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Blood Milk Jewels

The Mini Eternal Weaver: Labradorite Spider Necklace

$200.00

Blood Milk Jewels

The Mini Eternal Weaver: Labradorite Spider Necklace

$200.00

 Thought to be 300 million years old, Spider embodies the opposing yet balanced forces of creation and destruction. Her cunning and aggressive hunting skills contrast with her inherent creativity; her body creates endless, deliberate silk webs, existing at the intricate crossroads seen and unseen, depending on how the light hits them, or when dew or natural debris such as petals or other bits of flora gathers on their fine strands. This silk is stored within the body of the spider, making her literally an embodiment of creative power; a symbol of the imagination, a world maker. Here, a life cast spider that was carefully preserved is made immortal in sterling silver. Its abdomen is replaced with a faceted tear shaped labradorite, representing a vessel where the wearer’s burdens, grief, anxiety, uncertainty, fear, and other unpleasant emotions can be stored.


As metaphor, Spider carries this ‘darkness’ for the wearer and in theory ‘creates’ a kind of psyche silk inherent in the growth that generally comes along with experiencing painful, complex or uncomfortable situations and emotions. A symbol of transformation, the spider is capable of destruction as well as creation, weaving the lattices of life and possibility each night, a cosmic labyrinth.

As an added layer of meaning: Spider also speaks to the Shadow Self of Carl Jung’s ideas on ‘Inner Alchemy’. Her ability to transform, her destructive and creative qualities underline the idea of the Shadow; which is seen as the repressed, unwanted or unaccepted parts of oneself. ‘Darkling, I Listen’ is a collection of jewels urging the wearer to move towards self-acceptance through the jewels as talismans. The process of individuation or transmutation is the process of becoming ‘whole’. For Jung, this didn’t mean becoming ‘good’, but becoming complete in the sense that one accepts all of their unconscious ‘faults’ as well as their experiences (their pasts) to become whole or complete.

In ‘Inner Alchemy’ each phase of the alchemical process from antiquity was re-assigned new meanings: i.e. the quest for the philosopher's stone is truly a quest to become whole. In the 'Nigredo' process, everything is blackened, putrefied, 'killed' in a sense, to allow for new growth. It is during this phase in 'Inner Alchemy' that we are confronted with the knowledge our darker aspects, a phase in which we must accept our shadow selves. When we accept and acknowledge our more shadowy aspects, the parts of ourselves we have been conditioned to suppress, the parts of ourselves we hide from others as well as ourselves, we are on the path to wholeness. We become more accepting of our flaws, our darknesses. Having struggled with my own shadow self for many years, this talisman represents not only that long tangle with ‘darkness’, but our ability to become whole.

Each Spider is handcrafted in sterling silver, with a focus on detail and mindfulness. Please wear with care. The Spider is mm tall and 17mm wide at its widest and is paired with our signature bar link chain, each hand finished in a gloomy gray patina.

Labradorite is known for its healing properties, in particular for its ability to relieve anxiety & melancholy. It is also said to be used to dispel negativity & fear, acting as a kind of psychic armor to protect against more troubling & turbulent emotions. As a 'sister' to moonstone, Labradorite is often associated with the more "darker" aspects of the Goddess, in her Crone form, full of the experience & wisdom of life and death, associated with the darker moon: waning through new moon phases. It is also a stone of transformation, and is said to help those with intuitive gifts to awaken and realize their full potential as well as helping enhance creative talents. It also ranks as one of the most protective stones, shielding its wearer from negativity. Much like its 'sister' moonstone, Labradorite has been used and worn in many cultures and tribes for both its incredible natural beauty, and for its potent magical properties.


****Please note that Labradorite is a natural stone so clarity and color will vary from stone to stone. Labradorite has natural lines and inclusions and varies in shades of green, gray and blue.

 

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***This is handmade to order, just for you! Please allow approximately 4 weeks for creation before shipment.