A crow amulet for protection

Posted: July 21, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, magic
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crow-amulet-in-processHere’s the beginning of an amulet using some of the leather off cuts from making the covers for The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow, a rose bud & sprig of lavender wrapped in red silk , crow eye made with a mother of pearl button, the eyelet lace above made the perfect pupil but the amazing thing is I had never noticed during this whole journey that the crow foot symbol looks so much like Algiz the rune of protection algizI started this journey back in 2011 and the crow foot and eye showed up as symbols right from the beginning! crow-amuletcrow foot stitched with waxed linen threads, bat claw, emu feather, black barnacle, silk steel wrapped grape vine tendril, black glass beads and leather cord crow-eye-amuletthis is developing into a series of crow amulets and talismans you can see more here, here, here, here & here
I love how this quote by Paul Valéry –
“All our language is composed of brief little dreams; and the wonderful thing is that we sometimes make of them strangely accurate and marvelously reasonable thoughts. What should we be without the help of that which does not exist? Very little. And our unoccupied minds would languish if fables, mistaken notions, abstractions, beliefs, and monsters, hypotheses, and the so-called problems of metaphysics did not people with beings and objectless images our natural depths and darkness. Myths are the souls of our actions and our loves. We cannot act without moving towards a phantom.”
helps explain these  wonderful words that have inspired and intrigued me for years –
“In Madasgascar, large white “goat’s eye” beads can miraculously bring the wearer things that do not actually exist, and so are deemed particularly magical.”
from page 101 of “Amulets : a world of secret powers, charms and magic” by Sheila Paine Thames & Hudson 2004

  1. Carol says:

    Wonderful to go back and be reminded of amulets that came before this stunning piece. All made with such love and inspiration, Mo, really very special.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Thanks Carol, I love making these amulets and talismans & that black leather is the most beautifully pliant material I have ever had the pleasure to work with!

  2. dinahmow says:

    When I weary, as I sometimes do, of reading scientific papers, I turn to things like this. And, strangely (or perhaps not!), the two disparate elements merge. Perhaps I’m a “recycled alchemist.”:-)

  3. Patricia says:

    so much raw powerful energy here.

  4. margaret johnson says:

    Perfect. ox

  5. Liz says:

    Oh my … Algiz looks like a stone-cut character in Saskia’s recent post (http://www.saskiavanherwaarden.com/2015/07/uk-start.html). Just add a horizontal bar across the top (like an upper case T) and you have it. Do you know what character that might be? I think she photographed it near Hadrian’s Wall.

  6. What magic you make!

  7. fiberels says:

    Another one of your beauties Mo !!!
    Again and again my mouth stays open when I see your work developing

  8. handstories says:

    Oh, my word, Mo! The power of this piece just zings through the screen, before even reading the words! Honestly, the magic you work is AWE-some.

  9. vdbolyard says:

    there appears to be an amulet revival, and using a bat claw is brilliant! good quote, too. just good stuff over here!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Thanks Velma, I’ve been making amulets & talismans since 1976 so I wouldn’t really call it a revival but it’s good that people are becoming more aware of the magic all around when we just slow down a little and take the time to listen to the spirits of place!

  10. Judy Martin says:

    a treasure indeed

  11. Heather says:

    I love the quotation and the amulet is amazing! Lots of juju in that!

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks for the good words Heather, am working on the next one and it has a completely different vibe made out of the same materials, wondering where it’s headed!

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