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
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
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
Underworld Deity Pocket Strand
Lava Skull Bracelet – currently available in 17cm, 18cm and 20cm
Today I am introducing PantheonSkulptur. Stina lives in Sweden and makes resin statues of the Norse Gods and goddesses, which she then gilds with brass leaf.
The Freya, Frigga, Thor, Skadi and Jord/Gerd statues have already sold, but maybe if you messaged Stina she would be able to make another.
Edit: Hella statue is now mine. Channelling Gollum: come to me my preciousss.
A couple of weeks ago we were sorting out the garage and mum and I came across all my old Barbies. The last couple of days I’ve been washing their clothes and wondering how many of them I’ll keep. I gave up Barbies a loooong time ago, but I came across a couple I thought would make a good Freyja and Sigyn, as well as a John Smith (from Pocahontas) who would probably make a good Loki, and another perhaps for Freyr, and I thought I wonder whether many people use them as God/Goddess substitutes instead of statues… Quite a few, it would seem, going by the wonders of a well-known search engine. Apart from the custom ones, some of which were very beautiful, I came across some actually made by Mattel that I would be tempted to buy if they had them over here for a decent price. Anyways, I thought I’d share a couple of the pics with a suggestion for a few of them:
If I could have any it would be this one, ‘Fantasy Goddess of the Americas’. Look at that costume! I’ve always been fascinated by costumes, sometimes I watch films for that reason alone.
Faraway Forest Elf Barbie – good Celtic vibe to her, plus I love Elves.
Queen of the Constellations Barbie – Hella in Gothic getup?
The Blonds: Blond Gold Barbie – Gullveig – She of the lust for gold.
Goddess of Widsom Barbie – A lovely one of Athena; and I love the owl.
My Susan Seddon Boulet calendar Goddess for July is Hella. I find this appropriate because I’ve felt an increasingly strong connection to her over the last month. I associate her not only with the Underworld and literal death, but the shedding of old ideas, thought patterns and things that no longer serve us or are relevant. Since she takes into her Halls those who, among others, die of sickness I also associate her with the unpredictable nature of illness.