SKIN & BONES
What are the Metaphysical Properties of fabrics we wear to protect our Skin and Bones and why should we care?
All the talk about cruelty to animals and wearing fabrics made of animal skins and fur. Haven’t we thought about how different fabrics affect our skin and bones? Do you ever wonder how your body feels about the clothes you’re wearing? Does it have a good or bad vibrational energy to it? How does the animals’ energy affect you? And what about dead bones?
We know about the effects of color and their associated Chakras and how that can affect our bodies by using clothing of different colors, stones, and paint in a room. In Feng Shui, white sheets are reserved for the dead. What about our daily choice of what fabrics to wear?
Today we can finally find ‘healing’ textiles and fabrics (see below). I’m so glad, because wearing PVC fake leather makes me sweat like I’m wearing a plastic bag. This can’t be healthy for anyone and has very low energy. However, I’ve always loved leather.
. Leather (fake): a textile base, often cotton, with a synthetic layer, often PVC.
Here’s an example of what different fabrics mean and what their magical properties are:
. Real Leather: protection, covering, animals, instinct.
Now I understand my attraction to leather. As for how the skins have been acquired, I cannot know for sure. Knowing how to clear any negative energy from my space, and myself I can also clear anything I bring inside my space, such as (leather) clothing, new furniture, new stones, …
When you’re wearing jeans, what vibrational energy does it have on your body?
. Denim: ruggedness, durability, labour, working, independence, rebellion
Oh! Ha Ha Ha, I can relate to rebellion.
Bones are also used for jewelry, sometimes tools, art, etc. Permanthea uses bones in her crafts. See what she writes about bones below.
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An amazing pair of earrings made with garnet, cow bone and charms. Garnet brings abundance to all levels. It brings comfort, loyalty and grounding.
Bone embodies the primordial powers of life and death, and by extension of the principle ‘as above, so below’, it represents the cosmic forces of creation and destruction.
Note: I always choose bones coming from natural death and that is why I do bone malas or jewels so rarely.
Whether materials are natural or man made, they all have an energetic vibration that affects you. Energy sticks to everything. Therefore, protect yourself. Take salt-baths, smudge yourself and your home. There are many ways to clear yourself and what you wear.
Imagine someone you meet for the first time. He/she is wearing a Suede jacket. You feel heavy energy coming from this person and you wonder why, when the energy is actually coming from the animal before it’s death. The jacket can overpower the person with negative energy and the person doesn’t even know. Now if the fabric is cleared and cleansed then it’s beneficial vibrational energy will shine through. And now this person will love it and wear it even more.
*Special Note to my Friend
Potato Chip Bags
Take a bag of potato chips. It’s mostly made out of a plastic called oriented polypropylene. “It’s an excellent moisture barrier,” Brody notes. And that’s key, “because potato chips first start to deteriorate by absorbing moisture. People don’t like soggy chips.” To further strengthen the material, many chip bags have a thin aluminum coating on the inside.
A layer of polyethylene (the stuff plastic grocery bags are made of) is sandwiched between this inner layer and the outer layer, which displays the brand and nutrition info.
So my advice to you, friend, is that these materials/fabrics are great for sealing in moisture and are sturdy enough to create anything, such as wallets, eye glass protectors, pot covers for plants maybe, etc… Just don’t wear this material on your skin and bones. It is made of plastics that will choke your pores. Also, the aluminum may not be of its natural form and if so, is now known to be cancerous. So do not place any food within your redesigned product. And for the final touch, you can clear and charge your intent on your new product with your palm chakras and a prayer to the angels.
An easy and fast way to see what the different fabrics mean and what their magical properties are. The correspondences were composited from history, myth, folklore, dream symbols and my own thoughts about the fabrics.
Canvas: creativity, new beginnings, potential, possibilities
Cashmere: comfort, warmth, luxury
Chiffon: feminine, delicacy, vulnerable, elegance
Cotton: simplicity, harvest, protection, rain, good luck
Denim: ruggedness, durability, labour, working, independence, rebellion
Felt: protection, good luck, wealth (white felt), sacrifice, strength
Flannel: mojo bags, comfort, relaxation, warmth
Flax: weakness of man, prosperity, gift of the gods, Hulda
Gauze: uncertainty in wealth, healing
Hemp: travel, burial, trance, opening gates and doors, vision, enlightenment, Bast
Lace: sacredness, rite of passage, feminine, privilege, sensuality, sexuality, duality
Lamé: luxury, wealth, royalty, sun or moon
Leather: protection, covering, animals, instinct
Linen: righteousness and purity, does not cause sweat, rest, elegance, luxury, sophistication, light
and purity, (display of) wealth
Satin: lustrous, sensual, shine, love
Silk: wealth, luxury, softness, smoothness, prestige, transformation, magical insulation
Velvet: distinction, honor, sensuality, emotions, royalty, leadership
Voile: secrets, unveiling, hidden, wedding
Wool: Hope, renewal, spinning, women’s crafts, durability, comfort and warmth
Fun facts about the different fabrics, which explain where the properties came from.
Cashmere: The goat is considered a ‘clean’ animal in the Jewish community. In the past a goat was sacrificed to honor a special guest. In the bible the goat is seen as ‘those who do not need God’. They are stubborn and world wise and God keeps them away from his followers. It was Napoleon’s second wife who made cashmere popular with the aristocratic community. According to lore, Napoleon had brought her seventeen scarves made from cashmere and she loved them. It became a must-have for the wealthy.
Cotton: Burning cotton was thought to cause rain. Planted or scattered in the yard it keeps ghosts away. In the black community of Georgia it was said that a newlywed couple that slept on a cotton mattress during their wedding night, would always have money. See: Linen
Felt: the Mongolians tied felt amulets to their horses before going to battle, they believed felt brought good luck and protection from evil spirits. Mattresses with felt protected against scorpions and snakes. Brides used to be seated on a seat of white felt during the wedding ceremony. The yurts of the Mongols are also made from felt. The whiter (newer) the felt, the wealthier the person who lives in it. They also made fetishes out of felt which they hung in their yurts. Foxes over children’s beds for peaceful nights, horses over the hearth as a totem of the sky and a man shaped fetish at the door to represent the man of the yurt or the guardian spirit. This is still in use today.
The Turkmen nomads sacrificed their animals on felt. The Romans used felt in their armor and shields to protect the men wearing them. See: Wool
Flannel: Originally Turkish red flannel was the best quality flannel that could be bought. Mojo bags are almost always made from red flannel. This goes back to the time of the slave traders. Flannel was a sturdy and cheap fabric that was given to the slaves to be made into underwear. The slaves turned the scraps into mojo bags. In the 1880’s it was thought that flannel underwear protected against diarrhea and dysentery
Flax: the Egyptians thought that flax was a gift of the Gods. Linens woven from flax are found in ancient Egyptian tombs. The Teutonic Goddess Hulda looks over spinning and specifically the cultivating of flax. It is said that She taught how to spin flax into fabric. In Estonia, a spirit known as the Flax Mother guards the flax and is said to live in a linen press. See: Linen
Hemp: sails used to be made from hemp fibers, they were the only thing that could withstand the ocean winds. The deceased used to be buried in hemp. Hemp was sacred to the Goddess Bast. A sacred incense of cannabis flowers and cinnamon was burned every morning in honor of the Goddess Bast or Isis. Korean men wore paji ma, hemp pants that they thought brought virility and power. See: Linen
Gauze: Dream symbolism says that being dressed in gauze means that you are ‘uncertain in your wealth’. Gauze used to be made from silk, thus you have a luxurious, wealthy fabric, that is full of holes. This would explain the dream symbolism. Nowadays gauze can be made from any material. Cotton gauze is the gauze used for dressing wounds and other medical purposes.
Lamé: In the past entire clothing pieces were constructed using gold of silver yarn. In these cases the metal was wrapped around yarns of silk or cotton. It was said that these fabrics were ‘befitting a princess’. Nowadays lamé is made by gold, silver or even copper wrapped around aluminum or stainless steel threads.
Linen: the ancient Egyptians used linen as a currency. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen. During the wrapping of the deceased, the priest would stop to say prayers and write on the linen. In Ireland linen is thought to absorb energy. Therefore strips of cloth were considered appropriate offerings. The scraps were infused with a disease of a prayer and then tied to a tree. Linen is mentioned over a hundred times in the bible. It is seen as a fabric of earthly power and success, worn by important people with influence and wealth. ‘Fine linen’ is often mentioned when talking about pure and righteous women. The temples of God were clothed in fine linens as should the people who come to them to worship.
Satin: The more expensive satins are made from silk, the others from nylon or polyester. In the Middle Ages satin was always made from silk and therefore only worn by the wealthy.
Silk: It’s been said that silk is a ‘natural magical insulator’, meaning that it will keep magical energies contained within itself and protects its contents from influences of the outside world.
Velvet: In paintings the use of velvet symbolizes leadership and royalty. Queens and leaders such as Napoleon are often depicted wearing velvet or having velvet draped over various furniture.
Voile: The name means ‘veil’ in French.
Wool: In the bible wool is thought of as pure, clean and free of sin. For this reason it was not allowed to mix wool with linen, for it would not be pure anymore. God’s children are seen as sheep and Jesus Christ is sometimes portrayed as the ‘Lamb of God.’ See: Felt
Signs and fabric correspondences:
Aries: lamb’s wool
Gemini: gauze, chiffon, voile
Leo: lamé, brocade, velvet
Virgo: cotton, canvas, chintz
Libra: silk, satin
Sagittarius: spandex, lycra
Capricorn: mohair, cashmere, hemp
Aquarius: feathers, metallic fabrics
Pisces: rayon, nylon, watermarked taffeta
Elements and fabric correspondences:
Earth: leather, wool, cotton, felt
Air: chiffon, voile, gauze
Fire: satin, lace, velvet
Water: silk, satin, taffeta
Spirit: hemp, linen, felt
‘Healing Fabrics’. WoW! The future is here.
Skin is the only organ of the body that comes directly in contact with the garment one is wearing. Clothes are the whole and sole things that stay in contact with the skin for the longest time… (read more from the link below)
Herbal textiles are also of high healing value. These fabrics are free of chemicals and dyes and are made from herbal extracts. What sets them apart from vegetable dyes is that they come with medicinal values of the herbs. A coat of direct and actual herbal extracts on the fabric keeps the remedial value intact. Herbal textiles have been helpful in curing diseases like hypertension, asthma, diabetes and even cardiac ailments.
Indigo for instance is used to cure skin allergies, Cuscus grass for asthma, turmeric fights skin problems and enhances it, and sandalwood extracts keep one relaxed and calm because of its refreshingly mild fragrance. Herbal textiles are also used to make garments and bed covers.
The process is called Ayurvastra, and originates from India (“ayur” means life, while “vastra” means dress). Based off Ayurveda, a traditional form of medicine using herbs, Ayurvastra fabrics actively heal the skin and body.
Here’s how it works: natural, organic yarns are dyed by hand using plants that contain medicinal properties. The dye bath infuses the fibers with the lovely natural colors of these plants, along with their healing components. The yarns are then woven into fabric, and made into clothing or bedding. When worn or slept in, the fabrics “deliver the (medicinal) benefits of the herbs through the skin.”
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