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The Courtship of the Light, the Medicine of Fire

The Courting Flute Coil Bracelet

The spirits of autumn and winter are coming now to the end of their long courtship, a complicated dance of time and temperature and light made more complex now by the external pressures of climate change.

They have traded flirtations for months, stepping up to the edge, then backing away — perhaps less cold fire than cold feet. With them, too, dance dark and light, couples sharing blankets briefly and then fleeing back to their respective sides of the solstice line.

It’s a spiraling of fire and light to music, too: the courting flute of winter birdsong, long clear notes held by the smallest birds, percussion accompaniment by the woodpecker clans, the occasional piercing call a raptor overhead. To their melodies move the seasons, the light swaying slow at first, then dashing toward its center to spin a vortex of fire among the low-slung clouds.

It’s a perfect time, then, this Solstice Eve, for a pair of works from Wings’s Seventh Fire Series of coils, The Love Collection: one that embodies the song of the winter birds and the dance of fire and light, and one that summons the healing power of love’s spirit, so needed in these short days and long nights of winter. Song comes first; from its description in the relevant section of the Bracelets Gallery here on the site:

The Courting Flute Coil Bracelet

The courting flute is a traditional Native red cedar flute, carved and painted at the end in the form and shape of a bird’s head. A young man who wishes to court a young woman will announce his attentions publicly by serenading her from outside her lodge, giving her an opportunity to respond, but from a respectful distance. Here, Wings pays homage to the cranes and woodpeckers and other birds whose song the courting flute borrows with a spiraling melody of coppery reds. At the center are faceted round orbs of smoky quartz flanked by fiery amber that flows, lava-like, into segments of round blood-red jasper beads. Each length of jasper ends in more smoky quartz, flanked at either end by amber. Toward either end, tiny nuggets of soft red branch coral terminate in old-style faceted copper barrel beads. Beads are strung on memory wire, which expands and contracts to fit virtually any wrist. Jointly designed by Wings and Aji.

Memory wire; red jasper; smoky quartz; amber; branch coral; copper
$325 + shipping, handling, and insurance

But the courting flute is only a first step in any dance, of love or of light. When autumn cedes the earth to winter, when light surrenders to dark and dark in turn gives back space, what results is the most natural and powerful of medicines. It’s the earth’s own love medicine, a gift to us in dark cold days. The second coil embodies this blessing; from its description in the same section of the Bracelets Gallery:

Love Medicine Coil Bracelet

Love Medicine Coil Bracelet

In some cultures, it’s a charm; in others, more literal medicine; in still others, something more elemental yet. It’s love medicine, an aid in the seeking  of love, sought for its talismanic power and ability to inspire love in the object of one’s affections, or at least in one’s confidence to approach him or her. Here, Wings brings together elemental medicine motifs in a charm that assumes a spiraling shape and power. The coil is anchored at either end with earthy round onyx beads that flow into larger round beads of sardonyx, red and orange and brown and black and white marbled together like the elements and the winds all melding in a powerful storm. Bright orange carnelian in polished nuggety chips lead toward a second length of sardonyx, all leading to a center segment of seven large round beads of deep red jasper, each highly polished and aswirl in mysterious wisps of color.Beads are strung on memory wire, which expands and contracts to fit virtually any wrist. Jointly designed by Wings and Aji.

Memory wire; red jasper; carnelian; sardonyx; onyx
$325 + shipping, handling, and insurance

As the sun sets on this last full day of autumn, air sharp and cold enough to steal breath, the light has begun to dance. In the west, long bands of silvery clouds merge with the amber-red fire of the light, stretching, reaching, ready to spring back into the circle together. It is time: time for the courtship of the light, the medicine of fire, and the wedding of autumn to winter to birth a new year.

~ Aji

 

 

 

 

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