RIVER OF LIFE is handcrafted, one-of-a-kind and the third Altar Box offered in my Spinning Castle shop! RIVER OF LIFE was created with a genuine River Otter skull. The skull features crimson crystal "eyes" and an Agate "nose." The skull is decorated with a leaf motif, sculpted spirals, and is adorned with Swarovski gems. It also features a Carnelian cabochon and a silver-leafed crescent moon, plus a Yellow Tigers Eye cabochon fittingly placed on RIVER OF LIFE'S "third eye." Hand painted with metallic paint by me, the skull and box has also been sealed with a clear coating. The altar box itself is adorned with Swarovski crystals, four Carnelian cabochons, four Agate cabochons, seven Yellow Tiger Eye cabochons, and two Peach Aventurine cabochons in the front. The sculpting includes leaf and spiral motifs. This keepsake box is covered in gemstones. RIVER OF LIFE is part altar shrine, part totem protector and all mystery. This is not your everyday box and would look fabulous on a special altar honoring a River Otter familiar or totem!
CARNELIAN is an agate class of chalcedony that is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. Like all agates, it has protection energies. It can aid memory, including recall of past lives. It can assist one in finding the right mate. It is also a stone of protection in general and from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one's desires, and brings good luck. Carnelian can help ease or remove sorrows. It also helps stabilize energies in the home. It is sometimes called the "actor's stone". Carnelian is associated with the root and sacral chakras.
YELLOW TIGER'S EYE is a stone of protection that is also very grounding. It enhances integrity, willpower, practicality and correct use of power. It is a stone that enhances good luck, and brings prosperity, often in the form of money. Tiger's eye is also a very protective stone which is especially protective during travel. It can also help one see clearly without illusion. Tiger's eye brings a special boost to the solar plexus chakra and to one's personal power.
PEACH AVENTURINE is said to benefit one in all areas of creativity, and imagination, as well as intellect and mental clarity. Lore says that it enhances prosperity and brings career success. It is a gentle stone energetically that gives a sense of calm and balance and enhances happiness. It also helps one to see alternatives and potentials in all situations, giving a positive outlook, courage and inner strength. It is also said to bring luck, especially in games of chance. Peach aventurine gently increases the energy of the sacral chakra. It helps with decision making and can boost creativity.
AGATE is noted in the metaphysical world to be a good protective energy stone, especially for children, and very calming and soothing. It is also said to help strengthen the body's connection to the earth. It is reported to mystically give courage, energy, strength, and dispels fears, all of which increase self-confidence. It is said to lessen feelings of envy by grounding the emotions. Agate is also used in crystal emotional healing for resolving bitterness and resentments. It is also called and believed to be a stone of harmony. These two factors makes it a stone that's said to help improve and harmonize relationships. Also, by bringing the elements of one's being into harmony it greatly enhances healing. Agate also enhances creativity and stimulates the intellect. Agate is considered a stone that brings good luck.
OTTER TOTEM symbolizes strong family bonds, adaptability, maternal instincts, playfulness, and being good natured. Otters are monogamous creatures who mate for life. Although it is the female who raises the offspring almost completely alone. Otters frolic in the water and play, but they are also skillful hunters and require a great deal of food to survive. They represent family bonds, the ability to both work hard and play hard and appreciation for one's home and surroundings.Mother otters are often seen playing with their children which also teaches their young much needed survival skills. Otters are equally comfortable and agile in the water and on land, symbolizing adaptability.
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All Good Wishes,
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Spinning Castle Studios, 2013.
Photographs by Susan Tooker
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