Much is written in praise of the Holly. More often than not, we”deck the halls” at Yule, however the Holly in Celtic Lore is attributed in the ancient writing of Ogham to the “spear” and the month of June. Like the Oak it is primordial, attributed to the soul’s struggle with thorny spears and hard wood, it germinates in darkness and able to retain it’s intensity though the darker times of the year; triumphant in it’s resurgence: bearing red berries during the most hash weather of the year.
In the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Gawain takes up the challenge of an exchange of blows by a stranger to the court holding an ax in one hand and a holly branch in the other. The Story revels an aspect of the Green Man’s lessons: the harsh teachings of the Soul’s Journey through Spiritual Awakening.
The Holly Crown is also used in Druidic initiation for those who have mastered certain lore and worn while collecting Mistletoe, a sacred task near Yule. This image was then “borrowed” during the invasion of Christendom and mounted on the image of Christ. Thus Holly has been revered as sacred though out the ages and transcended the religious conversions of the past many centuries.
The Holly Amulet is a simple sprig of holly with a small cluster of berries, presenting the plant in fruition. I have “rounded” the points of the holly for easier wear so it will not harm the person wearing the piece; preserving the image of the plant. People who embrace the lore of the Holly, wish to celebrate the soul’s triumph over the harshness of one’s spiritual journey or simply love the image of this magnificent plant would enjoy the Holly amulet.