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….

 

 

 

 

Silver Labradorite Power Ring

Labradorite, Light Magic Inside the Shaman’s Stone

https://www.etsy.com/listing/385548708/hammered-silver-labradorite-cuff
Close up of a labradorite cabochon in a bracelet.

Labradorite is a member of the feldspar family, along with moonstone, orthoclase, amazonite, andesine, and sunstone. It is treasured for its remarkable play of color, known as labradorescence. Specimens found in Finland are commonly called Spectrolite. Labradorite is also found in India, Madagascar, Newfoundland, and Russia.

The stone usually has a gray-green matrix, sometimes dark gray, black, or grayish white, in varying transparency. Its iridescent flashes appear in layers of peacock blue, gold, pale green, or coppery red. The predominant color is blue, varying from cobalt and purplish blue, aqua and turquoise, into shades of pale blue-green.

Inuit legends tell of an Eskimo warrior who heard the call of the Northern Lights trapped within the rocks on the coast of Labrador. He freed most of the Aurora Borealis with his spear….but many of the lights remained trapped in the stones.

Silver Labradorite Ring
Oval labradorite in silver split-shank ring.

There are other centuries-old Inuit tribe legends that reference labradorite rock. According to legend, the “Mighty Being” hit the iridescent mineral rock with his fist to initiate travel into the sky. Labradorite was called “firestone” and “fire rock” by the native people.

It was named in Labrador, Canada, by Moravian missionaries in 1770.

Energetically labradorite calms an overactive mind and energizes the imagination. It softens the negative edges of some of our darker thoughts and amplifies the energy of new ideas. It is excellent for awakening one’s own awareness of inner spirit, intuition and psychic abilities.

Oval Labradorite Drop Earrings
Oval Labradorite Drop Earrings, with a shimmery aqua sheen.

It is believed to help eliminate the emotional drain of daily routine or being weighed down by responsibility, and awakens a sense of adventure and change. As a stone of transformation, it is said to support the wearer through difficult changes.

Traditionally, labradorite is a gemstone regarded to pull good fortune. If worn as a pendant, its wearer is said to have a healthy body and a good fortune in his relationship.

Labradorite earrings improve the ability to hear messages from spirit guides.

Labradorite has been referred to as a “Shaman’s Stone”, a “Stone of Magic”. It has been valued by diviners, healers, and shamans for ages. The labradorescence represents deeper, hidden realms beyond the mundane world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Labradorite honors Arianhrod the Welsh Goddess of the Moon and Stars, whose home is the Aurora Borealis, the place where souls go when their body dies and waits to be born once again. She is also a goddess of prophecy and dream.

However you utilize your labradorite, in a piece of jewelry, as a worry stone, or as a meditative focus, honor its depths as they relate to your own brilliant layers. Allow the light within to shine through the darkness and embrace the only thing that is sure in life….change.

If you are interested in a piece of beautiful labradorite jewelry, contact me, or visit my etsy shop!

anita@jewelweedsprouts.com

https://www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz

For some inspired designs, here’s:

a truly amazing ring

a gorgeous pendant

a one of a kind statement necklace

some really distinctive earrings

 

Moonstoned – Under the Spell of Feldspar

I don’t remember exactly when I was first introduced to moonstones, but I know that once I got to know them, I loved them. Moonstones are sweet treasures, holders of light, and in some cultures are considered holy. In fact, Hindu lore holds that they are actually solidified moonbeams. I know that I have a certain reverence for them, and that they have a certain feminine power that few other gemstones possess. They way their crystalline structure holds light is called adularescence….light rays are refracted and scattered within the stone, causing them to appear to glow from within.

rainbow moonstone lucky energy earrings by anita shultz
rainbow moonstone lucky energy earrings by anita shultz http://www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz

Moonstones have a wide range of appearances…. some of the rarest specimens from Sri Lanka are nearly transparent, with a blue glow that moves around the stone as the viewer’s position changes. The color is quite elusive and seems to have a three dimensional quality inside the gem. There is also rainbow moonstone, mostly from Brazil, the US, and Australia, which is less transparent, yet still holds the playful blue flashes that tantalize the viewer with their movement.

Many of the moonstones from India range from white to gray to green to orange to brown. These are most often cut in cabochons, but sometimes they are carved with faces or into leaves. They display a play of light often referred to as chatoyancy, which is the fibrous “cat’s eye” effect often seen in tiger’s eye or some types of highly polished wood. The white moonstones are the most common of these, and they can range from very translucent to almost opaque. Some varieties also have asterism chatoyancy, also known as star moonstone. These are hard to come by, but oh, so lovely…. mesmerizing.

star moonstone by gemselect.com
star moonstone by gemselect.com

Moonstones have long been used in the creation of sacred objects, jewelry, and talismans. It is known through many cultures as a “traveller’s stone” and is believed to bring luck and protection when travelling, like on a moonlit night. Because of its connection with love and romance, in Victorian times it was often used as an engagement ring.

I especially love the connection throughout cultures of moonstones with goddess energy, especially the moon goddess. Moonstone is thought to invoke a greater sense of intuition, connection to introspection and emotional understanding…finding the light source within.

I love to use moonstones in rings… rings are for the wearer, to be admired and enjoyed every single time you look at your hands, which is really quite often. I love to use moonstones in earrings… earrings are for the people who would look upon the wearer, who would be mesmerized and tantalized by the shimmer and glow. I love to use moonstone in pendants, worn close to the heart or the throat. Pendants are a special type of jewelry that affects the wearer and the viewer equally. There is something about sensing a piece of jewelry on your skin, right at your heart chakra… knowing that it is in some way transmitting something about your energy to those that see it.

Whatever your reason for being drawn to moonstone, there is a moonstone out there just for you. Are you fascinated by rainbow moonstone? Me, too. I just love working with it…. in fact, I have a bunch of loose stones on the way to me right now. I can hardly wait to fall in love with them!

Here’s the link to the ring design in the first photo:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/293498713/silver-moonstone-ring-hammered-silver

Check out the array of moonstone earrings in my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/286898481/sterling-silver-hammered-rainbow

https://www.etsy.com/listing/280136420/rainbow-moonstone-silver-filigree-triad

https://www.etsy.com/listing/265638958/lotus-circle-earrings

https://www.etsy.com/listing/264376504/rainbow-moonstone-sterling-silver

https://www.etsy.com/listing/268202947/four-directions-scroll-dangle-earrings