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The Winds Midwife New Worlds

Dance of the Whirlwind Spirits Necklace

At this time of year, travel can be a risky proposition, particularly when the journey takes one through deep canyons and winding mountain roads. The thunderheads build daily, but the storm goes when and where it will, and often, we find ourselves trying to outrun it.

Yesterday, we followed the storm home.

It had already delivered the rain and moved on by the time we returned, leaving the air cool and fresh and sparked by the scent of wet chamisa and sage. A new wave moved through in the evening, small intermittent storms that dropped only a little water, but more is promised for today.

Part of its beauty lies in its unpredictability. In this place in this season, the storm is a wild thing, fully alive, animated by its own whirlwind spirits.

It’s the inspiration for today’s featured work. From its description in the Necklaces Gallery here on the site:

Dance of the Whirlwind Spirits Closeup

Dance of the Whirlwind Spirits Necklace

When the winds come from the Four Directions to meet at the center of all that is, they summon the spirit of the whirlwind to dance in the vortex of the storm. Wings summons all of the spirits in this work, a large, heavy talismanic medallion of solid sterling silver, hammered by hand and lightly domed in repoussé fashion. A symbol of the Four Sacred Direction in a flaring stylized cross shape rests atop the medallion as an overlay. Each spoke is marked with a single cabochon of cobalt-blue lapis lazuli, the color of the rain; they spin inward toward the vortex at the center, embodied in a large round onyx cabochon of mysteriously glossy depths. The hand-made bail is accented with tiny hand-stamped hoops, the shape of the spiraling wind itself. The pendant hangs from an alternating strand of round sterling silver and lapis lazuli beads, with small square lapis and round onyx beads stretching toward either end of the strand, each end terminating in two tiny Florentine-finish silver beads. Pendant is 2-1/8 inches long (including bail) by 2-1/4 inches across; beads are 19 inches long (dimensions approximate). Other views of the pendant shown above and at the link.

Sterling silver; onyx; lapis lazuli
$1,500 + shipping, handling, and insurance

In this place, the rainy season is at least as much a phenomenon of air as it is of water: Clouds whipped into a fury, racing across the sky; winds blowing, at times, nearly horizontal, then suddenly spiraling into a vortex of elemental power. The two work in concert, less a collaboration than a marriage, melding together with such force that they become nearly indistinguishable from each other. And while it is the water that poses the greatest danger — even as it delivers the greatest blessing — it is the air that makes it possible.

Much like the old stories of some traditions tell of our own world, born of an elemental maelstrom, in this season, our world is born anew almost daily.

The air births the storm; the winds midwife new worlds.

~ Aji




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