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Worlds Beyond the Winds

Spider Woman Cuff Close-Up

It is spiderweb season here.

The outside world tends to associate them with autumn, because of Halloween, but those are technically cobwebs — ancient and long-abandoned netting covered in dust, left to the decay of a haunted house. Spiderwebs that are in use? Those have, for me, at last, always been a phenomenon of the summer months, gossamer labyrinths rendered silver and spangled with diamonds by the sun.

Here, several of the trees hold flourishing webs, particularly the dwarf blue spruce that shelters Spider Woman near year-round. strands of liquid silver stream through the air across the hay barn’s north opening, and at dawn, they are visible in the fields, stretched from blade to blade of grass.

And less visible ones stretch overhead at night, an invisible safety net to protect our sleep.

Sleep comes relatively easy at this season, warm weather bringing with it the need for more labor for longer hours. By the time the day is done, body is well ready to overtake mind. But it is in sleep that the mind retakes control, and whether our rest harms or heals depends much on which dream worlds open their doors to our subconscious in the night.

In some traditions, Spider Woman guards the openings of the dream worlds, using her web to keep our sleep undisturbed. In others, she guards the portals to other worlds of a more permanent sort, those to whose landscapes we are mostly denied view in this life, and for good reason. On this plane, she is very much a spirit of the earth, albeit with the powers of a trapeze artist, able to swing through the air upon her own silken webs. But she possesses both access and adjacence to the worlds beyond the winds.

And so on this intensely hot summer day when storms sit, waiting, around the horizon, a day when her web shine like microscopic rivers of silver in the light, she manifests in more permanent form as today’s featured work. From her description in the relevant section of the Bracelets Gallery here on the site:

Spider Woman Cuff Bracelet

Our dreams are the threshold between our contemporary existence and ways much older than memory. In many traditions, Spider Woman is the gatekeeper of such thresholds, and today, we still use the gift of her web to protect our dreams. Here, her ancient power is embodied in this spectacular cuff, hand-formed from a single piece of sterling silver and adorned with stones of protection and power. Her eight legs, texturized by hand-stamping extend from the dazzling oval lapis cabochon that forms her body. Hand-cut, hand-stamped pincers and silver spacer beads accent the protective Skystone of Sleeping Beauty turquoise that forms her head. Another view shown at the link.

Sterling silver, lapis lazuli, and Sleeping Beauty turquoise
$1,200 + shipping, handling, and insurance

This is one of Wings’s older works, and one of his most spectacular. It’s not a surprise to me that it’s taking its time finding its permanent home, either. Wings has always said that Spirit guides his work, and that for every piece he creates, there is one specific person who needs its particular medicine for whom Spirit intends it. I’ve seen this phenomenon in action for many years, and know without a doubt that he is right. And so I have also have no doubts that the person for whom this iteration of Spider Woman is intended has very specific needs that she can fill: perhaps protected sleep; perhaps insight into other, future worlds; perhaps simply access to those worlds by way of the portals that dreams offer.

Wherever she goes, this small earth spirit will remain a spinner of webs and protector of dreams, a guardian and gatekeeper of worlds beyond the winds.

~ Aji







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