My Luminous Muse, The Moon Goddess

It’s a beautiful summer night. Sitting on the mountainside, overlooking the valley, a tremendous light grows brighter and brighter… it is the glorious Moon, rising in the starry sky. Many a bard has sung of her glory, many lovers have taken refuge in her gaze. We all carry a story of her greatness, and we all hold love for her in our soul.

Dreaming Moon Goddess Pendant (SOLD)

Who is the Moon Goddess? She is called by many names, as many names as there have been peoples on this Great Earth. She is the Queen of Change, flying across the sky in a myriad of costumes throughout the year. She reigns over cycles and planting and especially, the Intuitive Knowing of Women. She lights our Night Sky and illuminates shadows. The Moon Goddess rolls the waves and shapes the shores of our lives with her Eternal Wisdom.

 

She is known for her Great Beauty, and is adored in her fullness… ripe and ready to bring forth new life. We have held her responsible for childbirth, fertility, and the victorious hunt. We call her the Lover of the Sun, ever reflecting the generosity of spirit. She is Goddess of Compassion as well as Death.

 

Her roles may be many, but she is ever faithful to her tasks. As the Native South American goddess, Yemanja, she is represented by the waxing moon, growing in size, Protector of Children and Motherhood. The Greek goddess, Selene, is represented by the full moon and is depicted as a woman riding sidesaddle pulling the Chariot of the Moon across the heavens. Cerridwen, the Crone Goddess, represented by the waning crescent moon, is known for her cauldron of wisdom.

 

New Moon Goddess Ring

Whatever guise she may be wearing tonight, she draws our gaze magnetically. She charges our dreams with Intuition and Wisdom, and she controls the flow of the waters of our lives. My new collection, Moon Goddess, pays homage to her diversity and her continuity. I chose labradorite and rainbow moonstone to capture the essence of her light in all of her phases.

 

Moon Goddess will be available on June 10th, 2017, immediately after the full Strawberry Moon, right here at jewelweedsprouts.com. She will be the cornerstone of the fortuitous launch of my online shop! I can hardly wait! Sign up for my newsletter and be among the first to see her here!

 

Can’t wait that long? There will be a special event to celebrate the release of the Moon Goddess collection on facebook on June 8th! Join the Jewelweed Sprouts Summer of 2017 Sample Sale + New Collection Debut to get in on irresistible deals, a couple of great giveaways, and first dibs at the new collection! Click HERE to join in!

Who KNEW Quartz was so AMAZING?

In honor of Earth Day, let’s chat about three really interesting earthy stones. They are all related, just like the interconnected web of life on this great planet, but they remain distinct and each serve a special purpose. Three members of the chalcedony/quartz family, Carnelian, Chrysoprase, and Blue Chalcedony, all have wonderful luminous qualities, but they have unique and beautiful personalities.

 

Carnelian, which is a gorgeous fire-red-orange variety of chalcedony, is very spicy and assertive. It reminds me of fresh paprika! Energetically, it is a call to action. It has a presence that fuels the impulse to create, to be prosperous, and be determined. It evokes courage and ambition. Wear carnelian to enhance your will-power and strengthen your resolve!

Try this ring on for size~ it’s a power suit for your finger! Be unstoppable.

 

An apple-green variety of chalcedony, chrysoprase activates your deep sense of compassion. It pulls on the heart strings and carries a message of abundance and health. It is a great companion in meditation and helps to calm and relax the nervous system. Wear your chrysoprase when you choose to focus on nourishment and growth.

Go forth and prosper in these verdant hoops! They are yours for the taking!

 

Soft soothing blue chalcedony has a watery, softening effect on body, mind, and spirit. It is reassuring and centering. It is aligned with the Throat Chakra, and encourages you to speak your truth. Lovely to gaze into, blue chalcedony holds light and seems to glow from within… kind of like YOU!

Wow, you two should meet! Really. Here’s one. I think she likes you.

 

I hope you learned something here today. I really enjoyed really seeing these gemological cousins next to each other.

I mean, WHO KNEW Quartz was so AMAZING?

 

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment here and join us over in the facebook group!

 

What is Jewelweed?

Have you ever been hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains? Decades ago, it was among my favorite places to hike and camp…. I became entranced by the cool trails, the scenic waterfalls, moss covered streambeds, and towering forest. I intuitively felt the cleansing quality of the mountain air, was comforted by the sweet songs of babbling brooks, and allowed the abundance of beauty to infuse my heart with wonder….

It was in those wild spaces that I fell in love with Jewelweed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A member of the impatiens family, Jewelweed blooms from mid-Spring through mid-fall in the Eastern United States. It loves growing in creek beds and in moist woods, tending to choose areas that also have poison ivy or stinging nettle. It grows into a rather large bush, decorated with small blossoms. Its beautiful orange spotted yellow flowers are shaped a bit like trumpets, and they hang delicately from the stems like little jewels of the Divine Feminine. They produce quite a bit of sweet nectar, and attract hummingbirds like crazy! In fact, early English settlers sometimes called it the Hummingbird Bush! (Hummingbirds are a symbol of Joy!)

 

If you have ever brushed bare-legged up against stinging nettle and felt the fire of Hades intensifying moment by moment on your skin, you will appreciate the healing powers of Jewelweed.

Usually nearby (as a sign of Divine Inspiration), showing great compassion on the sensitive hiker, is the succulent green remedy that immediately provides relief… you simply identify the pretty plant, grab its lower stalk, and begin to mash to release the cooling salve straight from the stem. Within moments of applying the aloe-vera like gel on the flames…

AAAAAAAAaahhhhhhhhhh……….

When I first went into business as a custom jeweler, I decided to use the name Jewelweed. To honor the power of healing. To embrace the ideals of beauty and purpose. And to reflect my rather earthy values. Now, it has evolved to Jewelweed Sprouts… with new growth, the promise of abundance. Jewelweed has some great wisdom to share…

 

Create nectar to attract Joy.

Beauty serves a healing purpose.

Everything we need is within our reach.

 

 

How are you attracting Joy into your life?

Do you include experiencing beauty as a part of your health care?

Do you allow yourself to be provided for?

Leave a comment below, or head on over to facebook and join Friends Who Like Jewelweed Sprouts and keep the conversation going!

 

 

 

 

 

April, The Month of Opening

Birth of Venus

April is a tempestuous month, bringing weather that baffles the senses and ruins any attempt at a hairstyle. It warms and cools, in many places it rains like rain will never end. It is unpredictable and necessary. This is how life is created, in chaos!

 

Rose Quartz Spiral Statement Ring

The name April comes from the Latin word aperire, which means “to open”…. Open our eyes to see new life pushing up through the cracks, open hearts to fresh experiences of love, open our windows so that fresh air can cleanse our minds.

 

This month is sacred to Venus, the Roman Goddess of Beauty, Desire, Fertility, and Prosperity. Venus is one of the most celebrated deities of the ancients. She is the goddess of beauty, the mother of love, and the queen of laughter.

 

 

In Roman times in street-speak, that means SHE ROCKED THE FREE WORLD….

 

Rose Quartz Gyspy Hoops

The beauty of new life, babies, and seedlings is apparent… Where is fresh new beauty sprouting in your life? Have you made a new friend? Do you find your heart enchanted by something new?

 

Desire, too often narrowly defined as wanting or wishing something to possess, can also be seen as the driving force of all life. We desire love, friendship, and the comforts of family… but we also desire growth, new experiences, and the pleasures of lively health! What is your heart’s desire? What are you pursuing during this season of fresh growth?

Planting, Tending, Weeding, Reaping, it’s all a cycle….

Rose Quartz Goddess Earrings

April represents a month of increasing fertility…. Changes can be subtle or obvious. I am experiencing fertility in my mind, through integrating things I have learned in an online course I just completed. I feel fertility in my creative life, as I dream up new designs… rose quartz has been calling me, and I have a handful of really juicy gemstones to muse over. My heart feels fertile right now, open and receptive to new seeds of friendship. In what ways are you finding yourself fertile this April? Have you learned something new that is beginning to take root in your life?

 

 

Fertility is more than new projects, it is also the ripening of mature ones….

 

Rose Quartz Custom Statement Ring

Yesterday the skies became overcast as fierce cool winds blew in some heavy gray clouds… but no rain was in the forecast. But I KNEW. The sweet scent of petrichor enveloped me and my whole body was full of anticipation. When it began to rain, I felt a strong sense of gratitude creep over me, as if the rain were a direct gift to me. Ahhh, blessings from the earth begin to flow more freely right now, adding to a deep sense of prosperity. Asparagus, arugula, lots of lovely greens for munching, all provided to us for our replenishment after the lean months of winter. Although many of us may not experience the fasting pressed upon us by meager stores of food wearing thin after a long winter, we can certainly appreciate the fresh bounty of local produce appearing in farmers markets! Do you have a spring favorite? I think mine is asparagus….

 

In the name of love, Rose Quartz is on the menu for April, calling you to honor the Beauty, Desire, Fertility, and Prosperity in your life. Embrace Spring, vive l’amour!

Rose Quartz Samsara Medallion

Where is fresh new beauty sprouting in your life?

What is your heart’s desire?

How are you feeling fertility right now?

In what ways is prosperity manifesting for you?

Leave a comment here, or head over to the facebook group to chat about it with your friends!

Persephone Awakening

Rite of Spring… Dance Yourself to Death!

 

An image from the 2013 production of Le Sacre du Printemps by the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, reflects the hard jumps and stamps of Vaslav Nijinsky’s original choreography.

Have you ever listened to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky? All the way through?

It’s a metaphor for life, and I find it utterly fascinating.

Pina Bausch, Igor Stravinsky’s, Rite of Spring “Opening”

 

Stravinsky was a young, virtually unknown composer when he was recruited to work for the Russian Ballet in the early 1900s. One of the most admirable things about him and his work was his IDGAF attitude about what was expected of music at the time. You see, the only folks who were coming to see the Ballet were either the wealthy, who wanted to be comfortably entertained, or the BOHEMIANS who craved something NEW, especially if it made the upper crust uncomfortable.

Well, they got an earful that night!

The avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience. The way Stravinsky used tonality, dissonance, tangible stress, and unpredictable rhythm drove some into a frenzy! Some loved it, some hated it… It was described as the work of a madman.

The choreography of the first section, “The Kiss of the Earth”, culminated in a frenzy of movement as the dancers moved to embrace the energy of Spring.  This primal expression drove the witnesses into a frenzy of the senses. The second section “Sacrifice”, was a bit darker, ending with a young maiden chosen to sacrifice herself to death by dancing… To appease and please Spring. At this point in the performance, often the audience grew quiet, even silent as they sat captivated by the emotions of the dancer.

I resonate with the music, the dance, the composer, the audience…. Spring is a baffling time, so urgent with expression, so messy, and fully completely ALIVE.

Rainbow Moonstone, letting light in

Some things I work to develop in my life as an artist, as an Authentic Goddess, and as a human exploring this bizarre and utterly inconceivable experience of life are impeccably embodied in The Rite of Spring.


TONALITY
– In my art I explore aspects of tonality, creating moods with my color choices. Recently, this has brought me to fall in love with moonstones, rainbow moonstones, and labradorite. I love the way they roll light around inside their crystalline structures to reveal new parts of themselves…. they way I work with meditation, too!

METRE– In life we all find our pulse, our flow of movement. Sometimes it seems too fast, other times too slow. Somehow, we maintain the steps, sometimes we drop a beat, but there is always one thing to remember:  “When we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor…”-Alan Watts

It isn’t a race, and there is no ribbon to be won.


STRESS
– Not the ubiquitous kind that we try to rid ourselves of, but the good kind. Like, what priorities in life do you STRESS? What notes are louder in your composition, what colors are brighter, where do you place the spotlight? My stress may vary a little from day to day, but overall, I stress LOVE in my life. My love for my self, my love for my family, my community, my friends all over this vast globe…. THAT is where I add light. What about you?

DISSONANCE– The cacophony of daily life can feel very distracting at times. Dissonance is an integral part of our growth and understanding, however. In a world of dualities, contrast defines. Without the depth of dissonance and unresolved issues, we are not able to taste the sweetness and nourishment of harmony. I can’t say that I fully embrace the discord and difficulties I encounter in my experiences, but I do know that when I DO, I find myself to be more peaceful and aware of things to be grateful for. It hones my senses…

SACRIFICE– One of the questions I love to answer is: What would you do in life if money were no object? My answer is delightfully easy for me… I WOULD DO THE EXACT SAME THING. I will surrender to this beautiful life, I will offer myself up to the flow and syncopation of this fantastic existence, and I will enthusiastically DANCE MYSELF TO DEATH… In the only way I know how. Keep creating myself. Every day.

 

 

Which brings me to this gorgeous and vibrant first day of Spring.

The earth awakens after the long slumber of winter, the Spring Equinox arrives. I love this time of year. There were many years I hardly noticed it, living in the beautiful tropical U.S. Virgin Islands. It was simply a date on the calendar, albeit a very important one on my life, as it is my WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!

I wed my husband at 12 noon on the Spring Equinox of 1996 in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Spring Wedding
Unpredictable Spring

 

THERE WAS A BLIZZARD.

 

The snow in the mountains of Virginia covered all the daffodils, crocus, and tulips that had rushed to bloom for the glorious first day of Spring. Instead of a Spring Wedding outdoors amidst all the twitterpation of new life, we crowded into my parents’ house and made our vows. The weather alarm sounded just as we were about to hear Charlie’s dad recite 1 Corinthians 13:4…. to remind us, the blizzard. Life is unpredictable and glorious in its brazen disregard for our expectations….

I urge you to give a listen to The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky… ALL OF IT. See what it stirs inside you. Find those places that are uncomfortable, sit with them. Discover what your sacrifice is in this precious life. And like Mr. Stravinsky, BE AUTHENTIC. This is NOT a rehearsal.

Leave a comment, please, to let me know how this incredible piece of music made you feel….

 

 

 

 

"Awakening of Spring" by Michael Hiep

Glorious Goddess of March, Hreda

"Awakening of Spring" by Michael Hiep
“Awakening of Spring” by Michael Hiep

Awakening from deep in the earth, the waters sense the returning warmth of the sun, and begin the flow into another season. All the realms of this hemisphere begin to stir. Hreda, glorious goddess of March, has triumphed over the challenges of another winter, and is swiftly moving us forward into abundance. Hreda’s name (Anglo-Saxon) has been linked with victory and swiftness.

With the birth of Spring, we are met with a new growing season, fertility, and the loving embrace of the bounties of Mother Earth. One ritual many of us observe is “Spring Cleaning”, when we cultivate the readiness of our home to provide us with nourishment, healing, sanctity, and comfort.

Hreda has also been called a goddess of hearth and home. She stands in the threshold, smoothing our transitions not only through the twilight time between Winter and Spring, but also our daily explorations into the world, and returning to the safety of our dens, where we find support and love.

Sometimes she is depicted as a warrior goddess, who defeats Winter, and clears the way for the new growth and abundance of Spring. She encourages the continuation of life in all its varied forms. In her role as goddess of fertility, we can sense the quickening of our ardor for life.

 

Artio, (Swiss) Bear Goddess
Artio, the bear Goddess who hibernates during the Winter. Her return heralds the beginning of Spring.

In this month of Hredmonath (March), allow yourself to be stirred into consciousness after the long hibernation. We enthusiastically and optimistically embrace the adventures yet to come.

We may have challenges ahead of us in the coming year. Aquamarine, the birthstone for the month of March, encourages selfless service and lighthearted happiness. Strengthen your courage in speech through wearing an aquamarine pendant near your throat chakra.

Take bold strides into this new world, knowing that you will find renewal when you return to your home. Honor your transitions, take note of your comforts, and embrace all the experiences of your incarnation. Spring is emerging!

Spring Gemstone Matrix by silvermoonspirit
Spring Gemstone Altar of rose quartz, aquamarine, and quartz points by silvermoonspirit
Goddess Ganga,Goddess Kaver

The Current of Inspiration, Stepping into the Flow

The stirring has begun….the edging up to, the winding pathway, the journey through the labyrinth. I am having creative urges. Sometimes, they walk in the door (though I have never met them) as if they have lived here all my life. Other times they seem to lurk in the shadows for a while, fading in and out of my attention for many years. It’s like catching a glimpse of a mermaid under my canoe. I am being visited by inspiration right now….some folks don’t like to mention it when they are, afraid to frighten it away.

River Siren, Art Nouveau
River Siren, Art Nouveau

I’m not afraid, this one is a stranger I have known for ever. Longer than my own life. The River.

Green River Necklace
Hammered Silver Filigree River Necklace with jade and agate

I have been quite fortunate in this life to have spent plenty of time living near bodies of water. In my early youth, it was lakes…olive green and warm and opaque. I had small shallow goldfish ponds in the back yard of one house I lived in.

In my adolescence, I lived beside the rich murky waters of the Cheaspeake Bay, and Hampton Roads, deep slate gray and blue in the winter months….smelling strongly of crab and other fishy things in the summer.

Singing Bridge, Frankfort KY
The Singing Bridge, Frankfort, KY

In my early adulthood, it was the vastly beautiful Carribean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean… a deep cobalt blue on the horizon, and warm turquoise shallows and pools….and that barely describable shade of the deep waters turning in the midst of a rollicking hurricane.

I have had a recent run of living in towns that grew up on rivers. Frankfort, Kentucky and the deep green waters of the Kentucky river, the crystal clear streams and rocky streambeds… the bridge I would cross every day after picking up my daughter from Kindergarten, and we would toss a few twigs off the side and watch them slowly drift along on the smooth verdant water.

old man river coulees
Old Man River, Lethbridge, Alberta

Lethbridge, Alberta sits upon the Oldman River, framed by soft river stones, and partially frozen for most of the winter months (which is long and unpredictable, except that it will certainly be cold). The shores of the ancient river are lined with beautiful rounded stones of all colors and textures…and surrounding them are the coulees, which are the corrugated earth shapes that trace the eons-old journey of the Old Man River as it winds its way through Alberta. If you are familiar with photos of my jewelry, you’ve seen a few of those treasured river stones.

Spring Lake, San Marcos, TX
Aquarena Springs, San Marcos, TX

Now, I live at the mouth of the pristine San Marcos River. Aquarena Springs, where the water bubbles up from hundreds of yards below the surface, holds pools of crystal clear turquoise waters rich in calcium and teeming with history. It is fed by the Edwards Aquifer and is incredibly clean, and sanctified by many Native American tribes. In fact, this specific spring has provided artifacts that suggest this site has been consistently inhabited for over 12,000 years. TWELVE. THOUSAND. YEARS. Whoa…..

rainbow moonstone rapids
Silver Rainbow Moonstone Rapids Pendant

And here I rest, at the beginning of another investigation in metal and stone. I get into this river archetype and explore its realms. My aim is to begin think like a river, like THIS river. I have long revered the waters of this planet as the very blood of the organism which supports my life. I adore the shapes, moods, and colors on rivers, on water. Water feeds a need in me to associate with the changing tides, with the ever shifting sand of the very grounds of our lives.

sea grasses, san marcos river
San Marcos River, San Marcos, TX

Water cools, calms, purifies. Water also has great powers of destruction…it can rage, submerge, erode. And it nourishes, it feeds and protects. It has all the best features of any great Goddess in any culture. It is the source of so much muchness. I can only trace a few of her contours, and I can only capture a shadowy glimpse of her true nature…but this is the way I float now, imagining I am clothing myself in her waters, offering the prasad of my heart and hands. Down the lazy river, to inspiration….

Stay tuned to see how she unfurls herself to me now…..she will surface soon.  www.etsy.com/anitashultz

Aquamarine Whirlpool Earrings

River Goddess Hoop Earrings