Crane Woman Talisman – 12-15-14
In my dream, I am shown a talisman made of grey feathers shaped into a woman, fastened with a red stone heart at her center. I touch the feathers and the red stone heart, connecting with her energy. This magical talisman originates from the energy of a woman who is of Japanese and Native American Heritage.
She later appears in my dream showing her full form. A face of fierce beauty framed with long black hair. Her arms are outstretched to reveal her beautiful feather covered wings. Wings of the great blue heron.
I search for her stories, what are the stories of heron and crane from her lineage?
The Japanese celebrate crane with costume and dance in a ceremony that reaches back 1000 years. Cranes are known for their longevity and revered as guides to the other world and know the pathways beyond the mysteries of death.
There is an ancient tale of a lonely farmer who finds a crane on his doorstep, shot by an arrow. He carefully nurtures her back to health and saves the crane’s life. The crane transforms into a beautiful woman and becomes his wife. She asks her husband to create a private room where she can weave fine fabric, on the condition that he will never look inside the room while she worked. The crane woman weaves exquisite thousand crane patterned fabric which sells at the highest price. Soon, the farmer and his new wife became very wealthy with her mysterious skills. They create a beautiful home and comfortable life and are very happy together. Only one thing bothers the farmer, who begins to notice his wife works too much and she seems much too tired all the time. He becomes worried for her health and wants to know what could be draining her energy. So against her warnings, he decides to look inside her private room as she worked. What he sees is a crane picking out her own feathers and using them to weave beautiful fine fabric. He is so startled by this discovery, he let’s out a cry! The crane turns to see that her secret has been revealed. Crane Woman flies away and returns to the sky.