1. foundation (sigils), 2. abstract forms & colour, 3. final look
concept: to create a painting that works as a talisman
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare.
This headdress of a “big” Evenk shaman (avun) made of steel was part of a full ritual costume worn by a shaman for very important rites and rituals. The structure of this headdress reflects its symbolic meaning and contains an archaic image of the model of the Universe. The hoop embodies the concept of the closed space of the world of people and solid earth. Two crossing arcs symbolize the parts of the world and the seasons. The cosmic vertical that reflects the sacral center of the Universe is embodied in the horns of the mythical deer that stands for the sun in the mythical beliefs of the peoples of northern Asia. The deer was one of the main characters in the myth about the celestial hunt and embodied the archaic concepts of the day and night and the cosmic order. The horns also symbolized the sacred deer – the helper spirit of the shaman, his draft animal that he rode to travel to other worlds. Long cloth ribbons embody snakes and lizards, the shaman’s powerful helpers that accompany him in his “travels” to the lower world. They also symbolize the sacred birch – the totem tree of the shaman. It is also associated with the World Tree that symbolizes the Universe as a whole and Axis mundi – the cosmic axis connecting the spheres of the Universe. Such ritual headdresses were conditionally referred to as “crowns”. (The VCM)
In all it’s 10 page glory
How to Make Acorn Bellsfor the Autumn Equinox. You could modify this to be a bracelet or anklet for kids to wear when they go running through the woods (or your backyard!)
DIY Potion and Spell Book Tutorial from Better After. This is a really good tutorial using plastic toys, glue gun, cardstock and paper towels. This FIY is based on a tutorial by SEEING THINGS - my favorite Halloween Blog that had great printables and tutorials and is now DEAD & GONE. This is why if I see a printable I like, I don’t wait unitl later to download it.
~This would also be a nice tutorial for an actual spell book instead of just a decoration.
This is my wish keeper. Some call them table wands among many other names. Awhile back I posted about making a wish but not for yourself for someone else. Putting a ton of energy and thought into hoping for someone else. Once a day… Think of someone you know or do not. Imagine their wish manifesting before everyone’s eyes. Imagine them smiling and being happy. See with your eyes shut and then open. Be that candle that lights another candle. #wishkeeper #air #tableWand #airsign #antique #oldWorld #enlighten #giveOfYourself #become #lightworker #quartz #crystal #crystalline #earth #eternal
This is so so sos ososososoosos coooool
Sand mandala at Thikse Monastery, Ladakh, India.
Imagine sighing after finishing a detail and it blows out everything you’ve done
That’s basically what these monks do actually.
They create such intricate mandalas to demonstrate the beauty and the fullness of life then blow it all away without a seconds thought to teach us the impermance of life and the “transitory nature of material things”.
Bear in mind that this is a very basic and shallow understanding of the very nuanced and meticulous rituals that surround these sand mandalas.
i usually have a permanent altar in my bedroom, and then put together temporary altars for spells, rituals, and holidays as well.
here is the altar in my bedroom right now:
here are some past altars i’ve had in my room:
and here are some holiday/spell altars that were temporary:
I am having intense altar envy right now!! I wish I had the surfaces to make such pretties! O.O