Sing to The Bones- Labyrinth
This idea of singing to the Bones fascinates me. In the story of La Loba in the Woman Who Run With Wolves by Pinkola Estés, singing is seen as a way of using the Soul-voice over things that need repair. The Old One gathers wolf bones and when she has the whole skeleton she sings until the creature heals and comes to life again.
So…a couple years ago, I started meditating with this idea in mind and found I wasn’t really healing. If I could visualise my evolution in this life as me building a skeleton Tower (similar to a skeletal tower in my mind), I would see that the bones used during my childhood were pretty much broken and frail. The foundation of my Being was not strong and that impacted my present more than I would’ve wanted too. And so… one day I decided to take it all down and start over. I would use the strongest bones I had gathered all those years and throw away the broken ones. It has been quite a journey, as deconstructing one’s Self is already hard enough, but I found that there is something truly amazing about the process of singing over your bones and seeing them come to life again.
Each specific bone has its own symbolism, so in this piece I chose the strong left wing bone as the strongest bone in this piece and the one that holds everything together. Inside, bones from the left and right rib cage form a delicate labyrinth.
I wanted the outside of the Labyrinth to be strong, a little like the skull that protects the brain. The little bones inside this piece are a little more delicate and protected by the strong Left wing bone that holds everything together, almost like a protective embrace. I felt it was appropriate since how vulnerable one can feel when dealing with certain aspects of our minds.
I chose the left side because of its connection to the Heart. What does your heart tells you vs logic.
Inside I used the left and right rib cage bones. I chose these bones for the vital organs they protect in our bodies. For me, here in this Labyrinth, it represents protecting the owner while they journey into their Shadow Self deconstructing and rebuilding everything, a little like a protective shield.
This labyrinth was inspired by the shape of the Rocky Valley Labyrinths ( dated 4000 years old more or less!).
When you think you are close to the center it takes you to the edge. Sometimes I feel I have made so much progress and then out of nowhere it seems nothing happened and I can't even feel the center anymore. But I keep going because I know eventually I will get there no matter how scary it is. The labyrinth only has one entrance which is also the exit and only one path. You can enter and exit whenever you like and you never get lost or stuck.
In the book she says: "Bones represent the indestructible soul-spirit. We know the Soul can be injured, even maimed, but it is very nearly impossible to kill"
I know I wanted at some point to work with bones after I read the story of La Loba in the Woman who Run with Wolves by Pinkola Estés but I wanted it to be ethical and with respect. I’m lucky as a veterinarian I legally purchased with CITES papers a Great Grey Owl skeleton, but they are rare so..just that, took almost a year! I wanted to make sure I had the whole skeleton to work with and not purchase parts of the skeleton by someone who killed the animal to sell the bones, which you can find a lot online. As extremely sensitive as I am, I wanted to do things with the best energy possible.
In most cultures Owls symbolise wisdom, transformation, regeneration even femininity.. But what I love about Owls is the ability to hear and see through darkness but also to live in the dark unafraid.
This collection is probably the most personal to date which is probably why it took so long. Also learning how to make molds out of bones and then shape them in wax took a lot of trial and error until I got it right as they were very delicate.
I hope you will like this special Amulet and that it will help you sing to your bones and heal them.
Dimensions: 47mm Wide x 62mm Height
Material: Sterling Silver
The piece is cast and then assembled again by me so some slight differences may appear and are part of the process of being handmade. It's what makes the piece unique.
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