By Kristy McCaffrey
Welcome to a new year!! I hope you all had a lovely holiday full of good food and festive times with friends and family.
I've been thinking a lot lately about my propensity to purchase trinkets whenever I travel or want to commemorate a significant event. Are you like this? When on vacation, do you always purchase a souvenir? Or maybe several?
The need to remember a journey, to somehow capture the essence of it—the essence of the place—is a deeply-rooted impulse. Souvenirs can serve as talismans, which to some are nothing more than lucky charms, but to others carry strong energetic undercurrents.
The making of fetishes and talismans is an ancient practice that speaks to the inner life of humans—a way to tap into and feed the soul. In Women Who Run With The Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés states, “Art is important for it commemorates the seasons of the soul, or a special or tragic event in the soul’s journey. Art is not just for oneself, not just a marker of one’s own understanding. It is also a map for those who follow after us.”
There is evidence that ancient man wore shells, and animal bones and teeth, as long ago as 40,000 years. Today, jewelry is worn not just for beauty, but also to capture the beliefs of the wearer, a cross being one of the most powerful talismans in use today.
Items such as diamond rings—used today as symbol of love and commitment—were originally used as a protective talisman because of its value as the hardest of all stones. Knights and warriors would place diamonds on sword hilts and shields.
|A ghost shirt.|
What talismans do you have in your life?
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