Why not wear something attractive that has significance for you? Jewelry, charms or a decorative piece that you have made yourself? Amulets are not difficult to make, and this book supplies all the information you need. It describes a wide variety of amulets made with gemstones, herbs, signs or words and shows you when and how to make them. No special skills are required, and its a craft we can all enjoy and benefit from. From the earliest days of prehistory people have protected themselves with the use of amulets-objects imbued with mysterious and magical powers. Prayers, offerings and sacrifices were offered to the good spirits to grant blessings, amulets stopped the evil spirits from taking them away. Worn on the body, usually around the neck, they provided health, luck, fertility, power, success and almost any other need. When carrying an inscription, maybe pieces of parchment with scripture quotes, they can be called charms. Over the years they have come and gone in fashion but their purpose endures, and they are again increasing in popularity.
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This is packed with information about amulets, their history, uses and place in various world cultures. Anyone practising contemporary spell work and wanting to make their own charms and talismans with authenticity and significance, will find plenty of guidance here. This is a how to, when to and why to book - and is also an interesting read. ~ Pilgrims Mind Body Spirit
If you're a beginner and want an introduction to the theory of amulet creation, this is a good start. ~ , New Witch
This is a valuable resource. A true source book rather than just a cookbook, it allows you to be as serious about making amulets as you wish. The history of amulets is covered taking in many different cultures, not just the usual suspects. Farnell takes you through methods, materials, colours, astrological symbolism and correlations, and timing considerations for constructing your amulet, covering many levels of skill and/or available resources. You will find instructions using intricate metal work ranging to felt tip and paper. Blending practical application with theory, this is a book which you will return to again and again irrespective of your level of experience. ~ Claire Chandler, President of the Astrological Lodge of London
This is a wonderful book for those interested in learning about amulets and how to create them. It would take someone with an immense breadth and depth of knowledge in this subject to be able to present the essential details to the reader so simply and effortlessly. Farnell's expertise, gathered through her lengthy and detailed research of the symbolism underlying occult and astrological practices, makes her the ideal guide. Her knowledge is sound and her instructions are always clear and easy to follow. There is a worthy collection of historical facts that serve as a testament to Farnell's passion and involvement with this subject. But the strength of this book lies in it being one of easy access and also very well presented in its structure and internal logic. It makes an ideal reference book for anyone of a serious interest, being equally suited to beginners and experts alike. ~ Deborah Houlding, Author of The Houses: Temples of the Sky
Ms Farnell is to be congratulated on this excellent book which encompasses everything anyone might conceivably want to know about charms, talismans and amulets. She has the perfect combination of skills for such an enterprise: she is a thorough historian, commanding a wide range of different cultures and epochs with ease; she writes crisp, lively prose, so that the exposition never drags; and she has a practical and commonsensical approach to her subject. This last comes particularly into play when she explains how to design and make your own amulet. Whatever your amulet-related needs - whether historical, theoretical, or practical - this book can be heartily recommended. ~ Garry Phillipson, Author of Astrology in the Year Zero