The heads of these rattles are made from leather, which is then molded into its desired shape, set, hand painted by the artist and coated to protect. The leather bindings around the rattle are secure and made from a good, thick quality leather. These are embellished with decorative feathers, beading, tassels and you will find some rattles have either a crystal or an arrow head on the stem. We can't always guarantee if we have both in stock as it depends on what is available at the time.
There's only a small number inside the head of the rattle, so the sound is light and the paintings can vary is colour or design slightly but the essence is always similar.
Each rattle comes with a certificate of authenticity tied to the end, this is signed by the artist.
Size of Turtle Rattle: The overall length of the rattle, not including the leather straps at the bottom is approximately 37-39 cm. The leather tassels are roughly 18-19cm in length. The size of the feather adornments will vary with each rattle however they are all of a decent size. There will be a larger feather tied to the top and a smaller feather at the bottom with the leather tassels.
Dictionary Terms Explained
- Completion, protection
Turtles have been and are held sacred in many traditions. In the Far East the turtle shell is seen as a symbol of heaven while the squarer underside is symbolic of mother earth. And through other traditions such as Native American turtle is a symbol of mother earth and our ability to find happiness on mother earth.
The turtle is a slow moving creature on land and is never in a rush. All you need to do is find the pace that is appropriate. Like the knight of pentacles in a Tarot deck turtle energy is steady, earthy and always accomplishes what they set out to do. If you align with the energy of turtle you are assured of completion. It teaches to go with the flow and be happy with the pace that your life is taking. Do not try to push it faster than is natural or you may reach your destination too early and feel you missed something along the way. Turtle teaches us to try and enjoy the journey as much as the final achievement. To focus too much on the end of something means you will often find yourself dreaming of the future, which will leave you ungrounded and unhappy. So have around you the symbol of turtle when you wish to remain grounded and take joy in what you have been given.
Also because of their great shells turtle symbolise our ability to protect ourselves. When you have done a certain amount of personal development and thinking you come to realise that everything is connected. And we start to see ourselves reflected in the actions of others. But sometimes some people have their own history and their own anger and it is just best to get out of their way. That is where the shell of turtle may come in handy. You don't have to take responsibility on for everyone. Sometimes just leave them to get on with it. And if they get too close use turtle energy to give them a little snap so they know you are there.
- Energy, direction
Rattles having been used for many centuries by different traditions and native peoples around the globe. Shamanic cultures such as Native American, Aboriginal, Amazonian, African, Russian and pagan all used and still use rattles in their ceremonies. There are many different styles of rattle, some big, making a very loud sound, while others are smaller, giving much more airy and delicate notes. Using repetitive sounds within the human aura of the body when combined with good intention and focus can help to break up energetic blocks and negative energy. Rattles are tools you can use on yourself or others for healing and for generally changing bad for good. Rattles can help you align with a higher purpose.
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