Make a God’s Eye to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Source: Wikipedia. Photo by Anaroza 2007

A God’s Eye (or Ojo de Dios) is often thought of as a Mexican decoration. They are used by the Huichol Indians of western Mexico in sacred ceremonies. When a child is born, a God’s Eye is created by the father and offered to the god who protects children. Each year, until the child reaches the age of five, a new, smaller God’s eye is added to one end of the original. These colorful yarn decorations evolved from the “nierika.” The “nierika,” a small square or round tablet with a hole in the center, was used as a sacred magical offering and symbolized the sun, among other things. Because of the sun symbolism, God’s Eyes have become popular decorations for the Summer Solstice as well.

God’s Eyes can be as simple or complex as you like. We’ll start with the directions for making the most basic version, but I’ll give you some ideas at the end for increasing the complexity if you are so inclined…

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