Our Background in Talismanic Art

Early in Paul’s work in metalsmithing, he started creating talismans using Paracelsus’ system of planetary timing for casting the metal, along with Qabalistic and Hermetic imagery for drawing in the influences desired, as well as ancient beads, stones, and other objects also imbued with sacred intelligence by past artisans. All these elements, when brought together […]

Talismans and Paracelsian Hermetics

We created Al-Kemi, our Spagyric medicine company, some 30 years ago as an outgrowth of our personal interests in Alchemy and herbalism, but that interest in Alchemy was originally inspired by Paul’s studies of Hermetics, especially Paracelsus. A physician and mystic of the 16th century, Paracelsus created the philosophy of healing and lab practice we […]

Glass: gems between Nature and Art

In our modern world, we don’t think much of glass- we don’t often consider the material, and when we do, it’s rarely held in high esteem. There are, of course, many talented artisans creating amazing pieces of art in glass, but for most of us, glass is a container, to be emptied and then reused, […]

Eye Beads Throughout History

Out of all the ancient magickal beads and amulets that I have collected over the years, I have always been fascinated with eye beads. Throughout history, people have always sought protection from the evil eye, the negative energy that comes when another gazes with ill intent. The history of this protective bead goes back in […]

About Amulets, Talismans & Charms

These three terms are used interchangeably, but each has its own specific purpose, energy, and use. A charm is worn to attract good luck, which we can understand when we think about “charm” in the sense of both a little jewelry object, and the quality of being pleasing or attractive. The word comes from the Latin for “song”, […]