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….

 

 

 

 

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

 

Rose Quartz Power Ring

Power Rings

Stepping into your own sense of power can involve many things…. your favorite outfit, having a good hair day, wearing your lucky socks…. we all have things that makes us feel more fully centered. For me and many folks out there, it includes a specific talisman, a Power Ring.

Aside from my wedding ring, there is a ring that I wear all the time. When I do not have it on the ring finger of my right hand, I have a sense that something is missing. It is something I have looked at for years as I use my hands and I recognize it as a part of me. You may wear something similar…mine is a Power Ring.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/272129578/simple-sterling-silver-spiral-ring
Silver Single Spiral Ring

This particular ring is a silver spiral, which reminds me that energy is always moving outward and inward at the same time. It is a symbol of my personal power of intuition. This ring is a tangible element of my intention to maintain connection to my inner voice.

Sometimes I remove it and wear another ring on my right hand. Often it is a rainbow moonstone ring that I wear on my middle finger. I like it as a special talisman for certain occasions when I want a boost to connect to my Divine Feminine energy. I don’t wear it all the time because it is large and doesn’t suit my mood as an everyday ring.

My silver spiral ring, however, does suit me….pretty much every single day. It has a home on my hand, and it fits me like it was born there. That is why I believe it is my personal Power Ring.

There are a myriad of uses for a Power Ring throughout history. Often, it is considered a type of protection… for example, against the “evil eye”, or dangers when travelling. A promise ring or wedding ring holds a special kind of power, to bond two people together (some are more powerful than others!). There are rings that signify inclusion in a special group, like members of a graduating class or religious organization. Legend holds that King Solomon’s ring had properties that made him all-knowing and gave him the ability to speak with animals. Other rings were said to confer invisibility or charisma, or sometimes even grant wishes!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/288287759/sterling-silver-stackable-ring-family
Silver Garnet Stacking Rings

A birthstone ring is an example of a Power Ring that many of us are familiar with. Originally, birthstones were assigned according to sun signs, or the signs of the Zodiac. They were believed to bring good luck to people born under these signs. If you consider the qualities commonly associated with your sign, and then discover the metaphysical properties believed to be inherent in your birthstone, you will likely find some wisdom in the assignment.

Another example of a Power Ring is a monogram/initial, signet, or ring emblazoned with a family crest. This type of ring calls forth personal power in a very specific way, attuning you to your history. It urges you to remember your roots, remember who you are, and draw upon the strength of your family.

Healing gemstones can be used as Power Rings. There are so many possibilities, I will cover just a few here…

Striking Blue Chalcedony Power Ring
Striking Blue Chalcedony Power Ring

Blue chalcedony really knows how to lighten the mood. It increases optimism, and generates feelings of generosity and goodwill. It is thought to improve the way you see yourself, and that makes it a great stone for when you have been too hard on yourself.

Often people in positions of power can be assisted by stones such as carnelian, because of the connection to the Sacral Chakra. It boosts ambition, drive and determination. It connects the wearer with their gut instincts and is a talisman for success in money-making ventures.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/294305889/green-aventurine-silver-ring-aventurine
https://www.etsy.com/listing/294305889/green-aventurine-silver-ring-aventurine

Aventurine is a wonderful stone for use in a Power Ring. It exerts a protective force for the Heart Chakra, and supports the wearer’s ability to stand in their own emotions strongly and safely. It is also known as a “growth crystal” that aids in the formation of new ventures and relationships.

The stone of Universal Love makes a fantastic choice for a Power Ring. Rose Quartz helps open the Heart Chakra and promotes love, self-love, friendship, and feelings of peace. It is a great stone for helping to deal with grief.

One of my personal favorites for women is Rainbow Moonstone, which not only aligns and attunes us to the natural rhythms and patterns of the moon, but also connects us to our own intuition and insight. Because of this, we can develop increased creativity and self-expression.

Silver Rose Quartz Power Ring
https://www.etsy.com/listing/294307929/rose-quartz-ring-hammered-silver-ring

You can discover your own Power Ring relatively easily, if you follow a few suggestions. First of all, consider whether you want a ring you can wear every single day, or for certain occasions when you need a special boost (job interviews, public speaking, difficult family situations, meditation and other sacred work). When making this decision, also consider your comfort factor. Some people like rings that stay close to the hand and are ergonomically easy to wear, others like a ring that really stands out and makes itself obvious (like a Statement Ring).

Secondly, you will want to find a design that suits your purpose. Size plays a part, as does style. A simple design that features a gemstone or a family crest has a completely different energy than one that also incorporates powerful symbols such as spirals or nature elements like leaves or waves. As a custom jewelry designer, these are some of the aspects that I take into consideration as I develop special jewelry for my clients.

Silver Labradorite Power Ring
Custom Silver Labradorite Power Ring

If you would like to use a gemstone in your Power Ring, there are many choices available. Making the right choice will involve not only the color, shape and size, but also the metaphysical properties of the stone, as well as the durability and practicality for wear as a ring. The last thing anyone wants is a Power Ring with a cracked stone! Almost any stone with a hardness (on Moh’s scale) of 6.5 and over can endure the wear and tear of daily life in a ring. If you are developing a ring to wear only on special occasions, you may choose a stone based on other criteria.

Power Rings are a wonderful addition to anyone’s jewelry wardrobe. They are an excellent gift to bestow on someone you love who is entering a new phase of life or going through a difficult period. I love my Power Rings and the way they make me feel when I wear them, and I love designing them for others.

Let me help you on your journey. I can help you define your needs or help you choose a stone that suits them. I can suggest designs that complement your lifestyle and comfort factors. Together, we can create your own personal talisman of power, your very own signature Power Ring! Email me today or contact me through a conversation on etsy. I LOVE talking about this stuff! It’s my passion!

Email me: anita@jewelweedsprouts.com

Or contact me on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/anitashultz

Or even on Facebook: Jewelweed Sprouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Rainbow Moonstone Triskele Earrings

Rainbow Moonstone Earrings, Never Leave Home Without Them

Everyday earrings, ones we wear every single day if we feel like it, those earrings that make us feel ready for whatever the day may bring….we all need a pair of ‘em. And they should have rainbow moonstones in them. Why? Because rainbow moonstone will align you with your goddess energy, that take-charge energy, the “let me kiss it and make it all better” energy, the “I HOLD A LIGHTNING BOLT IN THE SPACE BETWEEN MY EYEBROWS AND I AM NOT AFRAID TO USE IT” energy. Don’t leave home without them.

Rainbow moonstone can be identified by its characteristic adularescence, which appears as an internal source of light or sheen. The Romans admired moonstone and believed that it came from the rays of the moon made solid. Since earliest times, moonstone has been a tangible connection to the magic of the moon – an amulet of protection and a channel for intuition.

Rainbow moonstone connects us to Divine Inspiration, and channels it into our own intuition. Increase your ability to look within for answers, your ability to make quick decisions. Rainbow moonstone jewelry is useful worn within the higher chakras (for example, on the earlobes), where the vibration of these stones resonates the most powerfully.

By deepening your patience, rainbow moonstone can help you see the synchronicities in life, and opens up your channels of creativity and self-expression. The rainbow effect brings in a spectrum of light, and can help with clearing and bringing in uplifting energies.

PLUS, they match the sky! Anything you can wear that matches the sky is a WIN.

Hammered Triangle in Circle Earrings
Hammered Triangle in Circle Earrings

Rainbow Moonstone Hammered Triangle in Circle Earrings

Sterling silver circle, representing the Limitless, embraces a triangle, which is one of the most ancient symbols of feminine divinity.

Rainbow Moonstone Full Moon Earrings

Circles are a simple yet rich symbol, and have deep meaning in our histories. A circle represents inclusion, wholeness, focus, unity, perfection, womb, infinity, and completion.

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops
Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops

 

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops

These Rainbow Moonstone Silver Filigree Hoops have softly spinning spiral scrolls that embrace 6mm rainbow moonstone in a dance of space and regeneration. Spirals are a symbol of the universe in constant motion.

Rainbow Moonstone Triple Spiral Scroll Drop Earrings

Spiral triad….energy moving out in the service of change. These earrings are inspired by Celtic design, inciting a sacred sense of the power within us to make change through Inspired Action.

Rainbow Moonstone Large Silver Scroll Gypsy Hoops
Rainbow Moonstone Large Silver Scroll Gypsy Hoops

Rainbow Moonstone Large Silver Scroll Gypsy Hoops

Bring out your inner gypsy queen with unapologetic style. Bold and fanciful with handmade filigree scrollwork, these large hoops are all you need to dress up any outfit.

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Triskele Drop Earrings

Let your inner goddess shine brightly with this bold Celtic-inspired Triskele design that invokes past-present-future, creation-preservation-destruction, body-mind-spirit…..

Rainbow Moonstone Large Filigree Gypsy Hoops
Rainbow Moonstone Large Filigree Gypsy Hoops

Rainbow Moonstone Large Filigree Gypsy Hoops

In Buddhism, a square inside a circle represents the human and the Divine in relationship. Find yourself in good company, your own Inner Goddess!

Whichever pair you choose, wear them with your shoulders back, your head held high, crown chakra open and ready for everything your day will deliver to your feet…. like rose petals on the Ganges.

labradorite and rainbow moonstone

Dreaming About Gemstones

Swimming through blue shimmers in a rainbow moonstone, wading through a shallow bay charged by a sea floor of citrine, clutching a brilliant rutilated quartz…seeing gemstones in dreams is like diving straight into archetypal waters, receiveing information in the form of ancient symbols. I love waking up from dreams like this….I immediately seek out the stone and ponder its message.

We all dream…even folks who say they don’t. Heck, even cows dream. But some dreams are simply more compelling to remember…dreams that frighten us, dreams that confuse us, dreams about love, and for me, dreams that have gemstones in them.

Last night was all about rainbow moonstone…I was touching them, considering their play of color, and sometimes even experiencing them from the inside….like “What’s it like to BE a rainbow moonstone?” I woke up strongly connecting to my sense of being a woman…so much so that I needed a heating pad for my lower abdomen, if you know what I mean.

The lesson I received from this dream was to honor my Divine Feminine, to relax my more aggressive qualities of being a “Rock Star” every day, to allow for the natural ebb and flow of energy in my life. Today I chose to surrender to what IS in my life today, to feel the fatigue that sometimes graces this time of the month, and to embrace the invitation to go within and be still. Today I will receive, I will listen. I accept the healing.

Thanks, Rainbow Moonstone, for your gentle guidance.

Om Lila, colored pencil drawing by Anita Shultz, 2015
The goddess at rest, colored pencil drawing by Anita Shultz, 2015

 

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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