I am thrilled to present this labyrinth and wee book in collaboration with my sister’s spirit pot, which she pit fires in her Arizona desert home, from the earth for the earth, a perfect complement to a labyrinth! Our vision for this offering is interweaving our practices in harmony to share as an integrated whole creation.
The labyrinth is 5” round with ¾” sides that are painted. There is circular space on the back to hang it should you choose.
The spirit pot has a 3″ lip, is roughly 5” at the widest part and 4″ in height. It has gila woodpecker feathers and citrine adorning it.
The book is roughly 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, with 20 watercolor paper pages imprinted and infused by plant allies from our enchanted forest abode . . . goldenrod, sumac, hibiscus, morning glory, and fern . . . mingled with plant allies from other gardens of eden . . .black beans, avocado skins, and turmeric. They were brewed wrapped with cloth around rusty stakes unearthed from under leaves, infused with prayer for the spirit of peace full cooperation and alliance to bathe all beings on earth.
Imbued with rose petals, rose quartz, and apatite essences, also reflected in the colors of pigment, this 5” finger labyrinth comes with a feather from my forest abode for ‘walking’ the path by hand with.
The labyrinth sits like a drum skin on the spirit pot, just so, where it can be placed and used in contemplation, combined with the spirit pot energizing it from below. In it’s belly is the book, where intentions, prayers, and affirmations may be written and placed within the pot . . . due to the nature of materials used in creating, the book can be burned, buried, given to the river or ocean when your rite is complete, if you so choose.
The qualities of the essences integrated into the painting are suitable for dissolving emotions that are stuck in the muck, facilitating their release and re-storying in loving kindness with relationships with ones self and others that were thorny and entangled , as well as focusing on where and how you want to increase and embrace your ‘appetite’ with an open heart and a sense of nourishment, emotionally and creatively, while shifting from apathy toward enthusiasm.
To use this labyrinth in your practice, simply sit in a quiet place with the labyrinth on your lap, enter sacred space, and trace the seven circuits with your finger or the feather provided. You may use another tool, just choose one that is not sharp or as pointed as a toothpick, as that may damage the canvas or scrape away paint. If you are a Reiki practitioner or energy healer, you may find this of use with your clients.
The following is from my sister, Shazieh, at Agave Pantry:
“Spirit Pots are my utmost favorite process, bringing clay to life. These pots are handthrown on a wheel and stamped with either a dry cholla or saguaro rib marking them with the Sonoran desert where I reside. Hand burnished with rose quartz, they are then dressed with copper, seaweed, banana peels, dry coffee grounds, oxides, and salty twine. Each pot is carefully wrapped and dressed for the fire. I use a modified metal can to mimic a primitive pit firing. Layering sawdust amongst the pots, the can is filled and sprinkled with a variety of combustible, organic materials and fired on a new or full moon. I also add some stale teas to the fire in lieu of throwing them away. An offering of sorts to the spirit gods. The fire burns overnight absorbing moon magic. Each opening is awe inspiring, as I surrender to what the fire will reveal. I then wash each pot, dry it, reheat and rub it with hot local beeswax. The last step involves tressing and bejeweling each pot with found feathers and a gemstone.
These pots are not food safe nor are they meant for the ritual of eating but rather the ritual of feeding your soul. Fill them with your intentions for the month or let them hold the spirit of your smudge smoke once you are done cleansing. These spirit pots are intended to be used in ritual and healing. Together, as sisters, we bring these to life keeping spirit alive.”