The Rider - Abundant Energy
The Rider - Abundant Energy
The Rider is a figure (of the operant) wearing the mask of the Shaman or the Forest Lord, antlered, arms or cloak creating wing-like forms, the better to fly between the worlds. The body carries an echo of a skull, with the eyes/wings showing silhouettes of two figures, one looking back into the past and the other forwards into the future. The antlered figure faces straight ahead (as does the skull-as-everpresent-knowledge-of-death) fully stable in the now while holding an understanding of the roots of hir current state and placement as well as the future-fate s/he seeks.
The inner story of the name of The Rider comes from a concept/practice I've used for decades which came from the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. In those books, the Children of Oberon are all able to shift reality while traveling. The ability to change a tree here from elm to pine, the sky from blue to yellow, the smell of the air, the season of the year, mountains to plains, horse path to highway, and in this way to travel between worlds. A method to discover or create new worlds more to their liking, worlds which will contain keys to what they seek to achieve. This way of travel they call Hellriding. I've always found the Hellride a fine metaphor for the sorcerous life. We remove or minimize a piece of our world-experience that does not suit our intentions or desires, replacing it with something that does or at least offers the possibility of that which we seek. We repeat this process of addition and subtraction of elements, thoughts, possibilities, and probabilities endlessly, making the worlds we seek available to our experience. The sorcerer, magician, conjurer or witch is the Hellrider.
This aspect of the talisman is a tool to re-shape the world.
We (as are all things) are surrounded by, dwelling in, and made of energy. Changes of state are at the base energy shifts. This talisman seeks to harness the ever-present energy of the Field and direct it where it is most needed. Although the shape of the sigil came before this interpretation, I now see the vessel-shape and arrow as a sort of scoop structure, collecting raw materials and then directing them into the place or places where they can be of the most, best use for our works. This aspect of the talisman is focused of harnessing fuel for manifestation.
Handmade from sheets of sterling silver. As a two-sided piece, this item is not hallmarked as sterling silver, as I am unwilling to choose a face to damage with the hallmark!
Being entirely handcrafted, each piece is unique, so even pieces based on the same design have significant variations and are one-of-a-kind.
Weight is about 13 grams. 43.5mm tall x 21mm wide x 3.3mm thick (1.7” x .8” x .13”).