Posts in Enchanted Objects
Charms for Claytopia

A sigil is a symbol used in magick. The term comes from the Latin word ‘to sign’ and has historically referred to a type of pictorial seal to invoke an angel, demon (commonly understood as an elemental or psychological force) or other supernatural entity in western occultism. Sigils were made popular in the ‘80s and ‘90’s within the context of Chaos Magick and refer to a symbolic representation of the magician's desired outcome. I like to expand this definition to include many other instances where magical intentions have been embedded in different facets of folk culture. Examples can include designs that have been woven into textiles or built into homes for protection, charms forged into tools for potency, movement in dance and in many other places, some now forgotten and some well preserved.

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A Hex Sign Calendar

From October 30th to November 9th, I got to be a resident artist at The Future Minneapolis, where a series of Hex Signs (similar to barn quilts in function) were produced. Eight in all, one for each of the year's quarter and cross-quarter days - the Solstices, Equinoxes and the midpoints in between. Hex signs are a folk art form from the American East coast, brought here by Germanic immigrants. Traditionally, they were used to decorate outbuildings, but their designs have roots in folk magic. They have been used to sustain good health, attract prosperity or stave off fire and storms. More recently, they have become a kind of Neo-pagan meditative art practice, focusing the mind on a given set of intentions.

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Cleansing, Consecrating and Charging your Object

Benefits of Talismans and Amulets: Talismans and amulets are objects created and charged to amplify personal power. Whether used to focus energy on protection from harm, drawing luck, attracting love, attaining wealth or for other purposes, these objects are worn with a specific intention in mind. When the item is visible, its presence is a constant subconscious reminder of a purpose that has been concentrated within the talisman. It also serves as a focal point to renew our conscious energetic focus toward manifesting that particular desire. As you go about your day, notice the item, feeling its presence on the body. Occasionally, allow the magical intent of the talisman or amulet to come to the forefront of consciousness without fixating on it.

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