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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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