Feb. 8th, 2014

Imbolc 2011

Feb. 8th, 2014 06:25 am
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I just recently moved here to Dreamwidth from Livejournal. It's sad to see how quite both sites are, I really miss the connection that was once so easy to access over these sites, especially for those who prefer to communicate with others in more than 140 characters.

Anyway, tangent aside, this was my altar a few years back for Imbolc, honoring the shift in light. I've been in something of an altar building rut lately (along with a creative rut as well).

I used a lot of golds and warm whites. On either side is Nephthys and Aset working as guards. You can't see the inside well, but there's a pyramid in there with a scarab and a winged Aset, representing rebirth. There's also a considerable amount of amber on this altar too.
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Delayed post. I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Mabon. Sun and moon candleholders anchor the front corners, signifying the balance point of the light, turning from light and going into the dark part of the year. Oats in the stone bowl, a collection of tumbled stones in the wooden leaf tray. The spheres are quartz crystal and pale yellow calcite. A friend gave me the painted stones, saying I had the traits of beaver, moose, and frog. Anubis escorts the honored dead, the antique silver crescent moon vesta holds ashes.

Samhain. Owl and cat candle lamps, iron cauldron of walnuts and an apple from local orchards as offering. Sparkly blue goldstone, clear quartz, and yellow calcite spheres, chunk of yellow calcite. Bowl of water for scrying, antique black cat match holder holds incense sticks.

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Another delayed post. Please ask if you have any questions.

Yule. Driftwood stands in for the Yule log, and also serves as a wand. A satsuma and walnuts in the Imari bowl as offering, and incense sticks in the miniature vintage Satsuma-style vase. Holly and ivy wreath, handpainted koi incense tray. The hourglass is merely a reminder of the passing of time, and The Hermit searches for truth and enlightenment. The handle of the candlesnuffer, a gift, is wrapped in wire studded with semi-precious stones. The chalice came from ebay, well-used, with my initial engraved on the foot.

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.


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