18″ Shamanic Red Deer Drum “Dragon Song”


18″ Shamanic Red Deer Drum

Birthed in ceremony on the Beaver Moon 2022 and laced onto a beeswaxed  Willow Frame with a matching Song Caller on Willow Wood


This unique Shamanic Red Deer Drum was birthed in Ceremony at Lunar Beltane on the Full Potent or Flower Moon in Scorpio on 5th May 2023, also the full moon of the Ash tree.

The Flower Moon – Many cultures refer to May’s full moon as the flower moon thanks to the abundant blooming that occurs during this time, as spring gets going properly. Other names include the potent moon, hare moon, the corn planting moon, and the milk moon.The time of Luna Beltane the energies of the earth are at their most potent around this moon, bursting with life and growth. At Beltane we celebrate the return of light and warmth as spring starts to turn into summer. The astrological sign of Aquarius weaves through this full moon, with optimistic, forward-moving, change-the-world energy and offers us a time to set intentions that help us set our frequency to attract the life we want to live. The gentle flowing

The fiery and connective energies of the Ash tree blend perfectly into this full moon and lunar Beltane time offering us the ability to travel and journey throughout the worlds to receive healing and wisdom to support us on our life path. All of these energies have been woven into the drum during its birthing.

Red Deer Hide laced on a turquoise stained and beeswaxed 18″ Ash frame and a turquoise leather bound ring.

Finished with a turquoise leather wrapped Bridget’s Cross handle inset with a gorgeous Dragon’s Blood crystal as the Heart Stone.

This drum comes with a matching turquoise 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, collected with love from hedge trimming offcuts on Exmoor.

The drum also has a small matching crane bag (medicine pouch), 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 deep, resonant and powerful tone to its song, with multiple sweet spots to play, it would make a wonderful ceremonial or journeying drum.

Listen to a recording of Dragon Song here

– use headphones or speakers to hear the full range of tones.

Dragon Blood is a deep green and red form of jasper. It is a stone that helps us tap into a well of courage and fortitude from a heart centred place. A strengthener of the physical and etheric bodies, Dragon’s Blood works very well for knitting the two of them together, when illness or other negative conditions have brought our vitality down. Emotionally, Dragon’s Blood helps develop self-confidence, a stronger will, an open expression of feeling and affection, a willingness to help others for the greater good, and the persistence required to make real and effective change for ourselves and the world around us.

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 Willow is the tree most associated with the moon, water, the Goddess and all that is feminine. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition, and deep emotions, and its power is that of helping emotions to come through to the surface and be expressed. The willow facilitates healing on many levels and helps us move through our lives with grace and ease.

Ros Simons has been creating sacred shamanic drums for over 19 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 that Ros has created. 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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