My friend, artist Joshua Yeldman and I have the best conversations. The latest being about amulets & talisman. This stemmed from a gift I sent him of a much-awaited owl pellet. There is a shop in San Francisco (one of my very fav), called Paxton Gate on Valencia St. They have recently-ish opened a children's branch & sell all things slightly scientific & curious, reminiscent of growing up in the 70's spending afternoons viewing The Curiosity Show. I sent him a little box with no return address containing the foil wrapped pellet & a piece of paper with 'hoot hoot' written on it.
He knew it was me.
There's something magical & raw about things that are talismatic. I wear special amulets that I had purpose-made that would protect me & my Mum. I now wear both. They contain things I deem important eg. feather for flight, charcoal for purity, a piece of string so I am never left stranded etc. You choose what you like (I'm going to have an amulet-making workshop!).
Anyway, above are pictures I took in the oldest market in the world, the Spice Souq in Damascus. These stores just deal in cures & curbs- protections & curses for all your needs. Check out the cool stuff: starfish, pelts, cloves, nuts, tortoise shells, puffer fish, wolves teeth & other magical, mystical things.