Energy of the days
Each day of the week has its own specific energies and I would suggest you check first thing each morning to find out what the energy is for you....
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Last time I talked about the likely origins and historic use of incense pellets, but the real joy in discussing incense making is to actually make incense! Making incense pellets is easy and fun, but it can be messy so plan for that. I recommend that you make incense in an area with a floor you can mop. If you make incense pellets in a carpeted area, it’s a good idea to put down some cardboard or a drop cloth to ensure no honey causes damage. Unlike recipes for self-combusting incense (like sticks and cones) incense pellet recipes can be freely modified to fit your needs and the materials you have on hand.
I strongly suggest that you wear gloves while making incense. This is especially true with incense pellets. Pellets are most often made with honey as a binder, but natural jams are also used (avoid any that contain corn syrup or artificial flavors). Let’s start with a recipe (all ingredients should be finely powdered).
Have the gods ever appeared to you? If the artwork is any indication, they seem to have put in a few appearances to the Minoans of ancient Crete. The image at the top of this blog is of the Isopata ring, a gold seal ring from a Minoan-era tomb near Knossos. The scene shows four women, presumably priestesses, dancing ecstatically in a field of lilies. Interesting stuff floats around their heads: snake-like serpentine lines, a beehive, and... a small female figure. She is dressed like the other women, in a flounced skirt, but she's tiny; her hair and skirt are flying out as if she is moving quickly through the air. She is, perhaps, a goddess who has been invoked in this ritual.
The interesting thing is, figures like her show up on several other seal rings, as does a small floating male figure who holds a spear. And all the artwork depicts ritual settings, so I think the identification of these floating figures as deities is a pretty sound one. For instance, this ring from the Minoan port city of Amnisos has a floating goddess hovering over a boat full of people and being greeted by more people to the left:...
If you build the candy cottage, the children will come.
So: the well-heeled patron (or matron) of the pagan arts comes to you and says: “I want a temple, expense no object.”
What would you design?
What will the pagan temples of the future look like?
The New Paganisms are, for the most part, young religions, virtually all under 100 years old. For various reasons that I won't go into here, temple-building hasn't so far been a priority for us.
But that won't always be the case.
As NeoPaganism has grown and flourished, the paths taken to get here have multiplied from those taken by a relatively few serious spiritual explorers initially engaged in occult studies to include people attracted by dissatisfaction with monotheism, a feeling of finally finding a spiritual home, our music and culture, curiosity about the off-beat or forbidden, and increasingly, their family’s beliefs. This is not a bad thing. It is in fact a good thing. But it is a complex good thing....
Well, guys, the next two posts will be a departure from the norm for me. I was approached by Anna Fell of Murals Wallpaper, well, because I love crystals and she has crystal wallpaper. I took a look at all the different styles she had to offer and I fell in love with the one they call "Rose Crystal Wallpaper".
Anna sent me the wallpaper to try out and here I am letting you know what I think! This isn't a technical "how-to" blog post but more like a "hey check this out" update. There is plenty of the technical "how to" on Anna's website, USA, website here and UK, website here. After reading this, you may find you would like a crystal mural of your very own!...
As Pagans, most of us are very familiar with using “loose” incense on charcoal or an incense heater. Most of us are also very familiar with incense sticks, cones, coils and other shapes of “self-combusting” incense. You might be familiar with the best known ancient incense from Egypt called kyphi, but kyphi was developed long after incense had become widely used in many cultures. You might not be familiar, however, with what is very likely the first form of manufactured incense; the pellet. Although there is no definitive historic proof, it seems logical that this would be the first form of manufactured incense since it is seemingly an outgrowth of herbal medication.
As knowledge of herbal medicine grew, and practitioners grew more skilled, the first “pills” began to appear. These were remedies blended from a variety of herbal medicines and bound together into pellet form, often by the addition of honey as a binder and a sweetener. At some point someone (whether by design or by accident) placed one of the herbal pills near a heat source and discovered that certain blends give off wonderful aromas. Incense making was born!