Amulets, Talismans and Other Power Items

Written by Sherrie Locke on 6 Net/Lizard, March 2014

In most first nation traditions of North America, powerful “things” come into one’s life at certain junctures as a person matures. For others, a medicine quest can bring one items of connection and power.

These items could be anything from a root, a feather, a crystal, a stone, a tooth, a claw, an amulet, a piece of jewelry and so on. Sometimes they come from a family member or, an elder, from the earth or even from a store (hey, this is the 21st century).

Some items are more powerful than others; possibly they have been ritually prepared or “fed” in some way by a shaman.

My intention for this brief post today is, rather than to explain the usage of objects of power, to simply address the existence of these beautiful symbols of individual or even tribal power. They help us to learn reverence, they help us to remember, to connect.

Treat your power items with respect, and each time you handle them, do so with reverence for what they represent, how they came into your life and what they have shown up to teach you.

These items may not always be with you, you may not have them forever, but they will be “in you” and “of you” and accessible to you in real-time or for always through connecting and remembering.

Ho! Mitakuye’ Oyasin!

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