Sunday, June 15, 2008

Power Animal Amulet

I’ve been practicing shamanic journeying and working with my power animal quite a bit more recently.

Ages ago (I’m embarassed to say just how long), my power animal told me to create an amulet for him, something to wear while I journeyed. I thought long and hard about colors and design, what I wanted to put in the amulet, etc., got some of the materials… and never made it happen because I didn’t do too much journeying after that. Now that I’m practicing again, one of the first things he told me was that I needed to complete this project as a way to strengthen the connection between us when I journeyed.

So the above is what I created. It’s crocheted with Senso size 3 cotton yarn and two types of crewelwork thread. Weird, I know, but having the right colors was important to me. I used seed stitch, which creates a houndstooth pattern when the colors of each row are alternated (although I alternated every 2 rows, don’t ask me why, it seemed right). I used a simple hdc for the neck cord. The pouch is approximately 2 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches and the neck cord is long enough that the amulet rests on my chest at heart level.

Root Chakra Affirmation Bracelet

The root chakra is associated with the color red and with stones like garnet, ruby, hematite, red jasper, bloodstone, lodestone, obsidian and smokey quartz. Garnet seems to strongly evoke the root chakra for me, so I chose garnet chips and beads along with some silver spacers for my bracelet.

I based my design very loosely on the idea of a wrist mala. The large stone is where I begin my affirmations, by chanting the OM and the seed sound for the root chakra, which is LAM. There are five (a number of protection) round garnet beads for saying affirmations, with 7 (the number of chakras) garnet chips in between each round bead. I finished my bracelet in time to let it sit under the full moon to be charged and blessed.

Some root chakra affirmations I collected to use with my bracelet:

  • I can take care of myself, no matter what circumstances I am in.
  • I am safe. I trust more; I fear less. I am centered and grounded.
  • I am a child of the universe and I am always loved and protected.
  • I connect with the earth and am nurtured by it.
  • I am a beloved child of the universe and I deserve love, peace and security.
  • The universe supports my growth and development. I am thankful for this opportunity to express myself and grow.
  • I release all negative feelings that hold me back from being happy and free.
  • I release all doubts and fears which block the way for love and abundance to come into my life.
  • I know that I am worth giving myself the things that I need.
  • I have an abundance of strength and energy.
  • I affirm that I am strong and able to handle any situation.
  • I am here and I am real.
  • I enjoy being in my body and I nourish it each day.
  • I love my body and trust its wisdom.
  • The earth supports me and meets my needs.
  • I am connected to the Earth and the safe foundation it provides for my future growth.
  • I walk with my feet firmly on the ground in trust and confidence.
  • The energy patterns of the earth flow upward through my body supporting my life’s purpose.
  • I manifest, I trust, I believe in my abundance.
  • I trust my Higher Self fulfills all my needs. My life is full of prosperity.