CHILD BIRTH PROTECTION AMULET
"Xoatchl's Birth Amulet" copyright © A. Barclay
Dyo on qlaf
Translation/transliteration from outside to inside:
Around the edge, "In the name of HaShem G@d of Israel to my right Mikha'el to my left Gavri'el before me Ori'el behind me Rafa'el & above me The Divine Presence for Zandra daughter of Alisa daughter of Norberta daughter of Mikha'elah"
Bottom: "Open for me the Gates of Righteouness & I will enter, praising G@d." (Tehilim/Psalms 118:19)
Letters in star pattern: "ARGaMaN" (traditional acronym invoking the angels Ori'el (G@d's light), Rafa'el (G@d's healer), Gavri'el (G@d's strength), Mikha'el (G@d-likeness) & Nuri'el (G@d's flame). Argaman is the royal purple colour referred to in the Torah to be used in the Mishkan & the Temple
Three names in inverted triangle arrangement: "Sanvei, Sansanvei, Semangelef" (Three angels who, according to Midrash, traditionally are thought to protect mothers & children from being harmed by Lilith)
The amulet/qame'a is round like a mother-to-be's full belly. All the letters draw a shield around & spiral into the centre, bringing the focus of protection & blessing through the invoked Gates of Righteouness, through a Magen David shape, through an inverted triangle symbolic of the mother's birth canal/Gate of Life to the middle of the parchment, with the emerging child's name. The child's name was transliterated in a way that it would have the gematria of 18 (life).
As a Soferet, I am called upon to create written prayers, psalms and names of G@d or angels, for people who seek a concrete way of requesting Divine help. Qame’ot (protection amulets) & Segulot (empowerment amulets, from the Hebrew root “to become capable or chosen”) are not magical spells or objects of idolatry, but tools for focused consciousness-raising. I write these as we have done in our Tradition for millennia. As this is a special, personal gift from G@d to share I provide these for a donation to your charity of choice. Gotta keep the flow of chesed free in the world!