The building of the Shrine to Cernunnos was started in the summer 2016. But before that, we started raising money for it. In the fall of 2015, we did an Indiegogo campaign that had 26 backers and raised $3435.
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One of the important ways in which pagan religions differ from non-pagan ones lies in the pagan understanding that non-human beings, as well as human beings, have rights.
These rights are inherent, not bestowed.
Animals have rights.
Trees have rights.
Rivers have rights.
Mountains have rights.
Oceans have rights.
Planets have rights.
Stars have rights.
The rights of non-human beings, of course, are not the same rights as those of human beings, although there is certainly some overlap. To every people, its own law; to every being, its own rights.
March is the month of the spring equinox. Day and night will be equal and spring is in the air, except in Wisconsin where we just got six plus inches of snow. In Wisconsin, March is a turbulent month filled with any kind of weather from mild to blizzards.
Spring is supposed to be about new beginnings, renewal of life. It’s all about change which can come about easily or be tumultuous. Winter has weeded out what we no longer need and hopefully prepared us for the changes we need to make. The chaff is gone, has been discarded and recycled in order to make way for what will come....
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:...