September 30 2018
My new necklace is so chock full of symbolism and metaphors, that I felt a blog post was necessary to really delve into its backstory. So buckle up, here we go...
During one of my metaphysical research bouts, I stumbled upon a “color wheel of life” that opened my eyes to the connectedness of time, nature, color and human instinct. The graphic displays how the entire color spectrum evolves over the course of a year, moving from the dark blues of winter to the bright greens of spring blooms, then yellows of the summer sun and reds of autumn leaves. The colors also have corresponding emotions that seem to correlate perfectly with the months they fall in.
It never really occurred to me how much of an inward season winter is, but after looking at the wheel, it makes complete sense. Traditionally, autumn was a time of reaping harvest, taking advantage of abundance to gather strength and store energy for the more scarce winter months.
Leaves fall, animals hibernate, and as nature begins to draw its energy inward, we similarly tend to descend back to our roots, reconnecting with both family and ourselves. The cold weather drives so much of our lifestyle – we want to be cozy and indoors, which naturally lends itself to family and alone time.
I found it especially interesting that on the wheel, January is the month that relates to intuition. The new year, when we’re evaluating all the things we wish we had done in the past and vow to do in the future. It’s a time when we can tend to feel like we haven’t lived up to something...perhaps a goal that’s important to us, or perhaps a standard we feel we “should” have achieved based on societal norms.
AND THAT'S WHAT TRIGGERED MY IDEA FOR A PIECE THAT REMINDS US TO ALIGN WITH THE SEASON AND GO ON AN INWARD JOURNEY. TO REACQUAINT OURSELVES WITH...OURSELVES. TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH OUR TRUE DESIRES.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty of this piece. Autumn is referenced with the perimeter stones – deep warm tones of carnelian, pink tourmaline and garnet, which draw out strength, creativity and courage. The surface of the piece swells in this abundance and then drops into a concave receptacle that mirrors the recession of winter. The center amethyst cabochon ties to the color wheel’s violet / indigo January and the crown and third eye chakras – inner wisdom and enlightenment.
Then we really get into it on the back. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path that spirals on a meandering but purposeful journey. It’s a symbol for leaving the ego and going deep into “THAT WHICH IS WITHIN”...the center of your deepest self. The piece is hollow, and the opening invites you to look into its recesses and be curious about what’s inside.
So, y’all think I’m totally woo-woo crazy now? Maybe I am. But maybe I’m finally getting to the good stuff… ;)