I call this piece “Sacred Milagro”
Milagros (also known as an ex-voto or dijes) are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United States, other areas of Latin America, and parts of the Iberian peninsula.
As part of a religious ritual or an act of devotion, milagros can be offered to a symbol of a saint as a reminder of a petitioner’s particular need, or in gratitude for a prayer answered. They are used to assist in focusing attention towards a specific ailment, based on the type of charm used.
-leg:staying grounded and aware, close to the earth, strength in the legs
-hematite chain the leg hangs from: helps to support strength, good circulation, and grounding
-head:the mind/ brain/ consciousness/ mental awareness and memory
-bead work the head hangs from: first bead above the head is a flower representing the flowering of mental awareness connected to the heart. Above the flower bead is one that looks like an eye. This is the eye of consciousness which aligns the mind with the flow of the cosmos. All the beads that follow are to help provide healthy function to the brain (memory, thoughts, feelings, etc) through staying in touch with the rest of the body and earth.
-arm/hand: source of creative activity, work, trade, intimate touch
-chain the arm hangs from: strength in creativity, good circulation, loving touch
Hematite is also a stone for the mind, so in keeping the rest of the body strong and grounded the mind will be more focused, have stronger memories, and creative thoughts.
I call this piece “Elephant Heaven”
This particular piece is named after a haven for elephants in Thailand. I watched a documentary several years ago about a woman who created a haven for elephants in the mountains of Thailand called Elephant Heaven. I never forgot about it or the struggle of this beautiful animal. This woman became care-taker to abused and traumatized elephants and created a place for them to live in peace. Her care for these animals and what they had suffered really touched me and stayed with me all these years. So, this piece is made as a tribute to her and all those beautiful creatures she is looking after.
Here’s an article I found if you would like to know more about it…
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