Monday, 9 December 2013

Yule Goddess Spirit Doll

Yule Goddess Spirit Doll
The reborn Sun God held in the arms of Winter. Born into the darkness, bringing with him the hope of rebirth and growth for the coming season.

 The Sun God is also draped with Holly and Oak leaves to represent the battle between the Holly King and the Oak King at the Mid Winter Solstice.

And my friend made one with me! Although the Sun Gods are done in the same way, The dolls are totally different, with their own beauty and spirits shining through.

 What is a spirit doll?

Spirit dolls can be found all over the world in many different cultures. They can go by a variety of names such as Goddess dolls, art dolls, healing dolls or amulet dolls. They can be made of almost any material- wood, cloth, clay, stone, in various forms and can be made for almost any purpose.

In several countries in Africa, they have ‘fertility Goddess dolls’ which are prayed to not only for the safe birth of strong healthy babies but also the health and prosperity of the whole tribe.
Native American Kachina dolls which the Hopi use to embody the characters of the Kachinas, the powerful spirits of the earth, east, west, south, north, the sky and water.

What they all seem to have in common is the Goddess and femininity. Goddesses have been worshiped in Egyptian mythology, Norse, Celtic, Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism, Gnosticism, Wicca and Christianity. African cultures, ancient India, the Caribbean and even European cultures all have sculptures and figures representing the Goddess and their history and beliefs systems. Dolls have been used as sacred items in religious ceremonies for many hundreds of years, normally made to represent the Gods/Goddesses that were worshiped.

A spirit doll can be made for any purpose. They can be an expression of Archetype or elemental energy, something you yearn or wish for, something to be used for inspiration, creativity or transformation, for protection and healing, the list really is endless. By giving the energy you wish to work with a form, you enable it to work consciously with you and you are able to have something tangible to work with, a focus for your intent, energy work and meditation. It becomes a physical representation of the energy you wish to work with or manifest. You can imbue it with your desires and hopes and it becomes a powerful tool for manifestation.
I would not recommend invoking an actual spirit/Goddess into the doll unless you are highly practiced in such things and are aware of, and prepared for, the consequences of this action.

I like to look at spirit dolls like this: Do you remember your favourite doll (or teddy, or toy) as a child? Did you whisper your secrets to it? Did you tell it your hopes and dreams and wished it could speak back to you? Did you take it everywhere with you? Did holding it give you courage or make you feel safe? That’s what you can have, on an adult level, with your spirit doll. Work with it, tell it your hopes and dreams, your fears and wishes and let the energy created between you help to manifest or banish them. The more you work with your doll, the more energy created, the stronger the link and the more powerful tool she will become to aid you in your magical workings and daily life.

 My Spirit dolls
Each doll is made to order so can take between two-four weeks to create. Payment for spirit dolls is required at time of order due to the personal aspects of the creation.Please message me for more details.
Spirit dolls: For spirit dolls I use branches and twigs, either fallen or cut responsibly, normally from my own garden, as the base of the doll. I then use wadding and fabric scraps and add beads, crystals, gems, wire, feathers, plant stuff, herbs, sigils and just about anything else that calls to me in the creation of these dolls. I use polymer clay faces and a variety of wool hair. If you have a specific requirement for your doll, for instance if you would like a special herbal blend to be added then this can be discussed. Prices will vary depending on materials used.



Alexandriaweb said...

Beautiful :)

Valerie-Jael said...

The spirit dolls are beautiful, love them! Keep well and warm! Hugs, Valerie

Sande said...

Gorgeous! Your spirit dolls are simply gorgeous. I have added them to my list of wants and given a hint to my daughter. Such amazing talent and thanks for sharing.

Luna Art said...

Alexandriaweb and Sande, thanks for your lovely comments! I tried to return the favor but Alexandria your page is private and Sande your blog would not let me leave a comment! x

Joanna said...

Wowzers, your Spirit Doll is amazing. Thank you too for explaining what Spirit Dolls are all about.