Shedety Scriptorium

 

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A scribe should know how to make books.

And so, the Scriptorium was founded, at Sobek’s behest, to make books, and other Pagan things, as a service to the wider Pagan community. I make journals in a coptic stitch style, in a variety of designs. Coptic stitch is a bookbinding technique that heralds from Egypt, and it allows the book to lie flat on a shrine, altar or table. This makes it useful as a ritual book, allowing you to read from it without needing to prop it up on a stand. They are also thin and light-weight, making them fit in anywhere, and be taken anywhere, without weighing you down.

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This is my shrine to Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset, and to the left of the white bowl, you can see my personal ritual book, done in a coptic stitch, lying flat on the shrine table.

I make prayer beads for various gods, and use them as devotional items, as well as for dressing statues. They are made with gemstone beads, glass beads, and metal charms, and in a few cases, shell beads and pearls. I focus on the god I’m making the beads for as I make them, and each piece is dedicated to Them as they are finished. It’s as much a devotional act as anything else, and I often get inspired by the gods I make them for as to what design they want.

For example, in the photo below, Wesir suggested the design He wanted, and how many beads He wanted. So there is green moss agate, and black glass beads, to represent fertility and greenery, and there are 42 of each bead because of the 42 nomes of ancient Egypt. A brass ankh charm finishes it off to complete the life-giving energy of Wesir in the land.

Prayer beads, from left to right: Wesir:Bast, Yemaya, Hekate, Sobek, and the Wiccan God and Goddess.

Prayer beads for various deities, from left to right: Wesir, made with moss agate and black glass beads; Bast, made with moss agate, chrysocolla, and tiger eye; Yemaya, made with lapis lazuli, blue goldstone, pearls, and shell beads; Hekate, made with amethyst, moonstone, and pearls; Sobek, made with lapis lazuli, blue goldstone, and carnelian; and the Wiccan Horned God, made with goldstone, carnelian, and blue goldstone, and the Wiccan Triple Goddess, made with rose quartz, amethyst, and moonstone.

I hadn’t intended to start making runes, either, but as I’ve worked with the Saxon god Woden over the past several months, it’s become a good way to connect with Him. I make both Saxon and Norse rune sets, and while Norse runes are not that hard to find, Saxon rune sets are rare as hens teeth, and even though mine are made of clay, they work just as well for me, and clay is, after all, a natural material. I don’t have many sets available at the moment, because they take at least three days to finish, both drying the clay, and painting it, but two is better than none, and it’s somewhere to start. I hope to make more once the weather begins to warm up a bit, and it’s easier to dry them completely without having to worry about them getting rained on.

A set of painted Saxon runes for divination. Each rune is about 3cm in diameter, though they are all individually handmade.

A set of painted Saxon runes for divination. Each rune is about 3cm (1.2in) in diameter, though they are all individually handmade, and there is a bit of variation in size. I actually still need to varnish these ones to stop the paint getting ruined.

These are a couple of altar tiles I made for Kernunnos (top) and Thunor (bottom). I want to make some of these for the rest of the Saxon and Norse gods, not just so I can represent those gods without needing statues, but also because, well, travel altar kits. :D

These are a couple of altar tiles I made for Kernunnos (top) and Thunor (bottom). I want to make some of these for the rest of the Saxon and Norse gods, not just so those gods can be represented without needing statues, particularly if they aren’t available, but also because, well, they’re small and portable. I may also branch out into gods from other pantheons/cultures, if there’s any desire for them. These ones are both about 5cm (2in) in diameter.

 

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