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This is a simply stunning pendant made from a slice of a root of a Blackthorn tree. Rest assured, I don't go round digging up any kind of tree by the roots, but this particular one was next to a gateway that my friend had to widen in order to be able to get his new combine harvester into the field. Yes, I'm aware that makes me sound terribly rural, and I am, but the fact remains that the new combine is a good two feet wider than the old one, so an awful lot of gateway widening had to be done before harvest time last year! :-) Each flat face is silky smooth to the touch and the rich, reddish brown "bark" has been left intact around the edge. The wood has seasoned to a warm, rich russet brown, almost the same shade as the above-ground wood eventually gets, and there is the stump of a side root at the edge. Blackthorn is excellent for protecting your personal space, and as root wood tends to be stronger in its effects than regular wood, this would be an extra-strong charm to wear when you have the need.
I've been told by a root worker that the roots of a plant contain the very essence of the plant. The magical properties are the same as for the above-ground growth of wood, but seem to be more pronounced. The effect has been described as not exactly stronger, but somehow purer or more concentrated.
These undecorated pendants are popular with anyone who prefers to be a little more discreet about their beliefs and doesn’t always want pentacles all over everything, as they’re suitable for wearing anywhere and in front of anyone. Of course, the properties of the wood are totally unaffected by either having or not having a design on the surface. They're light weight, vegan friendly and can be worn in multiples to blend the different wood qualities. If you don’t want to wear it then you can carry it in your pocket, tie it to your bag or just hang it somewhere in your home or car.
It has been finished with a light coat of oil and will come strung on a waxed cotton cord, so it contains no animal products or metal parts.
Also known as Quickthorn or Sloe. Blackthorn provides very strong protection, especially of the home, and can be used in magic to deter unwanted visitors. It is said to protect against malevolent magic. It can also be used in exorcism.
Size: Almost two and a quarter inches long, an inch and a half across and less than a quarter of an inch thick.
56mm x 37mm x 4mm.
This pendant will come with a list of the magical properties of the wood, a picture and care instructions.
Please be aware that some countries do not allow the importation of any wooden items that still have the bark attached. It is up to you to ensure that an item is not in breach of the customs regulations of your country before you buy.
For a full list of the woods I might have available, as well as their magical properties and a bunch of other stuff, check out my blog at: http://www.mazedasastoat.blogspot.com/