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.
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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