Samhain 2016 -Finding the seed of light in the darkness

It is a very human trait to fear death and the darkness, but many ancient and indigenous cultures understand that there is a greater cycle to life. In doing so they respect these forces and understand their place in the world, and in the universe(s) we live in.
Many Deities and Spirits have an element of darkness within them, like the Tao symbol, with Yin and Yang each having a seed of the other within. Some are darker than others, some are more of the light, but each have elements of both that can teach us.
For what is life if not day and night, light and shade?  Even those destructive moments strip away the old to leave the potential for a new way of life. As the moon shines in the night it lights our way through the darkness of the nocturnal hours, just as those who are darker in nature can teach us to find and follow our own pathway – ‘to thine own self be true’. Many of these so-called darker Deities have protective aspects, and can teach triumph through adversity. often they embody our own worst fears, ones we must ultimately face, or else how can we truly enjoy life in all its aspects?
Give the dark the respect it is due, and you may just find the seed of light – the moon – to guide you through it. Continue reading

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Friday Finds – October 2016

This month, in a change from the usual format, I’m looking at ouroboros items. All can be found on Etsy. Click on the link below the picture to be taken to the product page.

ouroboros_orioncarvings
by OrionCarvings in Chile – Product Link

ouroboros_frostferrumforge
by FrostFerrumForge in Finland – Product Link

ouroboros_treeterracom
by TreeTerracom in Canada – Product Link

ouroboros_vocisconnesse
by Vocisconnesse in Italy – Product Link

ouroboros_artifactorystore
by ArtifactoryStore in Russia – Product Link

ouroboros_modestbirdy
by ModestBirdy in Hungary – Product Link

ouroboros_seespotrunfindings
by SeeSpotRunFindings in USA – Product Link

ouroboros_extase
by extase in Canada – Product Link

ouroboros_ayeshajones
by AyeshaJones in Wales, UK – Product Link

ouroboros_debaunfineceramics
by DeBaunFineCeramics in USA – Product Link

ouroboros_dwarvesong
by Dwarvesong in USA – Product Link

ouroboros_fogliaviola
by FogliaViola in Italy – Product Link

The Work of the RSPB, and How We Can Help Make a Difference

Today I’m going to write about something that has become very close to my  heart. I’ve been a member of the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)for over a year now, and every time I receive one of the magazines it breaks my heart to see how many beautiful creatures are on the brink of extinction or population collapse.

I originally joined for Sigyn, because she has a deep love of her ‘birdies’, and I thought it would be a suitable way to honour her, and Loki. In fact, if you honour any Deity with an avian form or connection joining a wildlife trust, or making regular donations, is not only a devotional offering, but also ensuring their legacy lives on. This is something lasting, not something temporary, and can make a huge difference if enough people gather behind a cause.

Just today I have also decided to ‘adopt’ a Puffin by making regular monthly donations. Besides Penguins (of which the Rockhopper Penguin is now on the global endangered list), Puffins are a favourite of mine, and I would be devastated if they went extinct.

I’m not necessarily asking you to donate to the RSPB, but I’d like to highlight some of their appeals in the hope that it makes others think more about the beautiful creatures we share our planet with. In the majority of cases it is because of human intervention that these appeals have to exist. Please click on the bold underlined links if you wish to learn more.   Continue reading

Northern Tamarisk is now on Etsy!

After several months of procrastinating due to health issues and fear I’ve finally decided to dip a toe into the Etsy waters. My re-named Etsy shop now has three items to start off Samhain, and I will be adding different pieces over the coming months. My focus for now will be devotional jewellery and prayer-bead strands, but I would also like to expand into altar/shrine kits with Deity statues (mostly Egyptian) who are looking for a new home.

I am currently only offering shipping to the UK, but when I’ve had a little more time to get my bearings I hope to offer my products for sales outside the UK as well.

Click on the links to be taken to the product pages.

NorthernTamarisk on Etsy

Dark God Devotional Strand

p1040677-copy

Underworld Deity Pocket Strand

p1040715

Lava Skull Bracelet – currently available in 17cm, 18cm and 20cm

p1040696-copy

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