere efforts on a manuscript previous to that, I was heartsick when both books were rejected. Be a Goddess! received 28 rejections!

But I kept on going.

Finally, Be a Goddess! was acquired by a publisher and became a bestseller. As such, it became widely available so could help a lot of people improve their lives. That was my dream.

Publisher after publisher said, “We don’t understand what you’re trying to do with this book,” when they saw the proposal for Share My Insanity: It Improves Everything, my self-help book that uses humor to show how divine madness can be integrated with chaos theory to create a better life for yourself.

Eventually, the book was accepted by a small house who totally understood the project. Almost as soon as it was released, it hit Amazon’s bestseller list.

If you believe in your art, believe in it. Don’t let anyone stop you. Good work often goes unrecognized. It’ll even be trashed by so-called supporters, so they can dominate your field.

Yes, we might become despondent, believing we can’t overcome the odds. It feels awful. Just awful. Hitting a lot of roadblocks can rob us of the drive, optimism, and other traits needed to strive toward our creative goals. Hitting a lot of roadblocks can fill us with various traits that keep us from striving. Take care of yourself when opposition has overwhelmed you. Give yourself love and self-acceptance. Reach out to others—and reach deep into yourself—for every bit of care you need.

And then pick yourself back up and move toward your goals again.

Find people who see your work’s value. Cleave to them. Let them help you remain productive and joyful.

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Two Events for Abundance

Fall is harvest time, with two Faerie events that are both all about creating abundance—financial, spiritual, creative, and/or any other abundance you need. Abundance of love, abundance of satisfaction, abundance of goals met …

Enjoy one or both events.

Event #1: The Prosperity Rite

This is a four-week intensive, via teleseminar. Teleseminars are group phone calls: just dial the phone to participate.

Enrollment limited. I’m looking for individuals willing to jump into this ceremony despite fear or other blocks. If that’s you, enroll now.

Enrolling means saying yes to prosperity and yes to life and yes to all its gifts for you. Abundance is fruit on the Tree of Life. Any move toward abundance is a move into the fullness of life. So this rite helps you have financial well-being and a wonderful life in all other ways too.

The group meets four consecutive Sundays, 4:00 to 5:00 pm EST, starting Sunday, September 23. Reserve Sunday Oct 21, same time, for a makeup session in case I’m unavailable for one of the planned meetings.

Event #2: The Prosperity Direct Spiritual Transmission

Enrolling for the transmission is an easy way to say yes to abundance, yes to life, and yes to all its gifts for you. This transmission helps you have all the types of abundance you need.

This is a month-long direct spiritual transmission, during which you receive the spiritual transmission five days of each week!

No need to attend an event, meditate, or do anything else. Just enroll for the transmission, and go about your business, while I do the work for you.

Whether you feel too blocked to take action toward abundance, are wholeheartedly committing to The Prosperity Rite, already experience great abundance, feel hopeless about getting ahead financially, or have something else on the table, the transmission adapts to you, providing what you need inside and out to move toward abundance.

The transmission starts Monday, September 24.

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

Cost for The Prosperity Direct Spiritual Transmission: $130.

Reduced price to enroll in both events: $250. Separately, total cost for the two events would add up to $290.

In the drop down menu below, choose The Prosperity Rite, The Prosperity Direct Spiritual Transmission, or both. Then click the Pay Now button to pay securely with PayPal.


Three Great Choices




Upon receipt of payment, you receive an email confirming registration. If you enroll in The Prosperity Rite, you’ll also receive event phone #, etc.

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

If you don’t know what a direct spiritual transmission is: it is a method I use to give blessings. If you want further explanation, feel free to call me. And if you don’t want to deal with all that verbiage, here’s the bottom line: the benefits to you are enormous.

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Talisman Set #4

This talisman set has sold. Contact me to make one tailored especially for you. I won’t usually have time to make sets, but right now I have time.

Continue to read this post anyway, to learn about one-of-a-kind sets.
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This set’s available only to someone traveling alongside me: one of my students or other newsletter subscribers. Crafting amulets only for them feels true to who I am and to my magic right now. Besides, 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 handcrafted 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 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.

When the set has sold, I’ll update the listing to say so.

One of the talismans in this set is the hawthorn pendant shown above and below.

The wood had gorgeous thick bark, but it was far too rough to be worn. So I sanded the wood to feel nice against your skin. Then I pyrographed the hawthorn Ogham on it. (Pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood.)

I’d also wanted take off bark because I was curious to find what magical treasure hid beneath it. Two faces emerged, knots making the eyes and noses. Toward the bottom of the pendant is a bear’s face, and toward the top is the face of a wood sprite or otter, but perhaps you’ll see something else.

The bear represents the Great Mother Goddess, Creator of all things. This pendant is a good talisman to bring Her loving care and blessings into your life.

I didn’t notice the faces until after I’d completely finished the pendant, including its beeswax finish. But the upper face looked unhappy. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It looked miserable. I re-sanded, once again starting with the coarsest sandpaper and progressing to the finest sandpaper that would make a surface nice against the skin. The formerly sad face emerged until it was grinning. Or maybe singing; or grinning and singing at the same time. But clearly the wood sprite is happy, now that he’s emerged: he wanted to come out to play.

The face is also more clearly an otter now; after re-sanding, I asked a friend what he saw in the wood; he replied, “Otter,” without my having prompted.

In the triad of trees often associated with witches—ash, oak, and thorn—hawthorn is the “thorn.” It has become one of my favorite woods. This hawthorn pendant invites the Faerie Queen, drawing Her blessings, adding Faerie power to your spells, and bringing Fey enchantment into your day. To benefit from the hawthorn’s power when you don’t want to wear the pendant or otherwise carry it on you, put it on your altar.

Hawthorn carries Fey wisdom through the veil, along with a wild otherworldliness. It makes sense a happy wood sprite came through.

The green and white bead dangle at the bottom adds Fey colors.

I experience the attributes of hawthorn viscerally, magic made tangible. The wood grants me an enchanted sense of itself that is deeply personal to who I am, moving me at my core. I don’t know if other people would have the same reaction, or it’s the result of my affinity for hawthorn. Many people view hawthorn as the quintessential Fey tree. I experience that myself (though, long story short, other trees can hold their own), and I myself am utterly Fey; perhaps the Feyness of the wood and my own being combine to create the reactions I note in this paragraph.

This set’s second amulet is a pendant made from the wood of a wild rose bush.

A few years ago, a wild rose bush on my property was taking over a utility pole. The rose thorns were so close to the wiring that I had to cut a lot of the bush back, as the Faerie Queen helped and blessed the work. The wood cured beautifully.

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

This is also a pendant for mysticism, helping you see into the Mysteries and find their power. Rose is often seen as 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 the rose wood recently affirmed its power to me. As I sanded to remove bark and smooth this piece, the under bark revealed its beauty. Outer bark, under bark, the pale wood—layer upon layer of enchantment. I left some bark on to represent the layer upon layer of enchantment this talisman empowers you to discover.

I wish one of my photos could’ve clearly shown the natural, rusty-pink layer that sanding revealed in a few places. It was lovely to discover.

This pendant also is a keppen (small wand) that feels good to hold and is a delight to touch. Plenty of power in a small piece, so you can have it with you whenever you want. Perfect for a Fey-touched witch.

The third talisman in this set is a household lintel ward and blessing—in other words, it protects and blesses the home—made from oak. The amulet will do its magic when placed by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or anywhere else in your home. If you prefer, you could instead use this charm as a protection and blessing for a space other than a home.


Oak represents strength, prosperity, protection, and overall blessings. Oak is also a door into Fey realms and their mysteries.

On the oak, I burned my original magical design for protection and all blessings.

In my magical design, the three main lines invoke the threefold Goddess and Her care of us. The lines are leafy stems to call forth the protection and blessings of Gaia, the Green God, and Elen of the Ways (the Green Goddess). The design involves more visual elements that create blessings and protection, but those elements are outside the scope of a blog.

This is probably the largest threshold ward I’ve made. I can’t usually get wood pieces this large. I was delighted to have a chance to do this much pyrography on one piece.

This oaken mini-plank was part of a larger one that was likely part of a house or other building. The vendor who sent me the piece obtains her wood ethically, so it’d be like her to recycle flooring, paneling, or the like. The back of the amulet was clearly the front of the mini-board and looks like it might’ve been commercially sanded and had a commercial finish put on it, then acquired a bit of wear over time. That suggests a history of years in someone’s space, a history that has its own magic, making the board a perfect basis for a talisman to bless and protect a home or other building.

Sawing can result in deep grooves across the wood. I usually sand away grooves. To make the other pieces in this set, I endlessly smoothed the surfaces and rounded edges. But I wanted to leave this piece of wood as is. The grooves from sawing are part of the piece’s history and charm; the front of the amulet is unsanded and bumby.

Nevertheless, I wanted this threshold talisman to have a fluid, elaborate design with smooth curves, spirals, and thin lines. That sort of pyrography on an unsanded surface seemed an unlikely possibility. But I brainstormed about ways to accomplish it, figured out some possible techniques, then gave it a try.

I had to burn more fastidiously and slowly than usual. Much more slowly. But it worked: the lines are intricate, fluidly curving and spiraling, despite my burning them along a bumpy surface.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo that clearly distinguishes the wood grain, which is horizontal, from the horizontal grooves, which provide a textured background for the pyrography. But here are more photos:

This rough-hewn wee slab—which hangs crooked, adding to its boho charm—provides a contrast to the pyrography’s delicate lines. Fun, sacred Goddess art with major mojo.

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 blessed all three amulets and put my heart and soul into making them because I’m an old-fashioned witch who believes I was put on this planet to serve you. Now the amulets can flow to whomever they are meant to serve.

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Talisman Set #3

This talisman set has sold. Contact me to make one tailored especially for you. I won’t usually have time to make sets, but right now I have time.


Continue to read this post anyway, to learn about one-of-a-kind sets.
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This set’s available only to someone traveling alongside me: one of my students or other newsletter subscribers. Crafting amulets only for them feels true to who I am and to my magic right now. Besides, 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.)

I had the idea of handcrafted talisman sets, each set consisting of three unique charms. Each set is one-of-a-kind and suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

The 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.

So here’s a three-piece set. When it has sold, I’ll update the listing to say so.

One of the talismans in this particular set is the blackthorn pendant shown above and below. I sanded the wood oh-so-smooth then pyrographed the blackthorn Ogham on it (pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood).

Note the four slanted pyrographed lines that start at one edge of the pendant. That is the Ogham. Oghams were often etched at the edge of a stone or piece of wood, the edge representing the perpendicular line of the Ogham.

It occurred to me I could pump up the magic of the wood and Ogham by ornamenting the wood. I love coming up with magical ideas. The ornamentation is my original design. Its dots represent blackthorn berries, its flowers represent blackthorn blooms, and its curves represent dense, protective blackthorn thickets.

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

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. (For me, the best way to know the magical properties of a wood is to spend time with it rather than just reading metaphysical books on the topic.)

You could wear the pendant’s back facing front, it’s wood is so lovely.

Here’s the blackthorn wood from which I cut and then crafted the pendant:RuffBT

This set’s second amulet is a heather wood pendant.

Heather, like all the set’s woods, is sacred to Druids. I pyrographed the heather Ogham on it.

The pendant is also a keppen (small wand). I think this piece looks very much like a snake, which is cool for a wand.


Below are magical sensibilities I perceive in heather. They are what I know from my own experiences of the plant, not something I read about in a book or heard of elsewhere. Of course, if I had these experiences, other people might have.

Heather:
* creativity, whether in the arts or in problem-solving or anything else
* beauty
* the sacredness of beauty
* lovely productive fantasies
* the sacredness of fantasies
* bardic artistry or any art
* dreams
* the sacredness of dreams
* romance, not just in the relationship sense but also in the sense of myth—adventures of epic proportion


The third talisman in this set is a household lintel ward and blessing—in other words, it protects and blesses the home—made from oak. The amulet will do its magic when placed by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or anywhere else in your home.

Oak represents strength, prosperity, protection, and overall blessings. Oak is also a door into Fey realms and their mysteries.

On the oak, I burned my original magical design for protection and all blessings.

The magical design featured on this talisman is my own threshold amulet formula: I developed a formula—or call it a “design”—that is a protection and blessing for the home or other space. The formula combines a visual design I created and a shamanic blessing—also my own creation—which I add to the visual design.

The visual elements can be implemented in an extremely flexible manner, so my wood-burnings of the design are all distinctly different pieces of shaman art, each with its own enchanted feeling.


One reason I came up with my design was to forgo the rigid, straight lines of some traditional threshold pieces. I longed for protective lines that are alive, dynamic, as if vegetation grown from the soil.

In my formula, the three main lines invoke the threefold Goddess and Her care of us. The lines are leafy stems to call forth the protection and blessings of Gaia, the Green God, and Elen of the Ways (the Green Goddess). The formula involves more visual elements, but they’re outside the scope of a blog.

This oaken mini-plank was part of a larger one that was likely part of a house or other building. The vendor who sent me the piece obtains her wood ethically, so it’d be like her to recycle flooring, paneling, or the like. The back of the amulet was clearly the front of the mini-board and looks like it might’ve been commercially sanded and had a commercial finish put on it, then acquired a bit of wear over time. That suggests a history of years in someone’s space, a history that has its own magic, making the board a perfect basis for a talisman to bless and protect a home or other building.

Sawing can result in deep grooves across the wood. I usually sand away grooves. To make the other pieces in this set, I endlessly smoothed the surfaces and rounded edges. But I wanted to leave this piece of wood as is. The grooves from sawing are part of the piece’s history and charm; the front of the amulet is unsanded and bumby.

Nevertheless, I wanted this threshold talisman to have a fluid, elaborate design with smooth curves, spirals, and thin lines. That sort of pyrography on an unsanded surface seemed an unlikely possibility. But I brainstormed about ways to accomplish it, figured out some possible techniques, then gave it a try.

I had to burn more fastidiously and slowly than usual. Much more slowly. But it worked: the lines are intricate, fluidly curving and spiraling, despite my burning them along a bumpy surface.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a photo that clearly distinguishes the wood grain, which is horizontal, from the horizontal grooves, which provide a textured background for the pyrography. But here are details of the pyrography:


This rough-hewn wee slab—which hangs crooked, adding to its boho charm—provides a contrast to the pyrography’s delicate lines. Fun, sacred Goddess art with major mojo.

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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 blessed all three amulets and put my heart and soul into making them because I’m an old-fashioned witch who believes I was put on this planet to serve you. Now my heart and soul, held by the amulets, will flow to whomever they are meant to serve.

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A Wild Rose Bush and Hidden Magics

A few years ago, a wild rose bush on my property grew to enclose a utility pole, like a magical thicket swarming over an intruder. Thorns were up against wiring, requiring I cut a lot of the bush back. The Faerie Queen blessed this undertaking and governed my actions.

In the following years, the bit of rose wood I kept cured beautifully, so this August I was able to make myself a pendant of three pieces of the wood.

When I sawed, and when I used a knife to remove bark, the scent was spectacular. I’d never experienced such a wonderful smell when working with wood. How interesting that this wood, a wood that bears such a wonderfully scented flower, would have a special fragrance of its own.

After I wrote that last sentence, I took a moment to smell the pile of bark I’d shaved off the wood. There’s actually a strong rose scent if you look for it, but also a scent unto itself. The combination is an enchantment.

Next time I saw into a piece, I want to check whether the lovely scent that filled the air came from the bark alone or from the non-bark part of the wood as well.

The wild rose here is invasive. In fact, while working on the pendant, I had to also be pruning the wild rose that’s dangerously swarmed over the utilities pole again. Harvesting new wood to cure while crafting the well-cured wood felt special.

Wood of the wild rose centers me into my Fey qualities, as well as helps me not be diverted from my true self by the Unseelie. (Note: Unseelie is the term for evil Faeries. They’re highly invested in distracting us from our true selves, including our true Feyness, go to great lengths to create such distractions, and are quite skilled at it. Truly mean beings! They’ll lead a person on a wild goose chase for decades, that seeker all the time thinking they’re traveling a rare path to power but instead are on the road to complete self-destruction.) Or, at least, the wood from this particular rosebush works those enchantments on me. Or perhaps only this batch of wood from the bush does so, since the Faerie Queen oversaw the pruning and harvesting.

Later: it seems the wood, not just the bark, is rose-scented, sweet full-bodied rose (unless a lot of dust from sanding the bark mixed in with the regular sawdust). Am not sure everyone would smell it, though. I have a really sharp nose.

… I wonder if the wood is not rose-scented or is scented only a bit, and I accidentally generated a perfume from the other realms. The Goddess has a trick She’s played on me a few times, to remind me I am Her beloved: She fills the air with the fragrance of roses. (I’m not so arrogant to think I alone am Her beloved, the one and only. Each of us is Her beloved, and that does not lessen how precious, unique, and special we each are to Her.)

She once filled a whole, huge bookstore—it was a Books and Borders. If you ever went to one, you know how big they were—with the scent. Everyone was wandering around asking where the scent was coming from. Oops.

I was at the store doing a book signing. My book signings tended to be unusual; I’d usually lead a ritual. I’m convinced the aroma, which started as soon as the ritual ended, occurred because all the ritual participants—not me alone, but everyone who attended—really put their heart into it.

Later still: stripping the bark from another piece of the wild rose wood, I was surprised and delighted to discover a lower layer of bark was dusky pink! It seems the entire plant is physically consistent with the qualities of its bloom. Well, this plant’s blooms are white, but I’m going to check them next year to see if there’s any pink on them. In any case, the deep, rich, dusky pink of the hidden bark is very rose energy. Magic in that hidden layer of bark.

So much magic is hidden, yet easily found when I play and work in nature. If I do my best to be fully engaged, wholeheartedly interacting closely with leaves and breezes and sticks and critters, they have a chance to reveal their gifts. Respectful proximity to Gaia—respectful in the sense of trying to fully engage—also allows shrouded magics to slip through the veil, like incenses wafting from the Gods’ censers.

Magic wants to come out of hiding in cities, too. A ritual done whole-heartedly in a bookstore (or other urban environment) can coax enchantment out into the open because, perhaps without your even noticing it, you’ve tried to fully engage with your own soul, the atoms all around you, and the Gods stealthily walking the store aisles.

An aside: After the ritual, in the seconds before the store became redolent with incense from the Fey, I caught a female and male in the corner of my eyes, walking past me, on my left side. Then I realized They were the Faerie Queen and King.

I was surprised. My otherworldly senses are finally tuned, I rely on them constantly throughout the day, and I’m used to feeling the presence of my Gods in a truly visceral way. But I don’t usually see Them so vividly that I mistakenly think They are humans in the mundane realm. Between the perfumed air and the sighting, my Gods were really trying to prove a point that day. Or, rather, several points.

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A Set of Talismans, Part Two

This set of talismans has been sold. Contact me to make a set especially for you. I don’t have a lot of time to make them, but right now I do have time.

This post is continued from https://www.outlawbunny.com/2018/08/18/a-set-of-talismans-2/

The third talisman in this set is a lintel ward—a charm that blesses and protects—made from the wood of a wild rose bush. The piece hangs on waxed cotton cord and will do its magic when placed by or above the door, another opening to the outdoors, or anywhere else in your home.

A few years ago, a wild rose bush on my property was taking over a utility pole. The rose thorns were so close to the wiring that I had to cut a lot of the bush back, as the Faerie queen helped and blessed the work. The wood cured beautifully.

On it, I burned my original magical design for protection and all blessings. The elements of the pyrography are integrated into a single design that wraps around the entire mini-pole.

The magical design featured on this talisman is my three-stem threshold ward formula: I developed a three-stem formula—or call it a “design”—that is a protection and blessing for the home or other space. The formula combines a visual design I created and a shamanic blessing—also my own creation—which I add to the visual design.

The visual design’s elements can be implemented in an extremely flexible manner, so my three-stem wood-burnings are all very different pieces of shaman art, each with its own enchanted feeling. This interpretation is the design’s first time on something other than flat wood. Wrapping the design created a unique, powerful magic.

One reason I came up with my design, instead of using the rigid straight lines of some traditional threshold pieces, was my longing for protective lines that are alive, dynamic. So I was pleased that, though I was wood-burning, I was able to draw lines that are dynamic, as if vegetation grown from the soil wrapped around the mini-pole.

For my formula, I wanted three main lines to represent the threefold Goddess and Her care of us. The three lines are leafy stems rather than just the rigid lines of some traditional lintel wards because I wanted to call forth the protective power of nature and the Green God. The formula involves more visual elements, but they’re outside the scope of a blog.

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

Here’s the stick before I worked with it:

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 the post about the set, both part one and part two.

I blessed all three amulets. 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 my heart and soul, held by the amulets, will flow to whomever they are meant to serve.

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A Set of Talismans

This set of talismans has been sold. Contact me to make a set especially for you. I don’t have a lot of time to make them, but right now I do have time.

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This set’s available only to someone traveling alongside me: one of my students or newsletter subscribers. Crafting amulets only for them feels true to who I am and to my magic right now. Besides, 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.)

I had the idea of handcrafted talisman sets, each set consisting of three unique charms. Each set is one-of-a-kind and suited to one buyer who’ll think, “This is mine.”

The 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.

So here’s a three-piece set. When it has sold, I’ll update the listing to say so.

One of the talismans in this particular set is the blackthorn pendant shown above. I sanded the wood oh-so-smooth (as I did with the entire set) then pyrographed the blackthorn Ogham on it (pyrography is the art of burning designs in wood).

The pendant’s waxed cotton cord is elegantly earthy.

BlktrnWOgm2018ASmIt occurred to me I could pump up the magic of the wood and Ogham by ornamenting the Ogham. I love coming up with magical ideas. The ornamentation is my original design. Its dots represent blackthorn berries, its flowers represent blackthorn blooms, and its spirals represent dense, protective blackthorn thickets.

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

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. (For me, the best way to know the magical properties of a wood is to spend time with it rather than just reading metaphysical books on the topic.)

You could wear the pendant’s back facing front, it’s wood is so lovely.
BlktrnWOgm2018BSmI coated all the finished amulets with a natural beeswax and oil treatment.

Here’s the blackthorn wood from which I cut and then crafted the pendant:RuffBT

This set’s second amulet is a heather wood pendant strung on black waxed cotton cord.

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Heather, like all the set’s woods, is sacred to Druids. I pyrographed the heather Ogham on it.

Here is the heather before I worked on it. The talisman came from the one of the sticks shown. They were harvested ethically, as was all the wood in this set.
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The pendant is also a keppen (small wand).

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Below are magical sensibilities I perceive in heather. They are what I know from my own experiences of the plant, not something I read about in a book or heard of elsewhere. Of course, if I had these experiences, other people might have.

Heather:
* creativity, whether in the arts or in problem-solving or anything else
* beauty
* the sacredness of beauty
* lovely productive fantasies
* the sacredness of fantasies
* bardic artistry or any art
* dreams
* the sacredness of dreams
* romance, not just in the relationship sense but also in the sense of myth—adventures of epic proportion

Continue reading and see the third amulet by clicking here: https://www.outlawbunny.com/2018/08/18/a-set-of-talismans-part-two-2/

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Exploring Ogham, Trees, and Magic

When exploring magically, I need to let the exploration go where it leads instead of following that direction only if someone else deems that choice “correct.” Exploring is just that—exploring! Entering new places without knowing what I’ll find there is one of my favorite activities. One thing leads to another to another to another, often in unexpected and seemingly tangential ways.

(Here are two views of a keppen pendant I made myself out of ivy wood:)IvyKeppen2018WT
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A few years ago, I set out to spend a year meditating on the Ogham alphabet and its corresponding trees. I like to learn a tree’s magical powers by talking to it, being of service to it, having visions of it (visions are great when I cannot meet a type of tree on the physical plane, and also when I can be in physical contact), and otherwise experiencing it, instead of reading metaphysical books that list the various trees’ magical qualities. Mind you, I look at the books too but, for me, they pale in comparison to lessons learned directly from wood/tree.

Before embarking on this yearlong journey, I’d long been crafting with fallen wood from the oak tree on my property. Some years back, I also collected huge fallen branches on my property and turned them into a sort of temporary, makeshift headboard because I was performing a year-long ritual as Merlin sleeping in his tree. The ritual lasted two years, if memory serves. Letting the exploration go where it would. Did some human give me the idea of a ritual of Merlin sleeping in his tree, let alone such a ritual lasting for a year? No. Exploring unknown areas and seeing what appears, what ideas, visions, magics, hunches, insights come to me, has been such a blessing in my life.

Despite being a Druid in past lifetimes, I have no past life memories of either runes or Ogham. I don’t think my past life memories are incomplete. I was in a Druidic tradition in which neither Ogham nor runes were needed for full Druidic power.

This lifetime, I’ve been so enamored of oak and a handful of other trees that I felt no desire to thoroughly explore the rest of the sacred trees that are part of Celtic lore. The exploration I was already on was completely satisfying.

Then I longed to study the Ogham alphabet, which surprised me but I let the journey go where it would. That led to the recent yearlong Ogham journey. That year has turned into a year and a half and will probably end up lasting at least two years. Not that one could ever finish learning the Ogham and the related trees. But my immense focus will give way to the next of my journey’s focuses.

Studying Ogham led to learning pyrography, which led to learning about woodworking so that I could prepare wood for wood-burning. Here are four rough pieces of ivy wood, each of which I crafted into a talisman. The longest piece became the keppen shown at the beginning of this post:
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I also fashioned myself an amulet pendant from one of the four rough pieces. Synchronistically, I had a fifth rough ivy piece, tiny and perfect for making into a bead for the pendant:
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Learning to finish rough wood so I could wood-burn designs on it led to finishing some pieces just to show off their beautiful magic instead of adding pyrography to them.

Getting to work with wood as a craftswoman has been an incomparable magical experience and an irreplaceable way to discover the enchantments in different types of trees.

And it led to me handcrafting some wooden talismans for people traveling alongside me; it feels true to who I am and to my magic to craft amulets only for my students and newsletter subscribers, right now. Besides, being a shamanic guide keeps me too busy to create many talismans, except for myself. (Well, I paint original digital talismans for my fellow travelers constantly, but the previous sentence refers to talismans on the physical plane.)

One thing leads to the other. I started developing the idea of handcrafted talisman sets, each set consisting of three unique charms. Each of these one-of-a-kind sets would be just right for one single buyer who’d see it and think, “This is mine.”

My busy schedule may allow me to make only three or four of these sets, even though I spent real time developing the concept of the sets and how to explain them to people, but providing the sets will help lead me and the set owners to our next steps on our magical journeys.

The day I was born, a tree was planted in the backyard. The day I visited my stepfather on his deathbed in the hospital, I afterwards returned to the home in which we’d lived. I asked the current residents for a few sticks from the tree. I made hair sticks from them.

The tree is old and may be cut down soon. Last year, I got more sticks from the tree and recently made more hair sticks:

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Here’s what the sticks looked like before I worked with them:
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From past lifetimes as a Druid to the tree planted the day I was born to making talismanic sets for my beloved fellow travelers, and all the steps in between. In retrospect, the progression from each step to the next seems logical but, when many of the steps appeared, they might have seemed completely random, especially to an outside observer. Trusting my path however it twists and turns brings me maximum joy, maximum power, and maximum chances to serve.

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