Available now from my Etsy store: Nine-Flame Prayer Beads + P&P update

These beautiful Nine-Flame Prayer Beads are available now from my Etsy store!

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The Nine-Flame strand is based on a Brighid’s Flame set I made for a friend. They  are perfect for connecting with Deities associated with fire and smithcraft, the blazing sun, or of the burning heat of the desert. Could also be used to connect with volcanic Deities, primal forces, or to act as a representative of the element of Fire.
Fire can burn away the old to make way for the new, so these prayer beads could be used in releasing ceremonies, as well as for renewal. After the dust has settled from the ashes of the old the new is born.
For writers and creators they could also be used to channel the flame of inspiration

Made of nine glass flame twist beads, 4mm glass beads and glass seed beads. Length: approximately 48cm. Weight: Approximately 45g
There is one strand currently available but I will be making a few more. How many depends on how long the flame twist beads last as I may be using some in other designs.

P&P Update: Etsy has a lovely little postage setting for the European Union. Since the cost of postage to the EU is the same throughout I have added this option. If you live in any of the EU countries you can now purchase from Northern Tamarisk without having to send a request for your country to be added to my postage list. It also makes it a lot quicker and easier for me, because otherwise I’d have to list each country separately.
As always, postage to the UK and USA remains.

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Now available from my Etsy store: Day & Night Scarab Prayer Beads + P&P changes

Follow the journey of the sun God Ra through the sky. The lighter scarabs represent Khepera rolling the sun through the sky during the daytime, and the darker ones represent Ra’s journey through the Duat at night. There are 12 scarab beads in total, representing the 12 hours of the day, and of the night. At either end there is a lobster clasp so the strand can be joined to form a continuous circle, just as day and night form a continuous cycle.
It’s a lovely piece with a nice weight to it, perfect for keeping you grounded while saying prayers or devotions. It will also add an element of interest to any altar or shrine setup.

There are two strands available. The turquoise scarabs are slightly lighter on one set.
Day & Night Scarab Prayer Beads – Ra’s journey through the sky
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I have now made my items available for sale outside the UK. I currently have a selection of countries in the postage section but if you don’t see yours there please let me know and I will work out the postage and add it to the listing.

Calling all Celtic Polytheists

My friend Heather Awen is creating a book for Celtic Pagans in prison and is looking for submissions. If you belong to the Celtic tradition, or honour any of the Deities involved please could you spread the word, or consider getting involved in the project?
Thank you.

Please repost, share on Facebook and Twitter, etc. Thanks! I’m the editor and main writer.

Call for Submissions: Steel Bars, Sacred Waters: Celtic Paganism for Prisoners

Seeking Celtic Reconstruction-based rituals, guided meditations and deity information rooted in Celtic tradition and creatively tailored for polytheists in prison.

Rituals solo & group for:
Samhain
Epona’s Day
Hogmanay
Imbolc (they make a paper Brigid’s Cross)
La na Caillich
Beltane/ Calen Mai
Midsummer (Aine perhaps)
Lughnasadh/ Festival of Carmun
Harvest practices
Moon phases
Daily devotions
Blessing children (perhaps not knowing where they are, like foster care)
Preparing to die
If someone dies (and you can’t be at the funeral)
Parole hearing success
Preparing to reenter outside world (with no money, clothing, home, job, but a stigma)
For healing

Guided meditations, stationary and walking. Some examples but please don’t feel limited!:
The Spoils of Annwn
Shapeshifting based on poem or myth
Land, sea and sky
St Brennan’s Voyage
The three internal cauldrons
Using the Ogham
Imbas or awen
Grounding
Protection

Deities, the Good Neighbors and Culture Heroes. 2 or 3 paragraphs summarising the mythology. If they overlap like Finn, Sadb and Oisin in one story, you can group together.

Intro to the Tuatha De Danann (explain Lebor Gabala Erenn concisely, focus on Tuatha De Danann. Several pages. Remember individual deities will be covered elsewhere)

General intro to the Fianna (can be a few pages, explain their role, training, stories)

Information about the Fairies (can be several pages. Include protection from, offerings to, different types, from where they come, where they live, myth, how to treat them)

Aine
Elen of the Ways
Manannan Mac Lir
Dian Cecht
Airmid
The Morrigan
The Dagda
Brigid
Lugh
Macha
Cu Chulain
Fand
Nuada
Babd
Maeve
Amairgen
Finn Mac Cumall
Bodb Derg (and any of his children important to you)
Sadb
Oisin

Special limitations: Some readers will have access to candles, some type of incense, and perhaps their own art supplies like colored pencils. Assume most will only have access to this book (no Internet or library), notebook paper, pen, tap water and basic Ogham knowledge. Most will have access to the yard or running track, but no trees. Some Pagan Circles are allowed to meet outside, while others cannot have any type of rituals without clergy from the outside. Writing style must be clear for low literate people. Nothing academic. Provide pronunciation guide for any words not in English. Black and white visual directions for dances, making origami, etc welcome. No shaming. We do not want to reinforce an identity as criminal. The focus is on people.

Why participate? 1% of Americans are in prison. The US incarcerates more of its population than any other nation. One and 27 children have a parent in prison. 80% of people in prison are there for drug related offenses. In the United States addiction is considered a disease, but there is rarely any treatment offered in prison. One in eight people are there for cannabis. The number of Pagans in prison is growing very quickly. Many learn about Paganism in prison – but unfortunately the most active pagan groups are white supremacists. We need quality materials for Pagans in prison. Already the Northern Tradition Paganism book Candles in the Cave has been well received and a Hellenic polytheist book is scheduled next.

As this book will be sold at no profit to people in prison, none of the writers are paid. (Contributors in prison will receive a copy of the book.) Your name will be included with any writing accepted. The book is an offering to the Deities and ancestors.

Send submissions as Word attachments to RhiannonRestoration@gmail.com. Email if you have book-related queries. No racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism or Celtic genetic or cultural superiority allowed. Deadline: May 15 2017

Samhain 2016 -Altar/Shrine pics

Last night I had the pleasure of setting up two extra altar/shrine areas, alongside the shrine for my Beloveds.

The first was for family members, including my much-loved and much-missed cat Orlando. I enjoyed setting up this one the most, as it made me look through all my photos and bits and bobs I have as keepsakes. The camera belonged to either my grandad or my Norwegian great-grandad, the dreamcatcher centre was brought back from Canada by my Uncle Tony. The door stop was from my Nanny’s house, and the Little Mermaid statue is a nod to her being born in Denmark. The Aragonite was my Aunty Tina’s. The little clay piece in front of Orlando’s photo is a paw print I took from him about a year before he passed away, and there’s also a lock of his fur. Presiding over the shrine on either side are Hella and Anubis. There are scarabs and a fabric lotus there too, as symbols of the cycles of life, death and rebirth. The lists you can see are names of my family members, and of family friends and pets.  Continue reading

Samhain 2016 -Finding the seed of light in the darkness

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

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

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