Some time ago I created a version of the Venus of Willendorf; or the Doni Goddess Amulet: the original was a simple stone carving of a woman’s body sans arms, face and the feet narrow down to a point. A great deal of writing and lecturing by the late professor Joseph Campbell describes the image as not a “realistic” rendering of a woman, rather the Force behind the archetypal Feminine Attributes, focusing on reproduction and providing nourishment for the young and innocent (and many other concepts).
The piece was well received by archeologists as well as those who are focused on developing the feminine within themselves and honoring those around us who manifest those qualities.
Doni Goddess Ring
I decided to create a ring of the Doni Goddess, however I have modified the design a little: Placing the arms over the head draws from above and blesses everyone around her. I have also placed the swirl on her belly denoting eternal manifestation and renewal (among many other things).
The ring itself holds the Doni as the central figure, the shank (the part of the ring which wraps around the finger) is solid and sturdy, not a “light and dainty” shank, this piece is solid and will hold up to wear.
To view this ring and order one for yourself, please visit the Doni Goddess Ring page.
Circlets are typically “earned” as a Priestess goes through her “steps” in training. The criteria is different from circle to circle, yet the meaning remains the same: it is a mark of success in her training.
This Priestess Circlet is of original knot work: each bend and fold of the knot was specifically designed for the Priestess and was not re-created for anyone else. The central star is the classic woven Pentacle beginning and ending at the top representing that all thing come from and rely on the Spirit. The knot work on each side is of flames, representing the transformational qualities of the work involved when wearing it in circle: both of the focused tasks and the transformation of the Priestess Herself.
This now resides in the collection of the Priestess Herself, the image she took for me to share with you. Should you wish something like this made for you, be sure to see my How to order Custom page.
A few years ago I created Jewelry for Isaac Bonewits. He created renderings of several designs and sent them to me to create for his special line of Jewelry. One of them is the Awen.
Large Awen Amulet
In his words:
“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 design itself is a wreath of oak leaves, three staves emanating from three Acorns. The bail from which to hang the amulet is also an oak leaf curled to hold the chain or cord. On the reverse side of the “signature” of the artist: “Merlin” or Kirk McLaren of Amulets by Merlin.
After creating the original Awen I have received several requests for a larger version of the piece: same wreath of leaves, acorns and staves: but larger. I now present to you the newest of Isaac’s line: the Large Awen.
When Isaac was still with us he traveled with the amulets and his books and other items; he even created a special portion of his website to feature the work. Since his passing into the Summerland I have continued to produce his line for him. For each piece purchased Isaac’s Widow receives a royalty to help through difficult times and encourage in efforts to promote good will and clarity to the world. To learn more about Isaac Bonewits, his writings and more, you may visit his website.
To learn more about the new, larger version of Isacc’s Awen, please visit my web-page featuring the Large Awen Amulet.
For more druid jewelry,
please visit my Druid jewelry page
The Seals of Solomon are both famous in legend and myth,
yet extremely obscured concerning their meaning.
Typically we hear about them in the Arabian nights legend:
a seal of Solomon kept the Jinn inside.
The Seals of Solomon Bracelet
Historically we discover the source of the Seals:
Solomon, the son of King David who established the city of Jerusalem
and Father of a great deal of esoteric writings and traditions.
Solomon is said to have been given both wisdom and knowledge
and ability to distinguish morally
between good and evil thorough a deeper understanding of the universe.
One of his legacies is what is known as The Greater Key of Solomon:
a series of images containing geometric patters
combined with Hebrew and other images.
Each seal is dedicated to a specific quality and described by the Planets
(Mars, Venus and so on) focusing those virtues.
each seal is to be made at a specific day and time through out the week
and made to enhance or “seed” those qualities desired.
Virtue, Honor protection, Seeking Hidden Talent and other qualities
are imbued by the various seals.
Every planet holds various qualities
and several seals are attributed to each planet.
The person who works with a seal has the opportunity
to focus the virtue they are concerned with by creating
(or commissioning) the seal they are interested in.
One of my most recent creations was to create Seven of the Solomon Seals
on a leather bracelet.
Each seal was made separately with a concho screw in the back.
The leather bracelet was punched to allow each seal to be mounted.
Because of the need to have the bracelet to “lay flat” against the wrist,
I carved the seals (in order) to curved and fit snugly around the wrist.
This was created to the specific qualifications of the person who ordered it,
all one of a kind work with no mold taken.
It currently is being worn by the Gentleman who commissioned it.
If you would like to have a custom piece made for you,
please visit my How to order custom page.
One of my recent efforts.
A fellow who loved the Awens I have developed of Isaac Bonewits
wanted a special piece made for him.
The Awen is an ancient symbol attributed the the Druids of old.
As Isaac Bonewits put it in his website:
“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.”
Custom Awen Necklace
This one of a kind piece is larger,
solid and inlaid with amber.
It was designed to allow the hand carved amber
to be set with open backs providing light to shine through and bounce about,
giving the impression of emanation from the dots and rays in the center.
Three circles surround the amber,
each grooved and filled with translucent enamel
specially mixed to replicate amber.
A wreath of Oak leaves frame the amulet,
hung by sterling chain and wooden beads to accent the piece.
This is a one of a kind Custom Awen Necklace,
Should you wish to have your design made for you,
please visit my How to Order Custom page.
From the deepest memories of Human History the role of Women have been the healers of the Tribe. Passed down through the generations, Herb Lore of what can cure and relieve suffering has been handed down from Mother to Daughter through thousands of years.
Through that understanding, the Medicine Woman was also a Seer, one who understands the mysteries of the mind, perceiving the difference between physical and spiritual suffering and growth.
It has only been in recent human history that the chain has been broken: accusing these holders of such knowledge as “quacks” or worse burned as “witches”, the keepers of the ancient medicine have been insulted and persecuted.
Over the past few decades, herb lore has had a resurgence: a re-awakening to usefulness as Modern Medicine has been set beyond the grasp of the common person (at least in the United States) due to cost and the various hurdles between those who suffer the the keepers of pharmaceuticals. The Herb Lore encompasses both the various teas and such and an understanding of diet as we move forward, reaching out to other cultures for a better understanding of health and vitality.
In the creation of the Medicine Woman Amulet I recalled a scene in the book “Clan of the Cave Bear” where Alia gazes into a medicine bowl, a precious possession of the Medicine Woman; and gazes into its contents, seeing a vision of “what is”. For the Amulet, I combined the image of the woman and the bowl with a dituria plant, considered sacred in the ancient Clan; entwining her hair and body. As a True Healer, the Medicine Woman is a part of Lore, Vision and Tribe; focusing her Will for the betterment of all.
Other Amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
The Oak Tree in Celtic lore
represents the door way between to another place,
a grove is a potential sanctuary between the worlds.
Pentacles represent powers brought into balance
and guided by the spirit.
In the design of the Oak Pentacle
I used a simple,
direct representation of oak leaf and branch
without a lot of other symbols.
In this way I have kept the piece open and free of restraint.
The personalization of the amulet
comes with the selection of stone:
set into a cluster of leaves.
Selecting the kind of stone
(color and type)
lends one the ability to “claim” the design
while maintaining the intent of the piece.
Oak Pentacle with Stone Amulet
Like some of my other other pieces,
I made the setting as a part of the design,
not a typical die struck setting of prongs and bezel:
leaves fold around the stone both securing it to the amulet
and protecting the stone from possible damage of a direct hit.
I developed these while designing on opal settings,
then expanded these protective enclosures to other designs.
Combining the focus
protection of the stone
and the Strength of the Gateway,
the Oak Pentacle provides you with a tool
of exploration of one’s self and the world.
This amulet is for these unafraid of the journey
of one’s life and the Truth that awaits.
To view the Oak Pentacle Amulet with Stone, please visit my website.