This week’s Spoonflower.com challenge is called “Talismans.” Do you have one? Is there something that you feel supports your chances for luck or good fortune?
I consider the Green Woman my talisman. (Mine’s a Green Woman. You’re probably more familiar with the Celtic Green Man.) I don’t think of her so much as a “lucky” token. She’s more of a symbol to remind me of the cycle of life, death and rebirth. The bigger picture, if you will. The Green Woman is also associated with poetry and song. Since these are all in my creative sphere, her image works for me. I need a constant reminder that there’s a bigger picture to life on this planet. I’m collaborating with an old friend from high school days, who happens to be a jeweler, to make a ring or broach of my Green Woman for me.
For this challenge, I trolled the internet for symbols of luck. I came up with the Eastern Yin/Yang symbol, the middle eastern Hamsa Hand, the gambler’s value of the “Lucky 7,” (7 is also significant to musicians as the 7 notes of a scale then it repeats). I included my southwestern version of the Celtic Green Man/Woman, all interwoven with a Celtic knot. The Celts, at one time, had dominion over much of Europe. They had advanced skills in weapons, jewelry and social order. I can only hope we can return to a more balanced -environmental order in the coming years. These are the thoughts upon which I ruminated when creating this design.