I’ve collected Hag Stones for many years and have always wanted to make a necklace. However, not just a necklace with a single stone, but a magical necklace that would mark some kind of passage of time and vision. Waiting for the right Holed Stones has taken years of collecting and though I’ve had plenty of stones for many years, none were the right feel and fit until now.
I’m recently vision impaired so tying a knot alone can be a real challenge for me. Stringing a thread onto a wee beading needle is a lesson in patience for even those with 20×20 vision. My ability to create now takes an incredible amount of time, but I’m still an artist and craftsperson and I won’t let that part of me go as it helps to feed my soul.
As I said, I wanted to make a Hag Stone necklace for many years and I’ve wanted it to mark a point in my life. This is the first piece I’ve made since the loss of my vision and a great challenge for me. It truly marks a pivitol point of my life, a rite of passage in my way of being and seeing in the world.
Thirteen holy Hag Stones, one for each of the full moons. I will begin the consecrations of each stone on the full moon closest to the new year, in the dark half, Samhain. So each full moon will be marked and the necklace will be fully charged in a full year’s cycle.
Twelve round pieces of Amber stone to mark the solar cycles of time and light. The passage of the Twelve Houses of the Sun. Amber is a stone symbolic of life, light and energy. Amber, like Quartz, can hold an electric charge and be seen to glow as if from an internal light. It also smells heavenly when warmed, heated or drilled. It has been used in ancient medicines for many years and is said to hold healing properties, bearing the lamp of the sun. Many priestesses wear Amber and Jet necklaces to symbolize the eternal cycles of life and death.
Rather than use Jet, I decided to go right to the source and I’ve used carved bone as the third bead. There are Forty Bone Beads. Bone is our mortality. The stone of our bodies. Our inner strength and our support. It’s what holds up this bag of skin, sinew and cell. It is white to remind us of the Light where we originated.
The circle of Hags, Amber and Bone is held together with silk thread and copper wire. Copper for the Green Venusian Current, and Silk for its opulence and strength. Fine materials for a precious piece that I hope I will one day hand down to a Priestess of my lineage.
During the year’s cycle, I will make a pouch or box to hold the necklace. Right now, I don’t know how it will look. The dream hasn’t manifested and neither have the materials, but I’m sure that Providence will bring the right tools at the right time. She always does.
The centrepiece stone was chosen because of the natural Runes, yods and crescents carved by Fortuna’s hands. It was also the latest of the Holy Stones to come in to my possession, being found just a few months ago.