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 very 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 young man.
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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.
One of my earliest creations: Moon and Star Ring.
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.
My intent is two things.
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.
More about the Pentacle may be found here.
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 is one representing 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 designing of the Oak Pentacle I used simple and direct representation of oak leaves and branches 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.
Like with 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 them while working on opal settings, then expanded these protective enclosures to other designs.
Combining the focus of the 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.
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Pentacles often had no connotation of “five” in the old magical documents, but were magical talismans inscribed with any symbol or character. The most common “pentacle” is the five point star. 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.
Pentacles are used in the Tarot to 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 Pentacles 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. When inverted, 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, women’s forms, the caduceus, 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 drawings or description. More information may be found at Amulets by Merlin.