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Dream Spirit Shield
Painting - Oil Painting
This is a dream / spirit shield that holds special personal meanings and memories for me. It is a part of my personal collection.The snake represented was our ball python (actually my son's).The snake had escaped it's cage and was missing for almost two weeks - my friend's couldn't understand how I could stay in the house! I had a dream one night that the snake had a dot of turquoise paint on it's back - I knew this symbolized that it was alive. My son had just finished doing a paper about some different mythologies of the Native Americans of the southwest - and one thing he'd found was about the importance of turquoise and how it represented the dawning of a new day.
The turkey feathers represent the Give Away. The sage is for cleansing and purification . The seashell brings in the element of water, the arrowhead comes from the Earth. The little colored bundles hanging from one of the strings are prayer ties , filled with tobacco and sometimes sage and sweetgrass, which has been smudged ( cleansed over the smoke of burning sage) while praying. The sacred smoke from the fire carries prayers to creator and represents Air. The energies and attributes of red tail hawk, dolphin,lizard, snake and lotus flower are also represented here.
(c) 2011 Ellen Lynn Levinson (Ellyn)
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March 1st, 2011
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