On this very cold grey day, I sat watching 4 huge crows eating the bird food I’d thrown on the ground especially for the birds too large for our feeders. These harbingers of magic and mystery suddenly gave me the urge to build an altar to this deeper path of the inner time. Of course the Old Antlered One and Elen of the Ways (as both shamanic dolls* and an antlered skull) had to be present along with my painting called Sovereignty**. Joining the circle were the feathers gifted to me by two amazing birds, along with a few stones appropriate to this journey (including a piece of amber for the ancestors). Completing the altar are my beloved Celtic Soul Craft Prayer Beads* with small antler and my Norse Priestess Talisman*** with the Hulinhjalmur (Helm of Disguise), an Icelandic magical sigil. Finally, though there is no visible representation of her, I called in the Cailleach whose season it is and who is very present in our current weather.
I love building altars as they create such a shift in energy in both me and my environment. The ritual of these creations allows me to speak in a way that words cannot. The tools I choose giving reflection to my current journey.
May you find your own symbols of meaning which remind you of the deep cave time and inner journey of this season. May you speak the language of ritual on this cold winter day.
Blessings of Deep Peace and Inner Journeys!
*Shamanic Dolls and Prayer Beads created by Jude Lally of Celtic Soul Craft – https://www.facebook.com/Celtic-Soul-Craft-127237380645774/
**Sovereignty by Arlene Bailey, ©2017
***Norse Talisman created by Moons Crafts – https://www.facebook.com/moonscraft/
All animal parts found and/or ethically sourced.