Monday, August 18, 2008

The eyes of god

The yarn weaving commonly known as the "gods eyes" or "the eye of god" is an ancient spiritual practice that can still be found in use all over the world. Two of the cultures which use this symbol extensively even today are the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Tibetans.

The name "eye of god" is a translation from the Spanish name Ojo de Dios. In Tibet, this item is known as a Namkha. The meanings assigned to this object within the two cultures is similar in many ways. In Huichol culture, they are placed on altars so that the gods can watch over the individual or family. In Tibetan practice, namkhas can be used to bless individuals, marriages and even business ventures. There is a strong association with the four directions or with the the elementals in both cultures.

In our August MoonCraft, we created these items as a way of connecting with the Goddess Ixchel and her consort, Itzamna the sun god. Ixchel is the goddess of the moon and of the rainbow. She is a protector of women in childbirth and she is also a powerful spiritual healer. Ojos de dios can take many forms, some quite elaborate, and as you can see from the photo above, one of the circle members even created an interesting 3-D version!

Here is an illustrated page which shows you how to create your own ojos, if you would like to try to make one of these interesting and ancient symbols.

Coming soon: Videos from the concert by Celia!