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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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.
 
 
 
16 May 2013 @ 01:38 pm
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21 March 2013 @ 04:40 pm
Here is a picture of how I decorated my altar for the Equinox... I have just started the process of putting things on it again after stripping it bare for Dianne Sylvan's Spiritual Nomad e-course (which you can find here: http://diannesylvan.com/e-books-by-dianne-sylvan/the-spiritual-nomad) and I love it! I will probably gradually reintroduce more of the old stuff, but at the moment I am finding the minimalism so refreshing and liberating.
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03 February 2013 @ 09:41 pm

Today, i made my first braided bread, from scratch.
It was delicious.
i’ve made home made bread before (and i use the oven and from scratch..no breadmachines)

This was really good.

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And then i put some on my altars...

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The top altar is to Hathor and the bottom is to The Earth/Mother Goddess.

And just because i've never posted a pic of my altars with the candles lit...

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a closer view of my small Earth/Mother Goddess figure with the candles lit.

i have now placed the small figure on a bit of bark i collected when out for a walk the other day.
i'd lain down on a fallen bit of tree and this piece of bark came off and into my hand as i was getting up.