This week my pagan spirituality group played with the element of fire.
Normally when I think of fire elemental, I think of the obvious-- candle flames, campfires, bonfires. Or the sun. So when I was told that the focus of this gathering was to play with fire, I figured we would be doing something with candles. But I was wrong!
Instead, we picked a pattern out of a multitude of choices and then used carbon paper to transfer the pattern onto a wooden disk. And then, we played with woodburning tools on scrap wood until we felt confident enough to start burning our patterns onto our disks. Then-- we did some serious pyrography!
Wow! Pyrography turned out to be a very powerful exercise for working with fire. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised. But the heat radiating from the woodburning tool, the smell of burning wood as I worked, really brought fire element to mind.
The pattern I chose was an intricate Celtic lion design. Since the focus was fire, I wanted to choose something that represented that element to me. Lions do-- I like to think of them with fiery golden manes, lounging in the hot, African sun. When I found a Celtic lion, that was just perfect!
So, above is as far as I got with my woodburning that night. I'm excited with how it looks so far. I have my own heat tool, so I can finish it here at home. Looking forward to playing with it more, can't wait to see how it turns out.
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