A few years ago
a friend of mine decided to have an amulet created
reflecting her perceptions of the chakras.
The chakras in classic yoga
are a series of seven places in the body
considered as energy centers.
Each place is a kind of akashic organ
imbued with certain qualities.
When trained properly,
one may tune and strengthen them to achieve health,
balance and spiritual clarity.
the heart chakra,
located approximately where the physical heart is in the body,
only more in aligned with the spine.
The heart chakra’s quality is compassion,
healing and love of all things.
Illustrated in Hindu art as well as renaissance paintings of Christ
(the sacred heart) the heart chakra is recognized in many cultures.
Those who naturally have powerful heart chakras
are healers and peacemakers.
In chakra lore,
it is best to train each of them equally
so they may balance naturally.
Doing this often requires practice in concentration,
visualization and breathing techniques
accompanied with a physical training which stimulate the chakra centers.
Beyond traditional Yoga,
many people have harnessed the studies of the chakras
by adapting the knowledge to their own traditions.
My friend’s vision encompassed her love of nature
and infused the imagery into a series of sketches and renderings.
The ultimate design transcended
beyond a conglomerate of simple geometric shapes
into an almost story book mural of metal and stone.
A raven flies overhead symbolizing transcendence,
wisdom and knowledge just beyond reach.
Stones aligned by the chakra formation down the trunk of the tree,
each stone of the kind associated with each chakra as per her choosing.
The amulet is four and a half inches made of silver
(the leaves, secondary branches and roots)
and bronze (main trunk and primary branches).
The rough bark extended into the settings
give a feeling of the stones being in the tree itself,
the top two chakras (third eye and the crown)
in contrast made smooth to accentuate
the higher level of consciousness.
Leaves extend the growth of the tree into the chain.
Below is an opal symbolizing the pool of consciousness,
much akin to the Star Card of the Tarot.
The Chakra Tree Amulet
was made as a one of a kind,
special commission and now resides in a private collection.
If you wish to have something special made for you,
Please visit my How to order Custom page
It’s still my favorite necklace of all time! I’m glad you decided to feature it here. Many blessings!
It was a pleasure to make it! I loved the way you can see more in the design than we put in there. I would love to have a picture of you wearing it!
Nice posting. Do you know about these chakra books?
There is so much written on the subject it is hard to keep up, thank you for the suggestion.
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Another wonderful piece. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of your custom pieces that I didn’t like.
you never stop amazing me with your work. I just love this piece, it sais so much…thank you for so ofetn making what I feel a tangable thing.