I went to a party back in January to celebrate Thor conquering the ice giants to drive back winter. Fantastic party, and it’s held every year by one of my Nordic pagan friends who brews his own mead. I lost a few hours of that night, but otherwise it was SO awesome. Well, I ended up meeting someone particularly interesting at that party who knows the host through several different scenes in the area. I noticed the tattoo sleeve on her arm, which incorporates alchemical symbols; I asked about them, and she replied with the four Powers of the Sphynx (to know, to dare, to will, to keep silent). Immediately I knew I was talking to someone genuine, and heavens above and hells below she’s awesome. Spagyrist, Mesoamerican occultist, stonecarver, and silversmith. She knows her shit and has been at it for a long time.
Well, the silversmithing bit caught my interest. Although I’m decent with wood and pyrography, the metal stuff she makes is fantastic (she showed me several impressive rings and a pendant-knife she made “out of boredom”). This stuff is well beyond my capability to make, and for some of the more detailed items I need, I’d rather have something professionally and nicely made by someone who knows what their doing (required purification, occult virtues, planetary timing, etc.). I commissioned her for a Solomonic ring based on the one I was currently using. That one was made of hematite worn on the pinkie, and the design was the one based off on this post at The Occult and Magic: a Star of David, Michael, and Tzabaoth written on the outside and the Tetragrammaton written on the inside. I interpreted the three-circle design of the Ring of Solomon from the Lemegeton to be representative of using the outer, top, and inner sides of the ring, instead of a circular plate on the ring. I used a dremel tool to engrave the letters in. It was passable. She noticed it and complimented its power (she said it had a distinct “back the fuck off” note), but the material used for it and the energy didn’t quite match up.
All the more reason, then, to get a new and better ring. The design was to look mostly the same: the Tetragrammaton on the inside of the ring, with the names Tzabaoth and Michael on the outside with a Star of David which, if possible, would be circumscribed with a circle and a dot in the middle. If she wanted to be fancy, I suggested she could engrave the Star of David on a topaz and set that on the ring. Graphically, the design looks like this:
And, given that, this is what I ended up with:
This. Is. Incredible. A silver band with Hebrew letters and a beautiful clear sunstone, with a dotted hexagram underneath it. Very, very nice touch. Since she understands the significance and importance of timing, we were originally going to go with a particularly powerful solar election back on March 25th, but we both dropped the ball on that, so she was going to try and get it done during a Sunday on a solar hour. My assumption is that the ring is a solar instrument of magic, hence the timing.
Well, instead, this past weekend, she was kicked out of bed on Sunday with something telling her to get the ring done at noon that day, and she did; by the time she finished, it had a definite warmth that almost burned her skin. She told me it was finished, and I was somewhat confused about the timing: the day of the solar eclipse? Sun conjunct balsamic moon? Sun conjunct Algol? Sun peregrine? For a solar talisman of protection, it seemed that she couldn’t’ve picked a worse election. I had my doubts, but was going to keep the ring either way: if the election defeated the defensive purpose of the ring, then I was going to keep it as a Trojan Horse-esque gift for someone I particularly dislike; if it worked, or if I could get the proper powers to make it work, I would keep it and use it as it’s meant to be used. After all, what good is a line of defense if it’ll just buckle or, worse, backfire?
However, upon putting the ring into my hand, it felt positively comforting and strong, like a welcomed last gasp of air or a bright light at the end of the tunnel to see everything with. And, upon wearing it (a perfect fit!), I felt a strong presence wrap around me, and my friend said that I went positively glowing. Since this isn’t the kind of power my friend normally interacts with, and the fact that she was pretty much made to do it as a matter of capital-letter Inspiration, I’m pretty sure this ring is good to go. Besides, what else is magic for, if not to bypass and surpass the natural circumstances and mechanics of the cosmos to Get Shit Done? Of course, I’m still going to run a few tests, readings, and analyses on the thing to make sure it’s good to go, and if so, have it undergo a proper solar consecration of its own (probably using a dab of Abramelin oil and a wash of Goldschläger); she left it intentionally “unsealed” so I could work my own magic on the thing, which was kind of her. I’m very confident that this thing will become a fast friend of mine, in terms of ritual tools and generally cool things to have.
I mean, come on. I HAVE A FUCKING MAGIC RING. I am officially living in an RPG.
The silversmith, Raven Orthaevelve, is always interested in furthering her business and skills and is willing to take commissions, especially with magical, occult, or other ritual items. Her prices are very affordable, especially considering the quality and skill she employs in making really detailed or difficult stuff. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to ask her for something, or look at her Etsy page. Really, she’s fabulous. Plus, she’s practically dying to make jewelry, knives, and other tools specifically for magical use, and she really does know her shit. Get in contact her and commission her for stuff; you won’t be disappointed. Plus, if she gets enough commissions from magicians to pay for it, she’ll be able to get a set of Hebrew stamps for metalworking that’ll really make her stuff impressive for our kind of crowd.
Also, right after I commissioned her for the ring, I found this little thing on Amazon. For those among us with a more Christian persuasion, this would be a perfect premade substitute for a Solomonic ring. However, I’ve noticed with other rings that the material it’s made of (tungsten carbide) has some interesting effects in that it helps work as a natural shield for the wearer as well as a blinder on the wearer. YMMV.