For as long as people have ascribed objects with special affinity
they have harnessed the use of Talismans:
objects associated with “magic” or “special powers”.
Amulets have come in a variety of shapes and sizes:
tools, weapons even vehicles.
Amongst these objects,
jewelry has been the most popular of Talismans:
An Amulet can be a ring or pendant made of metal,
stone, bone or other substance;
however the intrinsic value is the focus here.
In its basic Latin translation: amuletum,
the “Amulet” was to “repel trouble”;
however as society has progressed
and our needs and desires have become more sophisticated,
the use of amulets has expanded.
A common amulet used today is a wedding ring:
it represents special meanings:
love, trust and a reminder of a promise made.
From the 12th century the creation of amulets became more sophisticated:
the greater Key of Solomon
and its various seals
have expanded the purpose of the Amulet to a wide variety of uses:
bringer of rain, lucid dreaming, clarity of thought and so on.
Our history is filled with Amulets from many cultures
including Native American, Gypsy, Romanian, and Celtic;
nearly every culture has its amulets and their use.
In my own work I began with the Tarot.
Each card has a specific meaning and purpose,
reflections of how we think and respond to each other,
the fine tuning of a person’s virtue and their lessons.
I then developed the metaphors that step beyond the two dimensional image,
allowing the bearer of the amulet to focus on the idea and intent
of each of the Major Arcana.
From there I have studied and implemented a host of symbols
to provide a wide variety of Amulets for many purposes.
How do I get a piece of jewelry to work as an Amulet?
It is preferable to harness a piece of jewelry
has already been targeted to work as an amulet.
The important step is to find a connection with the piece,
something that first “reminds” you of the intent.
if you wished to become pregnant
(provided you have a partner that will assist you in the physical step),
you would find an amulet that would represent fertility to you.
To activate the amulet is simply developing an affinity with the piece.
“This pendant makes me feel fertile”.
Touching that “place” may require some work on your part:
you need to discover that fertile part within
and connect with the amulet you are using.
A great example is found in the first book of the legendary series:
The Sword of Shannara.
Towards the end of the story,
our hero finds it difficult to activate his Talisman
until he discovers the spark of truth within himself
necessary to ignite the “Magic” of the blade.
Although a book of fiction,
the principle is the plain:
to harness such things one must first find that part within one’s self
before the enhancement can take place.
Looking again to the Tarot Amulets,
each piece is designed to help one find that spark within through lore,
imagery and intent.
If one is studying the Chakras, Kundalini and Yoga,
then the Strength Amulet would be a good tool
to help one focus on one’s studies,
exercises and meditations.
It is an enhancement;
it does not take the place of real practice and study.
A lens in of itself does not create light:
it magnifies and focuses the light
giving one more control over what is already there.
With Amulets and Talismans it is not so much the object
rather it is the relationship between the person and their amulet
that makes the difference.
It is not the Wedding Ring that makes you married
it is the relationship between all parties concerned
that creates the marriage:
the rings enhance the marriage and give it a physical point of reference to focus on;
the symbol of the eternal circle and the experience of its presentation at the ceremony.
I have created hundreds of designs;
and always creating more.
On occasion a person will need a piece that will help them accomplish a task,
focus purpose or celebrate life.
Many times he or she will produce a design providing
the necessary connection to their desired goal.
From their art
(or from a description of the design)
I then create what they would like.
To see my line of Jewelry,
sculpture and other works of art and to learn more about how your amulet can be made,
please visit my how to order custom page.
How do I decide which amulets would be best for me? I know this sounds like a weird question but everytime I read one of your blogs I want to buy that one and this one and the other one. So I guess the better question is, where and how do I start?
The first step is to answer these questions:
Where am I?
The position you are currently holding you your life: career, relationships and space
What am I doing?
Your current projects, whether you are working on a project for home, school, work or your spiritual activities.
These first two questions will give you a barring as to where you are or if you indeed know the answer. If you are unsure of these answers, then look to the nature of what you are asking. If it looks like the process will take a while, then you will need help: counseling of one form or another is a good start. To help you keep on track and amulet would be useful to clarify (Magi) generate balance and discipline: (Justice) or the endurance to discover the answers (Strength).
The next question is:
What do I want to accomplish?
If you are cramming for a test: the High Priestess is the amulet of Memory. If you are setting up a new living space, then the Chariot would be ideal. If you are focused in independent studies, the Hermit would be of assistance. The Hierophant for Teachers, the Empress for Mothers, Sweethearts and Musicians would find the Lovers a powerful way to express themselves. In each entry I have listed several examples as to what kind of focus these pieces may have. In some cases I have used several on once to develop chords of intent, harmonies of purpose just as you would see in a Tarot Reading.
The trick is to first be clear as to where you are and what you are doing, then to determine what you want to accomplish. From there we can work out what is best for you.
If you have any more questions about selecting an amulet, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.