ANAM CARA NECKLACE
ANAM CARA NECKLACE
SHOWN HERE IN BRONZE
"In everyone's life, there is great need for an 'anam-cara', a soul-friend. In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension....Where you are understood, you are home." --John O'Donohue
What you see here are the words "Anam Cara" depicted in Ogham, an ancient script used to write the early Irish language 300-800AD
The idea with this piece is that you would wear it to remind you of your Anam Cara or gift it as a sort of next level BFF bracelet to your Anam Cara.
Below is a more detailed description by one of my very favorite authors, John O'Donohue -
In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the “soul friend.” In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. It originally referred to someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam cara you could share your inner-most self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention, morality, and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the “friend of your soul.” The Celtic understanding did not set limitations of space or time on the soul. There is no cage for the soul. The soul is a divine light that flows into you and into your Other. This art of belonging awakened and fostered a deep and special companionship.
In this love, you are understood as you are without mask or pretension. The superficial and functional lies and half-truths of social acquaintance fall away, you can be as you really are. Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious. Where you are understood, you are at home.
Understanding nourishes belonging. When you really feel understood, you feel free to release yourself into the trust and shelter of the other person’s soul… This art of love discloses the special and sacred identity of the other person. Love is the only light that can truly read the secret signature of the other person’s individuality and soul. Love alone is literate in the world of origin; it can decipher identity and destiny.
The pendant measures approximately 3" in length and 1/2" in width.
Each cuff comes with a story card illustrating the meaning and story of the piece.
Each piece varies slightly due to its handmade nature.
Hand made in our south Louisiana studio.
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