Gye Nyame Collection
Gye Nyame is a symbol meaning “I am afraid of none but God,”
or: “Nyame biribi wo sor”
suggests that good things come from above.
This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial;
no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end,
“Except God” (Gye Nyame).
This unique and beautiful symbol is omnipresent in Ghana.
It is the most popular in decoration:
a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people;
the symbol of the Omnipotence and Omnipresence of God.
In the development of the Gye Nyame Set,
I made the earrings “flat” to frame the face with a flash or two;
the main pendant holds the curves to accentuate the flow of the Gye Nyame Amulet;
a deeply carved three dimensional amulet (both sides)
with a bail through the top point allowing a chain or cord to pass through.
Wearing these amulets connect one to a tradition
well over 5000 years old.
Other Amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
In the Sixties “Om”
was placed in pop culture through out America and Europe.
Even the Moody Blues even wrote a song “Aum”
in the finale of
“In search of the Lost Chord”
of their Threshold series.
Even as our pop-culture moved on to other things,
Om continued to be what it is:
a very sacred and complex idea.
In an earlier blog
I wrote a bit about it’s use and history.
I created my own version of the Om Amulet
by encasing it within a circle.
To accompany the Om Amulet,
I have also developed the Om Earrings.
The symbol is made with a small bail within the top of the Sanskrit word,
then I added a jump ring to suspend it with a earring finding.
The added jump ring gives the glyph additional movement
as it adorns the ear.
Flanked on either side with an OM,
one is surrounded with eternity and peace.
These earrings are for those who wish to be reminded of
and/or wish to harness the depth of this “simple” symbol.
The Om Earrings and Other Earrings my be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
The Caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes and other Heralds.
A short staff entwined by two serpents and crowned by wings
It was also carried by Mercury the messenger of the gods:
a guide of the dead,
protector of merchants and shepherds
and now represents
the astrological symbol of the planet Mercury.
The symbol is also associated with commerce and negotiation,
printing and other forms of communication.
Caduceus Pentacle Earrings
In North America it is also used as a symbol
of Healthcare and medical practice in general.
It may be noted that in other places of the world,
the symbol of the Rod of Asclepius
is used to represent health care
which looks like a single snake wrapped around a staff
and there are no wings.
The pentacle is a symbol which is also ancient:
symbolizing the balance between the elements
and the spirit in perfect balance.
With the single point up
(representing the spirit)
illustrates the balancing effect of the spirit over the elements.
One may easily visualize a man with legs and arms stretched out:
the feet over the locations of fire and earth,
while the hands over water and air and the head in spirit.
By combining the two images we can see how the concepts merge:
all elements in their place and the communication of Hermes over the top.
By adding the North American view of Health and well being,
one can easily use Caduceus Pentacle as a symbol of health,
good communication and a balance of all things.
The Caduceus Pentacle earrings are 5/8” each
with a small jump rings solidly soldered
to provide security and hung with stainless steel Shepard’s hook finds.
To get yours,
please visit my Caduceus Pentacle Earring page.
More earring designs may be found on my Earrings page
Amulets by Merlin Awen
In the words of Isaac Bonewits:
“The sign of “the Three Rays”
is used by members of the United Ancient Order of Druids,
the Ancient Order of Druids,
the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids,
and many other followers of Druidry.
It can be seen as symbolizing Sky Father Energy
in balance with the Earth Mother energy of the Druid Sigil,
as well as any of a thousand other sets of three ideas.”
The classic image of the Awen
is three concentric circles,
at the top are three “dots”
representing the “source”
and from it three “rays” of light.
I have created a couple of one-of-a-kind pieces
with this classic symbol of the Druids.
Years ago Isaac Bonewits commissioned his own version:
a circle of leaves, acorns and staves
illustrating the dots and rays of emanation.
On the reverse side of the “signature”:
“Bonewits” and that of the artist:
“Merlin” or Kirk McLaren of Amulets by Merlin.
For the Bonewits designs,
I continue to send royalties to Isaac’s Widow
for every one of the Bonewits collection.
Since the original design,
I have expanded the Awens to two sizes as amulets,
earrings and a ring.
For those who wish to celebrate the Awen all year long,
I have made a “Winter Awen” version featuring pine cones and holly.
For the more adventurous,
I can also add a patina to “green it up a bit” and enamel the berries.
This design is available both as an amulet and a belt buckle.
If you are looking for Awen Jewelry,
this is the page for you!
If you don’t find the design you are looking for,
please visit my How to Order Custom Page.
Mermaids are found in folklore all over the world.
the word is taken from mere (sea)
and maid (or young girl)
however there are mermaid stories of these half fish,
half woman in lakes and rivers too.
As early as 1000 BC accounts are found in Assyria
where the goddess Atargatis turned into a mermaid in shame
for killing her lover.
The stories are not confined to tragedy:
some stores are of generous mermaids
giving blessings and falling in love with their human counterparts.
In 15th century China there is a story about a mermaid
who wept tears which became pearls.
In India Suvannamaccha is a mermaid princess
who tries to ruin Hanuman’s attempt to build a bridge to Lanka,
yet falls in love with him instead.
In Africa the Mami Wata are water spirits of both sexes.
In the Caribbean a mermaid is called Aycayia,
in Haiti the Loa called La Sirene
and associated with the Orisha Yemaya.
I wanted to focus on the more pleasant version
of these stories when designing the Mermaid earrings.
She is a complete sculpture,
yet only ¾ of an inch long.
Her tail curves onto itself
and her hands meet above her head,
her expression of quiet contemplation
and she swims though the waters.
She swims with a grace that could only exist
in the passion of such creatures.
To get your Mermaid Earrings,
please go to my Mermaid Earring page.
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the Morning Star as a weapon
is a mace with a ball and spikes on one end.
A medieval weapon which came into popularity
around the 14th century in Germany
and was known as a Morgenstern;
often confused with a simple military flail
which is a wood shaft which included iron bars at the end.
Morning Star Earrings
When I originally designed these earrings,
I was attempting to re-create the Kettenmorgenstern
(which translates chain-morning star,)
again a kind of flail.
When writing or describing these
I simply referred to them as the Morning Star,
and left it at that.
I was often corrected when attending the various SCA events
by the Period Experts,
however they liked them anyway.
These earrings are made of sterling silver:
a handle carved to replicate wood,
banded together and a small jump ring
to attach the classic ball at the bottom.
The ball has small “spikes”
which are more rounded than pointy
so as not to get caught in hair
or leave a mark on your cheek.
A classic look for those who enjoy a more medieval look.
To get your Morning Star Earrings,
please go to my Morning Star Earring page.
To see more of my earring designs, please visit my Earring Page
the trees wake from the winter’s slumber
and over time
(in some places in hours!)
the put out shoots which develop into leaves.
Amazing things: leaves.
They capture sunlight
and use the solar energy to create food for the tree.
Transfer the air into usable material.
Some trees turn their leaves down when they sense rain approaching.
All through the summer,
leaves provide shelter for the animals
who inhabit the trees.
we sue the term “leaf”
to describes the pages of a book
and then again use the metaphor:
“turn over a new leaf”
in reference to “starting again, fresh and new”.
We eat them,
use them in all kinds of ways,
both the actual leaves and the ones we mimic.
One of my favorite pass times
is to watch the trees move in the wind,
to feel the air move
and hear the sound of leaves stirring in the branches,
creating ever changing patterns.
The leaf stirs the imagination.
Leaf Chain Earrings
In celebration of the Leaf,
I have created the Leaf Chain.
The earrings are three different leaves,
connected by soldered jump rings for security,
framing the face with a very organic look.
Because they are of a chain,
they move as you do.
Each earring is 1 1/2” long
with a Shepard’s hook earring finding.
Perfect for those who love trees,
leaves and Nature.
To get yours,
please visit my Leaf Chain Earring Page.
For more earrings, please see my Earrings Page