More about the Metal: Gold

In fashion, everyone knows gold and silver are the best materials for jewelry. In Witchcraft, these metals balance each other as male and female energy (respectively), each amplifying their own qualities that help in your spellwork. We mentioned this briefly in our Jewelry Spells post, and you will find many color magick spells with gold and silver (genuine or imitation) in a quick online search. Put these together to discover the power that real (14 kt. or better) gold can have on your magick.

Gold reflects the Masculine and Solar energies prominent in upcoming Yuletide celebrations. It evokes prosperity as the most-prized metal since ancient times, but the greatest symbol in gold is that of transcendence. As gold is melted, it becomes purer. The higher its purity, the more flexible it is.

For these reason, gold has remained a potent symbol in almost every society and spiritual path on earth. Harmonized with silver and cast into magick symbols, gold has the power to invoke Gods to help you cast spells. It can also be worn to honor solar deities like Celtic God Belenos, Ancient Egyptian Gods Horus and Ra, and Ancient Greek & Roman God Apollo.

You can find in-stock 14 kt. and 18 kt. gold accent sterling silver Magick Symbols jewelry in our Shopify store. Order in-stock jewelry before December 18th to receive by the 24th.

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Familiars & Animal Totems

Sterling silver pendant of a Celtic Witch & her cat familiar riding a broomstick (TPD4248)

We’re all animals. Maybe that’s why we all feel such a strong connection to our pets and hold the magnificent beasts of nature with so much regard. Gods and Goddesses often assume animal form, speaking as spiritual guides. One need only understand the symbolism to grasp their messages and guidance.

Cat is resting on some fabric in front of a sewing machine
My cat familiar likes to help.

But Familiars and Animal totems are more personal. Familiars are our animal companions and accomplices in magickal endeavors. They can be cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, or other animals with whom you feel a spiritual connection, and who enhance your spellwork by their energy and physical presence within your Magick Circle.

Animal totems are those whom we call upon to guide us. Unlike spiritual animal guides, we seek the advice from animal totems to help us. Although your patron God(dess) might be Ostara, you might call to the Goddess Macha for justice with Raven symbolism. And unlike Familiars, animal totems don’t need to be present, just represented.

BUT, that doesn’t mean your Spiritual Animal Guide, your Animal Totem, and your Familiar can’t be the same!

Who’s your familiar? How do they help you cast magick spells?

Enchanting Jewelry Spells

Handcrafted sterling silver Thor's Hammer pendant featuring spiral and Trinity Knot symbolism
Sterling silver Thor’s Hammer Pendant (TPD864)

If you’ve been following Magick Symbols on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+, you’ve probably seen some posts about spell jewelry and Jewelry Spells. Most Witches have enchanted crystals and jewelry with intent spells, and some Witches hand-make talismans. But did you know a piece of jewelry can be used in spell-casting? From form to function, jewelry can be powerful enhancers of magical intent.

The most apparent explanation is the symbolism in a piece of jewelry. Does it speak to your intent? Celtic Knotwork is often traced to different bind spells (depending on which type of knot is used), while runes and sigils invoke deities to assist you in your spellwork.

More than symbolism, what your jewelry is made of can make a difference for jewelry spells. We all know crystals and gemstones augment magick. Homemade amulets carry a certain mystique, especially if you wear them openly. However, even when charging a piece of jewelry, some metals amplify your intent better than others. Silver is considered feminine and is (paradoxically) the most conductive and reflective metal on earth. Prized for its beauty and many uses, silver ranks second only to gold, which represents compassion, wealth, and masculinity, on top of its historical, aesthetic, and industrial significance. For these reasons, silver and gold channel your magic with the most clarity.

Sterling Silver Laurie Cabot Green Man Pendulum Pendant
Laurie Cabot Green Man Pendulum Pendant (TPD4731)

Aside from symbols and materials, many jewelry spells have actual functions. We’ve mentioned Poison Rings and Bottle Pendants a few times, but these treasures can actually be used to hold essential oils and herbs for aromatherapy and pomander spells, tiny stones, or any other charged magical item you can fit inside, to take with you. Pendulum Pendants can be worn around your neck until you need to channel answers from spirits and your subconscious. Laurie Cabot designed two such pendants (with Green Man pictured right, and Goddess imagery) that allow you to store conical pendulum stones or spells.

A lot goes into the creation of jewelry spells, whether you make them yourself or follow ancient traditions and wisdom kept alive by Witches like Laurie Cabot. You can find her collection (in-stock!) HERE.

Do you own or make any spell jewelry? How do you use jewelry in your magick? Comment below!

Book of Shadows: Your Magical Journal

Inspiring Journals and Sterling Silver Bookmarks

Halloween is drawing ever-closer as the weather cools down, and the leaves begin to change. Witches celebrate nature’s eternal transition with magic and spellwork, but duplicating spells and rituals can be difficult without a Book of Shadows (BoS, as many abbreviate it) or grimoire to record everything.

Old book in front of a candle with a skull holding the pages open.
Your BoS doesn’t have to look like this.

This book is considered sacred, though its contents vary across different paths. To some, it is a guide to live by. Others create their own in special journals. It can contain spells, drawings, divination, or even pressed flowers and leaves to be used in spellwork.

Some witches write in coded languages like Theban or other languages to keep their Books of Shadows safe from prying eyes, while others publish theirs in hopes that others will find it useful.

If you haven’t begun your Book of Shadows, MagickSymbols offers a selection of blank books embossed with elegant designs, as well as detailed, handcrafted, sterling silver bookmarks to hold your page. Find yours today and start recording your magical findings!

All About Potions

Sterling silver bottle pendant adorned with gold vermeil Celtic knotwork and elegant fairy
Fairy Celtic Knot Bottle Pendant MPD4063

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Potion-making? What kinds of brews can you concoct, and how can you use these magical spells to your benefit?

From aromatic or symbolic to edible, medicinal to poisonous, potions have been created by mystics and healers for centuries. Today, you probably shouldn’t poison an enemy (it’s better to not have enemies), but you can make potions to help you and others.

Aromatherapy is everywhere, but did you know you can make your own extracts and essential oils? There are many guides online dedicated to the specific fragrances to use, which can be for their healing effect or magical/symbolic properties. There are many books and online resources for creating the perfect scent, as well.

If you’re still not sure where to begin, look for makers of natural perfumes and custom essential oils. These extracts can be used in aromatherapy jewelry or added to candles or homemade beauty products (make sure they’re non-toxic!).

bottled herbal extracts with leaves and a pestle in a mortar

Even more enchanting are edible potions or extracts, which have medicinal effects, depending on the herbs. These are NOT essential oils, which are usually toxic. Often called tinctures, these are concentrated herbal extracts that are made with (food-grade) alcohol or vegetable glycerin. These herbal potions have documented health benefits (but make sure you consult your doctor first!), and different plants can be combined according to your ailment.

Whether you prefer drinkable tinctures or ambrosial pomanders, you can store your potions in bottle pendants or our line of aromatherapy jewelry–handcrafted in sterling silver, exclusively by MagickSymbols.

What makes a Talisman?

Sterling Silver Cimaruta Charm
Sterling Silver Cimaruta Charm (TPD3133) by MagickSymbols Jewelry

The most widespread type of ritual jewelry are talismans, used in all religions in one way or another. In different branches of  Christianity, crucifixes, Saint imagery, and ichthus fish embody God’s love and guidance. In Stregheria witchcraft, Cimaruta amulets help protect the wearer from the Evil Eye and other forces of negativity.

Talismans can also rely on symbolism of the materials used to make it. Silver is said to amplify intent and is also prized for its visible luminosity. Gemstones of all varieties hold their own symbolism, like soothing turquoise or empowering & prosperous ruby.

Depending on your path, spellwork, prayer, and/or meditation are used to charge talismans with divine energy and the desires of the ones who wears them.

Belief in this divinity, coupled with the symbolic and personal meaning of the jewelry, as well as the ritual of wearing and caring for the jewelry as a physical, palpable intent is what makes a talisman.

From protection and clarity to luck and love, talismans transcend religion and time…What kinds of talismans do you wear?

Ritual jewelry…what is it?

Sterling silver Pentacle Poison Ring
Sterling Silver Pentacle Poison Ring (JR271) by MagickSymbols Jewelry

More than talismans or pentacles worn during spellwork, ritual jewelry is symbolic and can be as varied as Pagan paths themselves. They can can be cast in specific designs, metals, and stones to promote certain ideals, or they can be personal objects that hold special energies.

Some ritual jewelry has a purpose, like aromatic magic, poison-rings, and potion bottles. Others help invoke a particular deity or represent an outcome you are seeking. They can also remind you to stay focused on your goals.

Many people wear ritual talismans daily to absorb its power at all times, while other pieces are only worn during rituals to keep it untainted by negative or mundane energy. Regularly-worn symbolic jewelry should be consecrated often to maintain its purity and efficacy.

How do you use your ritual jewelry?

Precious metal and gemstones have been honored since ancient times for their beauty, practical and magical qualities. How you incorporate your magic into your jewelry (and your jewelry into your magic) can be as unique as your form of spirituality and/or witchcraft!

Pentacle or Pentagram?

Sterling silver Tree of Life pendant featuring PentagramWitches of all walks and skill ask this question…and the answer often varies between resources. To simplify the this, think about the distinction as the difference between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional:

  • Pentagrams are the shape of 5 lines forming the familiar star-shape, with or without the circle.
  • Pentacles are talismans or parchment with potent magical symbols (such as a pentagram) or evocations inscribed on them.

To make things confusing again, your pentacle jewelry that features (or simply is) a pentagram design can be referred to by either name!

Do you have a favorite pentacle?

MagickSymbols offers a wide array of enchanting, fine sterling silver and gold pentacles to suit your spiritual connections and  taste in jewelry. From animal totems and Trees of Life to moons and Celtic inspirations, from bold to innocuous, wear your favorite pentacle designs in purifying sterling silver or gold vermeil.