New: Altar Tiles – Ankh, Awen, Star of Olympus

I’ve finally retaken photos of the last three tiles I made a while ago, and have them up and listed in the shop now. This has taken a bit longer than I had anticipated, because life has been busy, and I’ve been sick, but I’m slowly working through the backlog of stuff I need to write up and list, and this is, at the very least, three I can stop worrying about now.

I will be picking up some more of these 70c tiles from Bunnings at some point, so I can make some more, but for now, this is what I’ve got.

1) Ankh altar tile
This altar tile has a simple black and gold design, with the ankh hand-drawn with a gold paint marker. It measures 9 cm/3.54 inches in diameter, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a dark green felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

The ankh is one of the most important symbols of ancient Egypt, signifying life. It is often shown being held by gods, and by them, given to humans, symbolising the life given by the gods. It is a powerful symbol for any Kemetic shrine.

Listing on Etsy: Ankh altar tile

2) Awen altar tile

This altar tile shows the druidic Awen symbol, which signifies the rays of inspiration that come from the Three Kindreds. It is a simple black and gold design, with the Awen hand-drawn with a gold paint marker.

It measures 9 cm/3.54 inches in diameter, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a yellow felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

Listing on Etsy: Awen altar tile

3) Star of Olympus altar tile

This altar tile shows the Star of Olympus, a star that represents the twelve great Olympian gods, in black and gold. The Star is hand-drawn with a gold paint marker. This would be a great addition to any small Hellenic shrine or travel kit for those who wish to honour the Olympians.

The tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a grey felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

Listing on Etsy: Star of Olympus altar tile

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New: Altar Tiles – Mercury, Ma’at, Three Hallows

Three of six new altar tiles have been added to the shop! I got inspired by the 70c wooden coasters I could get at Bunnings, and painted them up. I used a gold paint marker for the designs, though I painted them and put the felt on the back, before I’d decided what each tile was going to be used for. So some of the colours don’t match up. But I’ll do it the other way around next time, I promise. 😉

The other three altar tiles will go up once I get around to retaking photos of them that aren’t blurry.

Hermes-Mercury altar tile
Diameter: 3.54 in; 9cm

This black and gold altar tile shows the planetary symbol for Mercury, and can be used for magical, alchemical, or devotional purposes, as part of a shrine for Mercury or Hermes. Mercury has associations with communication, commerce, and travel.

The tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a light green felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

If you’re interested in purchasing this altar tile, see the listing on Etsy here.

Ma’at altar tile
Diameter: 3.54 in; 9cm

This is a simple black and gold altar tile, suitable for smaller Kemetic shrines and portable kits. This tile has the outline of the feather of Ma’at, the goddess to whom even the gods answer. Ma’at is a central concept in Kemetic religion, and is said to be the power that holds the world together. It is also sometimes translated as justice or balance or order, though these are imprecise.

This altar tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches in diameter. It has a light green felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

If you’re interested in purchasing this altar tile, see the listing on Etsy here.

Three Hallows altar tile
Diameter: 3.54 in; 9cm

This altar tile has an original design, showing the druidic Three Hallows of Fire, Well, and Tree. It has a slight Hellenic inspiration, though it can be used on any druidic shrine. The Three Hallows make up the druidic cosmology, and are usually incorporated in some way on many druid shrines.

This altar tile is black and gold, with the design hand-drawn with a gold paint marker. The tile measures 9 cm/3.54 inches, and suits smaller shrines or portable altar kits. It has a yellow felt backing and is varnished to protect it from damage.

If you’re interested in purchasing this altar tile, see the listing on Etsy here.

A sneak peek at new stock

A variety of shiny things

Shrine boxes and kits, altar tiles, artwork, and some prayer beads. It’s the best picture I could manage, sorry about the graininess. Listing photos will be much clearer.

So this is going up a bit later than I planned. But anyway. I’ve finally got this stuff varnished and ready to go. Everything is even priced I am that organised seriously. But I thought I’d give you all a little peek at what I’ve been working on in between 5 months of full time work during the second half of last year, and now during the Christmas break.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been working on boxes a lot lately. I blame the op shop I volunteer at. Apart from the heart-shaped box, and the wooden box to the left of it, the other boxes have all come from my op shop. So they were dirt cheap and ready and willing to be decorated and up-cycled. Yes, even the cigar boxes. They are the latest acquisition, and I plan to decorate them in the coming weeks. Some might call this sacrilege, I call it using what’s available to me. That, and someone has actually drawn/scribbled on them, and no one wants to see that.

I have three new sets of prayer beads, with more planned in my head, once I get around to stringing them all together. The blue set, on the left, is for Nut; the other two are for Amun, because He loves a good ammonite pun.

So I’ve been putting together little shrine kits, because that’s what my brain decides is the best thing to do with little boxes. They are, for the most part, Hellenic and Kemetic, though there are two tiny little boxes with pentacles on the top that are more generic pagan, and the smaller cigar box is going to be Wiccan. The heart shaped box belongs to Persephone. She basically claimed it as soon as I bought it, and so there’s something put together there that’s a bit more specific for Her. I’ve also got specific kits for Heru and Hermes and Poseidon.

drying boxes

From left(ish) to right: golden pirate chest is Poseidon’s; two Kemetic, then Hermes; the two tiny black pentacle boxes; heart box is Persephone’s, then Hellenic, and the Eye box is Heru’s.

I also made some altar tiles/coasters/painted roundy things. Well, I mean, if I can get them cheap at Bunnings, why not, eh? I think they turned out okay. They’ve got felt backings, a) it’s neater, and b) it stops it slipping around. I’m still trying to find the best glue for it, but these ones should be okay. I had fun with the designs. I did two Hellenic, two Kemetic, two druidic, one for Hermes, and one for Heru. They’re all done with one of those gold metallic paint markers. I wanted to see if I could do a better job with a pen than with actual paint. Which I adore, but aren’t quite good at detail just yet. The silver and gold ones you can see over to the left are for the four white/metallic shrine boxes. The black ones will be listed separately.

Moar stuff

Artworks and altar tiles. The rest of the stuff that was done drying. A couple of the artworks you might recognise from other High Day posts, where they were offered as devotional pieces. But hey, I only have so much room, and no where to keep them. So they will be up for sale as well.

Anyway. That’s about all I have right now. I will be putting each new listing up here as it goes up in the shop, and since there’s a lot of them this time, I won’t do them all at once. But they’ll be going up over the next week or two, pending enough time to sit down and deal with them.

If there’s anything you’d like to see here, please let me know, and I’ll see what I can do. I’m not quite up for custom work just yet, but I”m happy to take ideas for designs or items that I might be missing. Let me know via convo at Etsy, email me at shedetyscriptoriumATgmail.com, or contact me via twitter @sashataakheru.

May the blessings of the gods be with you!

Sobekemiti

New year, new stock!

Well, I’m back from my trip to Tassie, and I’m catching up with all the things I have to do now. I’ve been working on some new shrine kits and boxes for the shop, as well as some altar tiles and some prayer beads. They’ll be going up over the next few days, once I’ve varnished/sealed all the things that need to be sealed.

I’ll do a preview post tomorrow, once I’ve got everything together, now that all the painting work is done, to let you all know what new things are going up. I’ve got my work days organised, and a lot of new things to make, so settle in for a new year of creative and devotional work.