12″ Shamanic Red Deer Drum “Spirit Vortex”


12″ Shamanic Red Deer Drum

Birthed in ceremony during on the Elder Full Moon in Gemini on 27th November 2023 and is laced onto a beeswaxed Ash Frame with a matching Song Caller on Ash Wood


This unique Shamanic Red Deer Drum was birthed in Ceremony during the Cold Moon or Beaver Moon also the Elder Full Moon in Gemini on 27th November 2023

Gorgeous semi transparent Red Deer Hide with lots of speckle markings (and little hair stubble), is laced on a beeswaxed 12″ Ash frame and a rich tan coloured leather bound ring.

Finished with a rich tan leather wrapped Bridget’s Cross handle inset with a truly unique Heart Stone created from a river polished pebble gathered by me, near the base of the Cathedral Rock Vortex in Sedona.

This drum comes with a matching rich tan leather leather song caller, birthed together with the drum, this is stuffed with wool from our own ‘pet’ sheep and is bound onto a hand polished Ash wood handle, gathered with grattitude from hedge cuttings on Exmoor.

The drum also has a small matching crane bag (medicine pouch) with an Elder wood totem, and contains personally gathered natural sacred items representative of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water and also includes a hand picked crystal – as a gift for you, and your drum. As your connection to your drum evolves these unique pouches can be filled with personal items which can be changed in and out dependent on the work you are undertaking together with your drum

This striking shamanic red deer drum has a bright and harmonic tone to its song, its voice transports you quickly into other world experiences and connects you powerfully to the land you inhabit, a lovely travelling drum, it would lend itself to all healing work, especially for those who working for healing the land and connecting to nature.

Listen to a recording of Spirit Vortex here – use headphones or speakers to hear the full range of tones.

The Cathedral Rock Sedona Vortex has a very feminine energy which creates a cleansing experience for both mind and body. Immense amounts of energy can be felt here. Cathedral Rock is the strongest magnetic vortex in the whole of the Sedona Arizona area generating a subtle but very powerful and deep experience. Deep meditation here connects you to the earth’s energy as well as the communication with your guides, sanctioning deep knowledge within you. It opens up your ability to communicate and connect to your feminine or nurturing side.

The Red Deer carries the energy of a gentle powerhouse. Swift moving with a keen eye, the deer connects us to our heart energy. In Native American traditions the deer was a messenger, an animal of power, and a totem representing sensitivity, intuition and gentleness. In Celtic lore there were two aspects of the deer: the female red deer, symbolising femininity, gentleness and grace; and the male red deer, related to the sacred and to the forests, symbolising independence, purification and pride. The stag is known as the king of the forest, the protector of all other creatures. Red Deer spirit transports us gently and quickly into and out of otherworld journeys on fast moving hoofbeats.

The Ash which forms the bones of this drum is a tree associated with healing, empowerment and enchantment. In Norse mythology, the Ash is the axis mundai or the World Tree, called Yggdrasil. This is the tree which connects the middle world of our waking reality to the upper and lower worlds. When we journey with a drum made with an Ash hoop, we carry all of these strengths and powers with us between the worlds.

Beaver MoonThere seem to be two origins of the beaver moon name. Some say it comes from Native Americans setting beaver traps during this month, while others say the name comes from the heavy activity of beavers building their winter dams. Another name is the frost moon due to its associations with the coming winter, and as it is the last full moon before the winter solstice, some refer to it as the ‘mourning moon’. In pagan traditions, this is a time to let go of past troubles or grief and look forward to a new season and soon, a new year.

The Full Moon follows a period of intense building energy and outward activity, and we can feel its influence for a few days before and after the exact phase. The high energy of this time stimulates a burst of productivity and there’s a sense of things coming to culmination or fruition.We begin to see the results of what we started at the New Moon. This time can bring about new perspectives, breakthroughs, and revelations.

The full moon in the astrological sign of Gemini is governed by Mercury and is appropriately symbolised by the celestial twins, this air sign embodies a playful energy combined with intellectual curiosity. This Gemini moon ushers in a time of juggling a variety of passions, hobbies, careers and creative projects. This fast moving energy can be harnessed for change and transformation and dfor empowering new endeavours.

All of these energies have been woven into the drum during its birthing.

Ros Simons has been creating sacred shamanic drums for over 20 years, using personally refined techniques and practices that were handed down to her in the traditional way from teachers and mentors.

The drum-birthing process is carried out in ceremonial space, with prayers and thanks given to honour the spirit of the animal, the trees and the stones of the earth that gifted themselves to bring these sacred allies and medicine tools into being. The drum lacing is cut from the same hide as the drum head ~ weaving the spirit of the animal into the drum; the wood, the colours and any crystals incorporated into each drum are gathered through otherworld journeying and guidance from her drum guide, each drum is unique.

Your personal drum will become a guide, a healer, a teacher and a friend, that walks with you on your path, and takes you on a deep journey of other world and inner world exploration.

All of the Shamanic Drums birthed by Ros are guaranteed for two years provided you treat them with love and care and follow the included drum care instructions.

If this shamanic red deer drum has already found its keeper or you would like a Shamanic Drum similar to this, but unique and birthed especially for you, then you can order a bespoke drum to be made to your individual wishes and birthed with your own prayers and intentions. For more information please take a look at the Commissions Page.

All of the hides and frames for Ros Simons shamanic drums are sustainably and ethically sourced.

The red deer hides come from wild culled deer, a process which is necessary to maintain the health of the herds; and prior to being purchased by Ros the hides were being buried or burnt. All the skins Ros uses in her drums have been a bi-product of another sustainable purpose (killed for food or due to environmental pressures of overpopulation) and would otherwise be wasted; no animal was ever killed just to provide skin for a drum. Drum making can be seen as a reparation, a way of returning some beauty and honouring to an animal whose life has already been taken. In this way we return more to the ways of our ancestors, ensuring that all of the animal is used and nothing is wasted. The spirit of the animal lives on and is reborn into the drum.

The Wood for the frames is sourced from sustainably managed forests; and the wood for the song callers is personally gathered by Ros and seasoned every year.


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