The Adoring Crow has quite a few jewelry lines each devoted to a specific energy, intention, or deity. They include, Aphrodite, Artemis, Brighid, Dryad, Flight, Mermaid, Spirit, and Ward to date. Each piece created for its line holds the intention and historical association within it.
A P H R O D I T E
Aphrodite is the Ancient Greek Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and birth. Aphrodite’s major symbols include myrtles, roses, doves, sparrows, and swans. The Aphrodite line of jewelry is devoted to beauty for the sake of pleasure. Each piece is created to evoke a sense of joy in adornment, to honor and celebrate the body temple, and to send that love outward to all. This line devoted to feminine power, lightheartedness, and a cheerful spirit.
A R T E M I S
Artemis is the Goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity. Although she is associated with the hunt she is also a fierce protector of animals and of young girls. Artemis’ symbols include a bow and arrow, a quiver and hunting knives and the deer, and the cypress was sacred to her. This line is devoted to animals and the wild within.
B R I G H I D
Brighid, Brigit, or Brigid, is a Celtic Goddess and Christian Saint. In Irish Mythology she is a descendant of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the daughter of the Dagda and wife of Bres, with whom she had a son named Ruadán. Tuatha Dé Danann are the Celtic Pantheon of Gods. Brighid is especially close to my heart as a descendant of Ireland and Britain. She is also known as the protector of Britain and is associated with metalsmithing, bards, poets, protection, Spring, fertility, healing, and the Fire that comes with the returning of Spring. He celebratory day is Imbolc, marking the beginning of Spring. She is one of few Goddesses associated with fire and the sun and was worshiped as a sun Goddess and also has a triple Goddess association. Brigid is considered the guardian of domesticated animals and had two Oxen, Fe and Men, and the King of all Boars, Torc Triath, King of all Sheep, and Cirb, king of wethers (sheep). All of my smith craft is devoted to Brighid in her honor. I also keep a candle lit for her in my workshop as the tradition for the Priestesses of Brighid who never let her flame go out to remind us there is light after darkness and the sun will return again. She is a fierce protector, strong mother, and healing Ally.
The line DRYAD is devoted to sacred tree medicine. Dryads were tree nymphs or tree spirits in Ancient Greek Mythology. As a horticulturist I have always had a deep kinship with trees. They were typically considered to be very shy creatures except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend of nymphs. The Dryad line includes many elements of trees from their leaves, seeds, casings, bark, and more.
In the Modern Druid tradition Trees hold a sacred space and serve different mystical purposes. In Celtic mythology the Druids attributed meaning to each tree as represented in the Oghams, or ancient Celtic Tree alphabet. The Alder was said to symbolise the balance between male and female, the apple, is a symbol of youthfulness and rebirth, the Ash had healing qualities and belonged to a trilogy of sacred trees along with the Oak, and the Hawthorn, and so on.
Each piece that is created for the line DRYAD holds the intention and symbolism attributed to the tree it represents. In Celtic times many trees were unknown to those that gave the trees their attributes, so when unavailable I use the traditional meaning for each tree true to its culture. Fallen leaves symbolize not only the shedding of the old to make room for the new, but also as a reminder of that which falls away from us can nourish us. They mark the season of transition, the cyclical balance of nature, the beauty in the temporary, and the lesson of letting go.
F L I G H T
Flight is devoted to my deep respect and kinship with birds. Crow is my spirit guide but long before I had birds as pets from babyhood spanning my entire childhood. I constantly talk to birds in the garden, and I have had birds follow me around parklands as we sing to each other. One of my first memories is watching a bird fly and crying because it was so beautiful. I was 4. I have owned and cared for chickens, peacocks, turkeys, ducks, lovebirds, parakeets, doves, finches, cockatiels, and more my whole life. When I was a baby we had birds nesting in our bookshelves. I grew up singing and adoring my feathered friends. That being said, I have great love, admiration, and respect for them as wild creatures and domesticated ones. All of my feathers are hand collected. They are 100 percent cruelty and CITES free. They are made with feathers from birds I know personally, or from sources I vigorously study and approve of. My feathers have been sterilized in a three step process and have been ground collected from natural shedding.
Working with bird medicine can help us rise above, feel joy, transform, find strength, have perspective, and so much more. Many people focus on birds of prey but all birds lend themselves to teachings. Birds are survivors, the react and rely on instinct, working with their energy can help us to intuit change, and get in touch with our instincts. We can learn to use our intuition to ride the waves of what life presents before us and rise above.
M E R M A I D
Mermaids appear in folklore all over the world. They have been painted as mischievous, malevolent, benevolent, the consort of humans, children of Titan, and even confused with beautiful sirens. To me, they remind me of being a child growing up on the shores of San Diego where I would pretend to be a mermaid, swimming deep, riding waves, and collecting shells and hermit crabs. The ocean has always brought me a sense of calm and restoration. In my adulthood I lived for a decade on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard and there too I was enamored with the ocean spirit, life, and beauty. This line of jewelry seeks to invoke that feeling of freedom and carefree spirit of the ocean, beaches, and the life contained within.
S P I R I T
My Spirit line is devoted to items that are connected to Spirit, energy, intention, vibration, and healing. Even if one does not resonate with the idea that stones or talismans hold any power, these pieces can serve as a reminder for the wearer to step with purpose and intention towards their goal, whether that is healing, speaking past fear, calming, finding courage, connecting with the higher self, and more. Our power often comes from within and when we carry reminders with us we more readily align to our purpose.
Each of my stones have been charged by the moon and cleared. Many can hold a purpose of your choice. And all were created in loving contemplation and intention to further us on our path towards becoming whole, empowered, and sovereign.
W A R D
Ward is devoted to one’s personal boundaries, protection of one’s personal space, while traveling, speaking, sleeping, etc. Wards are protection talismans that can also have other intentions such as healing, and grounding. There are times when we all feel we could use some more protection and strength around us and this line is devoted to that and one’s personal empowerment and growth in strength.