Since becoming a shaman Full Time (although when is it not full time? Spirits are always on and communicating), I have wanted to create a new rattle to honor my professional work and relationships with Spirits. I made my first rattle back in 2010, to coincide with the beginning of my education. It is very powerful, very loud, and moves a lot of energy very quickly. It has been used in years of Journeywork, individual and group Healings, and many House Clearings.
During the past 4+ years, some of the corn has exploded, and bits and bobs keep falling out during particularly intense ceremonies. It has a desire to "retire" and only "come out" for special occassions-- ha ha!
I began working on a new rattle during the New Moon on September 24th. I gathered materials, looked for different hides/pelts/skins, collected all of my stones gathered at different sacred sites (including special places at Gunpowder Park and Coba), and purchased artificial sinew, an awl, and leather scraps.
|Lots of materials!|
|So difficult to cut!|
|Soaking the fur and hide for the rattle-head|
|Zip-tied to keep the sand in!|
It should have been completely dry.
It was still completely wet. Ugh. The coyote fur had insulated the skin, and it had not dried or hardened at all.
I took the zip-tied rattle outside, poured offerings, and made my prayers and intentions under the Full Moon, right as it went into Eclipse.
|Poor camera resolution :(|
When I woke up later that morning, the rattle-head was STILL DAMP, although not as wet as before. I started Googling, to see if the Gods of the Internet would help me figure out how to dry my rattle-head safely.
I got a little worried, a little anxious, and a little crazy. I decided to "bake" the rattle-head in the Oven!
I followed similar directions for dehydrating meat, and found that finally, the rattle-head was dry and stiff enough for filling!
Each night of the Full Moon, I took it outside to soak in the energy. I also took it out into the Sun, to get a nice balance. And I have begun to use it in setting up Crystal Healing Grids for individual client appointments.
|Coyote's rattle is complete!|