14 Nov

Making my first Shaman’s Rattle

this is the type of clay pot I used...

this is the type of clay pot I used…


One of the early “makings” Medicine Crow gave me as his apprentice was to make myself a rattle. (Rattles can shift energy really quickly when used in shamanic practice. ) It is quite usual to have a number of rattles, each with its own qualities being used for different purposes as one works with healing within. I resonated with the qualities of one of his, a rawhide rattle filled with stones and felt to make one of this type for myself. 

   At the time I was in short supply of rawhide until nature presented me with the opportunity to find a road kill to skin, soak until the outer hair slipped (smelly business) and then make the rattle. For now I decided to make one with a clay pot instead (source for these below). In his clear instructions Crow had told me to select one thousand antstones for the rattle.

When terrestrial ants build a nest, they carry out one ant tunnel sized stones and soil in varying sizes as they dig, carry them upwards and deposit them around the area surrounding their ‘front door’. I sat for some time with his instructions as the guidance came in and I felt a growing attraction to meat ant stones. (Also the other ant nests I inspected to date the ants seemed to only carry out soil and no stones.)  My feeling was for either quartz or ironstone antstones and to find them I would go out bush to my country and choose an area that had that type of geology and the right energetic feeling.

   The day came when I had the space from every day life to take a trip back to my country. Once I was there I kept a lookout for a suitable meat ant nest. I found it on a hot dry summer afternoon about 1pm on a bitumen roadside in full summer sun. Being no time like the present to start I set to collecting suitable ironstone antstones on the edge of the mound – being not sure when I would pass that way again.
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   Meat ants are quite possessive of their home mound and before long scouts came out to check me out and then soldiers began to appear as I perspired profusely whilst selecting and counting antstones.  At a point in time it became obvious that the ants wished me to move on,  so I did – to another quadrant of the mound. …and then it dawned on me that I had not asked the ant’s permission to collect their stones. Coming to a halt with that recognition, I asked the ants their permission – isn’t communication a wonderful thing. And so I continued collecting antstones and perspiring the the blazing summer sun until I had enough. One thousand meat ant stones is quite a large volume of stones – far more than it takes to make a rattle. I made the clay rattle and had lots left over for a rawhide rattle.
 This one thousand antstones for a rattle bit had me a confused – perhaps where crow came from the ants were smaller and carried up smaller stones?
 I resolved to ask him more about this process and why one one has to collect thousand stones for a rattle.
One day I took the opportunity…
His reply – practicing the quality of PATIENCE!
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 And so the learning for me in this was “it pays to Ask Questions! “
And so in life or if you are Journeying do remember to “Ask Questions”.
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Satya is a versatile and skilled Distance BodyWhisperer who does in person sessions in Trinity Beach as well as remote and distance sessions by phone or skype and is based in Australia. He specialises in Bodywork, Massage, Reiki healing, shamanic healing, energy healing, emotional healing and chakra healing.