Talisman Set #7: Rose, Elder, Oak

This talisman set has sold.

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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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