As mentioned elsewhere, pieces fresh from the shop are not ‘fully consecrated’ in the traditional sense. However, as they are built via magical practices in my working space with continuous input from those who I tend to call ‘my people’, they are not typical, inert objects either (as if such a thing exists)! Many note this ‘charge’ that their pieces arrive with. This charge is an intended side effect from the process of creating them, and one of the reasons I work the way I do, building each piece from the ground up rather than mass producing them.
Lately I have had requests for a more formal consecration of pieces towards a specific intention. And so I am opening that service as an add on to the building process. As I am always working in my own way, there are of course a few rules and guidelines. We can start with those.
- I am unable (obviously) to ‘guarantee results’. So don’t ask. There is never such a thing in any kind of magical work.
- I am totally unable to tell you if you 'should' have me do this work for you. That's between you and your spirits, I will honestly not have a clue or an opinion on this.
- I do no cursing, hexing or crossing work. If you are looking to fight, do it yourself, I am not a mercenary.
- I reserve the right the choose not to perform the requested work & refund your money for any reason. I probably won't be inclined to discus the reasons, as they are most likely intuitive anyway and so not easily explained!
The longer form of the above is that I will only do work that makes sense for me to do. I also only do the work in the way that I work and that works well for me! So I’ll use the timing and methods that makes sense to me to consecrate the piece. What you will provide is a short intention, and if needed a longer explanation of it. There may be a bit of back & forth on that front, but probably not a lot.
The work that I do to consecrate a piece in no way replaces the reality that you should also consecrate on your end, and that talismans are happiest with regular attention. If you are unsure of how to go about this, here is a brief excerpt from Six Ways that details a simple approach to both initial consecration as well as regular upkeep:
"To consecrate something is to make it special. We can do this in a variety of ways, either separately or combined together.
For example, let’s say I am burning a candle to enfold someone in protection. I have a scribe (like a big iron needle for marking lines on metal) that I use to carve sigils or runes into the wax of the candle. Perhaps I am using the Algiz rune for this. Algiz is a good protection rune, and looks like this:
How I do this is pretty straightforward. I inscribe the rune into the wax with the scribe. I lick or spit on the rune to moisten it and link it to me (only done for work I want directly linked or connected to me). I may anoint it with an oil to bring another influence to the work. I may add powdered herbs or dusts of some sort, and I may redden the rune with red sandalwood powder. I then put the candle in the holder and speak whatever 'spell' I am using, which for me is usually plainspoken. Rhymes and poetry are great, but I find that I am more clear and honest if I just speak (or I may just be a poor poet!). Let us pretend that I am doing this work for a person named Julia.
Here's how this might actually work in practice:
I have gathered a candle, a protection powder, red sandalwood powder, a lighter, an oil, and my needle-scribe.
I pick up the candle and say out loud: "Creature of wax and wick, I ask that you work with me to aid and guard Julia".
I take up the needle and say: "Creature of iron, I ask that you work with me to aid and guard Julia".
I etch the rune into the wax, saying: "Beautiful Algiz, bright and sharp, I ask that you work with me to aid and guard Julia".
I lick or spit on the rune and say: "By the water of my life do I give life to you that you may aid and guard Julia”. (Omit this step for any working you do not want linked directly to you!.)
I place a drop of oil on the rune and rub it in saying: "Creature of oil, bless this creature of wax, and join with it to aid and guard Julia".
I sprinkle the protection herbs on the rune and rub them in saying: "Creature of the fertile Earth, join with your brethren to aid and guard Julia".
I add the red sandalwood powder and say "I redden this rune, I consecrate this creature of wax with spit, with oil, with herbs, with iron, and with the breath of my body (breathe upon the rune). Creature of wax, I give you life that you may aid and guard Julia".
Mount the candle in a holder, and light it, saying: "Creature of fire, kindle the flame, awaken this creature of power to aid and guard Julia".
Simple and direct is usually the most effective method."
Now we can shift this process in a few ways to make it more clearly relevant to the consecration of a talisman, rather than a candle spell. We can dispense with the etching of the candle (if we are talking consecrating a piece of jewelry, we might however keep it if we are consecrating something like a bone or stone) and instead skip to the oils, powders, or other materia you intend to use. I tend to not rub the oils & such into the face of the piece unless I don't care that it will end up looking a bit muddy! It's fine to do all this work on the back of a piece to keep the front of your object looking pretty. I often do this kind of work on the back small talismanic paintings I make, or even sigils intended for display.
It is a good idea to perform a similar type of work fairly frequently to keep your talismans fat and happy. How often is totally variable, and it could be once a month or once a year. Feed your talismans with clear intentions and appropriate offerings, and they will take good care of you in return!