Healing Feather Fans
MY HEART'S DEEPEST PRAYER AND INTENTION IN MAKING ART IS THAT IT BRING ABOUT HEALING. EACH PIECE IS IMBUED WITH THIS PRAYER AND LOVE IN A UNIQUE WAY AS I WEAVE MY LOVE AND PROFOUND GRATITUDE FOR THE EARTH, ELEMENTS, PLANTS, ANIMALS, AND ALL LIFE.
WHAT I LOVE MOST IS MAKING CUSTOMIZED, PERSONAL PIECES FOR PEOPLE! THIS WAY I CAN PUT THE CLEAREST, STRONGEST PRAYER AND INTENTION INTO IT FOR YOU, WHILE GIVING YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO CO-CREATE WITH ME!! COME PLAY WITH COLORS, STONES, FEATHERS, BONES, AND DESIGNS!!
These “Healing Feather Fans” are often made with base feathers of the Great Silent Turkey Vulture, King of Effortless Soaring. Turkey Vulture feathers are excellent for energetic clearing and cleansing because part of the nature of this Being is that is cleans up! They carry medicines of purification, transformation, death, rebirth, and renewal. The Latin name of this bird is, ‘Cathartes Aura,’ which translates as, ‘Golden Purifier.’ Turkey Vultures consume carrion, that which is dead and rotting in the landscape, and they are biologically made to do this, to deal with high levels of bacteria that exist in decomposing animals. Turkey Vultures have the ability to see or sense the warm currents of air that rise upwards, riding them high towards the heavens on their upturned wings that allow them to soar longer and more easily than other birds. Their feathers usher in this bounty of wind and aid us in rising above our lives to see the bigger picture, moving with ease and grace as we silently observe the changing currents and tides of our lives. We bow in reverence and gratitude to the Spirit of the Vulture for all your good medicine teachings!! Thank you!
Upon the base of vulture feathers we intuitively layer many other kinds of beautiful, colorful plumes from birds such as macaw, cockatoo, pheasant, magpie, raven, jays, woodpeckers, peacocks, and other parrots. We do so using plumes from the same side wing from each bird, so as keep the energetic patterns and alignments congruent, clear, and strong. This supports the effective use of these tools in moving energy, connecting to the Winged Ones, and sending our good thoughts and prayers onto the winds through the feathers.
The handles are either wrapped with soft deer or elk skin and fastened with faux sinew, or set into deer bones which i have gathered during my wanders in nature. Some fans, depending on how they speak to me, ask for embellishments of more animal medicine, such as coyote, fox, or badger fur, beadwork on the handles, gemstones, and/or jingle cones on the leather fringe to bring in the element of sound. The length of our feather fans generally range from 8 inches up to about 24 inches, (tip of feather to end of handle). Each piece is entirely unique and special in that way, and I always do my best to get quiet, be present, and listen for what is wanting to come forth through each fan. It’s always an enlightening, learning journey that I am SO grateful for!!
The winged ones are those who fly closest to the Heavens, and carry the purifying breath of the four winds in their wings and feathers. It is for this reason that feathers have been used for millennia as powerful healing tools and ceremonial instruments. Different birds carry different energies and vibrations and through learning from our teachers and elders, time spent sitting and meditating upon and with feathers, study and practice we can begin to learn some of these blessed gifts that they share. In using feathers, I sit quietly, coming to stillness and then silently or aloud speak my prayer and intention, giving thanks to The Creator and the bird people, asking humbly that they lend their spiritual gifts and healing medicines so that we might be lifted above our limited awareness and learn to always better ourselves and work for the well being of All Life. Feathers act as an energetic "broom" with which to clear away negative, stagnant energies in and around our bodies and environments, as well as to send our prayers of good will, healing, and love to The Creator, those who need healing, and out into the infinite Web of Creation.
I find a lot of my feathers wandering in nature, and others are naturally molted feathers I buy from private owners or bird rescue organizations. I have been walking a ceremonial path for years, as well as training in deep nature connection practices. It with great respect, reverence, and love that i use the gifts of our earth relatives to create these sacred instruments.
It is with such deep gratitude, that i make these feather fans, for all the ways the bird tribes have flown into my life to help me, heal me, and teach me so many lessons. May they bless you and lift you into the highest states of awareness and love, that you might fulfill your greatest potential and take flight in your own way in to the sky of your biggest most heartfelt dreams!
Thank you for loving and honoring the magic, power, and beauty of the birds and their feathers as i do, and for walking and flying in beauty! Blessings All Ways!