A Celebration of Doll Making

Breejah –  The First Doll I Ever Made

It’s been a while since this doll maker made a doll. Although I’m always thinking of creations which want to be made, to be given form. My dolls hold the wisdom and insight of folklore, of the way of the Wise Women – and extend an invitation to view the world through their eyes.

This Samhain I’ll be launching a wheel of the year course which through the cycle of the year explores each of the eight festivals in relation to the folklore of the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman). Each festival is represented by an Ancestral Mother of Scotland and a doll who represents her – there will be creative projects which stir the imagination and guided meditations to journey with the wise woman.

This post celebrates doll making and an inspiration to me to celebrate these wonderful creations!

Crow Morris

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The Old Dark One

She Who Holds the Wheel

Vasilisa and the doll her mother gave her

 

The Great Eye of the Cailleach

Mari Lwyd

She Who Runs With the Herds

The Selkie

 

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Through the Eye of the Reindeer

 

Image from the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Through The Eye of a Reindeer

What an invitation into the wild, to see the world through the eyes of a reindeer. To see through their eyes is the story about a rather special hag stone. It’s is a rather magical stone, which told me it’s intriguing tale.

Reindeer eye hag stone

The great eye of the stone was formed many thousands of years ago, yet this tale is set in its relatively recent history – a mere yesterday of 14,000 years ago.  It was worn around the neck of a wise woman. She practiced the ways of being with the reindeer. She was the one who ran with the herd and saw the luminous trails of their ancient migratory paths sparkle and shimmer in the land where there was no path to the discernible eye.

She wore this stone around her neck and when in trance, swaying to the heartbeat of the drum she would look through the stone and find the herd. Then she would shape shift, feeling her hooves touch the earth run and stretching her legs she would run, run with the herd. She would interpret their movements into answers she needed for her people. How to cure this, what plant for that, what solution to this – this is how she gained her answers. As the female reindeer led her herd this wise woman led her people.

She Who Runs With the Herds

Here lies an ancient invitation here to work with this stone and to view the world through it’s eye under a dark and a full moon – what stories and insights she might whisper…..

Celtic Soul Prayer Beads

Click on the Etsy heart below to view the stone in my shop – it forms the focal point for a set of Celtic Soul Prayer beads and you get to select the gemstones. The prayer bead set will be created in ceremony just for you.

 

 

 

Stay tuned for Scottish travel stories as next week we’re off to visit the Cairngorm reindeer herd!

 

The People Who Follow the Reindeer

I find something so soothing about moving my fingers silently around the sacred circle of prayer beads. It gives my hands something to do and makes it easier for thoughts to to simply fall like leaves rather than constantly having to engage with them. I decided to make my own prayer beads as rosary or mala beads belong to a completely different faith.

Antler Prayer Beads with rhodonite – Click image to view in the online shop

These beads speak to my linage of the people who followed the reindeer herds across the frozen tundra of mainland europe thousands of years ago. A nomadic people building seasonal shelters from mammoth bones and skins.

Antler Prayer Beads with amazonite –  Click image to view in the online shop

While we live in a far different age I have the songs and stories of those people knitted into my bones.

Antler Prayer Beads with spider jasper –  Click image to view in the online shop

Be in the draw to win a set of prayer beads by clicking above and joining our ‘Sisterhood of the Antlers Facebook group