A hand-carved journey pony is the centerpiece of this neutral palette multi-strand necklace. Two large, luscious thunder eggs enhance the presentation.
This pony has been honored with a Pat Hand Print (left hand drawn on the horse's right hip). AAANativeart.com mentions
that the Pat Hand Print was reserved exclusively for the horse who had brought his master back home from a dangerous mission unharmed.
The Medicine Cards give the horse the attribute of power (see below for references). Sams and Carson note that "True power is wisdom found in
remembering your total journey." Erodes and Ortiz mention that there was no Indian word for horse (after the extinction of Equis in the New World about 8,000 years ago, the horse did not arrive again on this continent until the 16th century). Because it carried its burdens like a dog, it was called Spirit Dog, Sacred Dog, Moose Dog, etc. Ted Andrews (Animal Speak) adds travel and freedom to the list of attributions. He goes on to claim that no one single animal has contributed more to the spread of civilization than the horse. Naturally then, many cultures have elaborate traditions and symbolism relating to the horse. In Amulets, Sheila Paine notes that horse hair is the most significant animal hair used in the nomadic regions of Asia. The Uzbek women's face-veil
is made of black horsehair which is said to repel evil spirits and the evil eye. Should the evil eye approach by mistake, it it trapped in the mesh.
The pony is carved of serpentine which The Book of Stones says is one of the best stones for rousing the kundalini energy. Associated with the earth element,
it is also valued for assistance
in exploring the deep history of the Earth and Nature, it is soothing to the emotional body as well. Johari in The Healing Power of Gemstones describes
the uses of serpentine in Ayurvedic medicine which include stomach troubles, high blood pressure and eye troubles.
A thunder egg is a solid geode, it has a rocky exterior which is filled with agate or sometimes opal. These could be from Oregon, the thunder egg is Oregon's state stone.
Since thunder eggs form in rhyolite lava beds, experts believe the stone trapped a bubble of volcanic gas which later filled with a mineral solution of chalcedony.
I could go on for a long time, but perhaps you will let this powerful pony lead you on your own journey of exploration into the wonders of the natural and supernatural worlds!