This set of talismans has been sold. Continue to read this post anyway, to learn about one-of-a-kind sets.
I handcraft 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 students constantly, but the previous sentence refers to talismans on the physical plane.)
I’ve been developing the idea of handcrafted talisman sets, each set consisting of three unique charms.
I want to make one-of-a-kind sets—just right for one single buyer who’ll see it and think, “This is mine.”
My idea was that the charms would suit that individual over the long haul, working both as a powerful grouping and also separately. In other words, when you don’t need one or more of the pieces, it/they can be put in storage while the other one(s) remains in use.
So here’s my first three-piece set. When it has sold, I’ll update the listing to say so.
One of the talismans in this particular set is a blackthorn pendant. Note the beautiful maroon on its wood. I love it! When I was sanding the wood, I was so excited when burgundy started to emerge.
I added two faceted cobalt blue beads. I may have had them for 10-20 years. The black waxed cotton cord is earthy yet elegant.
“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. If you want the blackthorn‘s power when you don’t want to wear the pendant, put it on your altar or hang it on your wall.
This particular pendant 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 noticed that energy in blackthorn and never heard about it anywhere but, now that I’ve noticed it in this piece, I can see it is typical of blackthorn. (For me, the best way to know the magical properties of a wood is to spend time with it rather than just reading what metaphysical books say.)
This set’s second amulet is an ivy wood pendant on black waxed cotton cord.
Ivy is commonly known as sacred to the Green God, so could give you vitality and free your energy up so your confidence, determination, and overall power come forth more fully. Ivy also revs up your sexuality.
Since ivy “belongs” to the Green Man, I think it should also belong to the Green Woman: Elen of the Ways. For me, She has all the powers of the Green God. My sense of Her also is that, for those who want nature’s power but need it channeled to them gently, She can do that for them. He can too, but sometimes a person finds it easier to accept that gentleness and sensitivity from Her.
Since the Green God and Green Goddess both embody living fully, I feel ivy would be really good for being in the moment.
I pyrographed a faint ivy ogham on one edge, which the following photo shows.