Art for the Heart Workshop on Feathers
10 November 2014
Each participant was invited to take a single black feather from the box and to take more if desired. They were to use the black feathers in anyway they like and incorporate it into an image or artwork.
Feathers evoke feelings of lightness, fragility, loss, flight, ascension, weightlessness, and they remind us of birds and poultry, adornments, and drawing quills.
On a search for ancient meanings, online sites suggested the following: Feathers were worn by Native American Chiefs to symbolize their communication with Spirit, and to express their celestial wisdom. In the Native American Indian culture, feathers represented the power of the thunder gods, along with the power of air and wind.
Native American Pueblo Indians would pay homage to the Feathered Sun which is a symbol of the cosmos and the center of existence. Another symbol meaning of feathers also revolves around prayer, and the Pueblo use feather sticks as they dance in prayer for rain during solstice rituals.
As a Celtic symbol meaning, the feather was worn by Druids in the form of ornate feathered robes. Celtic Druids donned these robes in ceremonies to invoke the sky gods and gain knowledge of the celestial realm. It was believed that the feathered cloak along with the presence of the sky gods would allow the Druid to transcend the earthly plane and enter the ethereal realm.
The Egyptians believed that feathers were symbolic of sky gods too. Ma’at, the Egyptian goddess of justice, would weigh the hearts of the newly dead in the underworld against the weight of a feather to determine the worthiness of his or her soul