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Blood Milk Jewels

Lethe. Onyx Mourning Bead Strand.

$200.00

Blood Milk Jewels

Lethe. Onyx Mourning Bead Strand.

$200.00

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This long mourning strand is composed entirely of Onyx beads and is named after the river Lethe, which is one of five rivers that moved through the Underworld. In myth, to drink from the River Lethe meant you would experience forgetfulness of your previous life, often preparing your soul for reincarnation. Lethe is also the Goddess of oblivion, for whom the river is named. 

Sometimes at night when I'm trying to settle my thoughts and fall asleep, all of my worst memories surface, and I'm haunted by all my past mistakes. I often wish there was a way to erase these memories, that seem to transform and intensify any time they materialize. This is a talisman for this strange kind of time travel, and a wish for making peace with those moments in our past lives we wish to be free from and healed.

The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol, found on old coins, painted on the walls of subterranean caves, and as physical walking paths set into the floor of churches and historic sites in Europe. There are two types: Unicursal and Multicursal: the first, akin to the Chartres Labyrinth, with a single, spiral-like path in and out, while the latter, such as the Cretan Labyrinth that housed the Minotaur, are filled with different paths, dead ends, and are difficult, if not impossible to navigate. 

Our Labyrinth coins feature a Unicursal path, a nod to the idea of healing/grief/the processing of trauma or personal inner growth being a spiral, a nonlinear process. This form of Labyrinth has been used for walking meditation, with the idea of the center, or ‘centre’ being where one returns to their hidden self (unconscious), or in some views, the Shadow self, the Minotaur. You will not be the same person walking out as walking in, the trials, challenges and experiences along the path will transform you.

The unconscious is a rich place, present within each of us, that is often inaccessible to us. Our unconscious can present itself as our Shadow – aspects of ourselves that we have tried to suppress, often since childhood, due to societal norms. We acclimate to the pressures of the world around us and push down these inky parts of ourselves –often hiding them from our conscious selves – making the Shadow feel akin to an Underworld that we travel to in dreams or in traumatic moments, often surprising ourselves. As taught in Jungian theory, if we are able to meet our Shadow, to be more aware of it, we have reached another step on the path towards being whole, to a rich expansion of ourselves. 

Since my own tangles with grief started, I feel I’ve been walking this serpentine path, drawing closer to deeper understanding and acceptance of all my murky, embarrassing and terrible bits, while at other times seeming to travel further away, lost at sea. If this feels akin to a journey you are on, I hope this Labyrinth talisman brings you comfort and strength. 

This strand measures 40 inches long from end to end, making it one of the longer strands of this collection. at its closure, our smallest double sided Labyrinth talisman, cast in sterling silver, adds an additional layer of psychic protection that can be worn at the back of the neck or against the front of the body.  

This 'Opera Length' makes it perfect for wearing doubled up as well as at its full length. Designed to compliment other jewels in the Mourning/Ritual bead line it also layers beautifully with other BloodMilk necklaces. Its length and varying bead sizes make it perfect to use for meditation or ritual practices. 

  ***IMPORTANT***:

We do not anticipate this particular style being available again after this release. 

This strand is handmade to order, just for you, with care and focus. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for its creation before shipping.

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