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05 August 2014 @ 01:34 pm
Lughnasa 2014  
100_4538crLughnasa always seems like the twilight of summer to me. So rather than harvest colors of yellow, orange, and red, I tend to shades of violet, purple, greens, and greys. Spheres are champagne calcite, clear and fused quartz, and rainbow fluorite. The white pillar candle has grasses and leaves embedded in the wax, the purple pillar has a pair of tiny seahorses, shells, and sea oats. The bisque candlestick has painted harvest grapes, the stone candle cups are carved, one in quatrefoil piercing and a scroll carved border under the lip, the other in an owl and tree design. The grasshopper on the incense tray fiddles into the warm night, uncaring that cold winter is coming and he will have nothing stored to eat. A sweetgrass braid circles the stone bowl of oats, and handmade ribbon pansies circle the base of the goddess bowl.
21 June 2014 @ 01:08 pm

Midsummer solstice altar. The altarcloth is probably the most joyous fabric I’ve ever seen. It hung as curtains in the bedroom my kids shared as babies, and in my library dormer in the old house. Rather than pastels of doggies and kitties and bunnies, we played, “Where’s the turtle?” “Where’s the grasshopper?” “Where’s the teeeeny little blue butterfly?” “Where’s the ladybug?” “Where’s the bee?” and “Where’s the lizard?” The colors are vibrant and happy, and what better than joy to bring to Midsummer? The undercloth is a dresser scarf embroidered by my mom, edged in lace tatted by my grandmother. Blue butterflies, even on the incense tray, for summer. And lizards and turtles and ladybugs and bees.

Oats and sprigs of Russian sage from the garden as offering, salt in the lidded carved stone pot, chalice is green agate glass cast with a dragon coiled around the bowl. Champagne calcite, rainbow fluorite, and natural clear quartz spheres, forged metal tripod stands for the floating candle and fused quartz sphere, and the Gaia bowl to hold slips of paper with intents or promises or wishes written on them. Merry Midsummer!

17 June 2014 @ 05:45 pm
This was an altar that evolved last summer, not in formal observance.Read more...Collapse )

1. The altarcloth is a vintage silk scarf of my mom’s—I don’t think she knew it was pagan. It has Pan in each corner with his pipes, and “Faun” and “Pan” in diagonal corners. One salt lamp holds a candle, the other lamp is electrified. The sand glass is a reminder of the inexorable passage of time. 2. You can see the labradorite blue flash in the lingam stone, and one of the phantoms in the quartz sphere. 3. Artist hand-cast bronze bear with turquoise eyes, always present talisman on my altar. Handpainted koi incense tray. 4. Clear and rose quartz chunks found on hikes, tiny amethyst cluster from a lapidary, two amethyst point quartz, four clear quartz double termini, three calving.

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A recent full moon altar. Altarcloth is a length of fabric from the fabric store quilting department, overlaid with a Thai silk scarf thrifted for fifty cents. The tree and moon ceramic piece is a pie plate and stand. Clear quartz, fluorite, and fused glass spheres. The chalkware bear was found in an antique shop, the rabbit in a garden center. The scrimshaw owl was a gift. The antique silver crescent moon vesta holds ashes. The offering bowl is carved soapstone, the top of a potpourri burner with a crack that, though too small to see, leaks scented water or oil. It holds dry grains for offering very well. Depression glass chalice was my gram’s.
15 June 2014 @ 09:25 pm
This is my Ganesha altar back in September 2004:

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13 June 2014 @ 04:00 pm
This might not be the right place to ask this, but I am in the process of gathering the things I want for my altar. I haven't had an altar for years (at that time it was dedicated to the Goddess and the God), and I seem to have moved in a lot of different directions since then. various gods and goddesses mind sharing an altar? I don't want to offend any of the Beings. I am thinking of having Ganesha and Kuan Yin together...maybe with Yanu the Bear (totem) there too. If I am respectful, would this be all right? Will the energies blend okay?

I LOVE looking at everyone's altar photos!! Lots of wonderful ideas, so inspiring!

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09 May 2014 @ 01:54 pm
I hope you all had a blessed Sabbat, whether it was Beltaine or Samhain for you. :) Read more...Collapse )
20 March 2014 @ 09:47 pm
Ostara 2014  

Ostara altar. Mini basket with Cadbury mini eggs in offering, champagne calcite, clear quartz, and rainbow fluorite spheres, Egyptian glass room scenter trimmed in gold, amethyst glass chalice with clear barley twist stem. The antique amethyst glass vase with gold stripes and the egg-shaped votive are from my mom. Silver-washed copper baby cup with rabbit figural handle holds more mini eggs. With all candles lit, I love the leaf shadow cast by the green frosted glass votive cup behind the Gaia figure.

08 February 2014 @ 09:16 pm
Imbolc. The word comes from "ewes' milk"; ewes give birth to their first lambs of the year at this time. The earth begins to thaw as the ice melts and drips and streams start to trickle. During the dark months indoors we have written songs and poems, carved useful things like cups and bowls, and dreamed. Now it's time to wake. The Dreamer of Malta centers the altar, joined by a bear emerging from hibernation. The crystal taper holders felt out of place until I imagined them as frost or ice goddesses, and now they fit right in with the rough and matte surfaces. There's a chunk of labradorite, ordinary brown-grey of earth until it flashes blue. The inkpot is reproduction saltglazed pottery from Williamsburg, the quill is an Atlantic brown pelican feather I found on the beach. The fish incense tray and the double fish offering bowl are a nod to Pisces, my sign.100_4177b1cr2100_4194b100_4198s
25 December 2013 @ 02:48 pm

Yule altar. Driftwood stands in for a yule log, and the wand is driftwood, as well. I usually polish the silver snuffer with the jeweled-wire wrapped handle, the candlesticks and chalice that only come out for Yule and the Christmas holidays, but I didn’t this year, and I like their mellow gleam in candlelight. A post-WWII miniature Satsuma vase holds incense, the offering of nuts and fruit is made in a small Imari bowl. Time turns, as the light comes back, and The Hermit journeys in search of knowledge, and truth.
02 November 2013 @ 04:04 pm

Samhain altar. I usually use candy corn and pumpkins as offerings, but a neighbor brought us apples and walnuts from an orchard owned by friends; both fortuitous and appropriate. Cat and owl candle lamps by M. Pena. Second photo, antique cat match holder from my mom, blue goldstone sphere, bowl with water for scrying. Third photo, clear quartz and pale yellow calcite spheres, chunk of yellow calcite, mini cauldron of walnuts.

Altar cloth is a length of fabric from the seasonal decorative aisle at Joann’s. Any questions, feel free to ask.