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Sedona, Arizona is an exquisitely beautiful and sacred place where the earth energies are very powerful. There are many places in the area where the energy is especially potent, and have come to be called "vortexes". For a long time, countless people have been drawn to Sedona for spiritual retreats, for prayer and ceremony, or to drink in the spirit of the place. Every once in a while I get the call to journey there and reconnect to various points in the landscape such as Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and others. The entire area is formed from deep red rock--this piece was photographed on a piece of Sedona rock so you can see the vivid color. I could share everything I love about the place and have experienced there, but it would take a long time! Suffice it to say that it is sacred ground.
The three big bronze amulets on this talisman were molded from stones and wood from Sedona. Two are from the Cathedral Rock vortex, and one is from the Bell Rock vortex. I've inscribed "Cathedral" or "Bell" on the reverse of each amulet so you'll know which is which. Starting on the left, the longer of the stone pendants is from Bell Rock. I made this mold onsite, from the "living" rock walls of the towers high on the rock...the solid substance of intensely electrical Bell itself. The long wooden pendant was molded from a fragment of wood from an ancient juniper tree which is growing high on Cathedral Rock near the Saddle, a narrow ledge that connects the massive vertical central towers. And the stone pendant on the right was molded from a stone I found up on the Saddle itself.
I'm including three photos to accompany the pendants: one of Bell Rock, one of Cathedral and one of the juniper tree, so you have a better idea of where these come from if you've never been there yourself. Maybe you'll be inspired to visit if you haven't done so yet!
The pendants were all kiln-fired and hand polished, and attached to an old copper African belt ring with hand wrapped links of bronze.
I was fortunate to find some deep red pipestone--or catlinite--beads that perfectly match the red sandstone of Sedona. As the name implies, pipestone is a sacred stone used to carve the bowls of Native American prayer pipes. These are the small rondelles and tubular beads on the strand. The larger rondelles are matte red jasper, and coppery rice pearls rest between all the beads.
If you have a spiritual connection to Sedona, this is a wonderful piece for that. It's a way to honor and connect to two of the most beautiful and powerful vortexes in the region, but it's also a great piece if you're a lover of the desert and red rock country in general. A celebration of sacred ground...
Size: 19" or 49cm from the nape of your neck to the base of the longest pendant when worn. The endless strand (which fits over your head) is 26" or 66cm long. The pendant assemblage including the copper ring is 6" or 44.5cm long. The longest pendant is 4 1/2' or 11.4cm long.
Care: Rinse in lukewarm water without soap to clean and blot dry. Polish the bronze with a jeweler's polishing cloth, or allow the patina to naturally deepen.
Sacred Ground will arrive beautifully giftwrapped in a hand-decorated box, along with a handwritten descriptive label and the three photos of Sedona.