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Blessed Samhain


Salt lamps on the rear corners--one electric, one candlelit. Owl and cat candle lamps, amber glass and iron votive holder on the left front corner, cut-out cats pottery candle pot on the right front corner holds a screen for botannicals and resins to heat over the flame.

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Mabon 2014

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The altarcloth is a glittered length of oakleaf print fabric from the seasonal/decorative aisle. The copper plate holds Russian sage, lavender, sage, and lemongrass from the garden. An old basket with a twine-mended handle holds pumpkins and apples. Light and dark balance at this point of the year, and sun and moon tealight cups anchor the front corners. Salt lamps, electric on the left, tealight-lit on the right, light the back corners. The spheres are rainbow fluorite, champagne calcite, fused and clear quartz.

The stag’s head brooch is propped at the foot of the running stag tile pillar stand. A two-wick pillar candle was sprayed lightly with adhesive, rolled in coffee (you can also use plain cocoa or ground cinnamon), then the excess rubbed off, to give a "dirty," aged look. The cauldron on the tripod holds an incense mix of resins and botannicals.

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My shrine to El and Athiratu
Simple with a horn , pillar shaped stone, figures representing the Divine Couple, singing bowls, shells (for the Lady Who Treads Upon the Sea) incense and the bible because certain psalms are thought to originally have been said to be writings for El or Baal .
The personal pair that I am called to are Canaanite Deities, and although El and Athirat are the ones focused on in this shrine I also am feel very connected to Baal and Anat ~ Shalam

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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.
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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!

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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.
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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.