Explorations Into Liminality
“and there came an arm and a hand above the water and met it and caught it, and so shook it thrice and brandished it, and then vanished away the hand with the sword in the water.”

Monday, February 1, 2010

In Celebration of Wolfsong

Howling at the backside of the January moon, the Wolf Moon as it gathers into itself and yields to the next fullness, there is more tribute to be paid from the Fantasy Artists of Etsy. So with a wolfish grin, of course, may I present three very different interpretations, fascinating in their representations of legend, mythology, and spirituality.

Wolf Hunter Chain Maille Necklace by Athena's Armoury has a distinctive blending of European and Native American talismanic qualities. Deeper meanings lie hidden in the piece and old ways of living with the land and its inhabitants are revealed.

Star Stretch by Aquariann reverts to ancient connections with the gods; a respect for the power and strength of the animal, the reverent associations people made between nature and deities associated with the wolf.

She Offered Her Throat by Mermaiden Creations (that'd be me) is a sharing of a macabre Victorian story: 

Weary of words, of the needle and tame tea, she heard the howl and followed the call out into the Wildwood, under the exposed throb of the full moon.
Casting aside lace and pearl she offered her throat where Fear resides, to fang and fur and moonsong.
And apparently, it was delicious.

*edit to original post*
I was reminded of a song by Meatloaf which could have been the inspiration for this necklace (and maybe it was, in part, buried in my high school unconscious memories- thank you Renate of Stregata fame!)

On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
Will he offer me his mouth? Yes! Will he offer me his teeth? Yes!
Will he offer me his jaws? Yes! Will he offer me his hunger? Yes!
Again, will he offer me his hunger? Yes! And will he starve without me? Yes!
And does he love me? Yes!
Yes! On a hot summer night would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
Yes! I bet you say that to all the boys.


Touchatou said...

Love this post : full of magic. ;) Thanks.

stregata said...

Lovely! And did he offer his teeth?

Athena's Armoury said...

I loved seeing everyone's interpretations and am really looking forward to next month, too!

mermaiden said...
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jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love this necklace!!!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i just bought the red blood drop pendant on your etsy shop!

Plumrose Lane said...

All the creations you featured on this lunar challenge are just fabulous!

mermaiden said...

Jaz, you are heaps of wonderful- I know you'll love the droplets of blood necklace!
This one, She Offered Her Throat, I kept for myself! I might have to make another, though...

Waterrose said...

I love everything and especially your mini story....the wolf moon is magical.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I loved your She Offered Her Throat story! And thanks for reminding me of the meatloaf song. haven't heard that in a long time.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Lovely One~

This is amazing but it doesn't surprise me because you are so uber-talented! I am sitting here trying to keep warm and I am wearing my toque! We have over 2 feet of snow and more to come...ughhhhh! I am sick of this weather.

Give the wee beastie a squeeze from me!

Love to you my dear friend,


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Beautiful images :)