Talisman Set #8: Elder, Apple, Willow

This talisman set has sold.

Continue to read this post anyway, to learn about one-of-a-kind sets.

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

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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