Antler Handle Pottery Spoon
Antler Handle Pottery Spoon
In the Celtic tradition the hunting of a Stag was symbolic for the pursuit of wisdom. The hunt for wisdom motif is also found in Greek mythology, where deer were * associated with woodland deities too. Two tales of Artemis, the Greek goddess of wilderness, tell of her wrath and retribution visited upon those who trespassed into her domain. By controlling the weather she kept King Agamemnon's fleet bound for Troy confined to port, to avenge the killing of a stag sacred to her. Another hunter, Acteon, used a stag's pelt to sneak up on Artemis whilst she was bathing in the forest. As punishment for seeing her naked, she changed him into a stag and sent him back into the woods to be hunted down and killed by his own hounds. Other woodland goddesses, such as Diana, the Roman equivalent of Artemis, were similarly associated with deer and their perceived qualities of gracefulness and swiftness.
In Celtic tradition the Stag is one of the five oldest creatures in the world. We have Palaeolithic cave paintings of Stags and their antlers were an essential tool during the Stone Age and were a tool involved in making the Megalithic structures, including Stonehenge. From the Saami, and other tribes, whose lives are reliant upon Deer we can understand how central their knowledge was. When you, your family and tribes clothing, diet, tools and thus survival are reliant on a single animal then they become symbolic of life. The knowledge required to hunt them becomes irrevocably tied up with the knowledge required for life. Thus the Hart and Hind have become an ingrained mythic symbol in western society and still are via Santa Claus.
The antlers of the stag are compared to tree-branches and thus may represent fertility. Since they are shed and re-grown every year, they may also symbolise rejuvenation and rebirth. Cernunnos, the Celtic Horned God, was depicted with the antlers of a stag; he is said to be a god of fertility and plenty, and to be the Lord of the Beasts. Cernunnos, Herne and Ingvi-Freyr have all been linked with the Green Man, Lord of the Beasts and the Wild Hunt imagery.
According to some, his antlers symbolise a radiation of heavenly light. Images of stags were supposedly used to symbolise Cernunnos in non-human form. This also ties up with Ugric legends of the Stag, son of the Heavenly Doe, who steals the Sun between his antlers. This ties up with the Yule/Alban Arthuan/Mid-winter solstice when it is a famous hunter, often a Bear or man-bear, who chases down the Stag and brings back the Sun.
The Stag stands for solitary nobility, honour and a strong commitment to the protection of their herd. The Stag is a symbol of protection and sexuality. They are extremely devoted to the care, and creation, of children. Stags focus on the balance of law and are rigid in their thinking on the issues of justice.
The Deer is associated with gentleness, caring love, sensitivity, graceful beauty, innocence and keen observation. Because of their well-developed senses, it is said deer can see through illusions and guide through chaotic situations. People with deer medicine can also learn to detect subtle movements, hear things unspoken and to use their intuition to avoid dangers.
from Paul Kendall
and David Legg
These symbolic deer antler handled spoons have pottery scoops and reclaimed antler tip handles. each is unique. i hand build the spoon head in terra nova studio from stoneware clay, the color of which you see here, as these are simply clear glazed. The amplified magic and alchemy of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, conspire with Spirit, through me, and a deer antler handled pottery head spoon is born of this lovely union.
Think of each sweet spoon as a sacred ritual tool, not meant for everyday use. Reserved for ceremonial purposes, your elemental scooped wand will last and last. You can submerse these in water or liquids but not for extended amounts of time. Antler is not treated with anything but love, nature and time. Always hand wash. Never dishwasher safe.
Uses: scooping loose incense on your altar, bailing herbal tea from your grandmother's ancient tin, stirring your quartz crystal infused full moon water once a month, shoveling epsom salts into your hot steaming flower laden bath, drawing out a delicious sip of elderberry wine from the cauldron for your lover, digging into a flour-less dark chocolate ripe juicy berry smothered torte on Summer Solstice, raising a taste of counter brewed kombucha to your luscious lips, drawing up wild harvested barks and roots in your apothecary...
This spoon is approximately 9 inches long.
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