Pan is the son of Zeus,
(or Hermes or Dionysus);
his mother a nymph
(or sometimes Dryope?).
his parentage is so unclear
some historians consider him Pre-Olympian.
Because of his effect on people
Pan’s qualities appear to be more nature spirit
As an entity,
he inspires panic,
or in the higher form:
The Amulet of Pan
Syrinx was a exquisite water-nymph of Arcadia,
daughter of Landon,
As she was returning from the hunt one day,
Pan met her.
In fear of his amorous interest
the fair nymph ran away.
Pan pursued her until she caught up with her sisters
who immediately changed her into a reed.
In his search for her
Pan noticed the air blowing through the reeds
produced a melancholic melody.
took a handful because he did not know which reed she became,
and cut seven pieces
forming a musical instrument.
Pan has carried her with him ever since.
Contrary to Plutarch,
Pan is not dead.
In Jitterbug Perfume:
Tom Robbins describes the continued life
of Pan and his exploits
as he sailed to the New World
and lived in America….
but that is another story.
In creating an Amulet of Pan,
I chose his musical aspect.
The Pan amulet is not a simply relief;
it is a 3D sculpture from his waist up,
framed in grape leaves playing his pan pipe.
An amulet to inspire a Panorama:
and a celebration
of life itself.
This is a god of the Old Celtic lines
Cern means “horn” in Old Irish
and related to similar words carn
in Welsh and Breton,
and is the origin of Kernow,
meaning horn of land.
The depictions of Cernunnos
are strikingly consistent:
and portrayed as a mature man
with long hair
and a beard wearing a torc
to denote nobility.
He often carries other torcs in his hands
to signify wealth and prosperity.
He sits and cross-legged in meditation.
The Amulet of Cernunnos
The Horned God
reflects the seasons of the year
in an annual cycle of life,
death and rebirth.
is the guardian of the forests,
the defender of the animals
the source of the deep forest wisdom,
and the male aspect of creative energy.
He is called upon for vital,
non-violent masculine divinity.
In the Wheel of the Year,
His time is between Samhain and Beltane
as the Goddess’ time is between Beltane and Samhain.
During these High Holies,
they come together
in a balance of energies,
union and blessings.
I created an interpretation of Cernunnos Amulet as depicted on Gundestrup Cauldron.
The Celtic design dates from the La Tene period.
Here he is shown holding a serpent in one hand
signifying knowledge and connection to the Ancients;
and a tork in the other,
the symbol of holding power in the world of mortals.
This piece is 5/8″
and can be worn as a pendant
and may also sit like a statue on your shelf
or where ever you wish!
The Amulet of Cernunnos
Several years ago m’Lady Tony designed a piece that combines the three stages of Womanhood:
the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.
The idea was to develop the three aspects
into a single shape: the Astrological symbol of Venus.
Maiden Mother Crone Amulet
At the foundation is the Maiden.
She sits cross legged at the base of the piece,
creating the anchor of Womanhood
she holds a chalice that contains a flame
an element that symbolizes transformation,
a promise of the future’s ever changing opportunities.
In the center is the Mother
pregnant she fulfills the promise
and instructs the maiden with her accumulated wisdom of her own maidenhood.
In one hand the bud of a rose;
the other the blossom
symbolizing beauty and passion,
the possibilities that fertility offers.
She is flanked with the stems of the rose illustrating life itself.
Above the Mother and below the sickle moon is the Crone.
Her hair flows into the spider web that encloses their backs
the network of accumulated lessons
of the lives that came before
brought to generations of Women for eons.
With arms outstretched
she holds the wisdom
and reveals the destiny of those who seek her.
The symbol of Venus
is the cross of matter below with the circle of spirit above,
reviling the core concept of Venus
Spirit over Matter: the symbol of love itself.
In its purest form,
Love is that direct link between spirit and matter
without the need for demonstration,
condition or interpretation.
Women hold the very essence of humanity
the ability to carry within them
both the seed of life that brings the next generation
and the wisdom to bring to their children
the knowledge of a better life.
The Maiden Mother Crone Amulet
is a potent piece created as both an amulet
that may be worn but also a focus of life itself.
Although intended to be worn by women,
it also is designed for small alters dedicated to life.
A good gift for girls who have achieved womanhood;
a talisman for the new mother
or for one who has achieved the status
of Wise Woman.
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.
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.
The Awen Ring
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.”
A wreath of oak leaves,
three staves emanating from three Acorns.
The Awen itself is about ¾ of an inch
with oak leaves on each side trailing down the shank
(the portion of the ring which goes around the finger).
Each ring is made for the person who orders it,
sizes are not a problem
To get yours,
please visit my Awen Ring page
and be sure to include your ring size when ordering.
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.
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