Amulets, Sacred Charms of Power and Protection

"All over the world and throughout history amulets have offered protection against negative forces. The power of amulets is based on the underlying, widespread belief that all things in the natural world have a spirit and a power that links them together. Intricately beautiful or starkly simple, amulets come in an astonishing variety of guises: from stones, shells, and seeds, through animal tails, teeth, and claws, to beads, mirrors, needles, and bells. Used alone or combined in intricate patterns, they are all part of a system of natural and magical forces that can be used to redress evil influences."  ~ Sheila Paine

I bought this fascinating book on amulets and talismans several years ago, but it was only a few months ago that I finally took it off the bookshelf and sat down to read it. Much to my surprise, I realized that I already owned a good many amulets. Such as the first present my husband ever gave me (a tiny silver coin charged with a protection spell,) a rose quartz worry stone, my "lucky" earrings, and a black velvet backpack covered with tiny mirrors.

The realization that amulets were already a part of my life inspired me to try my own hand at making more of them.  And I love it! They're so easy and fun to make. All you need to do is assemble materials that mean something to you and put them together for a specific purpose. If you are a seamstress, you might try your hand at sewing a bag or purse and then decorating it with symbolic embroidery. If you love words, you could make a tiny scroll and place it in a velvet bag. The possibilities are endless.

One of my favorite hobbies is collecting old jewelry, so I decided to take some pieces apart and recombine them to make amulets. All it required was some glue and a few findings from the craft shop. Pictured below is one of my features an old watch face, a tiny red toy car one of my friends found on a walk, a dancing bear charm from a vintage shop, garnets from a broken necklace, and a key from a childhood home. The name of this amulet is Lost and Found and it's purpose is to help you reclaim something you have lost, whether it's a person, an item, or some element missing from your life.  I hope you decide to try your own hand at making amulets, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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