For the summer solstice I began a course with a very talented Spirit Doll creator. Actually my journey into Spirit Dolls started months ago when I signed up for this course. Right after signing up I was sent a list of supplies. I decided to order my supplies right away and of course once they arrived I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on the wool and see what would take shape. I never imagined that I would be creating and selling Spirit Dolls before I even began the course, but its been a beautiful journey and one I think that will become even more amazing as I continue to learn.
Our first project was a rather simple project, at least for me, since I’ve already sculpted so much already. It was an egg, however because I knew I had the skill to create the egg, I focused more on the spiritual aspect of the meaning of the egg. In the meditation created for this first class we were taken to meet our grandmothers, its an almost guarantee that at some point in our family history that there had been doll makers and here we began the journey of asking for that guidance, asking our grandmother to hold this egg for us as we embarked on a journey of learning and creating.
The assignment was to first pick objects such as herbs, flowers, trinkets, etc that would represent what we were looking for in this journey. I started with a mixture of shamanic herbs to represent the shamanic journey I’ve been on, and will continue on during this time of learning. On top of these herbs I placed a charm with the letter H. As I deeply felt the presence of my paternal grandmother in the meditation and her maiden name begins with H. She comes from a family of artist, so it truly is perfect for her to be the one to come forward at this time. I then placed 6 camomile flowers around the charm, camomile tea was one of the stories my dad told me about her. As for the number 6, that represented me and my 5 siblings. Then there is 3 pieces of burdock, representing the spirits of this land, that also guides me in my creations and last was the sprinkle of lavender and rose petals to represent the feminine ancestors of my lineage. The 4 petals specifically representing my Grandmother, her daughter, me and my soon to be granddaughter. My goal for this course is not only to be able to create better spirit dolls, but to truly bring forth the spirit within them. To connect with my ancestors and the spirits around me so that I am able create dolls that truly captivate others and stir up feelings that bring forth joy, love and healing in all those that look upon them.
Intuitively I felt the egg needed to be the colors of a peacock, this spirit animal is very new to me. Our connection began last month and I felt it needed to be incorporated into this project, because I feel its message has been one from the ancestors, a connection deeper than I realize at this moment, but will come to the forefront in the coming months.
The last aspect of the egg is a sigil. In the meditation grandmother drew a symbol on the palm of my hand that was to go onto the Dream Egg. This is a symbol of both protection and inspiration, and a key to open new doors in this journey. As you will see on the picture the symbol is of two spirals, that form an S, with two lines drawn through the middle of it, that form an H. The spirals represent the continuation of all things, the circle of life and the seasons, because we never truly begin again exactly at the same point of the circle we started at, instead it spirals out. There are two spirals to represent both her and my own journey, yet here we are always connected. The side ways H representing Grandmothers maiden name, where our journey in this life time started and the S representing my married name, where our journey has taken us too right now.
I’m not sure what will become of this egg, it truly is beautiful, yet a part of me feels like it needs to be an offering to this land around me, that will be providing me with special elements for the spirit dolls to come. A way to connect my linage to this land. However for now it will sit on my altar, reminding me that Grandmother is holding it as I go on this special journey with her.
I’m truly excited to see what the next assignment will be.