Spirit Power (Mysterious Energy)

Manidoo-maskawiziiwin gold Ojibwe style wedding rings

Title : Manidoo-mashkawiziiwin (Spirit Power/Mysterious Energy)
Type Ojibwe-style graphic overlay wedding ring- belongs to the Spirit Suns series
Materials : 14K matte palladium white gold, interior of 14K yellow gold, inlay of 14K red gold (left ring); 14K polished warm yellow (rose) gold, interior of 14K yellow gold, inlay of 14K palladium white gold, 14K white gold, and 14K red gold (right ring)
Width : 0.276 inch (7 mm)
Set price from :
2.120.00 USD* / 2,820.00 CAD* / 2.150,00 EUR**
Item : WISDOM-8

*Prices are indicative and depend on the current gold price, the ring sizes, and the current EURO/DOLLAR currency. Shipping costs included, US and Canadian tax rates excluded. Please note  that persons who hold a Canadian First Nations status card and live and work on their reserve are generally tax exempt.
**Prices are indicative and depend on the ring sizes and the current gold price. Shipping costs excluded, Dutch BTW included

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of gold, silver, and platinum is fluctuating weekly. Although prices on this website are being updated on a regular base, they are merely indicative. zhaawano@gmail.com for a customized price quotation if you find a set of wedding or clan rings or a piece of jewelry you are interested in ordering. Please do not forget to mention the item number and the exact ring sizes in case you ask for a price quotation for wedding rings or clan rings.

Some considerations when measuring ring sizes:

Since the wider a ring is, the tighter it will fit, please note that your sizes must be measured with a ring sizer (a jeweler's wedding band gauge) of the same width as the rings of your choice.

The best size is usually the ring that fits snugly and gives a little resistance when you take it off. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

A river flows through us all...

Manidoo-mashkawiziiwin (Spirit Power, or Mysterious Energy), the title of this set of wedding rings, which is part of the “Spirit Suns/Moons” series, refers to the sacred life energy that flows through us all and animates and invigoratres all life forms that surround us. Zhaawano's ancestors called this energy “ojichaag.”

In Anishinaabe thought, the countless phenomena, forms, and forces of the natural world specific to man’s immediate environment are chiefly to be interpreted in a cosmological context. All life forms are considered (more or less) animated and inter-related “persons” or “relatives” possessing a consciousness, rationale, and a will of their own. A human being or rock or a tree or a fish or a rain cloud are all seen as persons. All life forms are equally possessed by a spirit and a soul and a mind and there is simply no distinction between human or nonhuman.

In spite of the general Native American belief that a person – be it a man, an animal, a plant, a stone, or a rainbow - consists of three parts, being: body (the physical part), spirit/soul (the consciousness associated with the person), and a mind (which resides in the brain), Zhaawano's Anishinaabe ancestors sometimes distinguished at least four different component parts in each life form that are, to varying degrees, interchangeable.

These components were called: wiiyaw, which is the outward manifestation of self (the body, which may de-materialize into jiibay, or a ghost, after death); jichaag or ojichaagoma, which is a person’s true life force (spirit and soul, the core of self); jiiban, or a perceptual essence called “shadow” (a sixth sense); and jiibaaman (aura), which is an entity that emanates from a person’s spirit/soul/shadow.

By the same token, Zhaawano's ancestors understood that a lake, or a hill, or a tree, or a blade of grass possesses (at least some parts of) these substances as much as human beings or fish or tiny insects do.

The possibility of interchanging body/ghost, spirit/soul, shadow, and aura within one and the same person, along with the occasional appearance of the jichaag of one life form in the wiiyaw of another, made the world of Zhaawano's forebears an evocative dream world filled with mystery, a sometimes adventurous or even terrifying place to live in: things were often not at all what they seemed…

The understanding of this fluid interchanging quality of the soul and spirit of all things alive led to a belief in a suggestive, magic world inhabited by aadizookaanag (supernatural persons capable of metamorphosis)  and manidoog (spirits, mysteries). The world was a dynamic Universe filled with positive as well as negative energy that, like a river, flowed through it like a spring flows clearly through the heart of mother earth.

Zhaawano depicted this metaphor of a river of energy by creating – with the aid of the overlay technique - a recessed, flowing line in the top layer of the gold wedding bands. This coiling river design of yellow gold, which stands out against the respectively red gold and palladium gold surface of both wedding rings, connects three or four dancing “spirit suns” (orbs). The omnipresent vitality of these orbs that appear to dance through the Universe  is emphasized by the – seemingly random - positioning of small “energy speckles” around the sun symbols.

The sun designs, which stand for concentrated, tightly clenched energy, are inlaid with smaller gold orbs of different colors; one of these inlaid designs consists of two halves of contrasting gold colors. These "unity symbols" represent the sharp contrasts and the paradoxical dualities that exist in nature (the notion that everything is made up of two elements that seem at first sight contradict each other but in reality complement each other). It is this spiritual dichotomy, or twofoldness, of powers that continuously feed and complement each other in life and in marriage, that lends a special symbolical dimension to this unique wedding ring set…