I have a thing for hands.
Maybe it's because I rely on my hands so much, to do my heart work. To make art and also, to teach. Apparently (according to student feedback), I talk with my hands.
But, really, hands have so much to say.
And they are so individual.
So, in the interest of adding hands to my beadwork, I've started collecting hamsas.
The hamsa is a common symbol for protection in Middle Eastern countries. Often, a hamsa will feature an eye in its design.
In the Jewish tradition, a hamsa often displays fish, a symbol of luck and prosperity.
I like that hamsa also means "five," a number of change (in numerology). 'Cause change = yes.
With change, anything is possible. And, this is my year of change.