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21 June 2014 @ 01:08 pm
Midsummer 2014  

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!

CountryMouse: lettermousecountrymouse on June 21st, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
So beautiful! I especially like the history of everything on the altar and things that go back in your family. :-) Happy Midsummer!
arliss: Bob on booksarliss on June 22nd, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I repurpose an awful lot of family stuff and thrifted things. Sometimes it's good to clear an item's history and give it new life, and sometimes the history enhances it. FInding out which, and what works, is part of my practice. I hope your Midsummer is happy, too!