Earlier in the year, during a break at a workshop I was attending, I was chatting with a male acquaintance when I glimpsed something shimmering from under his shirt collar. “Ooh, what’s that?” I asked. He unbuttoned his collar and showed me a most stunning necklace – somewhat large, set with two or three crystals, and quite becoming. “Wow, that’s beautiful. Where did you get it?” I queried.
And so he proceeded to tell me about Soul Design and Margaret Ninness. Margaret crafts necklaces for people based on what they ‘need’ at the time of making. She is able to open herself to one’s energy, or soul, and receive or divine one’s essence which is then manifested in the necklace. She does not need, nor want, to know anything about you. You do not get to choose the style, color, stone or anything about the piece. You do not know when it’s going to be ready. You don’t even know how much it’s going to cost (although she does provide some bounds: it will be least $500 and not likely more than $800NZD / equivalent to $385/$615 USD).
Sound corny? Sound a bit new-agey?
I was really intrigued by my friend’s necklace and his story about it. I mulled it over and thought to myself, “I’m going through a major transformation, seeking clarity, trying to understand my life’s purpose. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a ‘power’ necklace to signify my new life in New Zealand and my new path?” I talked to Bruce and suggested we each commission one in honor of our 10 year anniversary (last May). He wasn’t so keen on it but suggested I go ahead and get one for myself.
So I shot off an email to Margaret sometime in April. I was a bit nervous about spending so much on myself and wondered what would happen if I didn’t like it. I had looked at her ‘portfolio’ on-line and I had to say that while I really found most of her work to be quite stunning, there were a few pieces that I didn’t like and I knew that I would be disappointed to have received one of those. Doubt. Fear. Negativity. It’s no wonder I did not get a reply – I was not ready.
I didn’t pursue and the months passed. In September, Bruce & I attended the Body, Mind, Spirit festival in town. As we were perusing the stalls, we came across Soul Design and there was Margaret and her husband Dan. “Hey, I know you. I sent you an email months ago and never heard back. I’ve seen some of your work” blah blah blah and we launched into a 45 minute discussion and glanced through several binders of 8×12” photographs of her work. Her pieces were so compelling. She said that they had had a computer/email malfunction earlier in the year and lost a bunch of emails. But there she was, ready, willing, and able to take an order. But I was still not ready. I said “great to meet you” and walked away.
About ten minutes later I ran into her in the ladies room. We both came out of the stalls at the same time, glanced at each other, and I said, ‘oh, maybe this is a sign.’ She gave me a knowing look and yet again I walked away. Bruce and I carried on with our day, attending various workshops and looking around some more. Finally, several hours later, near the end of the day, I said ‘I’m ready’ and ran back to Soul Design to commission my necklace. When I showed up, Dan said “We’ve been waiting. We knew you’d be back.” I gave them a $100 deposit, got my receipt, and left.. Trust. Excitement. Knowing.
I only spent maybe a few minutes here and there over the next few months fretting about the necklace allowing such negative thoughts to enter my mind such as “Where is it? What’s it going to look like? Will I like it? Is it okay to be spending this much on myself? Why is it not ready? Maybe she forgot about me. Should I email her?” However, I was able to push the negativity out of my head and trust that it would be ready when it was supposed to be. I didn’t dwell on it too often, and a few times I actually completely forgot about it.
In early December, Bruce & I were riding home in the van from a stint at Wainui and I blurted out, ‘Hey, I wonder if my necklace is going to be ready soon. I haven’t thought about it in a while.’ We arrived home and there was a message from Margaret. “Hi Kathy, I’m working on your necklace and it’s going great. It should be ready in a couple of weeks and the balance is $735. Let me know if you want me to go ahead.” I didn’t even bat an eye at the cost. I am so worth it. I sent her an email and told her to proceed.
Two weeks later I got the call. It’s ready. Bruce & I went to pick it up. Margaret was chuffed. She said she had a very easy time divining my necklace and that my energy was pumping through to her. She said that whatever I was up to, it was the right thing. She had no doubt I was on my path. Wow, those are encouraging words to hear. We chatted for 20 minutes or so and then she presented me with the box containing my necklace.
What color is my soul? What is it I need most?
The necklace is gorgeous. Its comprised of three stones – a very large siberian green quartz Magician Stone is featured in the center; a sizable purple ametrine stone on top, and a small white/opalesce moonstone anchors it at the bottom. The stones are set in an intricate design and attach to the chain at a careful counterbalancing point between the quartz and the ametrine. It is unique. It is for me.
We chatted with her for a while and she mentioned to Bruce that quite often in a partnership, when only one person has a Soul Necklace, the couple may experience a period of disharmony and she said it may come to pass that he would need or want a Soul Necklace too. Bruce said he’d been feeling that his special pounamu necklace, which he’d been given on his birthday, was getting tired out and that maybe it was time to pass it on to someone else in need. So maybe, he chuckled, it would be time to get a soul necklace for himself after that happened. We hugged her and left.
Margaret had given me some information about the Magician Stone and the info said that one should ‘clear’ the stone and then focus one’s positive energy on it. This is normal routine for working with crystals and something I was familiar with. So as I lay in bed that night, I focused, and held the necklace in my hands. Within minutes my hands started pulsing. Big huge pulses as if I was holding a beating heart in my hands. I’d experienced this sensation only a couple of times in the last few years since my foray into Reiki. I’m in awe when this happens as the sensation is so strong, and I often do a double-take on my hands to see if anything is really there. I don’t know how to interpret this, but I take it as a good sign.
So what does this necklace say about me?
Right off the bat, the colors of the stones are meaningful for me. Green signifies the heart chakra and purple signifies the crown chakra – both are areas that I have been working on over the last several years as I have often said ‘I need to get out of my head and into my heart more.’ I’ve wanted and need a better integration of heart & mind. I’m not sure what the color white symbolizes although it could represent one’s overall aura color. White is also associated with the higher crown chakra.
I consulted “The Crystal Bible” book to find out more about each stones’ significance. Some highlights:
Ametrine: This stone connects the physical realm with higher consciousness. It facilitates and protects during astral travel and relieves psychic attack. It clears stress and tension from the head, calming the mind and bringing greater focus to meditation. Psychologically: enhances compatibility and acceptance of others. Stimulates creativity and supports taking control of one’s own life. Mentally: brings clarity, harmonizing perception and action. Strengthens concentration. Emotionally: releases blockages including negative emotional programming, facilitating transformation and bringing insight into underlying causes of emotional distress.
The Magician Stone: The numerous facets create an energetic template establishing numerous energy channels that connect the wearer to Source, to the Earth, and to each of the four directions. Once these connections are established and strengthened, it teaches us how to center ourselves in the most beneficial position. Indeed, it positions us in the Cosmic Flow of energy that brings magic to life, an excellent tool for learning how to co-create in the best way. Wearing this stone brings both extraordinary luck and abundance.
Moonstone: This is a stone of new beginnings. It is strongly connected to the moon and to intuition. Its most powerful effect is that of calming the emotions. Psychologically: calms overreactions to situations and to emotional triggers; it balances male-female energies. Mentally: opens the mind to sudden and irrational impulses, serendipity, and synchronicity. Emotionally: soothes emotional instability and stress and stabilizes emotions. Improves emotional intelligence. It draws out old emotional patterning so that it can be understood and then dissolved. Provides deep emotional healing. Physically: it powerfully affects the female reproductive cycle and alleviates menstrual related disease and tension. It is linked to the pineal gland and balances the hormonal system.
I’ve had my necklace for about three weeks and I’ve worn it a few times a week. I’m not used to wearing such large pieces as I don’t like calling attention to myself and it’s taken me a while to feel comfortable with it on. Funnily and somewhat interestingly enough, I haven’t gotten that many comments on it. Maybe it’s invisible and only seeable to those of us in the know. HA! I’m chuffed and I’m pleased and I think Margaret is one talented artist. Thank you Margaret!
And as for Bruce? He loves it, especially the Magician Stone. He’s felt more harmony with me since I’ve had it, not less. Last week at our holiday party I was surprised to see a guest wearing Bruce’s necklace! The pounamu had passed on to a new owner. Bruce was ready. Bruce shot off an email to Margaret the very next day and commissioned his necklace. What color is his soul? What does his soul need? We shall see………………………………..