In the spine the second vertebrae is the axis vertebra (C2),
nick named “The Dark Angel”
commonly because of its position:
It forms the pivot upon which the first cervical vertebra
which carries the head, rotates.
Also because of when viewed in an isometric position,
it looks like a head and wings and is never seen
unless in autopsy or considerably after the demise of the subject.
For such a small bone,
we rely on its position for movement nearly every minute of our waking
(and at times sleeping)
The Dark Angel Amulet
Dark Angel Amulet
As a subject for an amulet,
this represents many things:
health and healing, vitality, protection
and the ability to “pivot” both literally and figuratively.
Being as that it is so rarely seen while “in use”
it may also represent assistance
we both rely on
and never see.
It connects the Mind to the Body in a very physical way.
The Dark Angel Amulet is intended
to be of assistance to those in Health care:
Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Nurses
and all care givers and body workers.
Here is an amulet that is rooted in reality
and extended into the realm of the arcane
for those who wish to bring healing to a troubled world.
One of the classic images of Halloween is a witch riding on a broom stick. However since the sixties and the hit series “Bewitched” the images turned from the “old crone” to a beautiful woman riding side saddle on her besom.
Like most people in my age group, the icon stuck with me for years: the sense of freedom to ride with ease across an inky sky with the full moon framing a beautiful face, a Witch to remember!
In my later years I have met many women that have “come out of the closet” most of them tend to resemble Samantha: beauty, talent and a great sense of humor.
As a dedication to this vision of loveliness, I have created the amulet: “Witch on a broom Amulet” 1 5/8” by one inch tall with a bail behind the moon: positioned to give the sense of “floating” on your chain or cord. Not just for Halloween, the Beauty may be worn year around to spice up your day “I’m feeling Witchy!”
I make a wide variety of Pentacles: a symbol that is found in every culture. The five pointed star has been seen in nature forming the core of the apple, blossoms, and minerals and in the random patterns of branches and trees. It has been adopted as a symbol of strength and purity: featured in the drawings by Leonardo da Vinci of the “first man” representing “life in balance” and even associated in renaissance paintings with Christ.
Blossom Star Amulet
The individual points represent the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth with the point of spirit pointing up, again illustrating the balance of nature with the perception of spirit.
In celebration of the five pointed star, I have developed the symbol made of the branches of the apple tree. The branches are woven as a sign of eternity. The weaving of the branches is in the sequence of “creation, starting with the top point of “spirit” and proceeding to the point of “transformation (fire) then Wisdom (air), Consciousness (water) then grounding in the material world (earth) and resolving in Spirit. An apple blossom on the side: the promise of fulfillment. The apple is often a symbol of living knowledge, wisdom and abundance: though knowledge tend to foster options that tend to lead to trouble, it is up to the individual to choose to be “right minded” when choosing a path.
I offer the Blossom Star as “the Teacher’s Star”, perfect for those on the path of all faiths dedicated to truth, wisdom and virtue.
There are few things in life that can inspire such joy. It is one thing to perform while an audience watches: expectations, stage fright, critics… it is quite another when a group of people create music for the sole purpose of making each other happy. Many music groups describe sessions where it was “just the band” that were jaw dropping, pure beauty and healing in just the experience. In a healthy Drum Circle, one can see an entire community gather together and create something that is fresh, unique and joyful. Each drummer “holds” the down beat which provides a “floor” where the community dances both figuratively and physically.
One in Spirit
I have taught “Drum Circle Dynamics” to children for years, helping them to realize how to interact through rhythm. On more than a few occasions a little one would approach and want to play my drum with me. In those moments I felt a bonding with the younger generation that transcends nearly every other experience.
In an attempt to capture these moments, I sculpted the piece: “One in Spirit” which features a drummer and a small boy learning the down beat, a moment that erases gender, age, generational perspective and sync the two into a single moment: Playing as One in Spirit.
For many years I spent a great deal of time at various Drum Circles. If you have never attended an Open Public Drum Circle, you have missed a great deal of fun! One of the many things to watch is how children respond to the experience. They naturally move with the beat and want to participate in every way they can. As the older ones can dance and drum just as well as many of the adults, some are still a bit too little and could be easily stepped upon by spinning bodies and the like.
Typically, the Drum Mom is a position often held by one of the mothers attending. She supervises the water and snacks and watches over the health and welfare of the Drum Circle: as drummers tire and take a break through out the night (if we are doing an “all nighter”) the Drum Mom make sure that they are cared for and makes a safe place for the dancers to gather to share snacks and words.
I have attempted to capture the many aspects within the Drum Circle through my work: mostly jewelry, however I still love to revel in my first love: sculpture. I indulged myself in this one: The Drum Mom.
This piece holds an aspect of the tiny struggle between the Drum Mom and a pair of little ones who are more exuberant then for their own good. One struggles to climb into her lap while the older of the two wants to break away into the circle, armed with a shaker. The Sculpture is a tiny moment, a single beat in the Drum Circle, in fact in one’s life; yet it is an iconic position, one of honor. Every healthy Drum Circle has such people looking after each other; in this way the drummers and dancers may focus on their purpose: to generate Joy and Bright Blessings.