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Amulets, Talismans and Charms

My spiritual journey has gone down roads leading from the Church of Christ in West Texas to the Episcopal church in North Dallas to skirting the edges of the metaphysical with my New Age friends.

Now, at the age of 56, I’m not at all interested in labels or denominations. However, I need help to get through the days and nights. Have you heard the story of the little boy who woke up scared during the night? He called for his mother who came to him, held him in her arms and said, “Don’t be frightened. God is always with you.”

In his scared little voice he replied, “But sometimes I need something with some skin on it.”

That’s what an amulet or talisman is. Something physical to hold on to or to show to the world what you believe in. A bear claw on a strip of leather, prayer beads in a pocket or a cross or Star of David on a gold chain. They all do the same. They give us something to hold onto and feel stronger.

These are pictures of my first amulet, the Abracadabracus (Abracadabra Abacus). The design is from the Amulets and Talismans book by Robert Dancik. This pendant has 11 beads across the bottom just like the written Abracadabra amulet (see below). According to Dancik, the abracadabra charm was given to people suffering from a cold or fever. They were told to mark off 11 days and then they would be well. As we know, most colds only last a week and a half or ten days anyway, so it was a successful charm.

I’m very pleased with this pendant. Even though it’s made from copper, steel and glass, it’s warm and silky to touch. Thanks to Colburn’s attention to detail, the edges of the copper don’t catch on my clothes when I wear it.

Colburn and I did made this amulet over the weekend, and honestly, he did most of the metal forging. The copper is from the Pine Street Salvage Company in far north Abilene. Read about our trip up there and see what we came home with here

The materials used are: Japanese seed beads, salvaged copper, steel wire, leather cord. The tools used include: jeweler’s saw, file, wire cutters, peen hammer, metal letter stamps, Bernzomatic torch, round-nose pliers.

Have you ever heard of a written amulet? I hadn’t until I read Dancik’s book. Here’s how this one looks:
A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A - B - R - A
A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A - B - R
A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A - B
A - B - R - A - C - A - D - A
A - B - R - A - C - A - D
A - B - R - A - C - A
A - B - R - A - C

A - B - R - A
A - B - R
A - B

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Susan said…
I'm glad I read through this. At first I thought those were marshmallows. You can tell where my mind is.
Can't wait to see it in person. Fascinating.
Kim said…
That is a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Lynxpp said…
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Lynxpp said…
A forge is a hearth used for forging, For more information visit on this link Metal Forgings

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