December 27, 2010 on 11:00 am
Dear Spiritual Explorer: Can you recommend an unusual earring that is both potentially spiritual and beautiful? Ginny M., Atlanta, GA
Kundalini Spiral Earring
Dear Ginny: I have at Ma’s India just what you are looking for. Beautiful, spiritually evocative and unusual within one earring: Kundalini Spiral Earrings in sterling silver with amethyst. I find it interesting that this kundalini earring, symbolizing spiritual energy rising from the bottom of the spine or the first chakra to the seventh chakra, has as its accompanying stone, the amethyst, a stone full of spiritual significance.
Earrings, some beautiful, some ugly, some spiritual and some profane, from time immemorial have been used by women and men to adorn their ears. From the peacock that preens its feathers or other birds that brush their coats to a luster, the art of adornment is common to both human and animal species. I have to admit however that I have never seen an animal wearing an earring although I’ll bet that some animal lovers who dress their dogs would love to do so.
Some people like clip-on earrings; some like earrings that require a piercing of the ear. In all cultures, babies have peered ears. Ear piercing is one of the oldest known forms of body modifications. Early evidence of earrings worn by men can be seen in archaeological evidence from Persia. Images of soldiers from the Persian Empire actually showed them wearing an earring. Other evidence of wearing earrings can be seen in Exodus 32:1-4. When Moses was up at Mt. Sinai, the Israelites demanded that Aaron make a graven image of a god for them and he then commanded them to bring their son’s and daughter’s earrings to him. Unfortunately, as was reported, that’s when Moses, in a fit of anger, threw down the Ten Commandments. For this show of anger, he was not permitted to enter the Promised Land. I have always thought that unfair since I am sure he repented of his anger.
Among sailors, a pierced earlobe was a symbol that the wearer had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. It is commonly held that a gold earring was worn by sailors in payment for a proper burial in the event that they might drown at sea. Should their bodies have been washed up on shore, it was hoped that the earring would serve as payment for “a proper Christian burial.”
Who knew so many stories could be told of earrings? Do you have one you’d like to share? I’d be glad to publish them.
Thanks for writing, Spiritual Explorer
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