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Learn More about My Kokopelli Experience
In 2002, I was 22-years old and had just suffered a complicated miscarriage. I was pregnant with twins. One of the twins was an ectopic pregnancy, and the other twin was in my uterus. Eventually, I had to have emergency surgery, and my left fallopian tube was too damaged to save, so it had to be completely removed. In the process, I lost the other twin as well. My awesome ob/
In the process, I lost the other twin as well. My excellent ob/GYN explained that I still had a 70-percent chance of having a baby naturally, but my heart was broken and I feared that I would never experience childbirth, or worse yet, get to be a mother. Several people had mentioned Kokopelli, a fertility deity, to me, but I wasn't at a point in my life where I was open to this type of discussion. However, I would be.
Months of Trying - Yielded no Results
After months of trying, my doctor reassured me that I was completely healthy and that only time would tell whether my husband and I could conceive. I still wasn't ready to give up, but I didn't want to "help" my chances with medications or treatments. After all, I am the big sister of triplets and my first pregnancy was a twin pregnancy. I wanted to have a baby but wasn't quite ready to have multiple babies through the use of fertility medication.
Family Vacation to the Seneca Indian Reservation
Nearly a year after my miscarriage, I visited the Seneca Indian Reservation in Allegheny County, New York. While visiting the small shops there, I saw Kokopelli statues and jewelry everywhere. While I had at first threw my nose up at the idea of a fertility deity helping me with my fertility issues, I was now willing to try anything. My first purchase was a pair of Kokopelli earrings, and my second purchase was a gemstone that had Kokopelli's image etched on it. I wore the earrings and kept the gemstone in my pocket.
A month after my visit to Seneca Nation, I was pregnant with my daughter. This pregnancy proved to be my last pregnancy, but I no longer care about that. I don't know if the Kokopelli earrings and stone I purchased help me get pregnant, or if it was just the right "time." What I do know is that if I had to do it all over again, I would have purchased Kokopelli earrings the first time it was mentioned to me. I still have these earrings and the gemstone and I truly attribute them to giving me the confidence that I could get pregnant on my own.
Kokopelli Isn't Just a Fertility Deity
Did you know Kokopelli isn't just a fertility deity? Kokopelli also guides over agriculture and childbirth. Additionally, Kokopelli is a known as a trickster and represents the spirit of music.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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Pat Broker from Templeton, CA on April 23, 2014:
Great story! I do have some kokopelli earrings with turquoise beads. Although I haven't worn them in awhile, I definitely will now.
AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on April 23, 2014:
Lovely lens, I've never heard of these earrings before.
Rose Jones on April 23, 2014:
I did not know the Kokopelli was a fertility symbol! I have a Kokopelli mug - I will use the fertility for my creativity rather than a baby. Congratulations, pinned to my Being a Mom board.
Tawnya (author) from NE Ohio on April 15, 2014:
@David Stone1: You are absolutely right, Dave. Thanks for your warm thoughts.
David Stone from New York City on April 15, 2014:
Happy endings make nice stories. There are some things that happen we can never be sure of. Those mysteries always intrigue me. but I'm happiest that you beat the odds and had a healthy baby, after all.