Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PAJ Week 7: Water

I am behind on my pagan art journaling pages, but here is one that I recently DID complete (out of order)--

Its a very simple page, but I think it says it all for me when it comes to the element of water.

After we moved to semi-arid Colorado back in 2000, I realized just how important water really is... Most people don't realize that Colorado is very desert-like in climate. With the very low humidity, dry, sandy soil and sun that feels hotter because of the altitude, water really is life.

Seeing my lawn and garden and even trees struggle during the long, hot days of summer and watching the snow in winter dry up and disappear in a matter of days after any snowstorm really has made me aware of how important water is to survive.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Wrapped Loops & Chain

I am working on a necklace with a very different look than what I normally create.

Instead of using satin cording with Chinese button knots or bead work strung on flexible beading wire, I'm doing beads on 22 gauge wire with wrapped loops...

... and then I'm connecting those to copper chain. It's really a change from what I'm used to doing, but I like the look so far! What do you think?

Monday, March 7, 2011

PAJ Week 4: Nature

When I was a little girl, my Gram told me I needed to go to church more so that I could talk to God. I was such a little pagan, even then.

I asked her, "Why do I need to go to church to talk to God? Didn't He create everything on earth? I would think He would hear me better if I talked to him in a forest that He created instead of in church build by men."

The quotes I used for this art journal page are two of my very favorites and completely sum up how I feel about Nature and my spiritual path. The longer verse is on the first page of my BOS, as well.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Another Beeswax Candle

I think I'm getting addicted. Met with my circle yesterday and made another beeswax candle while we talked. This one has some of my handmade personal power incense sprinkled down the center along the wicking. I also put in crushed lavender buds, calendula and rose petals-- if you look closely, you can see some of the colors peeking through the beeswax.

While we made candles, my circle discussed what we want to create for a house cleansing/blessing we have planned. I have my white beeswax candles from last meeting that I made specifically for this and we kicked around some other ideas, including making incense again.

Although I've only made incense once before, I really enjoyed doing it and look forward to making more. Now I need to do some meditating and studying on what exactly should be in an incense for a house blessing. I love that my circle is really in to making our own tools, candles, incense, etc. I think it is such an important part of the Craft.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

WIP Wednesday: Moon Goddess

I'm a moon gazer, I fully admit it! This month's PCSG challenge theme is "nature"-- so what better subject than the glorious moon?

I usually think of the moon as the Lady, and I love seeing her with a halo of clouds, so I decided my Moon Goddess would have swirling clouds of silver and pearl for her hair. This is when my clay extruder comes in handy! I also have some silver star beads I want to use in my design.

She will (hopefully) be finished by tomorrow, in time for the challenge.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

PAJ Week 3: I Believe

During the time that I was mulling over the question what do I believe? for the third week of Pagan Art Journaling, we received a call that my husband's grandmother had died. I've been trying to sort out my beliefs about Death for years and years... and I realized this would be a good topic for this week's journal page.

When the pastor at Grandma's funeral started talking about how Death was wrong and unnatural and the result of original sin, I knew I had picked the right topic for sharing about what I believe. Because I believe that Death is a natural part of the cycle of Life.

Its taken me many years on my pagan path to come to this belief. Sometimes it offers me comfort, other times, not so much. Yet I know its true. Everything dies at some point, whether human, animal or plant. And perhaps we rise up again, like seeds in the spring time-- perhaps we get another life after this one, and another and another. Perhaps Death is just the seed planted for a new life.