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Evolution of Symbols

Darwin had some theories…
that aside from intellectual pondering, have little to do with my life…

or my consciousness of this moment.
Here I am, over here, Mr Darwin! Living life… here; where I live. Now. Hello…

It’s a simple life…
No. It’s better than that.
It’s creative, fulfilling and stress free.
I often miss some of the stress… like messy grandchildren.
They’re older now… and much more poised.
But I digress.

Symbols of higher aspiration…
that’s what I was trying to get to… via Darwin and my grandchildren.
Children have been drawing stick figures since we grew thumbs. The talented ones drew horses and battle scenes and told stories of great heroes who fed the tribe through the winter. They chipped, chiseled, chewed the leather and became one with the ecosystem they called home. They drew symbols on burnt desert camel skins and rain forest tattoos, they etched stone mountain carvings and drew monks blood penned on parchment; throughout, certain symbols have been repeatedly depicted… thus solidifying their demonstrated place in human consciousness.

The circle, square, spiral and cross are symbols that we learn by living and observing nature. Like gravity, we already know what a circle is when Mommy points at one and says the word, “Circle,” or before someone tells us the definition of gravity, we already have a relationship with gravity… ouch very much!

When asked to describe a circle… and we say that it has no beginning or end… we immediately and intuitively know that there’s more to a circle than a round line. A circle becomes a symbol once we understand that it represents wholeness and completion… and that within a circle’s wholeness resides two halves in continual duality and opposition. The meaning of the symbol becomes deeper… encompasses more of life’s questionings and dilemmas. The circle becomes a symbol of potential that sustains me, gives me hope and eventually reminds me that though I am small, I am connected to an infinite source. All that and more in a circle…

The Half Full symbol is a circle with the full color spectrum around the outer perimeter. Within the circle are opposing black and white colors in an upper and lower orientation. The words “Half Full” suggests our answer to the age-old philosophical debate… is the cup half empty or half full? Yes, we are optimists… and we are willing to go the full circle, to embrace all colors and cultures and to walk in balance.

The Half Full symbol logo will likely evolve over the years, but the circle, color wheel and intention will remain. Our commitment…
“to design that embodies the peace, love, respect and reverence for life that sacred symbols represent,”
will evolve the symbol; people who wear the symbol will evolve it and the symbol will evolve into a brand… a brand that embodies peace, love, respect and reverence for life.



“The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself; it gives life to others as it transforms.” ~ Lao Tzu

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What is a Symbol?

Red Fish necklace

I thought I knew what a symbol was… but I wasn’t seeing the whole picture.
Symbols are everything, everyone, every when… there is nothing that I can refer to that is not a symbol.

For example, a fish is a fish… but it is also a symbol. The Red Fish Necklace above could be viewed differently from each of the following perspectives… but all would agree that a fish is more than just a fish.

  • The fish was sacred in Greco-Roman mythology where it symbolized change and transformation.
  • In Christianity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith.
  • Pagan traditions recognized the fish as a feminine symbol of fertility.
  • The ancient Celtic symbolic meaning of fish was knowledge, wisdom, inspiration and prophecy.
  • Ancient East India sees the fish as a symbol of transformation and creation.
  • Ancient African creation myths tell of the symbolic meaning of fish as being fertility and creativity.
  • In China, the fish is symbolic of unity and fidelity.
  • Buddhist traditions recognize the fish as symbolizing happiness and freedom.
  • Norse and ancient northern European cultures beliefs held that fish had symbolic meanings of adaptability, determination, and the flow of life.

“We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Sacred Symbols

Half Full Pendants

Half Full was born in a fever of ideas and summer swelter. If we were going to do Half Full, we needed to know about gemstones, crystals, metals, lost wax casting, lapidary, rock hounding, tumblers, polishers, drills, chains, beads, 3D printing technology, social media, spreadsheets, business management, marketing… etc. And we knew that we would soon take a surgery break, followed by significant recovery time. We knew that Half Full would languish for a time.

What we did not know was that after all our initial hard work, the Muse would come to visit… our down time allowed us to see our vision more clearly. Our heart’s desire became crystal clear… we decided to focus our designs on the highest aspirations of human beings as depicted in sacred symbols. We had already sold vegan and GMO Free symbol designs. We felt good when people bought them, knowing their peaceful message would go far and wide, but now…

we are committed to design that embodies the peace, love, respect and reverence for life that sacred symbols represent.

The decision, once made, seemed obvious… so I am careful to not minimize it’s significance. I’m grateful that Half Full has a vision that thrills my being. One that promises exploration of new stories, cultures, religions, movements… and the symbols that have instilled hope for eons of dark nights. 

Alchemist Symbols

“In a symbol there is concealment and yet revelation: here therefore, by silence and by speech acting together, comes a double significance. In the symbol proper, what we can call a symbol, there is ever, more or less distinctly and directly, some embodiment and revelation of the Infinite; the Infinite is made to blend itself with the Finite, to stand visible, and as it were, attainable there. By symbols, accordingly, is man guided and commanded, made happy, made wretched.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

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Half Full: 115

Bead Central beading studio

Half Full: one hundred, fifteen.

On the characteristics of a bead brain…
Bead brains pay attention to detail…
and there’s SO many details to pay attention to!
Bead brains want/need to know everything about gemstones, crystals, metals, lost wax casting, lapidary, rock hounding, tumblers, polishers, drills, chains, 3D printing technology, social media, spreadsheets, business management, marketing… etc.
Who knew beads on the brain would lead to so many doors?

I have reorganized my beading area.
Above is the table Before I rearranged.
Below are  the After photos… table space galore! ♥

Bead Central beading studio

From this angle you can see where some of the organizing took place… where hidden trays,  jars and tins hold  beads too numerous to count.

Bead Central beading studio


“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.” ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

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Half Full: 114

Anicca necklace

On the characteristics of a bead brain.
To be a bead brain, one must like beads.
One must shop for and buy beads and beaded jewelry.
One must design and create with beads.
One must fall asleep with beads on their mind.
That’s when you really know.

Anicca means “continual change”. This too shall pass. This necklace frames cultured freshwater pearls around antiqued silver letters spelling out ANICCA, suggesting that time and life are meant to be enjoyed now… in this moment.

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Half Full: 113

Onyx, Hematite & Turquoise and Turquoise & Red Forever necklaces

On becoming a bead brain… I never saw it coming.
I purchased a bead collection at a garage sale for the grandchildren’s craft activities… some of the beads were interesting, beautiful and whimsical.
I enjoyed beading with the grandchildren.
Then Erin came to visit for a few days, bringing her sea glass creations with her. She showed me a few things about jewelry making, which in turn made me want to know more… then a door to another world opened up.

My days became filled with rocks and gems and wires and clasps and pliers.
My kitchen table became covered with beads, beading tools, beadwork and bead jewelry findings. Thank goodness I  got a grip on that. I organized the beads, tools and supplies. I’ll see how long that lasts… considering entropy and all. ♥

Onyx, Hematite & Turquoise coupled with Turquoise Loves Red.
Turquoise, onyx and hematite with red and silvery glass accents.

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Half Full: 112

Cross of Turquoise necklace

On coming to terms with becoming a bead brain.
I’ve experienced bead shopping mania.
But no worries, I have style and persistence. ♥
I think of the juggling act of working women when I design.
They are multi-taskers.
They need their accessories to multi-task as well.
They want to look fabulous even when they’re not feeling it.
They thrive with accessories that rock a business suit, as well as an evening dress.

Cross of Turquoise has an air of the Orient with a Southwest flavor.
It’s rustic, yet refined… with a strong clasp to secure it’s weight.

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Half Full: 111

Eye of the Tiger necklace and Tigers Eye meets Brown, Gold and Silver necklaces

On becoming a bead brain.
I’d seen beads, purchased beaded things, worn beaded jewelry,
but in truth, I hadn’t really paid much attention to beads or jewelry.
Not really.
I have a few prized pieces that have survived thieves and travel.
They’re old friends who live in a box.
But so much has changed and my inner bead brain has metamorphosed.

I’ve had these Tiger’s Eye and Eye of the Tiger beads since forever.
I just knew I’d do something with them someday.

When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller