Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with throwing open the cabinet of curiosities and wondrous things I call my brain and leading you on a tour of what actually resides in there – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words.
F is for…
ferly – (adj) wonderful, strange, unusual
If you know me you understand how much this word needs to be part of my vocabulary. I love nothing more than the wonderful, the strange, the unusual. I think the world is filled with treasures, and it is up to us to notice and appreciate them.
I am one hundred percent in agreement with this admonishment from Abraham Josuha Heschel:
“Our goal should be to live in radical amazement…get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible. Never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.”
So today, with F being the sixth letter of the alphabet, I thought I’d give you a peek at six random things that I’m celebrating as ferly in my world.
When a cholla cactus falls and is left to dry on the desert floor, its flesh and spines start to fall away, leaving behind a ferly woody meshwork of tubes. I was gifted with this bit of this dried cholla that has been encrusted with borax crystals, leaving it a sparkly wonder that utterly delights me
I pass this statute of Sekhmet many times daily as I walk up and down my stairs. I have a deep and abiding relationship with this Egyptian lion-headed goddess perhaps known most widely as a warrior goddess. But she has given me thirteen tenets to explore as part of her teachings, and a day does not pass without my considering what wonderfulness I am offered by each of these guiding principles.
The name of my studio is Studio Bibelot and as you can see here, one of the things I adore are apothecary chests with their multiple drawers that I like to keep filled with ferly treasures. Bibelot is defined as a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity; a trinket; a beautiful bauble; a book of unusually small size. And bibelots are what I like to create. I love creating sacred objects and talismans, but I also create jewelry, bind books and create journals and zines. I play with paper, write poetry, and send out love letters in my studio.
I am the first to admit I have a great love for Mercury in all his guises. I have been strongly connected to this energy as embodied by Mercury, Hermes, Thoth, and the Sirian Archangel Hermes. This is Messenger energy, Divine Communicator energy, and the ability to travel between worlds. I identify with all those things. And what’s not to love about a helmet with wings and winged sandals? That’s certainly a fashion statement I can get behind. The photo is one of my favorite ferly treasures, a wonderful vintage Victorian Revival style brooch of Mercury/Hermes. Isn’t it lovely?
Cave pearls are truly ferly treasures in my mind. A Wikipedia article states: “Cave pearls form when water dripping into a cave loses its carbon dioxide and precipitates calcite. A cave pearl forms when the water is moving too vigorously to form a stalagmite. A nucleus of matter (such as a grain of sand) becomes coated with calcite, and the current then provides a rotation to the nucleus in such a way that it is coated evenly. In this manner, concentric layers build over time.” Amazing isn’t it?
I’m crazy about bleeding hearts – what’s not to love about branches filled with hanging hearts? It also delights me that these beauties are known as Venus’s Car. Isn’t that a fabulous ferly name? I planted my Bleeding Hearts years ago in honor of my grandmother who loved them, and now they’re intricately tied to my memories of her.
So there you have it, a look at a few of the ferly, strange and wonderful things that inhabit my world. What about you? What are you cherishing? What unusual treasures delight you? Do tell – you know I love to hear.