The Fall Equinox is almost upon us and tomorrow will also the biggest day of my public Priestessing schedule in the year, as the Chicago Fellowship of Isis community presents its 25th Anniversary Goddess Convention. The day-long event, featuring a Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Healing Concert and workshops on every subject from Contemporary Western Tantra to accessing the Akashic Records to the Astrology of Fixed Stars and my own presentation on the ancient Egyptian Goddess Selqet, will culminate in the late Lady Olivia Robertson’s gorgeously composed Divine Liturgy of “The Mystical Awakening of Scorpio and Kundalini.” As a devotee of the Goddess Selqet, it thrills me to no end to have the honor of my ecclesiastical role in the Liturgy be that of Her Priestess. When I recite the invocation, I get goose bumps every time. That’s the sign of heka at work, friends! And yes, I’m going to bring with me from my home temple space my giant, four-foot-tall replica statue of the Goddess.
I’m not just going to be a workshop presenter during the day and one of the officiating clergy for the Divine Liturgy in the evening; I’m also going to be a vendor, selling my Polytheist devotional jewelry pieces from my business, Jackal Moon Designs. I’ve had a spate of creativity in the past week and have made a bunch of new pieces that I’m selling online. Some of them have Eastern religious motifs of ties to Hinduism and Buddhism; others are Kemetic. Our Divine Liturgy this year honors Deities from India and Egypt.
Pieces Honoring the Holy Powers of the Two Lands (Kemet)
My two sterling-silver and high-grade gemstone show-stoppers here are Anubis and Bast. Anubis features black onyx, obsidian, lapis lazuli, and sterling silver beads. Bast is framed with faceted labradorite, larimar, sterling silver, and malachite. I’m hoping both necklaces go to buyers who are devotees of these Deities!
But lest it go unsaid, I had to make another devotional necklace to Sekhmet. This one features a striking round sterling silver pendant of the Goddess’ face in profile, swinging freely within Her uraeus cartouche. I paired Her with the solar carnelian and the terrestrial malachite, stones prized by the ancient Egyptians.
Pieces Honoring Hinduism’s Maha-Devi and Other Powers
Kali-Ma is always a delight to make devotional pieces for, and I hope this necklace goes to a good home. The pendant is Indian brass and shows Kali trampling upon the ecstatic, prostrate body of Shiva. The gemstones included here are tiger’s eye, black onyx, rainbow obsidian, and carnelian. Brass and copper spacers are included too.
Gotta Get a Garuda!
To accompany the Tibetan ritual items my fellow Clergy in the Chicago FOI community are donating for the silent auction at tomorrow’s Convention, such as phurpas of various sizes, I’ve made a wonderful Garuda devotional beaded necklace with carved Indian soapstone beads. The pendant is the heaviest of the bunch and is a good 3 inches long by 2 inches wide, but it features a Sanskrit prayer on the reverse, evoking Garuda’s perpetual Protection.
It drapes nicely across one’s heart chakra, and Garuda’s wings seem to aid in expanding one’s heart. Awwww!
The Matronae: Goddess of Plenty and the Lady of the Beasts
Earlier this summer I came across a most unusual, highly detailed sterling-silver pendant depicting the Matronae, the Triplicity of Mothers hailed in Roman-occupied Gaul and the Teutonic lands. I felt inspired to create a devotional necklace of blood-red garnet, honoring the Mothers’ fertility blessings, and unakite for material prosperity. It’s a nice piece.
And at a gem and mineral show I attend at least twice a year to source my beading materials, I found this exquisite Tibetan silver and hand-carved yak bone pendant depicting a Goddess of some sort flanked by a ram and an owl. I immediately thought of Buffie Johnson’s excellently researched book, The Lady of the Beasts.
The pendant is massive and I paired the Goddess’s chthonic and celestial energies with Canadian hypersthene ovals and organic larimar nuggets from the Dominican Republic. Are you bold enough to wear this one?
The reverse of the pendant also features an elephant in the silver:
I’m really pleased with how this piece turned out. It feels like it should go to a shamanic practitioner, someone who can work with this primal Shakti and animal energy.
Thanks for looking at my wares! You can find more details for each listing as well as pricing information on my Etsy site, JackalMoonDesigns. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, I hope to see you in Skokie at the Holiday Inn-North Shore for our 25th Fellowship of Isis Chicago Goddess Convention! Blessings bright and a Happy Autumn Equinox to my Northern Hemisphere readers and a blessed Spring Equinox to my friends Down Under!
P.S. Update on My Dad
I want to thank everyone for their prayers, sendings of good energy, and healing intentions for my Dad, my mother, and me. My birthday was on the 8th and my folks also commemorated their 51st wedding anniversary on that day.
Dad was discharged from the hospital on the 21st of August and was given a week to rest and partially begin eating solid foods (he’s on what’s called a “low residue” diet, which means zero fiber, nothing crunchy…so no vegetables or fruits, no skins, nothing that really needs chewing, just creamy soups and pasta and white enriched flour products like cheap white sliced bread) before commencing the proper chemotherapy regimen tailored for his non-Hodgkins lymphatic cancer. Unfortunately, after only 2 sessions, my father has decided not to continue with the chemo. His thinking has become rather paranoid (I blame the high doses of Prednisone, a steroid, that he was given for two weeks; it’s been known to cause severe aggression) and he refuses to cooperate with his healthcare provider team at present. He has regained the ability to drive his car and he routinely disappears each day for hours at a time. My mother and I, frankly, don’t know what to do. I’m getting pretty tired of his oncology team calling me and blaming me for his noncompliance, as if I had something to do with it. Actually, in my years of pharmaceutical marketing, I became quite familiar with the two chief drugs involved in what would become my Dad’s recommended treatment regimen: they have been clinically proven to not suppress the cancerous cells, but completely kill them with a 100 percent success rate. Initially, Dad was on board with hearing about my perspectives and he agreed with his team of oncologists, hematologists, and G-I surgeons that he was fully dedicated to the recommended treatment.
But now Dad doesn’t want to do it. He’s a 78-year-old man acting like a strange child, and I’ve been put in the parent role. He yells a lot and has started shoving me and my mother when we try to have rational discussions with him. It’s gotten ugly.
It’s also physically and emotionally exhausting. So I’m glad to be able to set some healthy boundaries for myself (my therapist couldn’t agree more) and focus on things like jewelry making and my Fellowship of Isis community’s largest event of the year.
Thank you for listening.