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Lets Get Crafty With Talismen……Presents for Yule

So Yule is almost on us and a few of you may still be looking for some witchy tokens to give your friends .Since budgets are tight this time of year Poppets and charms are easy ,free and great to receive.
Although I made the ones below with Willow they can be made of any bark.Different trees have different properties the Willows being healing.I could have easily made them from Cedar ,Holly or Oak to invoke the season & protection. Ive even in the past made poppets and pentacles for our tree out of Cinnamon Sticks .But since I had to hard prune a Willow this week ,these are of Willow.So for the last few days I’ve been up to my ears with it trying to make sure none was wasted.For starters I made up serveral bundles to dry for besoms.Then twigs and smaller branchs were bundled for gifts of cauldron kindling & spells.Next I set aside the bits and ends for my potions cabinet once dry.Then came cutting the wood for wands and staves.Willow has a lovely pure white wood and the bark is easily pulled off in strips while still green.In days gone by, strips of Willow were used for binding magical and sacred objects together. Besoms were traditionally made with an Ash handle and Birch twigs bound with Willow. Willow is one of the best water-divining woods. The most common magickal use of the Willow is for making wands. Use a piece of fresh Willow cut from the tree with appropriate reverence and ritual, or use a newly fallen piece which the tree has recently shed. You can strip the bark off and carve the wand with runic symbols to associate it with particular uses,or leave the lovely wood plain. It is easier to carve fresh wood and then let it dry out. When it is dry it can be polished with beeswax or oil to protect the wood if you want ,but even that is unnessesary.

Willow wands are used whenever there is a need to connect with intuition, dreams, seer-ship, visions and poeticly inspired writing or images. They are also used to deal with emotional numbness or emotional excess, or where there are negative emotional feelings which need to be worked through.

Like the wand, talismans and charms can be made with this wonderful wood ,sometimes using the natural shape of bits of the wood to suggest and inspire a carving.Another way is to take strips of the bark and fashion poppets or balls.The balls are nothing more than a mix of herbs you choose to suit your needs bound together with Willow strips,this infuses the little spell ball with the influence of Willow.The poppets are the same ,pictured here is a healing poppet ,in the center of the figure is a small piece of Sage and an Amethyst Chip wrapped in hydrangea leaf. Talismen may be worn round the neck or as a brooch, or carried in a pouch and kept close.They can be burnt ,buried or placed on your alter.The Willow has always been known as a tree of dreaming, inspiration and enchantment. It was associated in Celtic legend with poets and spells of fascination and binding. If you have lost touch with your dreams or wish to increase their potency, place a Willow poppet under your pillow when you sleep. You will find your dreams will immediately become more vivid and meaningful. The Willow is deeply connected to grife ,a Willow and Marjoram talisman near will insure that a person will be able to access all the levels of their grief, and be able to move through these levels to gain healing and inner strength.
Once I make my little spells up they go onto my alter to soak up all the groovy energies that are in the air.At this time if my poppets are for someone I give them their name,if they are just for use later I give them their purpose.Before taking down my circle I wrap them and tuck them safely into a box until trhey are needed

The Willow tree is known by many folk names: Osier, Pussy Willow, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, Tree of Enchantment, White Willow, Witches Aspirin, Withe and Withy. Its deity associations are with: Artemis, Ceres, Hecate, Persephone, Hera, Mercury, Belili and Belinus. Its gender is female. Its planetary ruler is the Moon. Its associated element is Water. The willow is used to attract the powers needed for such things as: Protection, Divination, Inspiration, Healing, Fertility, Love, Grief and Death, and anything to do with the element Water.

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