Beltane Kaftan Offering

closed 04/14/2020

$333.00

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This Offering was inspired by the Sabbath Beltane.  I’m using the Wheel of the Year as a jumping off point for each offering to honor and deepen our relationship with the seasonal cycles in the Northern hemisphere. Each offering will be available for 1-2 weeks and then will end in time for me to make and ship your garment so that it arrives before that Sabbath. I’m so excited to share a more in depth journey into my life’s work as an herbalist, clothing designer, yogini, and environmentalist. It is my hope that through these offering we will connect more deeply with Gaia together.

The Garment Design: The garment design for this offering is the Ritual Aphrodite Kaftan. The Ritual has a v neckline with a thin roll of fabric for adding accent and structure. A Gaia Goddess essential, the Aphrodite is a ceremony worthy choice with a flowy shape that tapers in slightly from wrist to hem.

Spirits: Please scroll down the entire page to see a more in depth list of all involved with the making of this offering, their connection to Beltane, and their energetic and medicinal properties. The quick list of all involved is Mugwort, Goddess Kali, Goddess Durga, Goddess Lakshmi, Organic Cotton, Hemp, Nettles, Tulsi, Lavender, Jasmine, Chamomile, Skullcap, Oak Galls, Reishi, He Shou Wu, Pearl, Tocos, Ashwagandha, Pine Pollen, Astragalus, Flower Essence of Star of Bethlehem, Flower Essence of Rhododendron, Flower Essence of Scleranthus, Flower Essence of Orchid, Indigo, Madder Root, Pomegranate, Water, Fire, Metal(Iron), Air, and Earth. This image is an example of how these energies combine, your Kaftan will be similar, but also unique and One Of A Kind. All Kaftans will be made together in a group and each participant, including you, will be honored and represented during the Ritual of Making.

Ships April 27th: My apologies that garments shipped outside the U.S. may not reach you in time for this specific Solstice. There is a chance it could be held by your countries customs office and I have no way of predicting or controlling if this will happen. If you would like your garment to ship quickly once complete please choose EXPRESS Shipping during checkout.

 

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Honoring Each Spirit

I believe that everything has a dynamic life force, personality, vibration, and divinity that deserves respect an autonomy. You, Me, Animals, Plants, Rivers, Minerals, The Stars and Planets, The Sea, The Air, Mycylium, Gods and Goddesses, Celestial Beings, The Elements, Stories, Language, Micro-organisms and all things still undiscovered or simply unseen. It’s my goal to be in right relationships with all Beings by acknowledging the unique knowledge, healing, and vibration their presence brings.

We have always had the ability to commune with the life forces that surround us and it is only in recent human history that we have forgotten. I’m so excited to see more and more people are reactivating these relationships and sharing their journey. It is through this shift in consciousness we will return to a more sustainable and balanced relationship with Gaia. Thank you for joining me in my humble attempt to honor these relationships in my work.

I’m excited to spend this life in a space of learning through apprenticeship, classes, personal practices, and simply holding space for this to come forward or change at any given moment. This is my souls work and spans many incarnations.

Below is a list of all Beings, known to me, who are present during the making of this specific offering. While I will give a brief descriptions of why I have chosen each for this Offering and their unique vibrations, this is mostly about holding space and gratitude for their presence. I would like to apologize to any beings I forget to mention and ask that I will have the humility and ability to see, hear, and feel you as I move forward with these offerings in the future.

The Land

The land on which I currently live and make these offerings is Catawba Indigenous Lands.

Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali, and Goddess Lakshmi

I am currently joining Laura Amazzone in her Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali Sadhanas on each New Moon and Sadhanas to the Goddess Lakshmi on each Full Moon. Because I’m developing a relationship with these goddesses I think it is important to mention that their presence is a part of these offerings. I’ll be sharing more about this in an upcoming Gaia Goddess post so be sure to follow our Newsletter at the bottom of the page if you want to learn more.

Mugwort

Mugwort is the shaman of the plant world, a guide for both plants and animals to understand their own magic, their medicine, their souls. For Me Mugwort is a guide as I make each offering and it reminds me that all beings have a life energy, a “body” of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Mugwort is also a guide for the other beings present to help them navigate their unique gifts to all called to participate in this offering. To learn more about my personal relationship with Mugwort and how they are a part of this process visit here.

Organic Cotton

The energetics that come through when working with cotton as a fabric are I’m soft, open, and supportive while also having healthy boundaries. It’s a wonderful fabric to wear when the day calls for an empath shield.

Hemp

There are so many things that I could say about the energetic and medicinal qualities of hemp but in an effort to keep it short and sweet I will touch on the ones that are most relevant when worn against the skin. Hemp has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties as a fiber, is strong and durable, and has a slight texture that exfoliates and stimulates the skin. It’s vibration is very calming, reducing stress, anxiety, and lowering cortisol and inflammation.

Nettles

Nettles is in abundance during this time of year and when meditating on what plant  spirits wanted to be apart of this offering Nettles came through the strongest. Energetically they remind us not to judge a book by it’s cover, that there is always a sivler lining, and that behind the sting of life is deep nurturing and wisdom. The root also possesses cytotoxic T lymphocytes, which are very important for our immune defense against intra-cellular pathogens, including viruses and bacteria. I think Nettles is hear as a  facilitator, guardian, and medicinal ally during this time of transition. Her print on the fabric is also faint reminding us to be gentle with ourselves and others.

Jasmine

They are joining this ritual to help bring balance to the nervous system and to help us see things from a softer perspective. Jasmines opens the heart chakra, making it easier to find clarity when confused and build compassion for ourselves and others.

Skullcap

Skullcap is an extremely comforting herb. It is here to promote emotional well-being and relaxation during times of distress. Skullcap’s has the ability to calm on an over-excited nervous system, soothing it and slowing nerve impulses a little, helps ease a variety of nervous complaints, including anxiety and anxiety-related depression, racing mind, insomnia, overthinking, and hyperactivity.

Tulsi

Tulsi helps to move stuck energy. Initially stimulating, but follows with a strong sense of calm and feeling grounded. This quality moves us out of a blocked energy into a grounded and open energy. Tulsi encourages devotion and gratitude by opening the heart chakra.

Lavender

Lavender is also here to encourage gentle movement in a new direction. It is both stimulating and relaxing at the same time. It can help Qi descend to the center of the body while dispersing it to the extremities. Keeping a steady flow of Qi tones and strengthens the Immune system.

Pomegranate

They are present in this Offering to help lesson the impact of stress in or bodies and for their rich anti-inflammatory compounds. Pomegranates are extremely healthy for those suffering from immune-related disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and osteroarthrits. They are also rich in vitamin C, which boosts antibody production and helps in the development of immunity. Pomegranates can thus help you maintain a healthy immune system and keep common illnesses and infections at bay.

Chamomile

Chamomile is most in tune with and brings balance to the Solar Plexus Chakra. It Channels the gentle and warming sun to promote rest and relaxation. Much like a bright Summer Day It promotes a serene, happy disposition that is emotionally balanced.

Saffron (Crocus)

 I chose Crocus to help us cast off skepticism and limiting beliefs so that we may open in softness to the Beings present in this offering. It promotes openness, clarity, and speaking ones truth.

 

YIN

Reishi, He Shou Wu, Pearl, Tocos, Ashwagandha, Pine Pollen, Artagulus

This is a tonic created by Sun Potion crafted to nourish feminine energy and harmonize the whole system. I use it daily and felt called to add it to the water bath during the bundle dyeing process. It balances Immunity, Creative Energy, Hormonal Balance, Mental Clarity, Stress Relief, Cellular Regeneration, Radiance, Healthy Circulation, Emotional Equilibrium, and Libido

Flower Essence of Rhododendron

I have added One Willow Apothecaries Rhododendron Flower essence to the water of the dyeing process to help me locate and unfold my inner strength and ultimate heart, revealing myself as fertile, capable, and grounded in a place of self-sustainability that ultimately incites the growth of those around me.

Flower Essence of Scleranthus

is here to help support a stable outlook.

 

Flower Essence of Orchid

Orchid is here to assist us in moving past doubt and connect us to our Yoni Shakti Womb Power. We have entered into a time of great change and with it great power will rise to be in service of each individual. Orchid helps us to each find and cultivate our unique magic and share our divinity in the most effective way.

Flower Essence of Violet

Violet helps us to stay true to ourselves and deepen our connection to our deepest desires. Violet assist us in becoming better listeners both to ourselves and others. Violet opens space for self reflections and the strength to end relationships that no longer serve us.  Violet assist us in times of transition when patience and trust are needed.

Flower Essence of Star of Bethlehem

I’ve added this flower essence to help us move through the shock of Winter and to be a guiding light through the darkest days of the year. This Flower Essence neutralizes the effects of grief and encourages the positive potential of inner strength.

Madder

Madder reminds us to be patient and grounded. It takes Madder Root 3 years to reach maturity and it waits and grows patiently through the seasons. Their roots are visually similar to our nervous system revealing how connected and similar we are to Mother Gaia

 

Indigo
Indigo, Madder Root, Yeast, Soda Ash, Water

I have added Indigo to the Beltane Offering because it is profoundly calming to the nervous system and it promotes physical and mental Rest. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, stimulates the lungs, Liver, thymus, and lymph system.

Tannin (Oak Galls)

We use oak galls to pre-mordant our fabric. It is lovely for opening up plant fibers to help them receive the dye more easily. For this reason it is also energetically helping us be more receptive to the medicine of all present during this offering and softening our heart.

Alum

Alum is another mordant used to help the natural plant dyes bond with the plant fibers. Alum offers the energy of connection and vibrates a feeling of preservation and assistance.

Iron

Iron is often used as a mordant or an assist in natural dyeing. Energetically it helps intensify our qi and build strength. It connects us with the Planet Spirit Mars, the Warrior planet, when the dark wins over the light. It will assist us in forging ahead into the dark side of the seasons.

The Elements

Water, Fire, Metal, Air, and Earth

I would just like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the 5 elements and their crucial roll in making not only this offering, but life as we know it possible.

 

 

The Ritual of Making

The Process for the Beltane Offering first starts with cutting and sewing the garment. Your garment will have a tag with your name sewn in to include your unique magic in the ritual. I have chosen The Ritual Aphrodite design in Tissue Hemp/Organic Cotton for it’s ample surface area for displaying the combined Natural Dye techniques, and the light and airiness of the fabric for the Summer heat. After mordanting the garment with Tannin and Alum it is ready for eco printing or bundle dyeing. The Plant Spirit involved at this stage is Nettles, Lavender, Tulsi, Skullcap, Chamomile, Jasmine, and Safflower. After being bundled and tied the garment is added to a pot of water with Quartz Crystal, Yin Powder, Saffron, The Flower Essence of Star of Bethlehem, The Flower Essence of Scleranthus, Flower Essence of Orchid, and the Flower Essence Rhododendron. After this part of the process is complete the garment is washed and cleaned of any remaining material. It is then dipped in Pomagranate and finally Indigo. It goes through a final rinse and loving Ritual before making it’s journey to you.

 

Meet The Maker

Meet the Maker

I am beyond excited to bring these Special pieces forward. It feels like the culmination of my 40 years earth side, yet I’m still only at the beginning of a very unique body of work. One that brings together many pieces of myself, while still allowing space for this to grow and change as I do. If you have made it this far, thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me. I will be sharing more as these pieces develop.