The Medicine Woman carries earth, plant, animal and mineral allies in an amulet bag to be used for healing, guidance, protection, prayers, and to create harmony with the physical, spiritual, and supernatural realms.
The Priestess as Medicine Woman understands the magical and healing properties of the natural world and she holds them close to her heart to invoke protection, luck and facilitate healing energy. She is deeply connected with Spirit and Nature to co-create healing through her with the power of Love.
The mountains, I become a part of it…
The herbs, the fir tree, I become a part of it.
The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters, I become a part of it.
The wilderness, the dew drops, the pollen…I become a part of it.
~ Navajo Chant
Amulet Bags are small pouches typically made of leather or hide, worn around the neck at heart level. It can also be worn on a belt, put in a pocket, carried in a purse, worn under clothing, on a saddle, in your car, or even put under your pillow at night. The amulet bag is a sacred item that spiritually represents the intention of the one who wears it. They hold a variety of sacred or magical objects including:
- Anointing Oils
- Sprigs of Herbs
History of Amulet Bags
Although often associated with Native American tribes, amulet bags have been used by a variety of cultures throughout the world including those in Ancient Rome, China, Japan, Egypt, Africa, Brazil and various indigenous cultures. Throughout history, on every continent and in almost every culture, it has been held that amulets have offered protection against negative forces.
There is evidence that the use of amulet bags dates back at least 5,000 years as shown by the remains of a man found in the Swiss Alps in 1991. Among his possessions was an amulet pouch. Other historians believe the use of these bags date back even further — as far as 10,000 years — based on murals found in an ancient city excavated in Turkey. Most likely, this practice dates back much further.
The type of bag and the objects inside differ greatly from culture to culture, yet there is a collective tradition of carrying sacred objects as amulets for protection, luck, and medicinal properties. This has been a prevalent practice all around the world for thousands of years.
Uses for Amulet Bags
The word “amulet” comes from the Latin word amulētum. The earliest use of that term is in Pliny’s Natural History, in which it means “an object that protects a person from trouble.” Amulet bags were originally worn for protection and to ward off evil spirits.
The Medicine Woman knows and trusts that anything can heal. Amulets can be worn to heal oneself or others by carrying sacred herbs, plants, crystals and other healing allies close to the heart and wrapped in prayer and intention.
Amulets can be used to hold special prayers and wishes. If you have a friend or family member who is going through a difficult time, you can place a momento or photo of that person in your amulet and be reminded to offer them a loving prayer each time you see or touch the bag.
Charms, Luck & Power
With clear intention, an amulet can hold the energy of magic and assist you in your Divine connection with manifesting/wombifesting capacity. You can place items in your amulet bag that attract desirable outcomes and favorable conditions to you. For example, if you are seeking love in your life you might put rose quartz, rose petals and a few drops of ylang ylang or rose essential oil in your amulet. A farmer might wear an amulet with grain and seeds to create an abundant harvest. Some other typical powers ascribed to amulet bags and their items include increasing hunting abilities, hindering enemies, altering weather conditions, connection to Spirit guides, and increasing knowledge and personal growth.
Sentiments of Love
Amulets can carry photos and other tokens of love and sentimental objects. Whenever a gift of love is given, that gift carries the energy of love for the recipient. You can place a small gift you’ve received, even a tiny piece of a card, into the amulet bag to constantly be reminded of the love in your life. Love is the most powerful healing force after all.
Crafting Your Amulet Bag
Use your intuition as a healer and medicine woman to create your own powerful amulet for whatever it is you need in your life at this time.
- What do you long for?
- Do you need physical healing? Emotional healing? Spiritual connection?
- Is there a loved one who needs extra prayer and support right now?
In the Native American tradition, each bag contains an item from the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, the mineral kingdom and the human world. Examples from the “kingdoms” might include a flower, feather, crystal, and a coin.
Choose items that are meaningful and sacred to you. Remember that your allies are waiting for you to hear them as they wish to support you. Take a walk in nature, listen and ask your allies to reveal themselves to you. Offer songs, gifts, prayers and always walk the beauty way with great humility.
Never take more than you need and always contribute with blessing energy.
Seal your bag with ritual and prayer.
The amulet bag is considered a very sacred and precious possession. This is why the contents of the bag are meant to be held private by the wearer versus announcing the contents or wearing as a spiritual commodity. In all traditions, the amulet is beautifully cared for and sometimes it is believed that it should never touch the ground. Prayer, intention and ritual is part of the crafting and wearing of amulet bags.
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