State of the Shrines 2016

Well, I’m back from my trip to Tasmania, I think I’ve lost my Sennheiser headphones, and I start back at the op shop on Tuesday. So things are, well. They’re going. How are you all doing? I hope your holiday and new year break was good, if you had one. I spent New Years Eve dozing off a stomach bug, then I spent the evening outside in the yard with my tiny niece and nephew and my family, playing with sparklers. Amaze.

Anyway. I wanted to start the new year with a post showing off all my current shrines, because a lot’s changed over the past year, and it seems like a good time to do this. I feel like it’s always a good way to see how my practices have changed and developed over time, and who’s getting more of my attention than others.

There won’t be many images, only about 7 or so, but they are a bit big, so just a warning for anyone on slow connections. There will also be lots of text, because I am terrible at being concise about these things.

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Hibernation

It’s nearly time for the Spring Equinox, and I feel like I might finally be coming up for air. Or, at least, emerging from the dark time. It’s been a very deep and introspective time. Not quite a Fallow Time, but more … introverted. Lots of internal stuff going on, as well as being busy with things in the mundane world. Trying and failing to write things, trying and failing to find a job, trying not to go mad and smash things because politics, the usual. It makes for a strange disconnect, sometimes, when I try to reconcile the normality of life, with all the other spiritual stuff. A lot’s happened, and I’m alright. It’s still been a weird winter, but it’s time to re-emerge, and I’ve felt that urge to write again, and re-engage with the world.

So, er, bear with me, if this post gets a little long, and rambly. I will probably need more posts to go into things in more detail, if necessary, but this is what’s on my mind at the moment. I hope this all comes out coherently. It’s still a little muddled in my head.

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Productivity!

Painted Saxon futhorc rune set

So I finished off another set of Saxon runes this afternoon. I made them a couple of days ago, and painted them today. This time, I decided to just pinch off some clay, and roll it into a ball, and then just squash it a little to make the runes, and I think it’s resulted in more consistently shaped runes, tbh, so I might do them this way from now on.I used an old tool from my dissecting kit to press the runes into the clay.

I was going to paint them all black with red runes, but I decided to use silver and gold as well. I divided them up pseudo-randomly into three groups before painting them, so I had an almost even spread of the three colours. I want to varnish them tomorrow, though, just to protect the paint. But other than that, they’re done. Next up, when I get some more clay, some Norse runes. And some material to make bags out of. Polar fleece, perhaps. I can hand-sew that into a bag well enough.

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Woden’s arrived!

Woden's shrine

Dodgy photo quality is a little dodgy, but I think it’s clear enough. Rearranged the runes, kept the horse, and shifted a few things around. Feels like a proper shrine now.

On a Wednesday, obviously. 😀 I now owe Mercurius an offering, since I did ask Him to make sure Woden arrived safely and swiftly. (Mercurius and Wednesday is a Thing, too, right? Or is that just my brain being weird and half-remembering things about the Latin day of the week names that isn’t quite right?) I’ll see if I can get Him some coins or something. …Wait. This is the point at which I just hand over my entire coin collection to Him, isn’t it? Yes, I think it is. (Thanks for the prompt, Mercurius.) And then figure out what else to offer Him, once He has all my coins. XD

I’ll make an offering to Woden this evening, after I do my 6th day festival libations at sunset, to welcome Him into my home and begin getting to know Him. Might just start by sharing a drink with Him, which He’s indicated He’s happy to accept, at least for now, and work up to something more formal once I have a better idea of what I’m doing and what He likes. He’s given me a place to start, so we’ll see where things go from there.

(ETA: Have added one more photo at the end after the cut.)

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Runes are done!

Finished runes

All done! Painted them up on Friday, and only just got around to photographing them now. I wanted to see if I could arrange the runes like that around the base of Woden’s statue when it arrives, so I tried it out around the horse first. (And before anyone complains, no, they’re not in any kind of order. Just the order in which I took them out of the container once they’d dried outside.) Not sure what’ll happen to the horse when the statue comes, but I’ll figure that out in time. I still need to buy a drinking vessel, and a libation bowl, at the very least.

In front of the candle on the right is the little hammer I made for Thunor with the leftover clay. I painted it up and wrote His name in runes on it. Quite hard, as it’s quite small. It was a bit fiddly to get right, but I managed it. It’s a first start, though.

I’ve been mixing my red paint with copper paint, actually, since it makes it feel more like a blood substitute than just plain red paint. Plus, it’s been great having a portable magic altar I can just take outside for when I’m painting things like this. Man, why did no one tell me about portable magic altars before now? My life is so much easier now that I don’t have to fret about only doing things inside because that’s where my altars are. I can do magical things outside! omg! 😀 /small thing s etc.

Runes, Cycles, and High Days

Runes drying in the sun

Here, have some runes. And a little hammer. And two tiny wands. It’s been a busy afternoon.

It was one of those days, I think, in which I didn’t feel like doing much, but ended up doing a lot of journal work, and spent the afternoon making runes. They’re just made of air-drying clay, which, well, it’s all I had, really. Used most of the packet as well, so I’ll have to think of something to make with a quarter of a pack of clay. These are for the Saxon runes, so there’s 29 of them. I used the leftover clay to make a little hammer for Thunor. I’ll paint the actual runes on tomorrow once they’ve had 24 hours to dry properly. I think I’ll use this set as a practice set, and more for magic than divination at this stage. I want to work with them before I delve into using them for divination, and perhaps make a set that’s made of a less fragile material than clay. Which isn’t to say this air-drying clay isn’t solid, because it is, but it’s always a little less strong than kiln-fired clay, and for jostling around and such, it’s probably not the best material for that. So I’m happy using these for other purposes, like shrine decoration and meditation as I get to know them better.

I also have some tiny wands there. I picked up those bits of wood ages ago, and they’ve been hanging around with no real purpose. They’re not long enough for proper wands but I don’t want to use them that way. They actually make good pens, and I like the idea of ‘writing’ the runes with my wand as I cast rune spells. Seems weirdly appropriate to me. The one on the left is for Woden, and the one of the right is for Thunor. I’ll do some finishing work on them tomorrow, or perhaps the weekend, once I work out what I want to finish them with. I have no idea what the wood is, though. I just picked them up off the ground.

The board the rack is resting on is, well, it began life as a myse board, but turned into a magic altar in a more general sense of the word. Somewhere where I could cast all my magic, whether runic, heka, or something with Hekate. Since I’ve never had one of those before, and it gives me a nice focus and a dedicated space to work on that I can move around wherever I like. Besides, there are some rather interesting similarities in how I’ve read Saxon magic described, and what I know about working heka. They seem to be pretty compatible systems of magic.

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