Category Archives: Symbols in The Unknown Mother
In many of the mystery schools of various cultures, the letters of the alphabet are held as sacred vessels, used in meditations, and considered keys to the doorways of consciousness. In the modern age, most of us simply take the letters of the words we speak for granted, giving their potentials or inherent power virtually no consideration. In The Unknown Mother, one of Wrenne’s early lessons with Matrina revolves around the hidden significance of the letters of the alphabet.
Have you ever taken a moment, since elementary school, to recite the alphabet? Have you ever felt the shape of the letters as they roll off your tongue? Have you ever noticed how we cannot name the consonants without also sounding a vowel? Have you noticed that certain letters are actually comprised of the combined sounds of other letters? Have you ever noticed how certain words starting with the same letter have a similar power…Love and Light for example?
Everything, from the ant on the sidewalk to the thought in your head, is made of vibration. The letters of the alphabet are like little parcels of vibration, energies encapsulated in symbol. Spend some time singing, reciting, and toning your ABC’s and discover for yourself the gifts these parcels contain.
In The Unknown Mother, Wrenne, the central character, loses her voice. After helping her discover the root cause of her vocal crisis, Matrina gifts Wrenne with a beautiful Navajo turquoise necklace. So, why that? Why not a pearl necklace or diamond broach?
Every gemstone has its own vibrational frequency and healing properties. Turquoise is one of several 5th chakra or throat center stones. It helps to open and protect our expressive center. In fact, when given as a gift, as is the case in The Unknown Mother, turquoise is believed to bring the wearer protection from negative outside influences. So in gifting Wrenne with her necklace, Matrina is actually bestowing a powerful amulet on her student.
Turquoise is also said to take on the characteristics of the owner. So this necklace will not only carry the refined level of consciousness from its previous owner, Matrina, but it will also program itself in its service to Wrenne ensuring her ability to communicate her unique message authentically, cleanly, and completely. Furthermore, it will help her control her physical speech, quelling nerves and supporting the vocal apparatus.
In addition, turquoise brings the wearer equilibrium, calms the nervous system, builds one’s confidence, and clears self-esteem issues. These are all things Wrenne needs as she relearns to use her voice in this world.
There are many additional benefits to wearing turquoise including body detoxification and the lifting of depression.
And as for why the gift is a necklace and not something else entirely? A necklace rests right on the back of the neck and, depending on length, rests somewhere between the throat and heart center to the front. It offers 360 degrees of protection to the 5th chakra and therefore not only connects our speech to our heart, but encircles it with protection.
A turquoise necklace…the perfect 5th chakra power object.
In the post What Vocal Toning is Not, I mentioned that the syllable of OM was one that a majority of people are at least familiar with even if they don’t understand what it means or why people chant it. They at least know it has something to do with spirituality and/or meditation. I thought I’d take a moment to share a little more about OM.
OM is considered to be the spontaneously arising Sound of the Universe, the primal sound from which all other sound originates. While there is no translation or meaning to the syllable of OM, we can say that it relates to Supreme Consciousness. So when one utters OM, one is sounding the name of God.
Sounding OM can purify the environment or help the mind release whatever it is holding, relaxing us. It can also lend us strength and courage. It is said to improve the quality of the voice and bring light to the eyes as well.
OM is comprised of three sounds: A, U, M. Each sound represents a different level of consciousness. The A is the waking state, U is the dream state, and M is deep sleep. Together, they represent the totality of consciousness.
Want to try toning OM?
Sit in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and evenly. Relax and bring to mind the sound of OM. On the next exhalation, repeat the sound externally. You can do this in little pulses on one breath: OM, OM, OM. Or you can do one long OM on each full exhalation. Bring the feeling from the vibration of OM into your heart. Do this for at least a few minutes and for as long as you want to. Then meditate in the silence. Allow the qualities generated by the sound of OM to penetrate your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self. You can do this practice upon waking, before bed, or anytime you want to stop the world and get off for a few minutes.
The beautiful lotus flower is a popular symbol these days thanks to the influence of Eastern thought and practice all over the world. It is a common icon used in advertising for all things yoga-, enlightenment-, and spirituality-related. But what exactly does the lotus represent?
The lotus flower arises out of the mud and muck, untouched and spotless, its roots running deep into the rich, black soup beneath it. Its many petaled bloom opens wide radiating with the feminine quality of openness. Sometimes represented as a bud, sometimes in full bloom, sometimes with leaves, in an array of colors ranging from white to pink to blue to purple. Each chakra or energy center of the body is associated with a different color lotus in various stages of development (see here for a lovely depiction). The lotus is often depicted as the throne of various deities, such as Lakshmi, indicating divine birth. The lotus is said to be the door to the womb of the universe. Therefore, it is a symbol for new life.
The lotus is like our pure heart. When we develop within ourselves such qualities as compassion, equanimity, love,and joy our heart opens and blossoms like the multi-petaled lotus. As such, it represent spiritual perfection and victory. Pretty cool!