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Robin McGauley

Gatekeepers - Ammonite Earrings

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$290.00 CAD
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$290.00 CAD
The spiral is a significant mystical and spiritual symbol.
It represents the reality that our connection with the divine as spiritual beings spirals inward to the space that touches the soul and outward to create change in the world from that space of divine awareness.
The spiral is never stagnant. It requires constant motion that expands, evolves and grows.
It is truly incredible to learn just how prevalent the spiral is in the world - and the universe! Planet Earth is located in the Milky Way galaxy which is the shape of a spiral.
From the placement of seeds in a sunflower, weather patterns over the ocean, the horns on a goat’s head, the cones of the white pine… look around and you begin to see spirals everywhere.

These one of a kind earrings feature high quality ammonite cabochons.
They are earthy and elegant with their gentle brown tone and beautiful spiral. Ammonites were marine animals that had a coiled external shell similar to that of the modern nautilus.

The earrings are handcrafted in fine silver and sterling silver.

These measure 2.2cm wide by 4cm long (from the top of the earring hook).
I included a spiral on the back as well as my maker's mark. 

15% of the sale of these earrings will be gifted to The Centre for Christian Studies in Winnipeg. The shape of the spiral is foundational to what they teach about spiritual leadership and the work of social change. The role of 'gatekeepers' is also foundational to their understanding of leadership. 
I asked one of the staff members of the school to share what the spiral means to them:
"A naturally occurring formation in DNA, unfurling fern fronds, and some forms of galaxies, the spiral describes the visual shape of a process for reflecting on learning used extensively at the Centre for Christian Studies. This process, sometimes called the Action/Reflection model or “the spiral”, celebrates the importance of the community for authentic reflection and action, the need to attend to what is going on deep within oneself while at the same time looking outward into the world, and the way that learning something new means you never quite end up in the same place as you began, once you spiral around. Spiral reflection is an activity that, at its best, can be done by anyone and is a powerful resource for groups involved in justice seeking, liberating theology, and learning in community." Lori Stewart - CCS staff