If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.
Excerpt from “The Sisters of Mercy” by Leonard Cohen
On the 9th of January these words sang themselves to me as I picked up a copper leaf among my scraps. I had been thinking about the convergence of Saturn and Pluto together with the Sun, Ceres and Mercury all at or about 22 degrees of Capricorn in a few days. I have a minimal understanding of the art of astrology, but I do subscribe to the universal gnostic hypothesis that “As above so below.” When practiced by someone devoted to its depth and complexities I do consider astrological evaluations a powerful tool of insight. With the state of the Earth, the World, this country, and individual lives that I care about have given me cause for grave concern the skies were confirming a pivotal extreme of disconcerting news with regard to self governance and world governance. We are desperately in need of healing.
How might I be part of a healing? After hearing the words of Leonard Cohen’s song I felt an instruction, to create a “segulah”, a “treasure”, a musical incantation to initiate healing of the World and all Her inhabitants; restoring Balance and Integrity to all systems, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
It’s one thing to make an amulet, it’s another to make one that does not rely solely on a placebo effect.
The musical healing I’m most familiar with involve flower essences. Each essence sets up it’s own unique resonant frequency which entrains with the rest of the cells of the body, plants and animals included. If there were a way to infuse an amulet with a flower essence with the healing definition above, that would indeed be worth a song.
I enlisted a most remarkable friend, the shamanic healer Barbara Barnett, to create a RIFUAH resonant essence. She agreed to come on Sunday morning, the 12th of January to convene in a ritual space at 9:59am MST, the exact moment of the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto, i.e., when the immovable object was met by the irresistible force. It was also the 17th day of the moon, which, according to a correspondence I had back in 2016 with Jules Cashford, the London based Jungian analyst and author:
...the Waning Moon is often seen in earlier times as an emptying of light and life (which is filled in the waxing), and the word ‘wane’ lies behind many of our words for being empty of something: ‘wan’, want, vanity, wanton, and in earlier centuries wanhope etc. And 17 was the lunar number of days when the waning could be seen – after the two to three days of the full – Osiris was slain and began his journey into the darkness of the underworld on the day of the month, and so a beginning of inwardness we might say, where a Question might come towards us.
As the ritual moment struck we lit a candle and recited the prayer for Tikkun Olamot, Healing of the Worlds, in Hebrew and in English. Barbara went into trance to engage with what I called Gaia and she refers to as “the Earth Beings.” The question was asked. While she was in that receptive state I was muscle tested her for essences. Each essence tested for went both into her mouth and into a prepared bottle. After receiving the drops Barbara spoke to where and how she was feeling them in her own system which was a conduit for communicating how a human body would respond to that particular element of Rifuah.
When we finished, three drops of the potion went into a jar of blue ink that I would paint into the etched down areas of the hamsa amulets. I had been directed to use the hamsa hand form for this “segulah” as
“...the hand... serves as a conduit for blessing and interaction between the heavens and earth, the human and the Divine, the transcendent and the imminent.” see The Hamsa in Jewish Thought and Practice by Daniel Sayani
So far I have been able to complete 8. They are about 2” high without the bail. Each hand is cut, filed and covered with asphaltum. The letters of the Hebrew “Rifuah” carved down through the asphaltum in order to etch them down to receive the ink. The Resh, Pei and Vav (which travels down through the Hei) are written concentrically, followed by the Aleph and Hei. After etching, the segulot are sanded and flamed and then the etched letters are inked. I needed to add some xanthan gum to the ink to get it to adhere to the copper. I suspect that the raised points you see around the perimeter of the hand hold in the vibration, which also resonates from the copper now.
If you are called to one or two of these (maximum 3), contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I am to make no more than 50. They are not free but the minimal cost is in token.
In love and hope for contributing to restoring balance and integrity to our World of Hurt,