Of Long Red Lines and Missing Charms

Almost every woman I know owns or has owned a charm bracelet. I have so many personal charms myself that I've put them on a charm necklace that is anchored by a sterling silver Lion pendant in the center. The lion is symbolic of the fact that my zodiac sign is Leo.

All of the charms symbolize achievements, strengths, abilities, challenges, memories and magick. It's a power necklace encoded with symbols that project the power of my personal identity. It took me years to collect all the sterling silver charms and attach them "just so" to create this necklace. I've worn it during many rituals that I've led over the years. It's been charged with spiritual energy and encircles me in magickal power.

LUCKY CHARMS by Llewellyn: Charms were originally spoken or sung. The word charm comes from the French “charme”, which means song. The blessing that a priest gives at the end of a service is an example of this sort of charm. But, gradually, people came to the conclusion that spoken words were ephemeral, while a solid object was permanent. Objects that had special significance – such as a splinter that was believed to be from the cross of Jesus – replaced sung or spoken charms.Lucky charms are normally carried on the person, but there are exceptions. I knew someone who collected buttons in an old coffee can and whenever she felt she needed a little extra luck, she’d shake that coffee can as vigorously as she could. Charm bracelets allow people to wear a number of charms at the same time.

The reason I am sharing all of this is because, I chose to wear my power necklace earlier this week when attending the Big Red Line Ceremony of the One Billion Rising demonstration that took place at ECC.

After we left ECC, I didn't realize until I got out of the car that my necklace wasn't around my neck anymore. Andrew helped me search the inside of the car and then drove me back to ECC to look for it and check at the Lost and Found. I didn't want to face what a devastating loss this was. Thoughts of guilt and being punished for something by this loss danced in my head. But, those thoughts are fears based on religious values that I don't share. Ultimately, I don't believe in original sin, eternal damnation or God's wrath and punishment. Sadly, the necklace had not been turned in at the ECC Lost and Found when we checked. The woman behind the counter was very understanding and helpful by telling us to check again later or come back the next day, as many times it might take 12-24 hours before it's turned in. Not being an ECC student, I took a business card and we went home. So, I put all thoughts of the necklace out of my head. I banished the fears and regrets and refused to believe it was gone for good. Yesterday afternoon (2 days after the loss), I called the Lost and Found and spoke with the same woman who gave me the card. She happily told me that she'd been waiting for my call, because someone had turned in my necklace with all of the charms. I was soooo relieved, you can't imagine. Andrew jumped in the car and immediately went to go retrieve it and bring it back to me.

I'm so grateful that the individual who found my necklace did the right thing, the honest thing, the moral thing. The necklace did not arrive home unscathed from its adventure though. Apparently, it had been stepped on or driven over and 5 of the charms were bent or squashed. I was able to repair most with a pair of tiny pliers, and only one charm was damaged beyond repair. But, change is the only constant. Nothing stays the same including my charm necklace which has had 3 new charms added since I got it back. Plus, the red scarf that I brought to the Long Red Line ceremony has been added to my Crone Staff as a symbol of my commitment to work against and protect women and girls from male violence.

The Goddess is Alive and Magick is afoot.

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