It is said that the familiar scent of Copal
helps souls find their way home.
The Wee Peeple Newsletter
February 2014 Issue 84
Still Life with Jawbone
the long slow journey
found on the Texas City Dike
woops! somewhere around the end of the month
Winter Gardening suddenly became Spring Gardening...
but the Dollmaker wanted
the heady fragrance of Hyacinths
Inside the house!
"Oh if only rocks could talk!" they said.
Check out the newest page on the Wee Peeple Website:
Art using Recycled Materials
In the Dollmaker's recurring Vision
Square Beads could clearly be seen dangling from her
SO>>> One (blessedly sunny) day she ventured out
and, while wandering, drifting and thrifting, chanced to look down,
and lying there upon a small table which was also for sale
waiting like a special delivery package from the Universe, was
a bag of children's blocks.
The Dollmaker got to use her drill press for the first time in a year!
and Other Projects:
The two-part epoxy putty "Magic Sculpt" was the perfect medium for this job!
Sand first, before painting.
...with Carol's help a whole new crop of Mushrooms grew from single-spore clothespins...
(made for the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Dept Fundraiser)
The Zen of working on the same painting for six years:
3 years before and (almost) 3 years after the Fire
the Dollmaker compares the later version of this painting to
Munch's "The Scream"
Left: 2008 Right: 2014
and she's still workin on it...
February need not be boring!
It's time for friends to have a Mead and stumble around
On a fine February day
an unsuspecting Dollmaker, visiting this Faire with her Brethren,
was standing literally right in the middle of yet another jolly group photo
when she became aware of that Inner Chime, which, when it rings, means:
"Pay Attention" to
The Dollmaker started to drift away from the chatting and camaraderie...
...and quite nearby, this is what she found...
'They doe bring from the Newe Spaine [Mexico] twoo kindes of Rosine...
the one is called Copall.'
-John Frampton (Explorer, Translator) 1577
The Dollmaker had no idea how she knew at first scent that Copal was Sacred Smoke.
She just felt a kind of inexplicable secret excitement, like recognizing a Clue...
(hmmm... past life Shaman? Sacrificial Virgin? ...another story in there somewhere...)
Indescribably deliciously aromatic, like woody amber-lemon, Copal smoke wafts languidly,
yet with an insistence so palpable- conjuring Something- Something-
she couldn't quite touch- a dream- a whole philosophy- a ritual- a temple job...
What IS this stuff, anyway?
"The word 'copal' first appeared in the English language in 1577.
"Censing", defined as: "to perfume with incense"
dates back to Pre-Columbian Times (BS...Before Spaniards)
when Indigenous Mesoamerican citizens liked to think of
Maize as the Sublime Food for Humans
Copal Smoke as the Sublime Food for Deities.
one can imagine the happiness of their Deities as
billowing sacred smoke from tons of copal resin being burned
atop those Aztec and Mayan pyramids filled the skies...
Father Jose Luis Guerrero notes that in the valley of Mexico during the 16th century,
the shaman-priests inhaled smoke from copal to enter the trance state,
waving the smoke to the noses from the smoking censor.
And of course we know that Copal is burned year round in the churches in Mexico...
and during the Day of the Dead.
magical properties are: Inspiration, attraction, invocation,
happiness, celebration, purification, consecration, contact with other planes & exorcism
...contact with Other Planes? Alright!
"The resin should be burned and the fumes allowed to pass over the body
to protect oneself against sorcery, sickness, and misfortune
and to cleanse the body after contact with sick persons and corpses."
information taken from
Copal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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