State of the Shrines 2019

Okay, so before I start, I do want to say that this is the first time I’ve taken down shrines for this for privacy/oathbound reasons. I took down my Sau shrines, and I’ve removed some things from Hermes’ shrine bc they are sekrit and I don’t want to share them. So the bedroom overviews you’ll see are not quite how they are irl bc some shrines are gone, but that’s the basic plan of it. I feel like I’ve really focused down on only having shrines up that I’m actually using, so it’s a lot less now than what I used to have, but I’m happy with it. My focus this year is really just about magical practice and Quan Yin practice, so it does make it easier to maintain my shrines that way when I don’t need so many of them.

Wep Ronpet this year though was a bit of a wipe out. I had menstruation to deal with, which meant my statue washing and preparations were thrown off schedule, and I had a migraine that also delayed me doing anything in terms of ritual, so nothing really happened. But I did get my statues washed, which was good. I usually do all of them if I have time, but this time, I just did my Sobek shrine statues, and gave them all a good wash, as well as cleaning all the shrines.

But that’s life, really, so. I’ll give you the bedroom overview pics first, then we’ll dive into the shrine tours. ❤

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Hekate’s Deipnon, January 2019

First proper ritual in a long time, but a good one. I was a little underprepared, if only because I’d been beset by a migraine the day before, but I eventually remembered where I keep all my usual deipnon offerings and it went well. Had a lovely little meditation with Hekate, and I wasn’t sure if I’d get through to Her, but She was there with me on the beach, and we’re all ready to do witchcraft together this year. I think I’m ready in a way I wasn’t ready for a long time, so. That’s good.

I’m going to be doing a moon of devotion for Her until next deipnon in February, just to kick off my year with Her in a gentle way. I felt like it was a good way to ease myself into Wep Ronpet preparations, too, to help clear the air and work with Her on anything that needs to be gone. I’m not going to go too much more into the rite tonight, but it was a good one, and I’m glad I made time for it. I’ll give you a short little taster of my Hekate altar below and my deipnon offerings. Everything’s moved around, and it’ll be a big State of the Shrines post coming up after Wep Ronpet so you can see how I’ve changed my room.

Hi hello you remember me right?

Hi, yes, hello, it’s been a while. I finished my bedroom and then kinda just collapsed in a pit of exhaustion, both physical and mental, I think. I hesitate to say the last six months have been fallow time, because that makes it sound like I’ve been barren and unproductive, and that’s absolutely not the case. I kept up my daily meditation practice in the mornings, and I did a few rituals and other little bits, but for the most part, I wrote. I got smacked by the Muses with a shiny new fandom, and I wrote. So much writing. Nearly 140k in six months writing. It took over my entire life. So I don’t really want to call it fallow time, because I was being hugely creative, and writing poetry for the first time. I’ve done hymns and prayers before, but to me, they’re a different sort of skillset to poetry, and in particular, narrative poetry. But the verse just kept pouring out of me, and so I kept writing.

But even though I haven’t been practicing, I have been thinking about it. I particularly think about in December, when all the new planners come out and it’s getting closer to Wep Ronpet. I wanted to do something to rebuild my practice again in the new year, but I now recognise that one of the big challenges I face is that I see my ideal practice as containing everything, which is fine if you don’t have things you should be prioritising, but I do. And I think it’s time to give myself permission to just focus on the magical work I really need to be doing, like my Sau work, and bolster that with a few other things, and some witchcraft, and not worry about trying to do All The Rites To All The Gods. I think I get too caught up in that mindset, when really I just need to be a student and focus on the work I need to do. I’m not going to improve if I keep making endless schedules of rites to do that I don’t stick to. I have other work to do, and other skills I need to spend time on.

I was initially going to pack away my hearth shrine completely, but I’ve just scaled it down for now. You’ll see the final room, and all the shrines as they stand now, when I do State of the Shrines again at Wep Ronpet, because I feel ready to show that at last. I plan to start January doing a moon of devotion for Hekate, just to start and end the year, because that just seems appropriate, but whether that continues and I get back into my deipnon practice, we’ll see. Other than that, there are no other solid plans, apart from my magical work, and I don’t know if I’ll be posting here much, since that’s all oathbound. I don’t know how much of my shrines you’ll see either, since I don’t like showing my Sau shrine. I may not include it in the State of the Shrines, I’ll see how it feels when I get around to documenting all of that. But I did want to at least post here and let you all know I’m still alive.

Also, one final note. I’m not going back to tumblr. I haven’t decided if I’ll delete my accounts, or just leave them for posterity. They’re backed up on WP, though. I just don’t find tumblr to be conducive to my brain, nor does it feel like it helps to maintain ma’at, and I don’t want that energy in my life anymore. Also I dropped off discord bc it updated itself and broke Win10 so hard I had to uninstall it. The main places you can find me these days are twitter and dreamwidth. Feel free to follow me or friend me at either place, bc I post much more often there.

Bedroom Shrines Update #2

Since my last State of the Shrines post has been making the rounds on tumblr recently, I thought I’d post some more photos of what I’ve done in my room now. I’ve got most of the work done, bar one Ivar shelf in the corner, and the bookshelves over the bed, and hanging a few final pieces (like picture frames etc), and then it’ll be done. So this isn’t an official State of the Shrines for 2018 yet, but it’s progress. I’ll do a proper one once everything’s done, bc there are a few shrines I’m planning for the bookshelves so it’s not done until they’re up there.

Be aware that everything is still a work in progress, and I’m still figuring out how I want everything to be, so things may not stay this way as I finish everything off, but it’s working for now. I may still decide to redo things, or change things around, and I’m still sorting out how I want the altar by the window to function, since both Mary and Aphrodite’s shrines are going to be on the bookshelves. So we’ll see how that one settles in. So yeah, there are a few odd statues that are just hanging around, not quite in the right place yet, but for the most part, it’s working for me.

I have a lot of photos, so bear with me, but see under the cut for what I’ve got so far. ❤

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Here, have an entry that’s not about the Sobek Devotional

Gods, it’s been a good, but crazy year. A lot’s happened. Like A LOT. I guess this is what I get for picking ‘courage’ as my word of the year. I can’t remember the last thing I talked about, but it’s been a relatively quiet end of the year, in terms of spiritual stuff. There’s a lot of ongoing internal work, and a lot of plans and other things that are taking time to develop and grow.

Things I have been focusing on lately are self-love and self-care. I don’t know if this would’ve come up had I not been shifting into a femme mood all year, but perhaps. Perhaps this is just the mindset I need to really dig into this work and make it happen. See, the problem with being a well-adjusted and functioning human being is that you don’t think you need self-care because what the hell, you just get by. I’m resilient. I can handle this. And yeah, most of the time, I can. But this is something that goes deeper, and in a lot of ways, it’s hard to express. But it’s part of that thing, you can’t love others if you don’t love yourself, yeah? It’s to do with that.

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Fiction: Fingerprints

In which, fic for a song that is basically all Hekate’s fault. Written for the Spook Me 2016 Hallowe’en Ficathon. The fic itself is inspired by ‘Fingerprints’, but as I’ve listened to nothing but Sparkadia for the past three months or so, the backstory is drawn from a bunch of their other songs as well; it’s arguably got more from ‘The Great Impression’ than ‘Postcards’, but both albums are there to a certain degree. Written from Hekate’s POV, speaking to the protagonist, who is intersex and genderfluid. -text- is protag’s thoughts, because italics was taken. This is where this year’s NaNo is going to jump off from.

Prompts used: Ghost (creature prompt), image prompt 1, image prompt 2

Word Count Number Sequence: A073240 – Decimal expansion of (1/Pi)^(1/Pi) (x10, to get usable word counts) (because I am a nerd). 0s are treated as new lines/scene breaks, though I couldn’t quite get them to translate as well on WP as I could get them to translate on AO3. Boo

Summary: Someone once told you that Hekate is the catalyst for stripping your life of all the things you should’ve dealt with by now, whether you’ve asked her to or not. You didn’t believe them until it happened to you, when you were trying to run from a mess only partly of your own making, and I decided it was time for you to face your demons at last and chase away the ghosts you can’t seem to banish from your life.

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The road ahead

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So, a lot has changed. The shrines have switched places. This is, arguably, more of a practical move mor than anything else. The physical space I need for my devotional rites for Sobek and Heru is nowhere near as much space as I need for my fledgling witchcraft practice. I think this is actually the first time in sixteen years of pagan practice that I’ve had a permanent witchcraft altar. So there’s that.

I’ve put up a couple of quick videos of each shrine on youtube, for those who want more detail: the Shedety shrine, and the Hekate/Sobek witchcraft altar. There’s a bunch of other shrine videos on there as well, but it’s easier than uploading them anywhere else, since I take them on my phone.

At some point I will stop making new wordpress sites, but I have thrown up another one for my witchcraft blogging stuff because what the hell, and also there’s no room for it here, so. Feel free to follow it if you like: A Sobekatean Grimoire. (There is a lot of punnage in that title, ngl.)

And now that the pimping is out of the way, the tl;dr version is under the cut. Enjoy.

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My portable magic kit

This is going to be a quick post before bed, but I’ve been using this kit now for a month and it feels like it’s time to show it off. I found the wallet at the op shop/thrift shop I work at, and at first, I thought it might make a good portable art kit, so I could draw while I was out, or at the shop or something, but after three weeks of it sitting in my bag, I had a better idea.

There was a particular thing that happened that made me want to have some sort of magical things with me, but I won’t go into details about that. Suffice it to say, this kit is all about protection, cleansing, and banishing, since that’s what I’ve had the most call to use.

The contents are pretty simple. I have two notebooks that I cut to size, and stitched together, where I can write notes or use it for spellwork if I have no other paper to hand. I have five coloured pencils, two lead pencils, and a black pen. I have an eraser (for banishing as well as practical uses), and a sharpener (for focus). There are two train tickets (the yellow pieces of card) that I use as a travel talisman as much as anything else. There is some black cord for binding. A pentacle pendant for an altar tile. A mirror. A pair of d6 dice I use for divination. A vial of frankincense oil. A nail. Finally, six vials containing white salt, black salt, sage, rosemary, hot foot powder, and a purifying herb mix.

There’s only a couple of things I still need to add: replace the black cord with three smaller skeins of red, white, and black thread, and print out a cheat sheet of my dice divination meanings. But other than that, it’s as complete as it’s going to be.

I’ve played around with travel altar kits for a long time, but I’ve never really found them particularly useful. But this seems to do the trick. It’s small enough to fit in my backpack, so I can take it with me all the time, and it’s discreet. I can take it out to lunch with me and write in my notebook, or put together an impromptu healing spell, and it’s fine. Anything more complex is going to get done at home, and since it’s not about deity devotion, but magic, it can be much more tightly focused, and have such small and useful things.

Anyway, it’s time for bed, so I’ll leave this here. If anyone else has a kit like this, I’d love to see them.

New: Portable Shrine Kit – Kemetic Shrine Kit – Offering Table Lid – White and Gold

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I have been experimenting with votive offering tables for a while now, and I think this is the one that is rendered best. Perhaps it is because I drew it with a paint marker, rather than with actual paint. I can see where my strengths lie.

This, and another three boxes, I got at my op shop. $1 each. They’ve scrubbed up nicely, I think. Also, it’s not visible and I forgot to add it to the listing, but the felt backing for the altar tile is black. But anyway. The paint marker is shiny af, and I want to play around with that some more. I like the effect.

This is a small portable shrine kit designed for Kemetic pagans, polytheists, and assorted other Kemetic types. The box itself is made of papier mache, painted white, with gold paint marker along the edge of the lid. The inside is also painted with gold acrylic paint. The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

The box measures 11cm x 11 cm x 4 cm, or 4.3in x 4.3in x 1.6in.

The lid, drawn on with gold metallic paint marker, is an original design inspired by the ancient offeirng tables, and enables the box itself to be used as a mini altar for ritual, if a small shrine is all you can use.

The design has the hieroglyph for heaven/sky at the top, an ankh in the middle, and the hieroglyph for offering at the bottom. Between them are renderings of pots for offering water or beer, tiny incense burners, the glyph for water, and the two circles represent offering bread. In this way, the offerings represented can be used as votive offerings, perpetually given to the gods if you aren’t in a position to offer physical offerings due to travel or other situations.

It is small and light enough to use as a portable shrine, and there is room to add other items, or to take them out and completely customise what it contains to suit your own needs. It can also be used as a mini shrine on its own, if you do not have much room.

In this kit, you will receive:
– 1 painted box, that fits everything in the kit inside it.
– 1 gold altar tile, depicting an ankh, ma’at feathers, and four stars in black, with a felt back
– 1 small white offering dish
– 4 mini myrrh incense cones
– 2 tealights

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you’re interested in purchasing this shrine kit, please see the listing on etsy.

New: Tiny Portable Shrine Boxes – Black with Gold Pentagram Design

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I’ve listed these two together, because they are, in essence, identical. They are tiny shrine boxes, with a tealight, and a single frankincense incense cone. These boxes legit came from my op shop and were, like, 40c each. I love working at an op shop. Except when it is 40C/104F, then I do not, because our air-con is terrible. But most of the time, I love it. :D?

Anyway, buy my shrine boxes they are tops.

(…Not literally, obvs. But you knew that, right? >_>)

This listing is for a single tiny shrine box, painted black, with a gold pentagram hand-drawn on the lid with gold metallic paint marker. The box has been varnished to give it a protective, glossy coat to protect it from damage.

There are two box shrines available.

They measure 6cm x 6cm x 3.25cm, or 2.3in x 2.3in by 1.2in. They are small enough to fit in your hand, and contain a tealight, and a single frankincense incense cone. Frankincense is a good all-purpose incense for many gods, as well as for spiritual and magical workings.

No incense burner is included, but there is enough room to fit a small metal one inside. It could also be used to hold any other small trinkets or spiritual items, or used for a magical spell. It would also work as a small altar table in a portable shrine kit, or to hold items on your altar or shrine.

Everything will be packaged securely to prevent damage during shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these boxes, please see the listing here.