Keyforms are woven forms that are both woven form and ancient symbol, embodying the essence of Weaving a Life as a process of integration of inner and outer life.
The keyforms are described in detail in ZATI The Art of Weaving a Life, the book by Susan Barrett Merrill. The desire to weave all seven keyforms has given rise to Weaving Circles.
1 Amulet: InvocationA call for change. Where words cannot reach, a mythic pattern speaks with your heart through your hands. The amulet is an invocation to awaken to the need for change.
2 Bowl: InvitationAn invitation to receive yourself wholeheartedly. The bowl is an invitation to see a new dimension of yourself in your desire to find what has lasting value in life. You, like the bowl, have an inside and an outside.
3 Doll: InsightThe doll carries insight into the meaning and nature of your own soul journey. The doll brings you insight into whom you want to become.
4 Belt of Power: Choice Develop an inner commitment to eliminate what no longer supports your beliefs. The belt is the choice to make the vision real by delineating a part of your life for it.
5 Mask: Identity Weaving a mask initiates you into the possibility of identifying with the enlivening force behind the face you wear every day. The mask is initiation into the mystery you seek.
6 Bundle: Taking Hold The toolkit for the inner journey: learning how to collect the energy of the attention. The bundle is the taking on of the responsibility to yourself to fulfill your quest.
7 Shawl: the Inner Life The practice of living the inner life and balancing it with what you do in the world. The shawl, traditionally used in meditation, wraps the ego at its death, when the personality loses its power to block the natural spiritual impulse; it represents the practice of stillness in order to go behind the mask of the world.
We come of age many times in a life as each rite of passage occurs.
In a whole life,