I don't have any feathers yet, and all great prayer sticks need a feather. I will be working on that aspect of these Prayer Stick Earrings tomorrow.
Yesterday, I took Sadie outside to pee, and as we turned the corner, we ran into a fledgling Robin baby...he was on the ground and Sadie's chase instincts kicked in. She went after the bird, and the baby took flight all the while Mama bird was swooping both me and Sadie in the mayhem that happened in a split second.
I couldn't find the baby. Gone... I watched Mama bird twitter back and forth on the roof line of our apartment, crying softly for her baby that took off.
I stayed outside for 30 minutes, trying to find that baby...and while looking, I could hear Mama tweeting softly, wondering where her baby went to. I felt terrible about the whole episode, and when I feel terrible about something, I try and find the deeper meaning, the higher perspective.
One of my favorite books on animal symbology is Ted Andrew's Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small.
I immediately went back inside and looked up the meaning for the Robin. It is a territorial bird, often fighting with song for domination of a certain area. I love that...fighting with song, rarely hurting another kinsman. They have learned to settle their differences gallantly. There is a lot to learn there.
And their red breast is connected to Kundalini energy...another subject that I have been pre-occupied about lately as it relates to women going through menopausal change.
The heat of the Kundalini, I believe, has something to do in a subtle way with a menopausal woman's hot flashes, indicating that great change and new growth is emerging from her lower chakra centers. All the energy required to make a nest for her young ones, to birth and to feed and to protect them--moves up the spine and into the creative wisdom centers of her being.
Many women fight and suppress this...it is uncomfortable for some. For others that understand the importance of radical self-care, the movement of that energy isn't as uncomfortable.
You are not sick if you are menopausal. You are transitioning into a way of being in the world where flying at a higher altitude allows for more perspective.
And the Robin's song...I am identifying with that aspect of this bird's energy in a profound way. I am also trying to sing my own song as it relates to why I do what I do with metal.
Making jewelry saved me from going crazy while I was in the middle of my own menopausal storm. At the time, I didn't know what was going on with my mind and my body. If you have gone through this transition, you know what I am writing about.
So many sleepless nights...coupled with crushing fatigue and anxiety; it was a trying time for me and Shayne. I was young when I transitioned, only 42. And we were moving about so much that I didn't have a doctor that knew me or my body. All they wanted to do was prescribe me Xanax.
I had to get quiet and fully occupy my hands and heart as I journeyed inward, trying to figure out what was happening to me.
Making jewelry, for me, was all about healing, protection and honoring my intense need to be creative.
I didn't create any little people during this lifetime, but I had that creative impulse, and I yearned to channel the primal urge to create from a deep, inner place into something tangible and hopefully, meaningful, to someone besides myself.
So back to my Prayer Sticks.
The idea for the Prayer Stick earrings I started making last week just came to me while I was preparing a large order for a new account. I spent a few hours making variations of them, all the while calling them Prayer Sticks in my mind and knowing that it was important to listen to what my hands were trying to communicate to me.
I have enough experience in my creative process to understand that meanings don't come in a linear way. Sometimes the answer comes before the question.
When I came inside yesterday and randomly opened up Animal Speak, my eyes fell onto the definition of a Prayer Stick that I opened up this post with.
Now I know why this tangible idea of the Prayer Stick in metal adornment is important for me to explore. I love that they can be little antennae for the wearer, attracting the feminine life force that is so wise, so receptive.
It's time to sing my song, establish my territory and prepare for the new growth that is trying to push up through the Spring/Summer soil of now.
And tomorrow, I am going to fabricate my version of the Robin's feather so that I can add one to these new Prayer Stick earrings.
I'm making these Prayer Sticks for those that are transitioning in their own way into their wise-woman self.
Hope you are having a great week...and that you can find the deeper meanings of your everyday experiences for a greater understanding of you.
It's so important...you are what the world needs right now, and my hope is that you can continue to find the courage to sing your song.