Merry Christmas to everyone, and especially to my friend “B”. As some of you may already have figured from my previous posts, I can connect with Spirit. I connected with my friend B’s departed husband, and together we made a smudging fan. (Her husband gave me the ideas, and I simply made it.) The fan had to have personal meaning, and in the end we (myself and the husband in spirit) decided to use five feathers – two brown goose feathers to represent B and her husband, and three light coloured feathers to represent their children. The brown leather handle symbolizes B’s Spirit Guide. The angel wing pendant and the red rose is a reminder to B of her husband’s love for her. Early this year, B told me how her husband would cut roses from their garden and get one of their children to deliver it to her.
Of course her husband wanted this all to be surprise, so I had to sneak it to her at a Christmas dinner. I even typed out a message on the computer and stuck it on the gift box so she wouldn’t recognize my handwriting!
When I started to make a smudging fan for my friend Lynda, I wanted the fan to represent her lovely Spirit Guide, Grey Wolf. I needed to find natural feathers that reflected the colours of a grey wolf also, and wasn’t sure where to look. So I silently asked for Grey Wolf’s guidance.
I was walking by a bus stop one day, and noticed on the ground dark grey and silver feathers. Perfect! I looked around and realized the area was inhabited by pigeons, which explained the wide selection of feathers.
I returned to the spot on a different day armed with a plastic bag. While I was picking up feathers and placing them in the bag, on my right side a long line-up of university students waiting for the bus looked at me with interest (or disgust…who knows…not everyone is excited about pigeon feathers as I was.) To my left was an industrial parking lot, and a man walking into his company car looked me oddly.
But in the end I got the feathers I needed, and that’s all that matters 🙂 After disinfecting the feathers, I realized I had the perfect number of them. I used drift wood found on a lakeshore for the handle, and decorated it by braiding red and brown polyester fabric around it. (Red is her favourite colour.) I avoided leather, because I know Lynda lives an animal-friendly lifestyle. Symbolically, pigeon represents spirit messenger and communication between the two worlds. Perfect feathers for Lynda, who is a gifted psychic medium.
Merry Christmas Lynda!
In my previous post, I talked about the smudge fan I made for my friend Julius. I loved the branch I used for the handle, so I decided to continue using them. In fact, I find natural branches much easier to hold. Peacock feathers to me represent the third eye, and use them often in my fans. The three below are available at Enlighten Spiritual (please note that they do not ship orders, and these smudging fans are only available for in-store purchase).
I have a lovely friend named Julius. He commissioned me to make a smudge fan. Instead of forcing myself to work on it, I simply allowed supplies to come to me. I knew what feathers to use but didn’t know how the handle of the fan would look like. I wanted the handle to look natural, and in fact, wanted the entire fan to represent his gentle and strong wisdom.
I was walking along the shores of Slocan Lake, when I came across a beautiful branch. Perfect for a handle! Upon returning to the west coast, I made the smudge fan and presented it to my friend. When I explained to him where I had found the handle, he turned to me and said, “My daughter just moved to that area!”
Ah, no wonder that branch spoke to me 🙂