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The Seeds and Fruits of Summer

Love Medicine Coil Bracelet

Despite the welcome new warmth, summer is not here yet. Today’s wind chill is proof enough of that, strong and fast enough to drop the air temperature in the face of the mercury’s declarations. That air is bone-dry, too, and the brightness of the day is dulled by the walls and spirals of dust sent flying by the wind’s caprice.

In the midst of this drought, it’s easy to forget that this is the planting season, a time more of preparation and cultivation than of visible results.

It is, in the way, a bit like love itself: The fires of passion notwithstanding, real love requires work, patience, commitment; it requires planting a seed and nurturing it carefully into fruition.

Today’s featured works are symbols of love, but they could just as well as be signifiers of this threshold season, of the work involved and results expected, of spring’s preparation and labor and the seeds and fruits of summer.

There are two such works today, both related, both a part of The Love Collection. In this instance, each exemplifies the planting of the fiery seeds of romance, the better to harvest the warming glow of love over the long term. We begin with the first, a representation of the voicing of desire, the prayer for aid from the spirit world. From its description in the relevant section of the Bracelets Gallery here on the site:

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

Its own constituent parts look very much like seeds, small kernels of earth and light that meet in the center in round red orbs, hearts shaped less like the symbol and more like the actual human organ. Strung together, these kernels cling to the wrist, a reminder of love’s warmth and fire and the effort required to sustain it.

The second pieces evokes similar motifs, but in a way that perhaps depends less upon the favor of the spirits and more upon one’s own courage and willingness to act — less a plea for magic than a risking of face and heart alike. From its description in the same section of the same gallery:

The Courting Flute Coil Bracelet

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

In this winding spiral of symbolism, love is presented as seeds, elemental kernels of earth and air, water and fire — but it is also manifest as the fruits of such labor,  bright blood-red berries grown full and strong at the center.

Technology has improved our lives in countless ways, but it has also made us impatient, dismissive of obstacles and unwilling to wait on natural processes. We know well, though, that there are forces greater than our own wills and actions, that there are powers that have the ability to stymie or shape our own work, or lack thereof. This is the season that brings this lesson home again each year without fail.

For now, now, it is time to plant the seeds. With work and care, skill and not a little prayer, they will become fruits soon enough.

~ Aji









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