This fan was my first constructed ceremonial and prayer fan. Though this particular fan is not for sale, the construction of a similar one with the same or a slightly different design is possible. Due to my relationship with these peacocks, and their caretaker, it is possible to acquire more feathers to create a mimic design with different elements and symbolic incorporations according to the vision of those seeking a similarly constructed fan. I do take detailed special orders for construction. If interested in a feather prayer piece, please contact me here on the blog.
All fans in which are created by my hands are seen as gifts of Spirit. This is due to the fact that ALL feathers used in my creations come from sustainable and conscious sources. Whenever possible, I create relationships with the living birds themselves before using their feathers, which the birds themselves are not harmed in the act of acquiring (they are shed feathers). Other situations involve a gifting of feathers from a friend who I know has deep respect for Nature, even in generating food sources from this Great Mother (i.e. Wild Turkey feathers that were hunted for sustenance, Found Feathers, or Deceased Birds found in Nature).
As with all fans, the construction and materials incorporated (in prayer) have specific symbolic and shamanic meanings, specific to the intention. Fans are intended for prayer and ceremonial use and when created with specific intention, can connect the holder to Spirit in a deep communication where feathers are the carrier of the messages.
This Fan is a Goddess Fan:
Invoking the strength behind the beauty, Calling the Inner Spirit of Mother Earth, the Teachings of the 4 Directions, (Clarity in Directionality) and connecting the Northern & Southern Spirits of the Hemispheres. Opens Sacred Sight and Calls in Visions through the 3rd Eye. Elements of Fertility, Grandmother Moon, Opening Intuition, Opening Communication with the Ancestors, Fortune in Healing, Generating Divine Feminine Energy. See details below.
Feathers (meaning, placement & symbolism):
The entire feather composition of this fan is from Peacock feathers.
I have heard that, traditionally, peacock feathers were not an accepted, or encouraged, feather choice by some Native North American peoples as fans. However, through my own work with the Bird People, the Feathered Brothers of the Sky, and my Native Teachers I have come to understand all feathers as having particular callings and resonances, why else would they offer themselves to us? For this fan, the feathers offered to me came from a caretaker of peacocks at a Hindu Temple, who offered them to me as they simply go to no use there. To know the birds themselves, having prayed with them on the Temple grounds, and to have this fan constructed by feathers from living birds whom I have personally spent time meditating and praying with, seeking wisdom of their deeper messages, is truly a special thing.
Fan Body- Wing Feathers
The first question of most people who see this fan, after admiring the beauty elements, ask “What feathers are those [pointing to the large, auburn wing feathers that comprise the body]”. To their surprise, and maybe yours, they themselves are the peacock wing feathers. As I have learned to see them, these auburn color wing feathers are the structural strength behind the beauty. Beyond those shimmering blue feathers most associated with the peacock are the structural elements that allow this great bird, loaded with adornment of symbolic beauty, to function in flight. Yes, peacocks fly. But because of their symbolic meaning in common culture, the bird itself is most commonly only associated with being “the Beauty Bird”. When one feels the wing feathers of a peacock, which some would say are “plain” (I personally find them to mirror the radiant tone of the red tailed hawk feathers) one feels the surprising yet incredible strength of their plums. Sturdy (and when waved in the air, extremely efficient at catching wind), these feathers to me represent the strength and functionality behind the beauty, that without, the beauty itself would not be possible.
This symbolism of invisible strength and function, holistically completes the peacock, creating the ability to fly on the winds currents. For me, when I wave this fan in the air, I feel my own inner strength rise to meet the external beauty of my goddess. When I pray with this fan, it is the wing feathers that have the strength and force to carry those prayers.
Functionally, the curvature and strength of these wing feathers, and the way in which I have placed them, create within this fan a “scooping” capability. This fan can scoop and push large amounts of air if thrusted in force, or seem weightless with its own movement if glided through the air. This combination, I have found, is highly supportive in all traditional functions of fans: to call energy in, to push energy out, to create current when “smudging” or cleaning energy around the body, or to glide in the air as a diviners tool to gauge or observe natural energy currents within the space. I even use this fan in fire ceremonies to fan the fire.
Decorative “Eye” Feathers & Neck Feathers
As mentioned before, some traditions discourage the use of peacock feathers. I have even heard from online sources that it is because the most famous peacock feather, the “eye”, represents the “evil eye”. I do not feel this when I spend time with these feathers. For me, they can represent Sacred Sight of Sacred Vision within their obvious beauty adornment properties. The Eye Feathers are placed on this fan in this way to represent this aspect, and when I pray with this fan, I feel a large element of my communication is guided by Sacred Sight and Visions. They are placed in an arrangement of 3, a sacred number of Trinity, Transformation, and the 3 Sacred Avatars of Jesus Christ, Hermes & Buddha (among other sacred 3’s). I placed them in this way because the two smaller eyes at the base, represents the visionary process, the Eyes of the Goddess (aesthetically humored, I added the Neck Feathers as “eyelashes” of the Goddess ;). The larger, Middle Eye, represents the Third Eye of the Goddess, and thus is the largest, as the intention and prayer within this composition is to call in Sacred Sight and Sacred Visioning from the Higher/Ancestral Realms and Celestial/Earth Spirits.
Thus, the Eye Feathers represent the Sacred Sight of the Goddess, and aid to Sacred Visioning or to call in Visions during the ceremonial use of this fan.
Types of Stones Used:
Moon Stone: (Purchased in the Peruvian Andes, From NA)
Turquoise: (Found in Kingston, NM, in the lands of my teachers)
Chrysocolla (Purchased in the Peruvian Andes, from Chile)
The stones chosen and the placement of the stones on this fan were of deep symbolism to my intention when creating this fan. Before exploring the energies of the stones themselves (links given above), I am inspired to share why they are placed as they are.
In the creation of this fan, it was very obviously, to me, going to be a Goddess Fan used for ceremonies and prayer to communicate with spiritual beings, universal forces, and ancestral wisdoms of the cosmos. Upon choosing the stones from my collection, I immediately admired how well the Chrysocolla colors complimented the Eye Feathers. From what I had been told, the Chrysocolla stone, at least in Peru, is also known as the “Goddess Stone”, which embodied the intention of the fan. For me, the stone had always held an Earth energy (and even looks like the Earth, when inspected closely) that I associate with Pachamama (The Mother Earth). Thus, placing it in the center, I was able to create a prayer that incorporated the omnipresent dynamics & teachings of the 4 Directions through the Moon Stones, which are placed symbolically in North, South, East, & West Directions.
In Sacred Geography, the 4 Directions serve as a guide to our position in Life, with each of the Directions representing different teachings, messages, times, and beings (among a multitude of other traditional connections). We can then observe ourselves as the center. Because this is a Goddess invoking fan, with the stone of Pachamama in the center, when using this fan, my directionality is as such. I feel the Goddess at the center of my 4 Directions and Sacred Geography, and She arises inside of me in those moments of prayer, sending me teachings and messages according to each Direction.
The turquoise I chose as stones from a very sacred space for me, a space where I learned to communicate with Nature, the Plant beings, and took my first steps on this Path of Healing. During the creation of this fan, I was visiting those sacred motherlands of mine and came across a pile of stones in the foothills. Amongst them were many turquoise stones, which I added between the 4 Directions (some say there are 8 directions, this being a component of the symbolism). My teacher observed my placement of them and announced “Look, the Turquoise Stars are surrounding the Mother Earth”. So, within the placement of these stones lies the symbolism of the Mother Earth inside of my being, the 4 Directions and all of their teachings, and the Turquoise Stars, encompassing the entire Universe within my prayer field.
Elements of the Base
The base of the fan is comprised of a cut-off wooden spoon, my Great Grandmother Vera’s wooden spoon. I incorporated this piece in as a symbol of my gratitude to the Ancestors of My Maternal Line. Those Grandmothers who came before me and walked this path of Light and Love in seeking wisdom and connectivity with the Great Mystery and the Goddess as She is inside of all of us. As my hand holds this fan, so I hold an object that my Great Grandmother Vera did, and in that connection I feel the power of all of the women of my line, of bloodline, soul line, and spirit line, all of the Ancestors of this Earth. I feel connected to the wisdom and magic that those lines hold, and feel it easily come through me while holding the base in this consciousness.
The leather grip of the fan is comprised of llama hide from Peru. A brilliant burgundy color, llama hide is a unique hide to work with. I acquired the hide while in Peru and see it as a fitting connection with my prayer, the intention of the fan, and the teachings and transmissions I received while in Peru, South America.