As many of you already know, I have been producing the designs of Issac Bonewits featuring the Awen. In his design, the symbol is of three acorns (the source of light) with three staves (the emanation of the Light) framed in a wreath of leaves. The original amulet is about an inch tall. Since then I have developed the design into a larger version of the Awen of an inch an a half and a smaller version I am using to hang from Shepard hook earrings. This year I have gone even smaller, about 3/8 of an inch and attached a stud for pierced ears.
When you go to my website, you may find the entire collection of Isaac’s designs which include the Sigil, a Pentacle which he named “Spells for Democracy“, an amulet of Dagda’s Shield, Dagda’s Club, as well as the Awen pendant designs. I have also expanded his collection to include an Awen Ring.
Originally designed by Isaac Bonewits, interpreted, developed and produced by Amulets by Merlin. Available in single and pairs.
On this page is the new link for the Awen Stud Earrings which may be purchased one at a time or in pairs. To get your Awen Stud Earrings, you may go to the special ordering page – available in Sterling silver.
For more Druid Jewelry please visit my Druid Jewelry Page.
I wrote earlier about the Triquetra Amulet and Earrings: simply meaning “triangle”; Triquetra refers to a variety of three-cornered shapes and evolved into a symbol of depth. This Celtic three cornered knot represents three-in-one: the Trinity.
To augment the Triquetra Knot I have added a woven circle: The Unity of the Trinity, the Circle of Love unifies all.
To combine the Amulet with matching earrings, I have created: the Merlin’s Triquetra Collection. Now you may order the entire set and added the option of your desired length of chain. The Triquetra Collection are for those who cherish what the idea of the Trinity in any of its forms: The love of family, their religion, the earth itself, or simply find the shape of the triangle pleasing to their eye.
More collections may be found on my Collections Page
I wrote earlier about the Triquetra Amulet: simply meaning “triangle” and has been used to referred to a variety of three-cornered shapes but has been evolved into a symbol of depth. To accompany the Amulet, I have created a set of earrings of the same design: the Triquetra Earrings.
Added to the Triquetra is a woven circle: The Unity of the Trinity, the Circle of Love unifies all. The Triquetra Earrings are for those who cherish the Trinity in any of its forms: The love of family, their religion, the earth itself, or simply find the shape of the triangle pleasing to their eye.
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Gye Nyame Collection
Gye Nyame is a symbol meaning “I am afraid of none but God,”
or: “Nyame biribi wo sor”
suggests that good things come from above.
This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial;
no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end,
“Except God” (Gye Nyame).
This unique and beautiful symbol is omnipresent in Ghana.
It is the most popular in decoration:
a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people;
the symbol of the Omnipotence and Omnipresence of God.
In the development of the Gye Nyame Set,
I made the earrings “flat” to frame the face with a flash or two;
the main pendant holds the curves to accentuate the flow of the Gye Nyame Amulet;
a deeply carved three dimensional amulet (both sides)
with a bail through the top point allowing a chain or cord to pass through.
Wearing these amulets connect one to a tradition
well over 5000 years old.
Other Amulets may be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
In the Sixties “Om”
was placed in pop culture through out America and Europe.
Even the Moody Blues even wrote a song “Aum”
in the finale of
“In search of the Lost Chord”
of their Threshold series.
Even as our pop-culture moved on to other things,
Om continued to be what it is:
a very sacred and complex idea.
In an earlier blog
I wrote a bit about it’s use and history.
I created my own version of the Om Amulet
by encasing it within a circle.
To accompany the Om Amulet,
I have also developed the Om Earrings.
The symbol is made with a small bail within the top of the Sanskrit word,
then I added a jump ring to suspend it with a earring finding.
The added jump ring gives the glyph additional movement
as it adorns the ear.
Flanked on either side with an OM,
one is surrounded with eternity and peace.
These earrings are for those who wish to be reminded of
and/or wish to harness the depth of this “simple” symbol.
The Om Earrings and Other Earrings my be seen at the
created and developed
by Kirk McLaren
of Amulets by Merlin
The Caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes and other Heralds.
A short staff entwined by two serpents and crowned by wings
It was also carried by Mercury the messenger of the gods:
a guide of the dead,
protector of merchants and shepherds
and now represents
the astrological symbol of the planet Mercury.
The symbol is also associated with commerce and negotiation,
printing and other forms of communication.
Caduceus Pentacle Earrings
In North America it is also used as a symbol
of Healthcare and medical practice in general.
It may be noted that in other places of the world,
the symbol of the Rod of Asclepius
is used to represent health care
which looks like a single snake wrapped around a staff
and there are no wings.
The pentacle is a symbol which is also ancient:
symbolizing the balance between the elements
and the spirit in perfect balance.
With the single point up
(representing the spirit)
illustrates the balancing effect of the spirit over the elements.
One may easily visualize a man with legs and arms stretched out:
the feet over the locations of fire and earth,
while the hands over water and air and the head in spirit.
By combining the two images we can see how the concepts merge:
all elements in their place and the communication of Hermes over the top.
By adding the North American view of Health and well being,
one can easily use Caduceus Pentacle as a symbol of health,
good communication and a balance of all things.
The Caduceus Pentacle earrings are 5/8” each
with a small jump rings solidly soldered
to provide security and hung with stainless steel Shepard’s hook finds.
To get yours,
please visit my Caduceus Pentacle Earring page.
More earring designs may be found on my Earrings page
Amulets by Merlin Awen
In the words of Isaac Bonewits:
“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.”
The classic image of the Awen
is three concentric circles,
at the top are three “dots”
representing the “source”
and from it three “rays” of light.
I have created a couple of one-of-a-kind pieces
with this classic symbol of the Druids.
Years ago Isaac Bonewits commissioned his own version:
a circle of leaves, acorns and staves
illustrating the dots and rays of emanation.
On the reverse side of the “signature”:
“Bonewits” and that of the artist:
“Merlin” or Kirk McLaren of Amulets by Merlin.
For the Bonewits designs,
I continue to send royalties to Isaac’s Widow
for every one of the Bonewits collection.
Since the original design,
I have expanded the Awens to two sizes as amulets,
earrings and a ring.
For those who wish to celebrate the Awen all year long,
I have made a “Winter Awen” version featuring pine cones and holly.
For the more adventurous,
I can also add a patina to “green it up a bit” and enamel the berries.
This design is available both as an amulet and a belt buckle.
If you are looking for Awen Jewelry,
this is the page for you!
If you don’t find the design you are looking for,
please visit my How to Order Custom Page.