Blood Milk Jewels

The Hanged Man Part II. Hypersthene Ritual Strand.


Blood Milk Jewels

The Hanged Man Part II. Hypersthene Ritual Strand.


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IMPORTANT: This strand has been created for our Philadelphia showroom and is ready to ship to you. It will leave the studio within 5 business days of purchase. 


This updated, more delicate version of the Hanged Man ritual strand is composed of the last of our beloved ‘Velvet Labradorite’ (Hypersthene) beads alongside light catching cuts of Onyx and antique beads salvaged from a disintegrating mourning garment from the Victorian Era.

This strand was made in homage to ‘The Hanged Man’ tarot card.

If the High Priestess tarot card invites us to incubate, to draw inward, The Hanged Man is doing just that, has incubated within their cocoon and is readying themselves to emerge. Often my association with The Hanged Man has been the image of the cocoon, suggested to me by my long- time tarot reader Angeliska of Sister Temperance Tarot. Furthering this association, I like to meditate on what happens within a cocoon when sitting with the medicine of this card. First, the caterpillar body suspends itself and weaves itself a silky cocoon to transform within. This radical transformation of their selves includes a near total disintegration of their previous bodies into a kind of jelly that reforms itself, while still retaining memory. The body shapes itself into what it will become while within this dark and creatively fertile place; a creature unlike the caterpillar, a creature with beautiful iridescent wings and the new ability to fly.

Here the dark yet flashy qualities of the Velvet Labradorite represent the transformation process, the promise of the “iridescence” of the new self embedded with the dark space of the cocoon. The Onyx represents the shadow, the cocoon, the deep velvety darkness in which we are invited and asked to transform, to expand.

This is a talisman for when we are feeling suspended within our cocoons, for when we are feeling the need for transformation, for when we are willing to connect more deeply with our shadow. It is medicine for the courage we need to face ourselves, to quiet the noise of our ego.

Hypersthene, also called velvet labradorite, is a particularly potent magical stone that can boost magic / psychic tendencies in its wearer. It behaves similarly to Moonstone and Labradorite as it contains a beautiful 'flash' of color within its darkness ( which makes these difficult to properly photograph) It is also known to help find solutions to problems, aiding in the search for answers to important queries. Much like Onyx- they are also used to soothe stress and anxiety - encouraging a more positive state of being.

Onyx is best known for being a natural stone that acts as a kind of 'psychic armor' against the negativity of others. They are also used to soothe grief and heartbreak. They are wonderful grounding stones and stones of self mastery, enabling its wearers to have mental and spiritual focus.

This strand measures 41 inches long from end to end. At its closure, our medium sized double sided eye talisman adds an additional layer of psychic protection. This eye can be positioned at the back of the neck or on 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 makes it perfect to use for meditation or ritual practices.



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