Yay!!! I’m no longer pregnant. I’ve been not pregnant for a time now. Baby turned three months old today. We’re over the fourth trimester!!! Double Yay!! (Yup, I meant to say fourth trimester. It’s a whole thing I don’t feel like going into. For info on the concept of a “Fourth Trimester” click here.) Life now mostly involves readjusting to life with a very young child, and making things for my Etsy shop during the baby’s naps.
I didn’t make it to the local big Beltane festival this year. Tickets for the event sold out in about a day. We got on the waiting list, but by the time a space opened for my husband and I, we just weren’t feeling it anymore. So instead we attended a smaller Beltane ritual located in Santa Fe last weekend.
Sometime the constantly brown landscape of the desert can get a bit depressing, so it’s nice to get out and up into the mountains where there is lots of green stuff, every now and then. There was even a creek. Water features are always a plus in this part of the country. The ritual was refreshingly magical. I’m not a witch, so magic doesn’t have a big role in my path. But a splash of magic every now and then is nice. It makes me nostalgic. Reminds me of when I first came to Paganism and everything was still so enchanting.
At the ritual we danced the Maypole. My husband and I tried to get our eldest daughter to join in, but she lost interest and found the other kids her age more fascinating. It started raining pretty hard during the ritual and the Maypole dance. It’s kinda a reoccurring theme here. A heavy downpour has occurred during nearly every Beltane celebration I’ve been apart of. As I danced the bottom of my dress got soaked, and dirt coated my feet. There was something very childlike about that. I hadn’t played in the rain for year.
I know I said I wouldn’t involve anymore Etsy stuff of this blog. But I’m a creator and I like to share my creations. And for some reason posts from my other blog don’t show up on the reader. I don’t like to do it, but I got to promote.
I’ve seen other people make mini shrines. And it looked like a lot of fun, so I made a few of my own. I’ve got to say, I love making these. I have so many ideas for other shrines running through my head, it’s hard to stop. I’m trying to slow down, as there’s no guarantee they’ll sell. And I don’t need dozens of mini shrines that won’t sell floating around my already crowded house.
So far I have mini shrines for Asherah, El, Hestia, Sophia, the Divine Self, and Lakshmi. I also have a mini shrine that can represent the element of water, water spirits or a water deity. Since there isn’t much out there for the Canaanite gods I’m planning to make mini shrines for the four top gods in the pantheon, Asherah, El, Anat, and Ba’al Hadad. I already finished the shrines to the first two, and Anat’s shrine is mostly done but I’m waiting for a couple components to show up in the mail.
Many of the components of the shrines were handmade from polymer clay by me. Handmade pieces are the florals, loaves of bread, cheeses, dishes, the mini Asherah plaque, the Mermaid figure, the fire place in the Hestia shrine, the Lakshmi icon’s frame, the candles, the lamp, and the incense burner. I crocheted a few pieces from cotton crochet thread (the curtains in the Hestia shrine, and the fishing net in the Water Shrine). I also painted the image in the El Shrine. I purchased dollhouse miniature, other types of miniatures, beads, bells, etc to include in the shrines as well. Some of the shrines were made from trinket boxes, and will work well as travel shrines. The others are a little larger and were created from mini crates.
If you’re interested in purchasing any of these shrines check out my shop’s Mini Altar and Shrines section.