Welcome to the second installment of pretty watercolour pictures of the Wiccan Sabbats (see part one here)! Sorry for the delay, I’ve been rather busy ‘IRL’, dealing with the horrific administrative clusterfuck that is tertiary education in this state/country.
3. Samhain – one of my personal favourites, I’m very pleased with the skull!
I’ve already started another mini-series of watercolours, revolving around mandala designs and the meditative chant Om ma ni padme hum. Stay tuned!
I’ve completed another ‘series’ of watercolour paintings, this time depicting each of the Sabbats. They’re roughly based on the Sabbat cards from my oracle card deck, although rather more detailed!
Here are the first 4, plus the Wheel of the Year poster I also did;
1. Wheel of the Year
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post!
Huh, just realised that I never uploaded the photographs of last year’s Imbolg altar (and I’ve been pretty slack and late about uploading this year’s ones. But here they are!
L-R: candles, including my Imbolg pillar candle with the rune Beorc (representing purity and rebirth) carved into it. In front of the taper candles are the lotus candle-holder, a piece of kunzite, a lotus candle, a small spessartite cluster, and my trusty pinecone. In front of those are a bottle of clear topaz pieces, a chunk of iceland spar calcite, a selenite sphere with two piece of tumbled selenite, a creedite cluster, and a bottle of tiny garnets. Right at the front is my amethyst rosary (which, appropriately, has a Brighid medallion on it), a selenite wand, a small jar of salt, and a wooden incense-holder/pentacle.
And, of course, a candle-lit shot:
A note on symbolism: my Imbolg altars are characteristically a lot less cluttered than those for the other Sabbats, revolving around candles and stones representing purity and rebirth. In a lot of ways I consider Imbolg the real ‘new year’, in that it’s the time to enact changes in one’s life, hence ‘spring-cleaning’ and all that.
Back, L-R: Goddess candle, awesome candle made by the awesome Brendan from Sydney’s Ostarian Grove, God candle.
Middle, L-R: Kuan Yin statue surrounded by sodalite, amethyst, moonstone & blue lace agate, with a rose-quartz carved rabbit (a gift from a lovely girl with whom I went to school) in front. A very winter-y candle holder with a white lotus candle, and my amethyst rosary draped around it. My faithful old pine-cone (still have yet to find a decent depiction of the Lord, which I’m willing to have on my altar) surrounded by amber, with a hematite Sun-God charm in front.
Front, L-R: raw rose quartz, polished amethyst thumbstone and a rhodonite love-heart (gift from my Grandmother). Pentacle incense burner, on a Sun-God altar plaque (actually a coaster, but awesome :P). Natural citrine (it’s not as yellow as in the photograph, my camera does strange things with colour) generator, polished garnet, and a small jar of garnets.
Gratuitous “artsy” shot:
As always, questions and comments are welcome!
Better late than never, I’ve remembered to upload some photographs of my altar! No candle-lit photo’s, because the camera died, but there’s a blurry/pretty picture of it with the flash off.
In the picture, from the back: usual Goddess/God candles, my mini-cauldron (filled with jet, obsidian and black tourmaline) with an amber bracelet around the top, a black scrying mirror, and a pine-cone. Also on the altar: a pentacle incense burner, a winter-tree candle-holder (with a white lotus candle), several pieces of amber, a solid obsidian scrying mirror (on the right), and the ‘Memento Mori’ card from the fantastic Graven Images Oracle deck.
As always, comments/questions are welcome. Now, the aforementioned blurry, but pretty, shot:
(That’s my Himalayan salt-crystal lamp off to the right.)
Wishing everyone here in the Southern Hemisphere a blessed and merry Mabon/Alban Elfed. So, after a brief interlude of not having an altar, due to space constraints, I’ve set up a smaller one. Starting with the celebration one of my favourite Sabbats, Alban Elfed, or the Autumnal Equinox.
At the back, on the left, is a cast iron cauldron (filled with 7 pieces each of citrine, amethyst and smokey quartz). I’ve gone with the theme of citrine/amethyst/smokey quartz to honour the concept of ‘dynamic balance’ that occurs at the two Equinoxes. To me, these three stones each represent the concept of balance without stagnation, and when combined they also balance one another, energetically. I also have a generator of each of these stones in the middle of the altar.
The small, tumbled, crystals in the middle are, from left to right: ametrine, lithium quartz, a Shiva Lingam, kunzite/spodumene, and another piece of ametrine. All of these relate to the above notes.
Questions and/or comments are welcomed. 🙂
Close up of centre.
And yeah, it’s a little late (considering we’re now approaching Lughnasadh…), but I kind of forgot to upload the pictures. And no pretty candlelit ones because my camera battery died.