Saturday, August 31, 2013

Charlotte's Web Talisman Necklace: O My Soul

And you, O my Soul, where you stand, 
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space, 
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them; 
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul. 

- Walt Whitman

Spider webs remind me that everything is connected and comes back to center, to source.  I remember quite well, reading Charlotte's Web as a little girl and crying my eyes out.  The passage I've never forgotten was this -

"When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle."

and that pretty much sums up how I feel about spider webs.  Whenever I need that connection to tiny miracles, I wear my spider web talisman.  Now I'm offering them to you.

May these beautiful gossamer threads touch your soul. Each one of a kind spider web is carefully collected and preserved in a glass locket.  The spiders that I'm co-creating with are L. Venusta. Venusta is a Latin word that means beauty or charm. The common name is Orchard Spider or sometimes called Mabel Orchard Spider.  No spiders were harmed in the making of this necklace.

"Why do you talk to the spiders?", my son asks.
"Because you may not take something without permission", I reply.

(If the spider leaves, I take the web and give thanks.  If the spider does not leave the web, I walk away and still give thanks.  Sometimes, the spider leaves as I approach as if to say, "choose me, choose me!")

When we return from our walk, I read him these words:

"Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect."  - Chief Seattle, 1854

About Spider Totems:

“Spider awakens creative sensibilities. It weaves a web of intricate and subtle fabric, as if to remind us that the past always subtly influences the present and future. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our thoughts, feelings and actions.” - Ted Andrews (from Animal Speak)

This is a seasonal item and will only be in my shop Summer thru early Autumn while I am able to find webs.

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