Stav ~ my sacred art journey

My Stav. She is finished! I have been using her lovingly for the past several years, first at Open Stav Nights with Kari Tauring, and now with the Idisi. She has served me well as a plain branch, with a fork at the top.  Some people call these stangs. But I wanted to dress her up some, so I removed some of the bark, but not all.

The ways that Spirit (Goddess/God/Ancestors/Guardians/Guides) is teaching me is strange, but magical. Insight comes from places unlooked for, and I find what I need. One day I drifted into Eye of Horus for no real reason at all and found that a Story Teller, Cedric Red Feather, would be speaking and telling his stories that day.  So I stayed and listened to him and he talked about making sacred staffs, and that it should have a symbol of those who fly in the air, those who walk upon the earth, and those who are under the earth. I had already removed the bark from my stav several months prior to this. But I wasn’t sure how I would decorate it.

So over the past couple of weeks I sanded those areas smooth, added a couple of coats of varnish and viola! All pretty and protected. It is decorated with feathers, white tail dear skin for the hand grip, and a white stone bear carving I received from Cedric Red Feather at the story telling event. I am amazed at how much I love my stav, and I certainly feel blessed to have this wonderful tool to share sacred rhythms and song. I’ve had the dear skin in a drawer for many years, I bought it years ago when a friend of mine and I drove out to Cosmos Minnesota to get some skins to use for medicine bags we were going to make. Obviously, I never made the bag, but I am putting the skin to use for sacred purpose, and there is enough skin left over to make a bag or two, I think. It would be nice to have something that matches the hand wrap to carry to festivals and what not.

I finished my Stav this morning, and I am quite pleased with it. I will add photos to this post when I have them, but I’m too excited not to publish this today!