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Desk altar 1

My main altar shrine space in my house is full of colour, crystals, candles and things that I find inspiring reminders of my spirituality. For my desk altar I wanted something cleaner, purer and simpler since my studio space and desk itself gets cluttered enough already.

Desk altar 2

It took a couple of sessions with the gouache paints but I’m pleased with how it turned out in the end. Simple knotwork with just a little blending of two tones of purple and green (my two favourite colours).

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And here it is with a few bits on it. The candles were a sale find in Sainsbury’s from their winter collection, a hagstone, crystal, seed pod and a small glass bowl complete the set up. I like to have a candle on each side of my altars/shrines which is why I only painted the central area of the back.

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desk altar 1

For a while now I’ve been on the look out for a small surface to use as an altar/shrine on my desk in my studio to no avail. Finding something that fit what I wanted was proving to be a difficult and frustrating task. As often is the case when this happens I asked the Universe for a little help and this is what I found.

The white box (pictured above) was in the sale in TK Maxx.

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It was the perfect size for my desk space and had a hinged lid for storing some candles, crystals and trinkets but it needed some work. I didn’t like the three dimensional rose motif on it which was broken anyway, hence it being in the sale:

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The rest of the box thought was just right. I’m not normally a person that revamps or upcycles furniture but I couldn’t resist this gift and for an altar space I decided I was willing to put in the time and effort.

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It turned out that the rose motif wasn’t just stuck on with glue as I originally thought but pinned in. Once off I had to snip the remaining metal prongs that I couldn’t pull out, sand the rough edges down and then use a filling paste to even out the area for several coats of white primer as I want to paint my own spiritual motifs on the back board.

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Not too bad for a first time try and ready for decoration. Now that we have moved house and settled I can finally pick the project back up again. I know exactly what I want on it but that will come in part 2.

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EPSON MFP imageIt has been a long time since I blogged on a more personal level but I find myself returning to it this week. First and foremost I wanted to wish all who celebrate it a Happy Imbolc, or if you would rather a Happy Candlemass.

For me this time of the year is about the change in the seasons and growing light and warmth that will bring fresh life and new growth to the earth.

The last few months have been tiring and hard. This winter has brought a lot of death and change. So many inspirational people have passed on to the other side in this last month alone, both celebrity deaths that we have all heard about and in my personal life. People who have touched my life or the lives of my children and other family members, even friends. These inspirational people are lights in our lives just as we are lights in the lives of others.

As tempting as it is to wallow in all that winter has taken away it’s important to look forward to the new growth, beauty and inspirations waiting to fill the holes we are currently left with. Whether you are pagan or not I think it’s worth remembering that spring is a time of new things coming into our lives and of taking those first baby steps forward after the long rest of winter. If you never take a step then you will always remain where you are.

During Imbolc I light the way for myself with the soft warmth and invigorating energy of fire. It nurtures and inspires, warms my soul and makes me feel good in my heart.

Enjoy the change and be grateful for the inspirational lights you have in your life both active and those gone whose lessons we remember fondly. Sometimes it is only when they are gone that we realise the true extent of all they did for us in life. They are here to teach us and help us to grow just as the sun warms the earth and encourages nature to reach it’s full potential.

 

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Hagstones

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I love hagstones.

I always feel very blessed when I discover them and that usually happens when I’m stressed or worried about something and I go for a meditative walk on the pebble beach where I live. They’ve always been very powerful symbols of my faith, ever since I found my first one and my guides told me how the hole straight through opens a window to the unseen and, in much the same way, the solutions to our problems.

I like to roll up the pieces of paper for my worry jar and slot them through a hagstone before putting them in, charging the stone with my need for a solution to a particular problem. Once the issue is resolved I take the bundle from the jar, burn the paper and cleanse the stone though I never use the stone for another worry. It goes with my collection and occasionally gets turned into a necklace for myself, another or to sell.

For me, hagstones are very special gifts from spirit, given at a time when they are most needed as a reminder to have faith that the hurdles we face will be conquered and that there is always a solution even if it is invisible to us at first. We just have to have confidence that it will work out in the end and be open to the possibilities that come our way to make it so.

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blessed imbolc

Imbolc in my house was a lovely and quiet affair, just the way I like it. While we did nothing overly special my mind was definitely there and I felt that familiar gathering of energy around me. I’m basking in the residual effects today, feeling inspired and happy that spring is on it’s way.

For the first time in months I want to create a deity painting and who better at this time of the year to feel the call from than the beautiful and loving Brid.

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