Kokopelli Soul Catchers
|Where the Kokopelli legend lives on......|
What is a Soul Catcher?
A Soul Catcher was a device used by a Shaman to retrieve "lost souls" as a cure for some illnesses caused by a malignant spirit. The Shaman was a member of a tribe who acted as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world. He used his techniques for healing.
The "lost souls" were thought to be in the "Other World" which was a dangerous supernatural realm of loose spirits and souls. It was from here he would search out the person's soul and recover it using the Soul Catcher.
The hand crafted Soul Catchers that I make are from the Spiritual Yucca or Sotol wood. The Soul Catchers are from about 12 inches down to 5 inches. I also woodburn images into the sticks of a spiritual or petroglyphic nature. Kokopelli is a favorite image to have woodburned on them and other symbolic nature images. Click on the images below to enlarge.
|Kokopelli on Sotol, Soul Catcher||Coyote on Sotol, Soul Catcher. Notice the "notch" on the end. All Soul Catchers have a notch at each end.||Kokopelli on Sotol, Soul Catcher with beads and feather. The woodburned image is in a recessed area.|
|Buffalo on Sotol, Soul Catcher. Notice the notches near the top.||Kokopelli on Sotol, Soul Catcher with beads and feather. The woodburned image is in a recessed area.||Kokopelli on Sotol, Soul Catcher with beads and feather. The woodburned image is in a flattened area at the end..|
I can custom decorate the Soul Catchers with items that have symbolic meaning to you.
Following is a basic list of some animals and their symbolism by some Native Americans. In addition I have a lot of information concerning the symbolism of objects and many other animals. We can work up a few symbols for your Soul Catcher based on your personality..or your interest.
|Bear: The bear is usually
seen as a symbol of strength, dreaming, and protector/healer/
Beaver: The beaver is usually characterized as a builder.
Buffalo: The buffalo is seen as a provider of all things for living and healing.
Coyote: The coyote is seen as a playful trickster ( not unlike Kokopelli), playful, and humorous.
Deer: Usually symbolize gentleness, kindness, and sometimes protection.
Eagle: The eagle is one of the more recognized symbols that characterize the spiritual connection, and is the protector.
Elk: The elk symbolize power.
Feather: The feather is a universal symbol of spirit and flight.
Fox: The fox is a symbol of intelligence.
Horse: The horse is a symbol of strength and power, both physical and spiritual.
Moose: The moose is a symbol of being headstrong, value and integrity.
Owl: The owl characterizes bad omens as well as being a death messenger, although it is also meant to symbolize truth and wisdom.
Pheasant: The pheasant is a symbol of warning.
Rabbit: The rabbit is a symbol of fear and overcoming limiting beliefs.
Snake: The snake has meaning as transformation (life cycles), as indicating life, death, and rebirth- because of the shedding of the skin. Sometimes it symbolizes a "life force."
Spider: Creative. Spider-woman is a Pueblo goddess.
Wolf: Symbolizes teacher of wisdom and new ideas.
|Every Soul Catcher is unique and one of a kind. Each is hand crafted, woodburned, and decorated in it's own unique fashion. All of them are created in the desert area along the Colorado River and near Spirit Mountain. We can even woodburn a name on it to make a special gift for someone or yourself. Costs are $29.99 and up. Email me for more details|
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