Monday, August 21, 2017

Charmed!

My charms set out on a casting sheet from CarrieParis.com 

My charm bracelet of trip to Bologna

I have always loved charms.  Ever since I can remember I collected
charms.  My very first charm bracelet was a plastic one with all
the fairytale princesses in bubblegum colours.

Since those days I have read a lot on charms and where
they come from and how they are our 'visionkeepers' and
hold the energy for our focus and manifestation of our intent,
desires and goals, amongst other things.

Carrie Paris from www.carrieparis.com has been
working with charm casting for years and she offers
beautiful casting sheets on her website.


Casting sheet by Carrie Paris of carrieparis.com
with my charms in a spread

When I created the Mysteries of Mary tarot deck
I included charms into every single shrine and altar.
These charms represent the theme, the archetype, the symbolism,
the hidden meanings and so much more of each shrine
and card in the deck.  I chose charms to represent an entire suit.
For instance, the Suit of Distaff, has all the weaving, cutting, sewing
and braiding charms.  By adding a pair of scissors to a shrine,
I invoke in your mind's eye the theme of the Three Fates,
the cutting of one's life thread and the cutting of emotional cords.
When one places the pair of scissors on top of a casting cloth or a card
symbolising someone in your life, as in the court cards,
it takes on the meaning of cutting the cord of that relationship.

The skull of Mary Magdalene means wisdom and
sacrifice through wisdom.  It can also symbolise that something
has to die in your life and that wherever this charm lands, that
is the area that has to die off.

I have had the tradition the past ten years, of creating
a charm bracelet for every pilgrimage and places
I visited.  I attach charms to the bracelet while I am
travelling - each charm represents either a place and what
it means to me or an insight or vision or understanding
that was revealed to me.

Once the deck was published I started to create tarot rosaries
with the image of the cards and I added charms to the necklaces
to embody and harness the symbolism and meaning of the archetypes.




Casting sheet by Carrie Paris of carrieparis.com with some of my charms

I am playing with bags of charms, working on translating the
Mysteries of Mary tarot deck into a set of charms
and how you could use it in your life, along with the
Mysteries of Mary tarot cards or just the book with the charms.

What better way to access the Inner Child during this solar eclipse
than playing with charms?

Check back and I will share with you my progress on
the Mysteries of Mary charm set

Blessings
Hettienne





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