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.
Dagda’s Club Amulet
One of them is Dagda’s Club.
In his Words:
“Show your devotion to the manliest god of them all: the All Father, the Good (at everything) God, the fabulous Dagda!
“Fiery father of the Gods of Erin, the Dagda is the Supreme Druid, the Mightiest Warrior, and Danu’s Most Fertile Stud. His famous club could kill or resurrect, depending on which end He tapped you with.
“Honor the Dagda by wearing this silver or bronze amulet, designed by Isaac (includes the ogham letters for “Dagda” on the back).”
This represents the Irish All-Father’s magical club,
which was a Druid’s wand,
a warrior’s weapon,
and a Healer’s Blessing of fertility.
Entwining snakes embossed on a club,
topped by three tri-spirals.
A back Bail allows a hidden yet sturdy way
of wearing it on a chain or cord.
Script of the artist “Bonewits”
and producer “Merlin” of
Amulets by Merlin found on the back.
Isaac’s Amulets are a beautiful combination of design,
comfort and concept.
You may purchase these amulets through my site.
Each piece purchased Isaac’s Household receives a royalty
to both help extend his legacy promoting good will
and clarity to the world.
To learn about Isaac Bonewits,
his writings and more,
you may visit his website.
If you would like something special made
please visit my How to Order Custom Page
Modern fantasy stories
rely on the old tales
of a race that existed
long before Mankind walked the earth.
European Lore refers to the race
as one that lived with one foot in the realm of Fairy
and one foot in the “mundane” world.
The old religion
based on the forces of nature
describes these stories
with images of sacred trees
that the very branches themselves
reached into the stars.
Elvin Moon Amulet
The Old stories
remind us of the truth hidden in fiction;
children’s stories hold the lessons of life
are only truly realized when we reach adulthood.
The impressions of virtue to the pure of heart
and to those new to life
captured in tales of elves and fairies
struggling to bring peace to a troubled world.
The Fairy Tale may at times
be more true to the heart
than the most mundane experience
because it harkens to a time when we could see
with our hearts
without the jaded perspective of a crushed hope.
To capture the feel of the Old Stories,
I developed the image of the Elvin Moon:
A tree with seven stars in the branches
and the roots resting in the cradle of a crescent moon.
This subtle image of the old perspective
is highlighted with a detailed root system
and matching branches.
The Elvin Moon Amulet
is intended to recall the days when Truth was apparent,
when Virtue was something to strive for
and when integrity was accepted
as the foundation of one’s life.
In the old magical documents,
Pentacles did not necessarily mean “Five pointed star” as it does now.
They simply meant: Magical talisman inscribed with any symbol or character.
In one of it’s earliest forms the Pentacle symbolized the first “ADAM”,
signified in early art as “Human Perfection”,
the “First Man” in the Garden of Eden.
Grape Vine Pentacle
In the Tarot
pentacles signify Matter or the Material World.
Each of the Pentacle cards represents a scenario and lesson about money,
influence and decisions.
The five pointed star is found everywhere
from a Sheriff’s badge to a countries’ flag;
it is found in nature within apples,
in flowers and trees.
The Pentacle as a five pointed star
represents the balance between the Elements
(Fire, Water, Air, Earth)
under the Spirit
(the top point).
When presented with the top point up,
this is a symbol of health, wisdom,
balance and good fortune.
like any symbol reversed
it is no longer in balance but rather oppressed:
the elements are over powering the spirit.
When both are shown together
it represents the cycle of life:
the “ups and downs” of one’s existence.
Because I have been creating amulets of many sorts,
I have dedicated my own collection of Pentacles
as five pointed stars
and left the rest to be listed under other categories.
Each of my pentacle amulets are focused on a different aspect of health:
brotherhood, environment, healing, friendship and love.
With over 20 designs to choose from
I have versions that include rough textures,
moonstone, caldrons, a pin design for wiccan clergy in the military and much more.
If you cannot find the Pentacle you are looking for,
have no fear.
I can create your design by way of your drawing or description.
More information may be found at Amulets by Merlin.
Presenting the Tarot Garden Calender featuring the imagery developed from the Tarot Amulets and Casters. In the original creation of these pieces, I had envisioned this as a break from the traditional “card” presenting a scene. The Amulets are focused into an almost Iconic form so it may be used in a very tangible “casting forth” if the pieces. “Roll the bones” as it were.
In MetaPlace, a now defunct virtual reality developed as a game engine, I created a garden one could stroll though, interact with various pieces set like sculptures. For the Calendar I have enhanced screen shots the world with prose from my Tarot Archives and added images from my Zodiac Collection. Each month presents the corresponding Tarot Amulet, the Astrological Amulet and a meditation.
To see images from the Calender and learn more Click Here.
Classically the Bear is associated with Leadership, strength and healing. In much of Native American totems, the association of the bear is also one of of self sufficiency and stubbornness. Bears hibernate during winter, thus those associated with the Bear tend to be “slow” yet thoughtful during the winter. When the ice thaws in spring, the bear becomes very active, looking to the local environment to forage; so it is true with those who associate themselves with this totem: warm weather gets them up and moving: ponderously, yet ever moving forward.
Bear Medicine reminds us to follow our natural cycles. By going with the flow energies align more positively and successfully. Sometimes Bear Medicine appears in order to tell us to slow down for a season. A powerful symbol for the subconscious depths, the Bear sometimes suggests getting off the main path and seek your own in your own way and time.
In the Bear Amulet I have captured the image of a bear speaking, voicing his ideas and calling those around him to take notice of their situation. At times offering is a warning to those who wish to be aware of danger or of knowledge well earned through experience. Otherwise the bear is silent and ever careful: “when in doubt: don’t”.
The Bear Amulet is one and a quarter inch bas-relief sculpture: a shallow carving of the mouth giving the illusion of a deep carving, textured fur with a “hidden” back bail to hang on your chain or cord.
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 Spells for Democracy Amulet. Isaac was very concerned for our nation as he had often spent a great deal of time discussing, lecturing and writing about the subject. After I had created several pieces for him I suggested he continue with his designs; thus he turned to develop a design developed to focus intent to a good aim: righting the wrong of our society.
Spells for Democracy Amulet
Spells for Democracy Amulet
He wrote extensively about this subject, calling for the Pagan community to become more active, participating in the great debate for equality, justice and a better world.
In his words:
“I know very well that not all Neopagans apply their polytheology to their political views in the same ways that I do. To me it seem obvious that politicians dedicated to making the USA a fundamentalist theocracy, to encouraging the fundamentalists in Islam to see this century as one dedicated to an un-Holy War between the two lunacies, and, incidentally, giving a totally free reign to every multinational corporation willing to pay big bribes to politicians, isn’t going to give much attention to the needs or even basic human rights of minority belief systems, at home or abroad, including ours. The Neo-Con Imperialists and the Religious Reich have been telling us for over a decade what their plans are. It is way past time to pay attention and take action with the only form of power they can’t take away from us: magic. “
More about Isaac may be found here.
The amulet itself is a combination of symbols:
The pentacle is a classic symbol of Neo-Paganism. It is crossed with a Besom (broom) which symbolizes a great many things: here it is to represent the modern day Pagans and their efforts to create a better world. The Wampum (the staff with the disk) represents a symbol of the Iroquois: a composite of Native American tribes who formed a Democracy before the United States formed their own nation.
Through his travels Isaac presented these amulets with his books and other items; he even created a special portion of his website to feature the work. You may purchase these amulets through my site. Each piece purchased Isaac’s Household receives a royalty to both help recover from the debt of his passing and to extend his legacy promoting good will, democracy and clarity to the world.
To learn about Isaac Bonewits, his writings and more, you may visit his website.
To purchase the Spells for Democracy, please go Spells for Democracy Page.
Recently, I was asked to create a Drum Stick Pentacle.
The Lady Drummer wanted to have a special piece
representing the two major aspects in her life:
combining her faith and her musical endeavors.
Taking care to texture the piece to resemble wood,
five drum sticks inter weave together to create a pentacle.
This piece is one inch in diameter with a jump ring at the top.
No mold was taken,
made to be a one of a kind piece for a one of a kind musician!
If you are interested in having a piece made for you,
please visit my “How to order custom” page.
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.
There comes a time when children pool their resources to offer a gift to their parent
as a way to say “thank you” for caring for them.
So it was with a collection of very grown up children of a Priestess.
I was asked to create the symbol of her faith with a few additions.
The birthstones of the children (and grandchildren)
were associated with the various points around the star
and in the center is the birthstone of their mother.
The Mother Pentacle
A Custom Amulet
Offered to her as a gift on Mother’s Day,
this pentacle represents the love,
caring and support their mother gave them through their lives.
Wiccans and Pagans have not been “accepted”
by the majority of people in our country
and to this day their choice of faith faces prejudice,
disdain and at times persecution.
The family’s decision to create a pentacle was quite telling:
in-spite of pressure from outside the family,
the children’s support of their Mother’s religion
demonstrates their own dedication of love and respect.
I was deeply honored to create
this piece of appreciation and love.
This Mother’s Pentacle Amulet is a one of a kind piece and proudly worn by the Mother (and Grandmother) for whom it was designed.
If you wish something special made for your Mother or other Loved One,
please visit my How to order Custom Page
The role of women in our society has undergone a magnificent transformation,
Our nation was deeply influenced by the Victorian Era,
turning the “Woman’s Place” from coordinator of the household,
land owner, teacher, physician, wife and mother
to a nearly subhuman participant in home and community.
Over the 20th century Women have struggled from the depths of this troubling position
to regain and surpass all previous achievements
to include the right to vote,
hold up Her own in business,
politics and religious authority.
Ladies of the Star Amulet
In the comfort of the second decade of the 21rst century,
we look back over the past few hundred years and marvel at Her progress;
yet still some ways to go to stand level with her counterpart.
We can appreciate Her progress not only to elevate Her sex,
but to humanize Men as well.
Confined to the role forced upon each other,
Men have also been able to step up in ways that American Society have repressed:
nurturing, responsive, accommodating and thoughtful.
Accused in the past of being much to cold and indifferent,
the young men of our “New Age” have benefited from the strides Women have achieved
by redefining their own roles.
By their very struggles,
Women have not only healed but transformed our society as a whole.
In celebration of these accomplishments I have created The Ladies of the Star Amulet.
The pentacle is composed of five tongues of flame,
morphing into women, developing the circle of life for which the pentacle is able to be formed:
the efforts of Women developing strength,
balance and empowerment through their transformative efforts.
This amulet is one and a half inches
with a back bail to allow the piece to be hung on a cord or chain.
Ladies of the Star Amulet is for those who celebrate the role of women in our community and as a sign of support of their continued strength, endurance and vision for a better future for all.