Butterfly charms - They are considered to be omens of luck. The gentle fluttering of a butterfly is good fortune. It is a symbol of freedom and perfection in nature. Just as a butterfly is not born, but is metamorphosised into a perfectly symmetrical creature, one’s ill fate can be transformed into good fortune. Butterflies have been associated with wandering, free souls in many different cultures.
Acorn - It is said to be an emblem of luck, and is believed to give the gift of youth to the wearer.
Astrological talismans - These type of talismans are usually very effective when prescribed according to the specifics of one’s horoscope. It corresponds to a favourably or unfavourably placed planet in the horoscope of the concerned person, and can be acquired to either strengthen or reduce that planet’s effects
Feathers - An ancient charm for luck and represents the journey of the soul to the other realm.
Keys - Three keys worn together symbolise the unlocking to the doors of health, wealth, and love.
Lucky coins - Bring luck to the bearer.
Corno (horn) - An Italian amulet of ancient origin. It is a gently twisted horn-shaped amulet worn to bring protection against the evil eye, specifically against being cuckolded.
Cord charms - Intended to decay, they are put around a child’s wrist or neck, and by the time they wear off, the child is said to be old enough to withstand the “eye”.
Rabbit foot - The left hind foot of a rabbit is considered lucky, and the bearer has to rub it to activate the luck. In some sources, it is also said to be good for protection magic, in addition to bringing good fortune.
Mano Cornuto - “mano” meaning “hand” and “cornuto” meaning “horn”, the charm represents a hand gesture in which the index and little fingers are extended while the middle and ring fingers are curled into the palm. The reference is to the horned head of an animal. It is used for magical protection against the evil eye.
Abracadabra - Created in biblical times for the benefit and well-being of all humankind by the elite holy men known to history as the Magi, its proven ability to compel negative situations to diminish and vanish is legendary.
Crystals & Stones (Various)
Carbuncle and chalcedony - Protects sailors from drowning.
Quartz - Protects from extreme weather.
Banded agate - Protects from surging waves of the ocean.
Jet - Provides major protection to the wearer for travelling by river or sea.
Amethyst - Can be used as a general protection for travellers.
Aquamarine - Banishes fear.
Bloodstone - Provides courage.
Carnelian - Provides courage, as well as protection.
Agate - Dispels fear.
Black tourmaline - A very protective stone which is also excellent for dispelling fears.
Blue quartz - Releases fear.
Amazonite - For general health.
Green aventurine - Beneficial for blood and circulatory system.
Abraxas was an Egyptian Gnostic solar deity. Amulets and seals bearing the figure of Abraxas were common in the second century AD, and were used as recently as the thirteenth century in the seals of the Knights Templar. By medieval times, Abraxas was relegated to the ranks of demons.
The image most associated with Abraxas is that of a composite creature with the head of a rooster, the body of a man, and legs made of serpents or scorpions. He carries a whip and shield, called wisdom and power, respectively. Abraxas is occasionally depicted driving a chariot drawn by four horses, which represents the four elements.
Amulets such as these (aka Abraxas Stones) bore inscribed formulas or spells
and were intended to protect the owner or serve very specific magical
purposes to the owner’s benefit. This amulet is made of gold and jasper.
I’m going to be out of my flat for the next 10 days, taking care of a friend’s house and dogs.
For a kitchen witch, and an especially territorial one, that’s deeply spiritually unsettling, as I’m sure many of you guys know. Firstly, it’s the fact that I’ll be away from my hearth, my space, in an alien kitchen with alien tools and all that. That’s wrong on just so many levels. Secondly, it’s the fact that I’m leaving my own space, my own hearth, abandoned.
This was my ritual for the occasion. Full moon today was a bonus :)
Powder for the protection witch bag:
Equal parts of all these, ground in a mortar. Protection, cleansing, peace, and health.
Green velvet pouch
Three white candles
The three gemstones from my altar
Sea salt crystals
My chalkboard vinyl ritual-sheet
I drew a circle on the chalkboard surface, because that’s one of my favourite symbols to work with, but I also added the shield shape, just to make it obvious to the bag what it was meant to do :) The outer ring of rosemary and salt serves as additional protective invocation, too. There are three candles and three stones because that’s a number that’s important to me, and this is about me and my space - the ritual should reflect that.
After the blessing, I put one of the stones on the kitchen altar, one in the corridor, and one in the bathroom.
The pouch I put in the middle of my bed, over the covers.
This is Selenite! It is named after the Greek word “Selene,” which means moon. It has a moonlike glow when polished. This is one of those special few in the crystal realm that doesn’t require charging.
Selenite has such a cool property in that it can be used to cleanse your other crystals and stones! Awesome! Just lay the crystals in need of cleansing on top or touching a piece of Selenite for about 15-30 minutes and let this gorgeous crystal clear them! It’s able to do this because of its unique ability to clear blockages or pathways of energy.
Selenite vibrates with a rather high energy. This makes is a great stone for the mind! Some of the lore states that if you and your partner are fighting, exchanging a Selenite stone will bring peace to the relationship.
And lastly, this interesting healing stone is a very powerful protection talisman. It is said to protect the wearer from outside dangers and protect the home when placed in a prominent location.
Witches ladders (also known as witch’s ladders) are a type of knot magic that can be used for a wide variety of purposes. They are commonly made by braiding or knotting cords together while incorporating other materials that represent the intention of the creator. Witches ladders can be easily customized for every practitioner and used for nearly any purpose, making them a very versatile and convenient talisman to create. Witches ladders can be used for purposes like attracting or manifesting things, creating a more positive environment, warding off negative entities or energies, protecting yourself or others, or banishing certain behaviors or individuals, just to name a few.
To make a basic witches ladder, you will need:
- Several cords of equal length in colors of your choice
- Whatever materials you choose to weave into the cords (such as feathers, bones, herbs, hair, flowers, seashells, ribbons, beads, hag stones, sticks, crystals, keys, charms, etc.)
Optional but helpful:
- A ruler
Some other ideas: You can incorporate pieces of paper with sigils drawn on them, drawstring bags filled with herbs or crystals, or personal symbolic items that have been made from clay or another material. If you are making a witches ladder for an individual, you may wish to include a taglock (a personal item that is strongly associated with the target) to further bond the person to the talisman. Taglocks may include hair, jewelry, etc. Depending on your practice, you may wish to incorporate numerology into your witches ladder by using a specific number of knots, number of cords, or number of items used.
For my witches ladder, I used thick dark green yarn, twine, seashells, goose feathers, ribbon, a pine cone, and a sand dollar. I chose to arrange my goose feathers with the smallest ones at the top and the largest ones at the bottom. I also decided to make a double witches ladder purely for aesthetic reasons, but you can stick to one or make as many as you want.
Creating the witches ladder
1. Start by gathering your materials and getting your cords ready to knot or braid. It may help to tie the cords together on one end and tape the knotted end to a table or another surface. I found that doing so helps to prevent the cords from getting tangled in the process and it helps maintain a nice tension while braiding.
2.As you braid or knot your cords, begin adding your chosen materials. You may wish to recite something or chant as you are doing this, but it is not necessary. Depending on how many items you are using, you may wish to space them out evenly. For this, a ruler may come in handy. In my own experience,I have found that certain materials such as feathers, herbs, flowers, and certain bones can be difficult to braid around. It may be helpful to braid the cords first and then insert your objects into the braid later on.
3. Continue braiding or knotting until you have made your witches ladder as long as you would like it. To finish your witches ladder, you may choose to simply tie off the cords, or you may choose to add something extra to the end.I chose to add a pine cone and ribbon to one of my witches ladders, and a sand dollar to the other.Finish off your witches ladder however you see fit.
4. Hang your witches ladder. You may wish to hang it near a doorway in your home, near your bed, or even outside. The best location for your talisman will depend on both it’s intended purpose and your personal preference. If you have cats or other mischievous pets, it may be a good idea to hang your witches ladder up high or out of their reach.
Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind and learning, wears around his neck the “wind breastplate” ehecailacocozcatl, “the spirally voluted wind jewel” made of a conch shell. This talisman was a conch shell cut at the cross-section and was likely worn as a necklace by religious rulers, as they have been discovered in burials in archaeological sites throughout Mesoamerica, and potentially symbolized patterns witnessed in hurricanes, dust devils, seashells, and whirlpools, which were elemental forces that had meaning in the Aztec mythology.
Among the Aztecs, whose beliefs are the best-documented in the historical sources, Quetzalcoatl was related to gods of the wind, of the planet Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge.
Rare Pre-Viking ‘Frey and Freyja’ Erotic Mount, 3rd-5th Century AD
A bronze mount in a form of a standing male and a female couple, each with a right hand holding a stretched left hand touching each others genitals, a female figure decorated with incised belt decoration; lower part of male legs missing.
Several scholars argue that this image represents the marriage of god Frey and giantess Gerd; however it may also represent a union of Frey with his sister Freyja. From later sources, it is known that the Vanir, an ancient race of gods, had a custom to marry or have intercourse with their siblings. Njord, the father of Frey and Freya was from this tribe, and sources suggest that they were conceived with his sister-wife. She might have been the mysterious Suebi goddess Nerthus, which Roman historian Tacitus wrote about in Germania. Her statue was kept in a sacred grove on an unknown island, drawn in a holy cart and only priests could touch her. Everywhere the goddess came she was met with celebration of peace and hospitality. After she returned to the temple, everything was washed by slaves, who were drowned short after. Her connection with fertility, peace, and water, definitely points to the Vanir race; and she shares several similarities with the later worshipping of Frey. This mount probably represents either Njord and Nerthus, or Frey and Freyja, and may had been used as a votive offering or worn as an amulet to invoke the fertile powers of those gods.
A parallel to the style and pose of this 'couple’ can be seen on several small bronzes inspired by Roman statuettes representing gods. However, similar bronze statues were already known in Scandinavia since the Bronze Age and were most likely of a ritual significance. The specific crossed hand on a chest is a puzzling symbol, possibly symbolising a gesture of a specific god, ritual act or blessing. Some facial similarities can be seen on the Broddenbjerg man, a wooden statue with a strong phallic symbolism, most likely pointing to fertility. Another similarity can be observed on rock art in Scandinavia, especially the long neck features and the image of a 'divine couple’, a strong motif found extensively in the late Iron Age on many golden sheets, known as guldgubbers.
A talisman is essentially a magical object that has the power to bring good luck or avert bad fortune to the wearer.
And what is more lucky than the names of the Archangels? In this Malay talisman their names have been written in the form of a nineteenth-century steam-ship, complete with smoke billowing from its chimney.
The image was created in 1866 in Indonesia which until 1945 had been a Dutch colony (hence the Dutch flag flying from the mast).
The main difference between the two are what they are intended for. An amulet is typically charged solely to protect the user from something, be it evil or negative energy, bad luck, anger, or one’s own thoughts. While a talisman is charged with the intent of attracting something to the user, that possibly being money, luck, love, positivity, or knowledge regarding a decision.