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.

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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