Women, She-Bears, Bees and my Ancestors….

by Nikiah Seeds



Bear talisman found in Finland estimated to be from 5100 bc

Many years ago, when Blogging was a “thing” I wrote almost daily and weekly blog posts about my life, and the unfolding of myself as priestess, mother, spirit worker and so on, mostly it was about our seasonal altars and my practise, as my children grew up, but slowly over time, they became teenagers and my work got busier and things shifted in the world of social media until the blog almost became obsolete.
I have, however missed writing, and sharing longer posts, outside of the small number of characters that instagram offers us and so I have decided to pick up where I left off here.

It is, also with some sadness that looking back now, I let go of so many wonderful posts I wrote all those years ago, as had wanted to refer to a two part one here that I wrote almost a decade ago about my unfolding work with bears and bees, however I shall just have to wrote about those posts here and recount what I can from my memory.
​She-Bears and the Feminine mythology:

There are many ancient stories and myths surrounding the lore of women and bears, one of the most famous story being of the woman who married a bear which is an ancient Tlingit story that tells of a woman who falls in love with a bear in human form and marries him, but sadly the story does not end well.

In ancient Finland the bear was deeply respected and worshiped, and there are many archeological finds that we now know of that prove the existence of the ancient bear cult. 
In fact there are many peoples the world over for whom the bear carries a deep connection and often the bear was linked to women in the stories, mythology, statues and talismans.

In northern Eurasia among several different clans there was belief that people were descendants from an union between a human goddess and the cosmic bear god, and in the earliest layer of Saami mythology moon goddess Háhtežan was married to the cosmic bear which I will speak of in a little bit..


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Images of clay pieces made by Rosie Rees, along with cave bear painting and ancient statue.

My own journey with the bear spans about a decade now and it has been a wonderful and ongoing relationship that has expanded my own understanding of my ancestors and myself as I have deepened both my spirit work and personal connection to the bear, most especially within my ancestral Romanian ties.
As mentioned above, I wanted to share some of the content of those now gone blog posts about the bees and Bears as they first came to me, for it was really was through my relationship to the bees as a sacred beekeeper that brought me to the bear.
During this time I kept seeing representations of the bear as half woman with breasts and a pregnant body, which intrigued me as a priestess and so I decided to dive in and see what I could discover there.

It was during this time of research that led me to t
he Vinča culture that existed within Europe about 7,000–9,000 years ago that made what appears to be deity-like sculptures depicting a pregnant she-bear that could easily pass as a version of Artio.

 Artio was a Celtic goddess associated with nature and fertility, represented as a bear or a woman in bearskin. She was worshipped at least as far back as 2,000 years ago, and it was believed she slept during the winter and reawakened as the plants and animals repopulated the land in the spring.

​Some say that Artio is related to Saint Ursula often called “little female bear”, while other scholars speculate that Saint Ursula was actually a reinterpretation of Artio, spurred by Christianity’s spread throughout Europe, but the truth is we may never know.

Swinging back to  Saami mythology, we have the goddess Áhcešeatni holds domain of winter time, and is the goddess of cold night, the shadow side of the mountains and black magic. She known as the protector of wild reindeer.

Whereas the goddess Njávešeatni is the goddess of the sun, and of birth, and she is the guardian of bees and butterflies and other polluting insects that keep the balance of life in order. She is also the protector of helping spirits and reindeer. 

According to the myth Áhcešeatni was married to the bear and was the ancestor of the bear people.  Njávešeatni was married to the reindeer. The bear and the reindeer appear in the shaman drums in a celestial hunting scene. Bear who is dressed as a hunter is chasing the reindeer who represents the sun in the Milky way. In Siberian myths reindeer carries the sun in her antlers. 
Before I move on , I will add that there are so many myths from all around the world that connect women and bears, beautiful legends from Japan and China, to Greek mythology {think Artemis} and pretty much anywhere we can find bears on this earth we have folklore linking them to women.
Our understanding of the She-bear, the primal mother who will protect her children against all odds is a powerful archetype for many women and shifts the patriarchal perspective of the unreasonable woman, to the mama bear who no one wants to mess with!
I have many wonderful books and resources that I have drawn inspiration from over the years and will leave a list at the end of this post for anyone interested in following the links as well…


Bees and Bears:

It was a delicious surprise to have one of the first things I saw upon my first visit to the Collage of the Melissae a wooden carving of a bear figure with breasts of a woman! This led to many wonderful discussions with Laura Fergusson the creatrix and director of the Collage whereby I discovered that I was not the only bee priestess having dreams and confusing revelations between the bee and the bear, and she felt that this dreaming was an ancient connection to the bee and the bear, for it is widely known that bears love to eat the honey and the sweet buttery larvae, but my confusion came from not understanding why this ancient connection when bears are known the destroy bee hives and seem to be the nemesis of the bee.
However I have since come to understand that there is an important symbiosis between the bear and the bee, mostly because the bear’s omnivorous diet is dependent on the availability of fruit trees and therefore, the fundamental role which bees play in pollination.
I also learned that both the ​Marsican brown bear and the Italian honey bee have been threatened by the alteration of ecosystems caused by  humans. If the bear is critically endangered and on the verge of  extinction then the small bees are not safe either.

If the bee disappeared off the surface of the earth then humans would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more humans.” Einstien
It is well known that bees are said to be emissaries of both birth and death and that they can transverse both realms, ushering souls both in and out, and this too has been my own experience of working with the bees over the years. So it then also makes sense that the destruction and birth of the bees and bears would carry a connection, perhaps beyond our human understanding that tends to see things in black and white–good and bad, and sit instead somewhere in the middle place of holding both within their magic…

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*This next part, for some may not be comfortable, especially if you disagree with hunting of any kind, but I can assure you, dear reader that what I am about to share is about as ethical as it gets with regards to this…. {Reader Beware-I speak of  hunting}*

​During this time, a dear friend of mine asked me if he might use my back-yard to process some deer hides from hunting and I agreed, not knowing when or if he may ever pop by. Well the day came, but not as expected, he called form the road to say that he had some bear hides that were given to him from a local First Nations man and could he use my yard to process them?
{Our Canadian Indigenous people have bear hunting rights, and hunt a small number each year for food}
I agreed and although I wrote more about this day in that blog that has since gone, I will share a little bit about it here, but not all…
I must admit that I had deeply mixed feelings about the bear hides, and my husband even more so, but as time went on, with those hides hanging under the deck of our home, I began to dream about bear and slowly to understand that bear was coming to me in a way that honestly took me by surprise…
On the third day Grant my friend had come by again to check on the hides and amongst the bees flying about in my back-yard he offered me a gift of one of the hides, a female one and as loathe as I was at first about this gift, I found that I could not say no.
I first wanted to ask this hide for permission as we had done the first day { in the original post I share that some of the hides said no and these were buried in my garden and given back to the earth} This hide not only said yes, but shared with me the story of their death and gave me specific instruction for what to do with the hide.
This hide had a hole  in it and I was shown that this is a spirit hole, and I was directed to make a drum from it for specific psychopomp work. I will also share that this was after well over a year or more of working with the process of caring for, drying and journeying with this hide as it slowly unfolded to me what I was meant to do with it.
This drum has now been with me for much of my spirit healing work and carries a spacial place of honour in my spirit room and has received many honey offerings over the years.


Bees and the Ancestors:

Several years ago now, while I was planning for an ancestral pilgrimage to Romania
{ More in a blog post which can be found here} I discovered that there is an ancient bear cave there that allows for people to be taken down and to spend time in amongst the cave and to see the cave bear bones, this captured my soul immediately and I knew we had to go there, what I did not count on was how deeply this place would capture my heart and soul and would lead me into an even deeper relationship ancestrally with both my familial ancestors, but also with understanding the deep relationship they once carried for the bear, who was also considered an ancestor.

Our trip to Romania consisted of weeks spent driving from one end to the other and across the Carpathian mountains. During our time in the mountains the bear cave was at the top of the list!

The Pestera Ursilor is located deep in the heart of the Apuseni Mountains, and hidden behind the forests making it not exactly easy to get to, but worth the extra time!
The bear cave was discovered by accident on September 17, 1975, when local miners dynamited an unassuming marble wall. Over the next five years, the cave was mapped and equipped with lighting fixtures and walkways, allowing tourists to visit it without disturbing the environment.
The total length of Bears’ Cave is 1.5 km, of which 521 meters are protected as a scientific reserve.

​I do not think I have ever in my life been as enraptured as I was while walking through the deep crevice of the cave itself, and I dragged behind everyone else as I stopped to try to take it all in, knowing that there would be no way I could truly feel the depth of the cave in a single visit. If i lived there I would probably go weekly!

What I can say is this, there is a reason why not only bears have had a deep connection for humans but caves as well, but I suppose that if a different blog for another time. it was as if I would hear the voices of my ancestors more clearly down there in the deep quiet and I stopped often, straining to hear them…
Once we were back up in the summer light, I felt like I has received a small piece of understanding back from the depths of time, one that I have never been able to put words to, but that I have held deep in my heart since.
To my delight, a year later one of the new students at the Red Moon Mystery School would be from Romania and this dear heart mailed me some water and small stones from this bear cave, as she too felt the same and understood my connection to it! These are treasured items that I carry with me tucked into my ancestral bundle!

The Romanian Bear Dances:
Although we travelled to Moldova in the summer time, it is not without regret that I have not had the chance to witness the Romanian bear dance tradition that takes place every year just after Christmas and before New year.

The Dance of the Bear symbolizes the death and rebirth of time, and this ancient ritual brings together the whole community, who gather to watch the performance.
From what I can understand the bear dance is also not without controversy, as it is said to possibly have originated with the Roman people of Romania and live bears, and that over time it transitioned  to the wearing of bear pelts adorned with bright red pompoms said to chase away evil and bring in the new year with good cheer.

As many of you know the colour red has always had a deep amount of meaning for me both ancestrally and as a colour associated with women, birthing and so forth. So the red and the bear drew me in right away, allowing for space within my understanding to give rise for my ancestors to speak to me of it…

Picture Images taken by Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi

Weaving a Bear cloak:

And so the circle of it all continues, as I work with my ancestors to understand, heal and unfold with, I came to feel the call for a bear cloak of my own.
I was not in any way being interested in having an actual bear pelt I knew that my weaving skills would be put to the test so I sought out some warmth for the coming winter ahead…
{Blog post on my journey with Ancestral weaving Here}
I wanted the shawl to carry the feeling of a pelt, to hold me and comfort me, and guide me for both spirit work and during the winter months where hibernating like a bear is the most wonderful thing a human can do as we  nestle into the deep winter and to honour those urges to hibernate within in my dreaming time.

The bear has also long ben linked with dreaming and resting, and for many years now I have taken my que from the bear to do exactly just that in the winter time.

I wanted my pelt to be brown and soft, and shaggy, so I worked out a way to call all of those things into my weaving and slowly began to journey to my ancestors asking for guidance and inspiration on it all.
One of the things that unfolded in this all was not just the link to the colour red, but to the Amanita, which I have been working with with slowly for some time now, as handed down through this ancestral lineage, and so a nod to the amanita needed to go in..
There is always so much that goes into a personal creation, more then I will share here, but I will add some photos of my completed shawl, with red pompoms I attached as another nod to the Romanian bear dancers.
Below you can see my shawl with a few different ancestral offerings on it. In the top left you can see my ancestral altar, which I have shared in previous offerings. {see Instagram and my bio there for a link} beside that I have some of my bear bones that I use for divination and to the lower left you can see my Amanita bear drum, lastly on my shawl is a cave bear tooth gifted to me many years ago.


Resources and Sources:

 As promised here are a few books and resources for you to check out:
Books:
The secrets of the She Bear by Marie Cachet
Ice Age and the Bear Cult by Philip C. Grote
Women and Bears Culture and Gender Revisited  as edited by: Kaarina Kailo
Novels worth reading:
The Bear and the Nightingale by 
Katherine Arden
The Bear by Andrew Krivak
The Girl who Speaks Bear Sophie Anderson

Workshop:
​I took this wonderful workshop by Finnish woman Niina Niskanen called ​People of the Bear which is most informative for those who wish to geek out on all things bear and mythology!
Some of the creations seen in my posts about bears made by artists:
​Rosie McLachlan makes ancient feeling talismans and her work is stunning! You can see some of it on her instagram page Here
My dear friend Debbie from Bell Pine Art Farm makes some of the most wondrous pieces and they are super affordable which I love. over the years I have been fortunate enough to have been gifted some very powerful pieces. The wee bear and her cub in some of my instagram photos were made by her and you can find her work Here

I also shared some photos of a beautiful bear and woman bowl, it was made by a local B.C artist Debra Bernier at Shaping Spirit and you can find her work Here

Lastly if any of you reading this post have other books you would like to suggest please leave a comment as I always love discovering new things!

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IMBOLC
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has been a quiet day here today as I learn how to spin on my new country spinner for making chunky art yarns, and I am so excited to master this new form as it is my goal to weave more with my own hand spun and hand dyed yarns. (If you are a spinner and have any suggestions I am all ears!)
It arrived this week and I assembled it on Imbolc eve which somehow felt auspicious as we inch ever closer to the end of winter.
Of course today we woke to a light dusting of snow which also somehow felt fitting as the mantle of winter slowly lets go of its hold..
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Imbolc-meaning in the belly or the belly of the mother in reference to pregnant and lactating ewes this time of year in Northern Europe.
However here in the west in many places we are still very much in the grip@of winter.
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Over the years I have marked Imbolc in many different ways from a weekend of ceremony and creation to small family gstherings@and everything in between. This year is very quiet and somehow perfect for my slow returning creative fire that although at times has burned bright within me has been waning a bit as I mentioned in my previous post about how hustle culture has slowly been draining me over the years.
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Having said that I am ever so slowly and quietly re-kindling my creative fire and allowing the slow turn of the seasons to guide me as I go.
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What has your winter been like this year?
I would love to know of you have any great Imbolc traditions that you do?
I am a big fan of shortbread so there will be a nice pan of that happening shortly with offerings made to Brigid, and the beautiful spirits of the land I live on.
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Blessings of the season
Nikiah
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#imbolc #imbolcblessings #shortbread #spinning #countryspinner2

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Greetings everyone,
I have been away from this space for awhile on a bit of a social media detox as well as sitting with what was coming up for me with regards to my creative life, social media…
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I have been reflecting on my journey with being an entrepreneur, and how deeply embedded my creative life has been within it, however as I began to look deeper and deeper at what was happening within my creative world, or rather, what was not happening, I began to see how my use of social media was tied to it, and how the hustle culture of posting constantly in order to gain exposure was killing my creative voice.
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Its a complex mix of being both a spiritual person, a creative and a business woman, which is a strange mix if you think about it!
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As I sat with what was coming forward I realized that writing might be helpful as I processed what was coming up and so I decided to write a blog post, which ended up requiring two parts to fully track it all.{Link in Bio}
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Anyways if you are interested in some of these musings pop over to my blog as I will be writing more over there in the coming months as I give myself more distance from social media and allow my creative voice more room to play and flow…

I will also be sharing these posts with folks who subscribe to my newsletter
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#hustleculture #hustlecultureistoxic #creativity #spirituality
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Softness, Slowness, Stillness,
I am beginning 2023 on this note, and I am also...
Ditching the Gregorian calendar for the lunar one and easing into what 2023 will bring me..
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In part this means that I am taking it slow, sleeping and swimming and continuing to spend some time away from social media, for another week at least. I am also wanting to start this year out slowly because I am amping up for some big changes in 2023 which will take a lot of work and movement, as well as some exciting travel and other plans that are filling up the year fast!
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One of my favourite things to do each year has been to work with a word. Last year my word was mastery, which I believe was also my word for the year before, and which will probably be with me my whole life.
However this year there is no burning sense of a word that is pushing through like in past years, and I am guessing that is because I am still in transition in many ways.
Perhaps transition is my word!
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2023 will bring some big exciting moves, such as selling our home in Vancouver and some other exciting big things that I will share as they come into form.
Knowing this now though has me feeling a mix of excitement and also a bit of unsteadiness as I go into a new year knowing now that more change is coming, even if it is good, exciting stuff!
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Do you choose a word for your year? If not, is there something that you like to do that supports your soul as you move into another calendar year going forward?
I would love to hear.
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Today I am dreaming up a new line of weaving work that I am excited to begin and taking it slow...
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Blessings for 2023 everyone!
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Image taken by @_infinitebody_
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#newyear #wordoftheyear #stillness #quiet #transition
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Today I make offerings to my ancestors thanking them for this life I have.
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I recently found out on the cusp of my trip to Ireland that my great grandmother was originally booked on the Titanic!
Sadly/happily her mom got really sick and she missed her boat, deciding to take the next one instead in order to be at her moms side.
It was because of this that I am here, and because of this she came to Canada.
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It is for this reason and a million other things that went into my existence, that I am so grateful for all of my ancestors for.
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I am also thankful today because both of our kids are officially here, making it in time between the winter storms taking over Vancouver and Toronto!
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Yuletide blessings
Nikiah
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I have been in love with this beautiful book by my friend @carmenspagnola.
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It’s been wonderful to use it for inspiration and recipes during this Yuletide time.
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Today I am planning to make some cookies to share with my ancestors and family as we slide into this beautiful liminal space.
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What you you all doing? Send me some inspiration! 🌀
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Lots of love
Nikiah
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The longest night of the year, brings the return of the sun, also marking the beginning of the tile referred to as Yule.
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From Dec21st -Jan1st we mark the 12 days of yuletide which I love.
For me it’s all about setting intentions, making offerings and visioning for the year ahead.
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Each day for 12 days I might do any one of those things, as I like to keep things simple and in the realm of practical magic.
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Today, the winter solstice I begin with intention setting and spending time with family as is the tradition in our bodies.
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We share a big meal together, then light a fire and write either an intention for the year ahead or something we are ready to let go of and give it to the fire along with offerings and a lovely Yule log.
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Lastly we exchange small handmade gifts and I always get everyone a new set of comfy pj’s ❄️
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Over the years as our kids have grown I to adults they too have taken over the tradition and made it their own, so while our daughter is not here this year as she is knee deep in exams I know she and her roomies will mark the day in their own way.
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I would love to know what some of your traditions are or perhaps if you are new to creating your own tradition here what are your plans?
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#yuletide #wintersolstice #traditions #ritual #babayaga #winter
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Winter Solstice shawl.
This is my last shawl of 2022 and I am thrilled with how it came out, so much so I have been deeply tempted to keep it!
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This one invokes images of quiet snowfall, winter nights cozied in and the softness that snow can bring to the landscape.
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I was also inspired by winter foxes that change their colour for winter, and snowy owls in quiet flight over the landscape...
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This piece is now listed and available in my online store--link in my bip if you are interested.
Much love
Nikiah
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#solstice #wintersolstice #sacredshawl #weaving #snowyowl #foxmedicine
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Loom as altar.
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Since the fall I have been going daily to my loom as a form of spiritual practise.
However it was not until recently that I have been able to find the words for it.
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In many ways weaving has become a form of spiritual practise for me, and although I am still deepening into my own understanding of what it is to me, for now, this is what it has become in it purest most simple form.
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Today a new storytellers shawl came off the loom and with another already in my mind to start taking form..
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This piece holds a similar energy to one I made a few months ago, holding the essence of dragonflies and hummingbirds…
But mostly it was made for the king winter months as we cozy up by fires and in warm homes and read books or if we are lucky we tell or listen to great stories!
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I will list this piece in my online store sometime tomorrrow..
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In the meantime a new one shall take its place in full winter whites..
I am feeling the call of the white fox, and the white winter owl..
These two hold a kind of magic as they shape-shift from one colour into winter white so they are camouflaged against the snow…
More on that to come as the piece takes form.
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Also I would love@to know-do you have a hobby or creative outlet that borders on spiritual?
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Lots of love
Nikiah
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#storytellers #hummingbirdmagic #dragonfly #sacredshawl #weaving
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GIVEAWAY EXTENDED TILL MONDAY!
WINNER IS @copperwildpottery
This is just a little reminder of our awesome giveaway that is happening right now and ends on Monday Dec 12th!
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@carmenspagnola and I have paired up to give away a copy of her fabulous new book @thespiritedkitchen and I am giving away another of my 10” Red Drums.
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Here is how you enter:

1. LIKE this post and leave a comment tagging a friend-or two for extra entries!
2. FOLLOW @redmoonmysteryschool + @carmenspagnola
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And for even more entries:
SHARE the Podcast episode 'Embracing Sovereignty at Midlife with Carmen Spagnola and I /Nikiah that was released on June 10th 2022. {Link in bio}
Be sure to tag us so we can see! (You can do this by taking a screenshot of the episode in your podcast player or sharing directly from Spotify to your stories)

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
- Only one winner will be selected
- Giveaway will run until 11:59 EST December 12th 2022
- Winner will be randomly selected and announced on our stories by Dec 12th 2022
- Giveaway limited to US and Canada
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#giveaway #ancedtralhealing #kitchenwitchery #reddrum
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I had a little “reel” fun with this one, especially using this song :]
Anyways this is a little update on my Earth Ochre shoulder stole/Altar cloths as I have made two more which are now listed on my site.
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These pieces are inspired by my time in Ireland and the stunning red ochre I saw there while on the coast of Northern Ireland in an area called the Giants Causeway.
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These two pieces were created to be worn either as a shoulder stole for ceremony or beauty, you get to decide, and are easily transferable to your altar, for ceremony or beauty-haha you decide!
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Each comes with a small vial of hand ground red earth ochre in a vial, which can be used for making paint, or using in ceremony. Your package will come with a recipe for making earth ochre paint.
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Hope you love these pieces as much as I do!
Nikiah
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#ochre #redearth #ceremony #altar #priestesspath #weaving #ancestors
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Weaving another red ochre earth alter cloth/shoulder stole on my Saori loom.
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These looms are from Japan and their name Saori, in Zen means beautiful imperfection. “Sai” means everything has its own unique dignity and “ori” means weaving.
These looms were designed to support more humans weaving in a counter to all of the machine made cloth. They were designed so that they were accessible to every body, meaning that folks with disabilities can use them with as much success as able bodied folks which I love.
The whole point is Saori weaving is to be the antithesis of machine made cloth, and to embrace the perfect imperfection of human made beauty.
This to me is my kind of loom, and philosophy.
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My teacher Yukako has been slowly teaching me the ways of this loom for the past couple of years and I am loving how different it is from my rigid heddle loom.
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SAORI's 4 Principles

1. Consider the differences between people and machines.

2. Be bold and adventurous

3. Look out through eyes that shine

4. Inspire one another, and everyone in the group
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I have a few beautiful wall hangings listed in my online store in celebration of earth ochres if you fancy a peek and this one will be listed next week at some point as well.
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Have a beautiful weeekend everyone!
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Nikiah
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#redochre #earthochre #saori #weaving #ancestralwisdom
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Ochre has fascinated me for years now, from the vast amount of colours and shades that occur naturally depending on the mineral make up of the soil to how we as humans have used it over the centuries, from body point, to fine art, from sunblock for the skin, to cave wall paintings...
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However it was not until I travelled to Africa and saw the deep red earth there that I actually understood and began using it in its many applications.
It was from that trip where while staying with family I scooped up a large handful of red soil from outside my cousin-in-loves house that had been exposed due to construction and really had a deep look at it, and in turn she helped me to make offerings and then pack it away in a small zip lock bag so I could bring some small piece of this sacred earth home.
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From that soil there were many ceremonies and of course paint was made and used in turn was given away to my students as we worked through a year of ancestral healing for which red ochre was used in a powerful ceremony of forgiveness...
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So you can imagine my delight when I was recently away in Ireland on an ancestral journey when I came across the stunning swath of open red and black earth along the coast of Northern Ireland in an area called the Giants Causeway.
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Once back home I found myself in a liminal time of flow and creativity in particular with my weavings...
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Interestingly enough I had already started a weaving before I left using black and red yarns that reminded me of earth ochre, so upon returning home this piece {which is now listed as an altar cloth in my online store} was what started it all...
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For this piece though, I wanted to weave layers that represented the layers of earth, and how when the earth opens up we are able to see all of the many things that go into making soil such as plants, insects, sea creatures, mammals, and abiotic materials factors, like minerals, water, and air and how each one will create a different colour of soil.
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I now have a small and growing number of altar cloths, and wall hangings available in my store all affordably priced so folks can enjoy them, or perhaps gift them as we slowly make our way into the giving season.
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We are home again from our epic time away in Ireland and in all my years of travel I have never once been sad to come home until now!
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Ireland, the home of my ancestors has completely captured my heart and I felt at home the moment I arrived.
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Now that I am back and integrating all that happened while I was away I am feeling a little blue, it was healing to sit with some of the images from our time and put together a little reel.
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Some of the places you will see here {In order} are:
Sliabh na Caillighe otherwise known as the Hill of the Witch or Loughcrew cairns, where we were totally alone and able to connect in a way that would have otherwise been impossible.
Bru na Boinne/ Newgrange which even at this time of year had tons of people visiting the site and again we found ourselves with a smaller group which was wonderful. The Hill of Tara which in one of the photos has the stone of Destiny in, and Uisneach, otherwise known as the centre of ireland.
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We then went up to Northern Ireland to the Giant’s causeway on the wild coastal shores and the Dark Hedges which are amazing shots of the trees.
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Northern Ireland is where some of my more recent ancestors are from and it’s been powerful to spend time here on the land and to take it all in.
The ruins are from an old Castle called Dunluce.
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It was a joy to plan this trip, rent a car and then drive from Dublin to Northern Ireland stopping along the way to see things as we were called, I am blessed to have been able to do that.
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I was able to lay offerings for my ancestors and in a small way come back home to where some of them are from. I also learned a lot about my family, such as learning that my great grandmother had a 3rd class ticket for the Titanic leaving from Belfast, but because her mother fell ill she stayed close to home and as a result, I am here today and she came to Canada!
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My heart is now a little bit here and a little bit in Ireland and I am already planning my next trip back!
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Have you ever been altered by a place you travelled to?
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#ireland #travel #sacredsites #ancestors #ancestralhealing
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The Willow Tree (Salix) is one of the sacred trees in The. Magic and Folklore of Trees course and yesterday I found this ancient willow tree on the land we are staying on here in Ireland, which I just had to share!
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Willow trees are associated with water and emotion, the moon and inspiration, which I must say seeing and being near this ancient Willow was beyond inspiring for me.
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In the course I share some of the folklore of this magic tree, as well as practical applications such as did you know that Willow bark has been used for millennia for fevers, inflammation and pain? Chewing the bark of the white Willow tree which contains Salicin which is a chemical similar to aspirin and in the 1800’s the bark of the Willow tree was used by scientists to help them develop aspirin.
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Willow is also associated with dreaming and it is said that if you have lost touch with your dreams making a small Willow wand and placing it under your pillow will help, or you can make a dream pillow with things like Mullen and small pieces of Willow bark to use.
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While I have been away here in Ireland the trees have captured my heart and soul especially the willow, and hawthorn which are planted as hedges here and as such are everywhere and full of brihh go t red berries..
I will write a post on hawthorn next though as I have so much to say about what some say is the most sacred tree in Ireland.
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If you are curious about the Magic and Folklore of trees course pop over to my site and download a free sample chapter. ♥️🌳🌲🌳
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What is your favourite tree? Mine changes but for many years now it has been the Hawthorn.
#sacredtrees #willow #folklore #witches #ogham
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