Do You Hear Bells?
Many cultures use rattles as a means of getting the attention of Spirit. I still occasionally use a traditional rattle because it has many very expressive ways of communicating with Spirit. However, I often felt awkward using a rattle -- it felt like I was borrowing from cultures that I have no genetic links to -- at least in this lifetime. My roots are Celtic, English and German.
As I was researching Celtic shamanism I found a reference to a bell stick as an alternative to a rattle. When I read this a surge of energy like electricity went through my body -- a response of deep recognition or "genetic memory".
Or maybe I was tuning into a past life as a Druid using a bell stick?
Either "explanation" is interesting, fun, and feeds the mythology of my life.
It has been through many modifications -- we are now trying coated steel cable to hold the bells in place -- waxed linen, leather and rawhide just do not hold up to the wear of shaking the stick. There are few things more embarrassing than sealing in a soul part of a client and having a bell break free and whop them in the head. (Which, naturally, they immediately look to attach some kind of meaning to the experience -- usually a bad omen. This causes me to then spend the next several minutes apologizing and convincing them that sometimes "a cigar is just a cigar".)
People often want to know if they can get a bell stick made for them. If you are interested in having Annah create one you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.