Saturday, January 30, 2010

OLD WAYS Ritual Witch's Ladder

י"ו בשבט תש"ע
Imbolgen 17

Created in sacred space and time this Tu b'Shevat Shabbat under the Full Winter Moon during the planetary hours of Mars and the Sun, with genuine fossilized black Jet and dark Amber stone beads, this OLD WAYS Ritual Witch's Ladder is truly extraordinary. The real thing.

Five threads run mystically through it. Handbraided and handcrafted with richly Mysterious Silk Sari ribbon (made from strips of cut silk sari fabric exquisitely laced throughout with deep burgundy, royal blues and other dark colors), handspun Midnight Twig Racka yarn featuring the colors of Nature (ranging from dark browns through rusty tones to true black, even having some strands of white, and somewhat shiny like little stars in the midnight sky), two types of black ribbon, and Invisible beading cord.

Five genuine dark Amber gemstone chip beads (7-11mm) hang from a solid sterling silver Pentacle connector. A fossilized resin of coniferous trees, projective Amber is possibly the oldest substance used for human adornment. Associated with the Divine Great Mother, fire, Akasha, the Sun, time, longevity, love, healing, strength, protection and beauty, beads and pendants of Amber have been found in European gravesites dating back to at least 8000 BCE. Warm to the touch and often containing insect inclusions, Amber possesses the power of the Life and Death. Rubbed Amber becomes electrically charged. Witches, wise women and shamans use Amber to strengthen spells. The silver pentacle is a powerful protective symbol of the Old Ways, of Witch Craft.

In the tradition of Celtic witchcraft, nine genuine fossilized natural black Jet (witch's amber) beads (10mm round) are woven into the ladder. Nine is the number of the witch's circle. A gemstone which is actually fossilized wood millions of years old, Jet is receptive. Associated with Earth (due to its black color), Akasha (due to its organic origins), Saturn, protection, luck, divination and health, Jet, like Amber, may become electrically charged. Lore teaches that when worn continually, Jet absorbs part of the wearer's "soul" and becomes a powerfully magical tool, and maintains the proper flow of energy throughout the body.

Jet and Amber have both been found in prehistoric graves, testifying to the antiquity of their use as spiritual stones.

In the tradition of Jewish letter-kabbalah, there are twenty-three knots, one of them hidden in the weave like the magical Hebrew 4-shin letter is hidden.

A handmade silver "Witch" word charm dangles between two of the end knots.

Measuring 49 (לבטח) inches, the OLD WAYS will guide and lead us to safety (לבטח, Leviticus 25:18).

The OLD WAYS Ritual Witch's Ladder may be purchased at WITCHCRAFTS by Liorah Lleucu.

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