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

Sigyn & Moss Agate

When sorting through my hoard of spiritual information I came across some notes I’d taken from a magazine article a number of years ago about the uses of crystals in the home. Imagine my surprise when I came across the following:
Kitchen: Prevent accidents – Moss Agate is highly protective and stabilises the fiery energy associated with cookers
 … also associated with maternal love.
What better stone to connect with Sigyn? She stabilises Loki’s fiery energy and devotes herself to his care when he is imprisoned and bound, and she is a mother of two sons. Now this is where things get either strange or synchronous, depending on your personal beliefs: back in April I was trawling ebay and came across a small Moss Agate bowl, which I thought would be perfect as a devotional gift for Sigyn. I didn’t even think about the stone it was made of, just the bowl itself, which is one of the central symbols of her story.

Sigyn Moss Agate
Why I didn’t think to look up the properties of Moss Agate escapes me, as usually I research these kinds of things straight away. To rectify this I have now done a bit of research and thought I would share my findings.

Moss Agate is a stabilising stone, and helps to bring peace to those who experience mood swings or those with a lot of emotional drama in their lives. ‘No matter how difficult those circumstances may be, Moss Agate gives insight into the reason behind them.’¹ If you think about how much Sigyn went through not only with Loki, but losing one of her sons to become Loki’s fetters and the other to a curse, these properties seem very appropriate.
Moss Agate is also beneficial for people convalescing after an illness, or in recovery from addiction.² Its energy is said to be supportive, and what else is Sigyn but supportive? She married Loki, obviously knowing his character, and she stayed with him throughout his ordeal in the cave.

‘It is a stone of new beginnings and release from blockages or spiritual fetters’¹ – One of Sigyn’s heiti is ‘incantation fetter’, and she stays with Loki through all the time he is bound, until his escape from his fetters at Ragnarok. Following on from this, Moss Agate is also said to encourage you to try one more time, ‘inspiring with new ideas after a period of stagnation.’ Sigyn never seems to give up, even after the binding of her husband and the loss of her children. It’s a stone of endurance and persistence, but also of optimism.

Moss Agate is also associated with plants and agriculture, a possible connection for those who believe Sigyn may have Vanir ancestry, or a link to nature. It was used in Persia to help crops grow, ‘as a good example of sympathetic magick,’³ due to the plant-like appearance of the inclusions in the stone. It also helps to open up awareness to the devas and Nature Spirits.

¹ Crystal Bible vol 1, page 48
² The Book of Stones, page 11
³ Crystals: Healing and Folklore, page 159

Sources:
Crystal Bible vol 1 – Judy Hall
The Book of Stones – Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian
Crystals: Healing and Folklore – David Rankine
Notes from an article called ‘Crystal Palace’ in ‘Spirit & Destiny’ magazine – unfortunately I didn’t write down the article’s author, or the issue number.

Driveway Hoard

Driveway Hoard

We have a gravel driveway and I’ve found some interesting pieces on it over the time we’ve had it. Yesterday I found some belemnite remnants, some fossilised shells and a hole-y stone. Dad also found a couple of bits of ammonite for me. I thought the belemnites and shells would be perfect for Aegir, Ran and their daughters, being the remains of ancient sea creatures. The ammonites would be a good representation of Jormungand, and the hole-y stone for Odin since in the Mead myth he turned himself into a serpent to wriggle through a hole.
I also found a perfectly round natural bead, and Sigyn has claimed it for Herself. I haven’t photographed it though because I hope to make a necklace or some other offering with it.

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Connecting with Mother energies

Mother’s Day is a time to honour the role of the mother in society, but there are many facets to a mother. The mythologies of the Norse and Egyptian peoples abound in examples of motherly, nurturing, protective, fierce and magical women. If only society today could recognise that ‘mother’ can mean so many things. The following are some of my suggestions for honouring the divine feminine in your life on Mother’s Day, including a couple of less conventional ones.
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