RENEWAL RITE is handcrafted by me, Susan Tooker, and is the first of its kind to be offered in my Spinning Castle online shop. I envisioned this altarpiece as a tribute to the mythic Ram. Inspired by ancient religons, Tibetan skulls, ossuaries, charnel houses and modern archelogical finds, my concept was to create a future artifact of Spirit and Ritual. The RENEWAL RITE Altarpiece took 7 months to complete and is indicative of the direction that some of my major pieces of artwork will take in the future.
Suitable for Witch, Druid, Wizard, Shaman or Art Collector, The RENEWAL RITE sculpture features a genuine ram skull. This particular ram died of natural causes on a ranch and the skull was nature-cleaned in a field. The skull has been crowned with a large Tibetan Quartz Crystal with rainbow inclusions. Three flashing Labradorites occupy the front of the skull, as well as a natural Smoky Quartz cluster, two Moonstones, an Agate, and a Druzy Agate cabochon. Two fossil Ammonites serve as the eyes and a warrior Smoky Quartz crystal serves as the nose. Embedded in the ornamentation on the horns are two more Moonstones, two Druzy Agates, and two Turquoise cabochons. Seven dangles hang from the horns that include Chrysocolla, Agate, Chrysoprase, African Carnelian, and Labradorite beads. The back of the skull is adorned with another large Labradorite. Generously covering the entire skull is ornate sculpting with roses, leaves, and spiral motifs. All of the adornment is enhanced with beautiful Emerald Green, Blue Opal and AB Swarovski gems. The decorated skull rests on a driftwood tree stump that has been clear coated. The Celtic spirals and leaf motifs were antiqued with a metallic turquoise, bronze, and gold paint. Three layers of clear coat was applied. Resting atop the crown chakra position is a gold-leafed crescent moon accompanied by two sculpted roses.
The RENEWAL RITE Altarpiece is one of the finest items I have created for my Spinning Castle online store thus far. I'm super happy with the result! I will be creating major Altar pieces in the near future, as well as, new wands, fans and other tools. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support! Your feedback inspires me to reach for the next artistic level. ~Susan
RENEWAL RITE measures approximately 15 inches wide x 15 inches tall.
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TIBETAN QUARTZ CRYSTAL is a powerful stone with purifying energies and the vibration of the "OM". It can be used for balancing all chakras and meridians. It can also be used for very powerful energy grids and deep spiritual meditation. Tibetan Quartz is also excellent for dissolving energy blockages and purifying energies. This makes it superb for protection of the aura or an environment and will also purify the aura or environment. Tibetan Quartz is often used in the corners of a room for purifying energies and protecting the space from negative energies. Wearing or carrying this type of quartz will cleanse the aura and protect it from negative influences, as well as helping ground the wearer.
SMOKY QUARTZ stimulates the cooperation of multiple energies toward a common goal. A wonderful stone for relationships, and for people in recovery who are part of a larger group, whether it be work, hobby, a home group, business group, or association. It is a gentle grounding stone that instills balance and harmony, and can help bring peace to you, enhancing quiet reflection during meditation without the interference of the thinking mind. Smokey Quartz helps to set aside willfulness and headstrong behavior. Smokey quartz has the ability to transform negative energy, and is particularly effective in dealing with anger and resentments. It clears up communication difficulties, and helps to dissolve mental and emotional blockages that can get in the way of perception or learning.
DRUZY CRYSTALS have many tiny crystals like a "skin" of sparkly crystals. Light and joy are brought to an environment or ritual by a Druzy Cluster. As a type of Crystal Cluster they also bring harmony to groups. They have energy that is especially helpful for Spiritual worship and Lightwork. Like other types of clusters, they can empower the energy of other crystals and stones. Placing a stone on the druzy cluster for a day or longer period enhances their energy, especially if placed in moonlight or sunlight for 24 hours.
LABRADORITE is a considered by mystics to be a stone of transformation and magic. It is said to clear, balance and protect the aura. It is purported to help provide clarity and insight into your destiny, as well as attract success. It is used in metaphysics for dream recall, and finding ways to use dreams in daily life. Mystically, energies of stress and anxiety are said to be reduced by labradorite. Labradorite is said to increase intuition, psychic development, esoteric wisdom, help with subconscious issues, and provide mental illumination.
MOONSTONE is said in crystal healing to help calm responses and avoid overreaction; enhances feminine energies, sensitivity, intuition, and psychic abilities. It is also said to bring strong energies of abundance to one's life. Moonstone is a stone of protection, especially during childbirth, pregnancy, and travel at sea. It is a stone of calm and relief from emotional stress. It is also associated with love of all kinds. Moonstone is associated with the crown and third eye chakras, and sometimes with the heart chakra.
CHRYSOCOLLA is a stone of harmony, both on a universal level and a very specific level. It can be used to purify a place or remove negativity from a person. It is a very gentle stone and its energy works in a gentle, harmonious way. It can help ease fear, anxiety, and guilt. It is also used to communicate with the spiritual forces of the Earth. Chrysocolla is primarily related to the throat chakra, although it can be used on the heart and solar plexus chakras.
CHRYSOPRASE is powerful stone. It is said to bring good fortune and prosperity, as well as business success. It facilitates self-expression and courage and the ability to use them wisely. It can bring happiness, which is partly because it helps its wearer get rid of negative thoughts and irritability. It also enhances and strengthens friendships. Chrysoprase is a stone of balance that equalize yin/yang energies and allows deep meditation. It can mend broken hearts and remove inferiority or superiority complexes. Chrysoprase is related primarily to the heart chakra, which it activates, opens and energizes. It also aligns all the chakras.
RAM TOTEM Sacrifice, Breakthrough, Achievement
"The ram brings the ability to achieve a breakthrough. Particularly attached to the place of its birth, the ram represents connection, rootedness, stability, and yet it also represents the power to penetrate, overcome and achieve. Working with the ram as your ally will help you to find the inner strength you need to succeed. At the same time you need not fear 'losing your head' on the dizzy heights of success, because the ram will help to keep you grounded, and will remind you of the practical necessities of life. By persevering, by being patient and attending to the needs of your daily life as well as your future goals, you will find the day comes when you achieve a breakthrough--accomplishing what you have set out to achieve and discovering that you have also 'come home.'
Contrary, ram suggests that although a part of you may enjoy competition--locking horns with a friend or enemy--you may be called on to make a sacrifice. Sometimes letting go, however painful, can open the door to a new life that you never thought you could achieve. Rather than banging your head against a brick wall, see if it is possible for you to walk around it! Alternatively, it could be that you should be moving in a different direction, and the brick wall is there for a reason even if you cannot figure out why just yet. Ask yourself the question "Where do I feel really at home?" Follow your instincts and your practical nature to create a home around you that is truly comfortable and truly yours."
~ Quoted from The Druid animal Oracle by Phillip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm
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