RECENT WORK – “Bull’s Eye Pendant”

This piece went through many changes before arriving at its final “completed” state, yet once it got there it seemed so obvious. The work was photographed before I researched the symbolic meaning of the various elements and I was very pleased to find that the accepted symbolic meanings spoke to me in a very real way. Perhaps when I am wearing it I will be reminded to focus and center myself.

Bull's Eye, Talisman, pendant
“Bull’s Eye Talisman” – Carol Holaday

Bull's Eye Talisman, pendant, Carol Holaday

“Bull’s Eye Talisman” – detail

Bull's Eye, Talisman, Carol Holaday
back side of Bull’s Eye Talisman

Symbolic Meaning 

Bull’s eye type emblems are symbolic of focus or concentration.

Native Americans have been drawing these type symbols for eons. For the Native American, these circles within circles represent various forces within the universe converging with The One…the one spirit, the one energy that animates all that is (God, if you will).

Other cultures have drawn concentric circles to illustrate the same thing. The inner circle may represent the self, consciousness, the soul, or the mind…with the external circles representing the waves of influence our center has over everything else.

The very nature of this symbol commands our vision to focus.  As we look at it our eyes tend to immediately concentrate to the center…that’s the beauty of this symbol (and primarily why it’s been used by sharp shooters of all kinds in competitions).  As such, this symbol stands for focus upon the center – focusing on the one thing.

information above found at:

http://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2007/08/28/mandalas-hit-a-target- symbolism-of-the-bullseye/

Metaphysical Properties: Feldspar is said to assist one in detaching from the old, encouraging unconventional, exciting methods to attain ones goals. It can also assist in locating misplaced things.

Chinese Writing Stone is made of feldspar, and is sometimes referred to as Calligraphy Stone because of the white formations on a black background, which can look like Chinese script or calligraphy writing characters.

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Talisman

tal·is·man   – noun: talisman; plural noun: talismans

an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.