Every time people ask about my tattoos I answer that they are my talismans. Protections, emotional scars, reminders. Symbols have always been part of my life, and during my childhood I learned how to write in hieroglyphs. Later on, I looked beyond my own body as a big Post-it note and started to consciously practice Magic, and that’s when stones, woods and bones found a new dimension in my life. And with them I became a talisman maker. At first it was all for myself and my altars, but now I feel ready to share it.
I hope I could participate to reassert the worth there is in wearing talismans and symbols in contact with our bodies. To integrate symbols and to work with them means following an inner desire to change ourselves, our life and our perceptions. Starting with the wrong perception we have of being at the mercy of the world. It is undeniable that our world is currently in deep motion, and this motion is accelerating. It brings a lot of fear, suffering, negative actions. All the while, our emotions and decisions have an effect on every forest, every torrent, every breathing sentient being. We have responsibilities and choices.
In that context symbols are the perfect tools to help us with visualizing, feeling and rooting change in our life. They are keys for our inner locks, acting upon invisible parts of ourselves. They help us to practice Magic, the art of transformation. They help us to claim back our own power. For every symbol finds its personal echo: it’s a dialogue.
This is why the symbols on the talismans here below are sometimes explained and sometimes not. For whoever will acquire a talisman I wish for them to project in it its own meaning and strength. Whatever energy and force holds your talisman it exists because it exists within you first.
To light a candle, to practice purification through fire or water, to put a specific tarot card on your altar or your bedside table, to have a new tattoo or to put a talisman on, these are all decisions to actively give shape to what we want to see invoked, revealed, embodied.
How have the talismans been prepared and painted?
The talismans are all unique pieces of art. They are entirely painted by myself with acrylic painting, protected by three layers of varnish, and assembled with metal.
Before and after the work, they’ve been purified and energized with a ritual and the sand of a sacred Italian place with a very high vibration. I’d rather not give further information on that part of my process except that I ‘asked permission’ for taking the sand and made a fair trade for it.
I’ve never worked on a talisman when I was physically sick or driven by negative energy or pain. I did my best to only dedicate them my best energy and spirit.
For all these aspects, making only one talisman requires sincere care and patience, which is reflected in their price.
What about Hecate, and why specifically the left hand?
Beyond the symbology of giving and sharing related to the human hand, I specifically chose to work only with left hands of wood because it is the one on the heart side. This body part
invokes acting with care, shaping with love, touching and connecting with compassion. As for Hecate… I personally feel a strong connection to her, and every time I called upon her she manifested through intense and marvellous ways. She gives me strength, vision and protection and this is why I asked her to pass on her name and energy through this project.
What about cultural appropriation?
As a privileged white person, I did my best to create talismans where the spectrum of skin colors is acknowledged without falling in cultural appropriation. The symbols I’ve worked with belong to ancient cultures such as Celtic and Nordic Magic or Egyptian hieroglyphs, to Buddhism, to western astrology and to pagan imagery.
What about the packaging and shipping?
Every talisman comes in a small box with organic cotton. A small presentation is attached. It is totally plastic free (see pictures in the slide show here above) and is all handmade, so please be understanding about the fact that imperfections may come with such a choice. The talismans are shipped worldwide for the amount of 7€, this is already taken in account when you put an item into the paypal basket. This prize includes a tracking number for Europe but I cannot guarantee it outside of that territory for this amount. If you live outside of Europe and care to get a tracking number please let me know when you order your talisman and please understand that it might cost some extra fee.
« And I surrender to transformation »
Inside the palm: Pluto – ancient Egyptian beetle
Outside the hand: Moon changing phases with arrow
« The invisible worlds welcome me and grant me with their guidance »
Inside the palm: Pluto + Lasabrjotur sigil (‘to open a lock without a key’)
Outside the hand: Air and Earth symbols
« I am my own foundation on which to rest, for resilience spreads from all sides within me »
Inside the palm: Earth symbol + Runes ᛒ (growth) and ᛃ (harvest)
Outside the hand: Runes ᛈ (initiation) and ᛉ (protection)
« Guides from the inside, guides from the outside »
Inside the palm: Helm of Awe in golden pigment + your own golden heart
Outside the hand: Mars symbol + rune ᛇ (defense)
« May my expansion manifest itself, fiercely and tenderly »
Inside the palm: Crescent Moon with star + Fire symbol with arrow
Outside the hand: Rune ᛒ (growth) + Jupiter symbol
« With all my trust and senses, I listen to what is revealed »
Inside the palm: eyed sigil with Moon crescents + eight-pointed star
Outside the hand: Rune ᚨ in golden pigment
(the Rune « Ansuz » is related to Odin and the time he spent hanged on the Yggdrasil tree until receiving the knowledge of the Runes, which makes « Ansuz » a possible calling for communications with the invisible worlds / spiritual messages / magical knowledge)
« My strength has many faces, for I am a spectrum beyond polarities »
Inside the palm: Fire symbol + Moon changing phases with arrow
Outside the hand: Water symbol + Moon changing phases with arrow
« Om »
Inside the palm: Buddha’s eye + Tibetan Om with golden pigment
Outside the hand: Endless Knot with golden pigment
« For the Cosmos and the Divine live within me, for the ancient knowledge runs in my veins »
Inside the palm: Wedjat (eye of Horus) + Ka and Ankh
Outside the hand: arrow holding the Sun and the phases of the Moon
« Through any storm, through any step into the unknown,
my trust and my acceptation are stronger than any doubt or fright »
Inside the palm: eye of light + Vegvìsir
All over the hand: infinite Cosmos
If you are looking for healing or expanding in a certain area of your life, a personalized talisman can help you with that. Based on your specific requests and arising questions, have a talisman made just for you! Their size is also bigger than the pre-painted designs. Order it now and I’ll contact you via email to begin this transformative journey!
All photos © Enrico Buscaroli and Jul Maroh