I did a series on prayer beads awhile back, and one of those posts discussed the use of Special Purpose Beads. I received an email from a reader recently about how she had used that information, and loved the creativity and purpose so much I got her permission – and photographs! – to share here. … Continue reading A Special Set of Special Purpose Prayer Beads
This is the third in a three part series. In this post I cover user of beads beyond the devotional. The first post went into basic history and construction tips. The second post covered the creation and use of my personal devotional beads, so people wanting to make their own could see one person’s process … Continue reading Beads on a String – Special Purpose Beads
This is the second in a three part series. In this post I’ll be covering the creation and use of my devotional beads, so people wanting to make their own can see one person’s process from beginning to end. The first post went into basic history and construction tips. The next will cover special purpose … Continue reading Beads on a String – A Sample Devotional Set
In this post I’ll be covering prayer beads in general, including a brief history and tips for making your own. In the next post I’ll go into the creation of my personal set of devotional prayer beads, including the specific layout and prayers I use, so readers can follow the process from beginning to end. … Continue reading Beads On a String – History and Construction Tips
I’ve had an altar or shrine of some kind in every home I’ve lived in since I was 13. I love creating and tending them, and find it fulfilling to customize them for every new space I’m in.
This has been an interesting year, though, since I’ve been traveling. Each stay of longer than a month has required an established shrine, and each new space has presented new challenges and opportunities for me to create a shrine that fits the environment.
Let’s see how I did.
As we officially enter 2016 I thought it would be fun to do something a bit different. Most everyone is posting about the season, its meanings, their resolutions, and a retrospective of 2015. I decided to focus on arts and crafts instead. Specifically, making suncatchers! In this season of celebrating the growing light in the … Continue reading Catching the Sun
While shrines are the backbone of a devotional practice, altars are the place magick happens. They are a physical manifestation of the energies with which we work, and as such are comprised of the tokens and tools we need to facilitate that working. Altars can be hugely elaborate or incredibly simple, depending on the use … Continue reading Building Woo Spaces – Working Altars (Pt. 3)
Personal shrines are the backbone of a devotional practice. They are a physical manifestation of the relationship between the Power and the person, and as such serve as a site for honoring, contemplation, meditation, petitioning, and connection. Not that you can’t do all of these things perfectly well without a shrine, of course. A shrine … Continue reading Building Woo Spaces – Personal Shrines (Pt. 2)
Faith can be a funny thing. I’ve been thinking about it quite a bit lately. Someone recently described faith to me as “believing something without evidence or proof”. And yeah, that’s one definition. A definition as far from my practice as I am from Alpha Centauri. I broke out the star charts. Shit just got … Continue reading Believing in Rocks
This is the second in a four-part series. The first post can be found here. Constructing this style of lamp is dead simple. All of the work needed to create it is done to one length of copper wire. I broke it out in steps, but once you get it down you can churn one … Continue reading Striking the Spark – Constructing the Standing Wick Oil Lamp