“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 15 years back, but it was only a few years 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 pink 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 decorate 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 heavy duty glue and a few findings from the craft shop. Pictured below are two of my favorites.
The first 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 its purpose is to help you reclaim something you have lost, whether it’s a person, an item, or some element missing from your life.
The name of the second is “Amulet of Transcendent Reality”. The materials for this one includes a vintage pearl bracelet with a heart-shaped pendant containing a mustard seed. I have no idea where the key came from….it just showed up on my front porch one day. The arrangement at the top is a vintage earring set on a pin that belonged to an ancestress. The garnets came from a necklace I used as a pendulum until it fell apart. The purpose of this amulet is to help you transcend the ordinary by manifesting an extraordinary future. Faith is the key that will open any door!
I hope you decide to try your own hand at making amulets, and I hope you love it as much as I do!
About the Author: Having grown up in a family that appreciated and encouraged psychic abilities, I have read the cards most of my life. My readings are non-judgemental & delivered with compassion & caring. I have 21 years experience as a professional crisis counselor & have offered readings on Keen.com since early 2001.