One of my favorite subjects is root and branch designs. When I received a call from a fellow who wanted a custom ring, his description was: “Please make me a Pentacle ring with roots stretching down the sides of the ring”, I was enthusiastic! After a quick sketch he “OK’d” through the mail (he doesn’t have internet); I created his Ring.
A Union Root and a Pentacle is a natural combination. The Pentacle (as describe in an earlier blog) symbolizes the balance and harmony of the elements, this combined with the natural formation of roots may represent the grounding effect of balance, the natural state of peace one receives in a forest and a sense of eternity one experiences in Nature.
Solid, Heavy Sterling Silver with a strong patina to highlight the contrasting shapes and accent the depth of the carving. This Unique, One-of-a-kind Root and Star Ring is now on the hand of a very happy Gentleman.
If you are interested in having a ring made just for you, please visit my How to order Custom page.
The image of a Stag is a powerful one: it is seen in art, heard of in song, stories and strikes a spark of racial memory which seems to reach back for generations. When one sees an outline of a stag, one gets a sense of freedom, wilderness and awe.
Hern’s Pentacle Amulet
Like the Buffalo in the Native American mid planes culture, the Stag was revered as Sacred among the Celts: offering food, tools, clothing and more for the conscious hunter. To bring down a deer meant the Household would be able to eat and live well for some time. For this and many other reasons, the image of Hern lived in the hearts and minds of the Celts for many generations.
The first mention in literature if Hern (or Herne) is in Shakespeare’s “The Merry wives of Windsor”, however many ascribe the idea of Hern to a much earlier time. A “ghost” who walks the Woods of Windsor Forest with a great rack of horns.
In the relatively new movement of Neo-Paganism, Hern’s Image has been re-awakened; there is a great deal of tribute to Hern in writings, both in fiction and tomes of Celtic Heritage.
To celebrate the Neo-Pagan view, I have created the Hern’s Pentacle Amulet. This combines the image of a stag head whose rack of horn embraces a pentacle. The bail is hidden behind the pentacle to give the amulet a sense of “floating” on your chain or cord.
Most symbols of this kind hold the crescents with the points facing outward, representing the phases of the moon. The the full moon in the center with a pentacle over the top. The classic symbol of the moon phase is much more common. When I developed this design in the 1980s, I configured the crescents pointing inward.
The center disk is the New Moon, holding possibilities. Much like other mysteries, the “absence” of illustration holds more possibilities than to render the idea in total. From Nothing comes All Things. I developed the same idea in my Tarot Series Judgment Amulet, creating a “faceless Angel” to represent that which transcends the normal countenance seen in many other images. By “not showing” (much like not speaking) One may present an idea which is beyond expression. The New Moon is a time of void, a time “before” when things begin beyond observation.
The crescents are pointing inward to illustrate the Hands of the Goddess protecting her Wisdom and her People. This heavy ring represents the in-born knowledge we are all blessed with at birth, protected and nurtured by the Goddess. All that is required is to respond with Good Intent and follow through with the Great Work of bringing Peace and Harmony to our homes and community.
The Pentacle is like the Rough Star Amulet in texture, giving the feel of primordial origins, set between two crescent moons, each facing in rather than out: providing a feeling of protection. If you would like to have this ring made for you, please visit my Moon and Star Ring page.
In previous articles I described the Pentacle in detail. Basally the Pentacle is a common shape in nature which was replicated in art and Symbology for centuries. In early art it gained significance and represented balance, strength, endurance and that which is sacred to people everywhere. Only in the recent century has it been tarnished by those who do not understand Symbology and it is mistaken for other things.
Small Pentacle with Moon Stone.
In celebration of this beautiful shape, I have made several interpretations of this star, some extremely ornate. In this version I have created the Pentacle in it’s most basic shape: a woven five pointed star set into a circle. In the center I have placed a moon stone, a mineral which seems to be solidified moon light: the Romans and Greeks associated Moonstone with their lunar gods and goddesses.
This tiny Pentacle with Moon Stone is sleek and sturdy for years of wear. The moon stone is set in a bezel setting for comfort and security. To learn more about this amulet, lease visit my web page featuring the Small Pentacle with Moon Stone.
If you cannot find the Pentacle you are looking for, have no fear. I can create your design by way of your drawings or description. More information may be found at Amulets by Merlin 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.
Merlin’s Balanced Star Amulet
Two woven stars interlocked: the six point star:
a composite symbol of the elements:
triangles with point up and down illustrating the alchemic glyphs of Fire Water Air and Earth;
and the five point star of the Adam Kadmon:
the first Man (hermaphrodite)
or “Father Time”;
Humanity in its primal,
perhaps perfected state of existence.
Together these two images represent the balance of forces:
Male (active) and Female (passive).
This is not to say that “all men are active and all women are passive”,
not at all.
In the material world,
we all contain these kinds of energies,
qualities and potential.
The terms are considered “classic” in the sense
of how our cultures have perceived the world
and provided descriptions of what has been observed.
Within the glyph,
I have provided the blending of the two in hope
to develop a “more realistic” manifestation of what is actually there.
In another sense
it is the material world
(six point star with all of its elements)
and the five point star
(what we decide to do with it,
the ability of proactive choice
(the five point star).
The amulet may be a reminder of how we affect the world,
the power of intent,
the purpose of our actions and their result.
A reminder that our “purpose” in the world
is what we decide it is rather than what is dictated by outside forces.
The symbol is intended to transcend the preconceived illusions
of separate religious,
and philosophical differences
and blend awareness of things into a single symbol.
The symbols are woven together:
just as the earth is a weaving together of awareness,
perspective and ability.
The Balanced Star Amulet
is intended to anyone to wear,
everyone who wishes to embrace divergence of ideas
and capability and bring balance to a troubled world.
Other Amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
I make a wide variety of Pentacles:
a symbol that is found in every culture.
The five pointed star has been seen in nature
forming the core of the apple, blossoms, and minerals
and in the random patterns of branches and trees.
It has been adopted as a symbol of strength and purity:
featured in the drawings by Leonardo da Vinci
of the “first man” representing “life in balance”
even associated in renaissance paintings with Christ.
Blossom Star Amulet
The individual points represent the four elements:
fire, water, air, and earth
with the point of spirit pointing up,
again illustrating the balance of nature
with the perception of spirit.
In celebration of the five pointed star,
I have developed the symbol made of the branches of the apple tree.
The branches are woven as a sign of eternity.
The weaving of the branches is in the sequence of
creation, starting with the top point of “spirit”
and proceeding to the point of “transformation (fire)
then Wisdom (air),
then grounding in the material world (earth)
and resolving in Spirit.
An apple blossom on the side: the promise of fulfillment.
The apple is often a symbol of living knowledge,
wisdom and abundance:
though knowledge tend to foster options that tend to lead to trouble,
it is up to the individual to choose to be “right minded” when choosing a path.
I offer the Blossom Star as “the Teacher’s Star”,
perfect for those on the path of all faiths dedicated to truth,
wisdom and virtue.
more of Merlin’s pentacle amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin