Wednesday, June 13, 2012
the gift of protection
our sweet friends, jackie and andy, just came back from a trip to santa fe, new mexico and brought our little baby his/her first gift. i teared up as jackie told me the story about the shop it was from and the significance of our new little bear friend.
a fetish, or animal carving, is a talisman carved from stone, shell, antler, and bone, and is believed to hold the specific qualities of the animal being carved.
a bear with a turquoise gift (this one is carved from root beer onyx and has a gift bundle of shell, coral and turquoise) is a traditional baby gift, as the bear is a wonderful mother and turquoise is sacred and protective because it comes from mother earth but has father sky's color. bear fetishes traditionally are used for healing, protection, strength, journeying, mothering, hunting and gathering. so perfect (and much needed) for this stage of in my life.
mine was carved by a member of the zuni pueblo in santa fe and is from the shop keshi. thank you so much for the thoughtful gift jackie. i hope i get to santa fe sooner than later. it's on my list of must-visits!