Thought it was about time I did a proper post about the finished shrines. They take up a lot more of the room than the old ones did, and I guess that’s a sign of my shift in priorities and whatnot. It’s still undergoing minor adjustments, but otherwise, it’s done.
Sobek’s named it the Shedety Shrine, so that’s what I’m going to keep calling it. It’s the name for the whole, as much as for the Sobek/Heru part itself. It doesn’t cover the other shrines around the room, but that’s alright. Those are kind of separate. This is a full working shrine, where everything is integrated into the whole. It’s nice to get used to using it, and lighting candles, and saying my prayers. Getting used to the new space, and what I can do with it, and when I need more space. What I want to show, and what can go away for now.
The festival shrine proved the hardest to place, but having it below the Sobek/Heru shrine seemed like the best place, and gave me the most space to work with. We’ll see how well it works over the course of the next year of festivals. I might make some adjustments as I go along as to how I lay things out, and make it work.
Anyway, have a gallery of images, because there are 17 photos, and I cbf writing a tl;dr post of photos. It’s under the cut, and you should be able to click through to larger versions. I’ve added in as many proper explanations as I can for what’s there, but if anything’s unclear, feel free to ask.
The shrine as a whole.
Overview of how the two wall shelves sit in relation to each other.
Top shelf has the lararium, and the Bast statues I own. Lower shelf has my dictionaries and related books, my Ganesha and Saraswati statues, and my Earth shrine. Well, what will become the Earth shrine, when I get around to finishing the box.
On the windowsill by the desk. Air shrine on the far left, which I still need to finish, then Woden’s stuff. Tree is painted to represent the World Tree, and has the Saxon runes painted all over it. Then there’s Sleipnir, a small dish for Kernunnos, Woden, and hiding behind the purple pot is a candle, quartz crystal, and hammer for Thunor. Some of the feathers will make their way into the Air shrine. The bird container on the end contains my runes.
This is on a bookshelf on the West wall. Quan Yin sits here, with what will become the Water shrine. Also seen here are some of my Grand Champion horses.
Left side of the ancestor shrine. Anubis, Djehuty, and Aset as Lady of the West sit at the end. Then there’s my Marian shrine, along with two canopic jars and a libation bowl. The jewellery case and the folded up Welsh flag on top of it belonged to my maternal grandparents, who are in the photo in front of it.
Just in front of the photo on the left are some pennies and a remembrance poppy. The pony has a Liverpool shirt on – where my mum came from. The two photo frames after that contain photos of my old cats, Tilly, and Lady. The patterned tin between the photos is a candle. Then there are moar Ibises and Jqls to round it off.
This is the shelf below the ancestor shrine, and we have Hermes and Artemis here. The jar with the coins and the small silver dish in front of His picture belong to Hermes. The white candle is for Artemis, representing the full moon. The serpent and the dish in front of Artemis’ statue are Artemis’ things. The dish contains the prayer beads I made for Her. Hanging at the back is a cingulum I made some time ago.
I still need more for Isis, but this is the central part of the shrine. Isis has the central part, and Hekate has the space to the right. Also because the cingulum has a little Isian charm sitting just above where Isis’ statue is. I also just made Her some prayer beads, so those are sitting on Her statue as well. The silver bowl is a libation/offering bowl.
The angle’s not entirely great on this one, so the keys and the knife are a little hard to pick out, but they’re there. Anyway, this is Hekate and Hestia’s side. The dragon adn the globe belong to Hekate, as do the keys and the dragon sword. The black candle represents the dark/new moon, which is Hekate’s time. Hestia has a small lamp, a skull to represent the ancestors at the heart, an image of Her, and a small shrine a friend sent me once upon a time. The little shell in front of Hekate’s statue contains incense, gemstones, a key, and a skull.
Overview of the main shrine. Sobek’s side is to the left; Heru’s to the right. There’s a little shrine to Nit below Sobek’s box, and a similar one for Aset beneath Heru’s statuebox, but it’s hard to see because it’s hidden by the jug.
Close-up of Sobek’s side of the shrine. The green book is my ritual/prayer book, and on top of that is my collar and prayer shawl. Behind that is my calligraphy box, which Sobek is protecting. The small bowl between the horse and the blue vase contains trinkets and other assorted things. The blue ball in the cuff is a Dive Ball with a Totodile in it. There are more calligraphy things in the candle holder next to the horse. Have a better look at Nit’s shrine in front of Sobek’s main statue.
This is the central area. the tree is painted to represent the world tree, with the base painted black with silver spots, and the branches painted with gold stars. The red lines run between them, connecting the land spirits (spots) and the gods (stars). The red represents ancestral bloodlines. The cauldron well to the left is used as an incense burner. There is a candle to the right for Fire. The white feather leaning against the tree is for Ma’at. There’s a small paining sitting behind the tree representing the two horizons. In front, the scribe statue represents me, and the two painted rocks represents the land spirits. The string of beads I use for meditation, counting breathing for meditation, that sort of thing. It got cut off a little, but the plate at the bottom is actually of a man on a boat. It’s an offering plate, as much as it suits the theme of the shrine.
You can almost see Aset peeking out from behind the jug here. Anyway, this is Heru’s side,with His statues, more calligraphy things, and He also gets the offering money pot (between the lamp and the vase at the back). The little blue bowl between the horse and the vase contains incense, gemstones, and coins, and a couple of tiny scarabs.
I had half an idea to use this space for storage, but using it for a festival shrine seemed to work better. It’s currently set up for the Mysteries of Wesir, though that’s pretty much done now. I’ll have to take it down in a while to set up for winter Solstice. There’s a drum to the left, and then the main shrine area. The plate to the right is a Wheel of the Year thingo, to help keep track of these sort of things. The box the shrine is sitting on is a storage box thing, with candles, and other assorted things in it. I might need to sort it out at some point.
This shelf contains my Pagan books, and a few odd supplies. On the very top, there’s another glass box that will become the Fire shrine. There are also some odds and ends up there I should find a better place for. My divination decks are also there on the middle shelf, along with my journals.
This is a shelf to the right of the main shrine, and this is a space for, well, lack of anywhere else for Them to go. The large feather is Amun’s, which is probably useful since you can’t see that it’s HIs box shrine behind Them all. There’s a small statue of Satis there in front, as well as the cheetah I use for Mafdet. The blue box on top of Amun’s box is the box I sometimes use for the Mysteries, and has my ickle Wesir statue in it. It’s hidden at the moment, but I’ll take it out once I’m done with the Mysteries. The lion box to the right contains all my cone incense. I have a separate jar for loose resin incense, though I don’t burn that much because it’s just tricksy and hard, and I’m never sure I have enough underneath it to protect it from burning things.