As the wheel of the year turns toward the most fertile season, we enter the perfect time to manifest our desires with generative workings. Weaving your energies into a physical representation of your personal power and creativity is a pleasing way to do this.
The process of making twig talismans is meant to be relaxed and intuitive, allowing you to create spontaneously and without judgment. The idea is to keep your linear mind on the intention you set for the working, and let your instincts guide your hands.
For this tutorial, almost all of the tools and supplies are optional. The only critical elements are twigs and sticks, ribbon, rope, or twine for binding, and most importantly, your intention. In addition you’ll want to have on hand any natural objects, such as gemstones, feathers, or bone and other things that symbolize your objective strongly in your mind. Don’t concern yourself overly with “official” correspondences or meanings. Look around for beads, fabric scraps, pendants, dried or silk flowers. Literally anything that brings to mind the outcome you wish for can be used.
Building the Framework
The first step after setting your intention is to build the base for your creation. You can make a simple bundle of twigs to tie together, or you can bind them at angles to make a shape that suits your purpose. Collaborate with your twigs. They will show you how they do and do not fit together. Knots and branches off of a twig will effect how they lay beside their neighbors. You might find that they suggest to you a configuration you would never have thought of on your own.
Attaching the Objects
Here we move into the really juicy part of the process. Begin selecting pieces to incorporate into your talisman. Tie them, wire them, or even glue them as you see fit. Be guided by shape and color. Observe how the weight of each item will effect how it hangs from the frame. Most of all, remember that your focus and pleasure in this activity is the working. This is how you will raise energy toward your goal.
An example of a talisman is above. It is made with a simple shape that should be very easy to attach your objects to. Protection is the intention here, so the structure is sturdy and straight. The colors lean toward the austere and powerful black and white. Protective symbols such as a lock, a vigilant eye, and a witch bottle are seen here. Witch bottles traditionally include bodily fluids, and whether or not you choose to do that is between you and your gods.
I built this talisman for prosperity on a rough approximation of the Futhark rune Fehu. It called for delicate gold chains, and lots of the greens of fertility and, of course, currency. The gold koi and the paua shell signify success and good luck. It felt like it needed more color, so I added pops of purple. Purple has long been associate with nobility and royalty, and was once forbidden to the lower classes due to sumptuary laws.
This piece is for joy and dispelling depression. I started with the color palette, choosing warm shades of red, orange, and purple. These are the colors I most associate with joy, but you must be sure to work with whatever hues say “contentment and satisfaction” to you.
I used feathers for hope, flowers for beauty and passion, and a pentagram to seal the spell.
“By all the power of three time three, this spell bound around shall be, to do no harm nor return on me, as I do will so mote it be!”
Finishing your Talisman
Once your inner wisdom tells you that the composition is complete, clip any hanging strings and your working is done. Bless or consecrate it according to your tradition. Choose a place on your altar or in your home to place the talisman where it can most effectively do its job. You can also consider gifting such a potent artifact to a loved one who is having difficulty bringing their own goals to life. However you choose to use this creature of your art and magick, I wish you a swift and satisfying manifestation of your heart’s desires.