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Cat Come Home Rattle
 
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Cat Come Home Rattle

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A hand formed pillow rattle with found wood handle.

Ceremonial RATTLES have been used for centuries to celebrate beginnings. They were the gift of choice among Victorians wishing to

commemorate the birth of a child but as far back as the humble Egyptians, rattles were utilized to memorialize each new chapter in the life of the

individual.

Many cultures believe in Healing RATTLES and their capacity to dispel illness & disease. These Rattles are credited with being able to awaken the human spirit, drive out negative energies and center personal focus. My versions of these Rattles are hand formed and adorned with symbols of

wellness; they are shaped to be grasped. During times of despair, medical treatments or loneliness, the Rattle should be gently shaken to the beat of one’s heart. RATTLES do help us to ground; their sound is powerful & magical, producing an incomparable energy all their own.

The gourd Rattles made by the American Indian were filled with plants they raised & considered sacred - corn, tobacco, and rice. My fired clay

Rattles are filled with dried bits of clay which I revere as the complete gestalt of life. These fired bits provide the sound of the earth as my Rattles

are shaken or handled.

All of my Rattles are “birthed†in the same way. Once the basic shape is formed, I tenderly blow my own CHI (breath of life) inside, sealing the

opening quickly closed with pursed lips. These Rattles are then finished with terra sigillata or glaze & fired. Some are further adorned with a leathercord or wood handle, semi-precious stones, clay, bone, copper or shell beads - details which complement the importance of the Rattle.


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