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Pagan Idols

If you look up altars, you almost always find them with small statues on them. Idols of ancient gods, goddesses, or mythical creatures. I’ve seen dragons and unicorns, sometimes fairies, but the figurines can get expensive.

Here are some options:

Make your own idols. They may not be as details or turn out as well as you like, but idols made from wood or clay become infused with your energy, and represents how you view the Divine.

You can buy clay such as traditional clay, but this requires baking in a kiln. Other options include;

Sculpey Polymer Clay which also includes baking, can be put in an oven. You need to follow direction for baking time since the thicker the item, the long you bake. You have to be careful with burning. It comes in many colors, can be painted, and takes shape very well.

Paper Clay comes in white and other colors, but I made the mistake of buying the kind that is gray. Everything I made needed to be painted, and it tends to have a coarse feel, that can also crack when drying. You can, however, file edges down and shape and mold to refine the form. This type of clay needs some learning to work it correctly, but you can find tons of free tutorials online.

More options include making your own clay out of materials you have at home. This allows for trial and error.

Salt Clay I find this a bit rough, but for making primitive idols, this works great. You can add color to the clay, or paint afterwards.

Cold Porcelain (3 recipes)- which has the smoother texture and air dries. You can add color to the clay or paint. The final product will shrink a bit after drying.

Some tips:

  • Use wire to shape the clay with, and position as needed.
  • Add essential oil to the clay as a type of scent diffuser.
  • Add dye or even mica powder (metallic powder) to add a shimmer.
  • Use things around the house for texture tools
  • Try various styles, but also remember that idols can be almost formless, to only represent a god or goddess.

Another tip I offer is to forego an idol and use imagery instead. You can easily print out pictures of a god and/or goddess to sit on your altar. I like this method best because it is easy to personal a picture frame, but also you can change the picture seasonally or whenever you have need to change.

What do you use? Post in comments. Don’t forget to share this post.

Some Ostara Ideas

I’m sick of winter- so very sick of the cold, snow, and ice. I want spring to come, and to come soon. So I thought it would be nice to start posting things about the Spring Equinox, which will be March 20, 2014.

There are a number of ideas for spring altars, but this one I found on Pinterst via this link.

Use one of the cardboard egg containers (I never recommend products with Styrofoam), and add some flowers, seeds, candles, and maybe some Easter candy as offerings.

What else to add?

Rabbits are sacred to Eostre (Ostara), the Saxon goddess of fertility and spring. There are some links to the Viking goddess, Freya, who also holds the rabbit/hare sacred. What better symbol of fertility than an animal that can easily over populate?

Eggs– Another fertility symbol, the egg can be colored to hide and seek, to form candles, filled with confetti (or seeds), or set out as gifts.

Flowers/Seeds– Set as a decoration, the bloom represents the sensuality of fertility, while the seeds represent all the potential of that union. You can use the seeds for a garden, or use them in spell craft as symbols of what you wish to come to fruition.

How to make rose petal beads– you can make these as talismans.

Beads from Nature – includes how to make beads from seeds to be added to necklaces or other jewelry.

Candy– For me, I prefer chocolate, but you can also include jellybeans and other traditional candies as offerings. With offerings, you place them on the altar for a period of time, and later consume them. The concept is the spirits will ‘consume’ the essence. Maybe they also like to share. Winking smile I know candy doesn’t last too long in my house.

Tons of homemade candy recipes- A Pinterest board of yumminess.

My Ostara Pinterest board. Obviously not my stuff but sites/links I enjoy.

I’ll post more Ostara crafts and traditions in the coming weeks.

Link for making a bread Cornucopia

CornucopiaI really love this idea, to make a bread cornucopia, to show abundance at Mabon. This would make a lovely centerpiece, and represents the wonderful ‘fruits’ of our lives.