Seth has invited bloggers to re-post a favourite post from their own blogs. I have chosen my Amulet post for no special reason but that I love the photographs. To see the favourites posted by other bloggers go to The Altered Page here and follow the links.
Amulets, talismans and charms. Those three words conjure up all manner of images in my head. From snakeskin pouches holding ancient Ethiopian prayer scrolls to Bamana hunters tunics festooned with tiny leather parcels; Christian Crusifixes to the Hand of Fatima; rabbit foot charms to the saint christopher medals so many of us have worn at some stage in our lives; then there are the old favourites such as charm bracelets and the silver charms found in christmas puddings.
Details from totems I have carved. The central figure is the Healing Goddess
There's some overlap in the meaning of the three words...amulet, charm and talisman. Shiela Paine in her book Amulets says.... "An amulet is a device, the purpose of which is to protect, but by magical and not physical means."
"A charm is something believed to bring good luck, health and happiness. In so doing it might also be expected to protect from bad luck, sickness and misery, but protection is not its primary function."
"A talisman is something thought to be imbued with some magical property. It can both protect, and radiate power, and is often used in ritual."
Telling the bees by Keith Lobue (The title refers to the old folk practice of telling the bees of a loved ones death; it was believed that the bees were attendant to the soul of the departed.) Keith Lobue's website here.
One of my favourites ....... Requiescat by Keith Lobue
Talisman by Susan Lenart Kazmer. Website here.