Although hair beads have been around for centuries, noted use may be observed from Africa to the Indies, from Scotland to Tibet; the style of placing beads in one’s hair hasn’t been in vogue for more than a few decades. If you have seen the Movie “10” starring Bo Derrick and Dudley Moore, you may remember the slow motion scene of Bo splashing through the waves with her hair loaded down with multi colored beads. Since then we have seen the popularity rise among the main stream, used by men and women of all nationalities. From the over loaded quaffs to a single bead to accent the tip of a braid, hair beads keep the strands weighted, refined and beautiful.
As we grow older, our attention to the ancestors becomes more significant; many of our friends and family have passed away yet we do not find the sensation of their passing as a final state of being. For centuries there are accounts of folk that have spoken with loved ones, friends and relatives beyond the veil. Words of wisdom, compassion, concern or simply the sensation that they are present have comforted, enlightened or alarmed us as our awareness broadens, our concern deepens and our need of understanding surmounts.
In answer to the desires for those of us who are concerned with such matters, I have created a series of tiny amulets signifying our connection with the ancestors. By using them as charms and hair beads, we may utilize these significant and iconic amulets to keep our attention fresh and our focus on greater matters than our own needs wants and desires. One of them is the Talking Skull Charm. By adding this piece to your charm bracelet or necklace, adding them into the mix of talismans and amulets that you are currently working with. By adding the bead to your hair braid or dread, the weight is a constant reminder: Wisdom of the Dead and our ever lasting connection with the unfathomable line of ancestry of which we are all a part.