Monday, November 25, 2013

Mary of Avalon

In the arms of Mary
Our Lady of Avalon
mystical isle of sacred apples

In the arms of Mary, Our Lady of Avalon.  This is a small wearable shrine and altar.  A beautiful image of Mary of the Sacred Heart, set in glass, hand soldered with lead free solder that has the appearance and effect of pewter.  You can however, polish the solder with silver jewellery cleaner and make it shine like silver.  On top of the frame I soldered the arms of Mary and underneath hangs a beautiful red shine enamel apple, a chalice, a sword, a pomegranate and a beautiful icon of Mary.

The apple represents the sacred isle of Avalon and the sacred orchard of apples which still grow in the Abbey grounds in Glastonbury;  the chalice is the cup from which we drink from the sacred wells of Our Lady;  the sword can either be an athame for the altar or the sword of Archangel Michael;  the pomegranate is a symbol of the divine feminine and her ability to go deep into the underworld and to return to this world with gifts and sight;  the icon of Mary is set in resin in sterling silver.

I used many swarovski crystals in the chain, as well as handmade lampwork roses; it also consists of black onyx rosary beads, semi precious stones, coral roses, plastic roses and silver coloured roses with real turquoise pieces scattered in between.

A magnificent Ave Maria connector connects the pendant to the chain.

More pictures and information is posted on my blog

The entire necklace is 45 cm long.  

You may also like my blog on Cloister of the Heart

Monday, November 18, 2013

Mary Most Holy

Holy, holy, holy
the great Mother of God,
Mary most holy

To me, the Blessed Mother is not limited to any religion, any dogma or any culture. 
The Soul has its own religion and that is where you will find Her and Her many faces.
She is present for all 
Her Grace enfolds everyone
You only have to become aware of Her.

Wherever I travel in the world, I visit Her sacred shrines.
 I have visited Kwan Yin in Ayutthaya in Thailand;
Kali Ma in Her many temples in India;
I have attended the Navaratri and Durga Puja, the nine nights of the Goddess in Varanasi;
the holy well and holy fire of Brigit in Kildare;
the Goddess Temple in Glastonbury 

all of these have been numinous experiences
that touched me deeply

me so profoundly
Our Lady of Lourdes.

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This is my latest offering in my Etsy shop.

Mary Most Holy wearable shrine and altar.

A beautiful cathedral window arch, soldered with
lead free silver solder
with a piece of a prayer card from Lourdes
set between two pieces of glass.
On the back I added a prayer cut from a Mary prayer book

I attached the pendant to a piece of hand dyed pure silk ribbon,
ready to wear or to attach to your rosary or chain.

All my pendants are anointed with sacred oil containing
53 relics, and this one comes packed with dried rose petals
steeped in St Therese of Lisieux holy oil.