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this year’s corn dolly

October 13, 2012

Winter has been slow in coming…not that I’ve minded really but I haven’t made my corn dolly before now because it didn’t seem right.  My flower bed was still blooming nicely…until yesterday.  The cold temperatures, snow and such have taken care of that issue.  So today I made this year’s corn dolly.  Her chest contains a sampling of the few flowers that have managed to make it.  My son picked her hair color (his latest favorite color is green).  He also suggested we burn incense before it (which surprised me) but I thought it was a great idea.  So while the incense burned, I read prayers to Kore-Persephone.  (We took the remainder of the incense outside to finish burning so that the house was only slightly scented with Jasmine and Dragonblood)

Hail the maiden! I hate to see you go but it is more than time…

This hangs in my kitchen behind the cutting board.  Historically, corn dollies were made to trap fertility within for the next year.  I make corn dollies to trap a little bit of summer within as a promise that warm weather will come again.  Winter here is long and I often need this reminder that no matter how long it seems, it will not last forever.  In her arms she holds a citrine quartz crystal.  Citrine reminds me of sunshine so I set out these crystals the evening before summer solstice in a place to capture every bit of the warmth of the sun.  I like to think that if I was the type that could actually feel energy that I could feel the warmth of the sun shining forth from this rock.  Allow me my fantasies, please.

Come May Day, I will burn this dolly and spread its ashes through out our garden.  It is made of cotton, corn husks and (by that time) dried flowers.  Nothing toxic to worry about.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Joy permalink
    October 14, 2012 2:45 PM

    I love the hair. And the detail of the arms. I would be sad to burn it too.


    • October 14, 2012 4:44 PM

      It isn’t meant to be a long term thing…and after sittting in my kitchen for 6 months it will be ready to be retired. 🙂


  2. Anne permalink
    October 16, 2012 9:50 AM

    Yours turned out better than any I ever did in the past. Once the farmers out here get closer to finishing, I intend to make a small wolf from the corn to ‘catch’ it and keep it over winter. I know, not the same thing, and probably not as cool as yours. A girl can try no?


    • October 16, 2012 9:54 AM

      Thanks but you are too critical of your efforts. I’d love to see your wolf, when finished! I’ve never heart of doing it this way!


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