The Living Wiccan
Mamma Landwalker, I'm trying to set up my first shrines but I've hit a snag. I honor two pantheons, Irish and Norse, but no one individually. I don't think a mixed shrine is a good idea so I was going to do two separate ones but I ran out of ideas on what to put on them. The only 'general' symbols I can think of are the Hammer, the Triskele, and the World Tree (which they both share!) and every other symbol is specific to a deity. I don't want to leave anyone out. Advice??
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breelandwalker:

thewanderingcelt:

breelandwalker:

Technically, the Hammer (Mjolnir) is Thor’s symbol, but the World Tree / Tree of Life is a big shared symbol. That would work well anywhere.

For the individual shrines, you may want to work out which deities (if any) you want to specifically honor, then include their symbols. I can think of some general ones off the top of my head though.

Norse:

  • World Tree
  • Bifrost (Rainbow Bridge)
  • The World Serpent, Jormungandr
  • Ravens (Odin’s, yes, but also messengers)
  • Futhark runes
  • Longboats
  • Well (Ymir’s Well, the font of knowledge)
  • Thor’s Hammer (Mjolnir is a bit deity-specific, but very recognizable, and Thor is the protector of humanity, so it’s a good thing to have around)

Irish Celtic:

  • Tree of Life
  • Cauldron (figures in many stories)
  • Salmon (fish of wisdom)
  • Crows
  • Shamrock (three- or four-leafed clover)
  • Triskele

Also, Norse and Celtic knotwork is very similar in design, so you could probably find some neat pieces with the right aesthetic for a joint shrine or for separate ones. Plus, some of those listed elements are similar enough that they can pull double symbolic duty if need be (i.e. a bowl for the Cauldron and the Well).

Celts and Heathens, feel free to chime in.

There is no mention of a “world tree” or “tree of life” at all in Irish or other Celtic cultures. There might have been tree shrines and or temples. The Irish honored the three realms of Land, Sea, and Sky. Which would be good imagery to work with. Knotwork is only Norse and Germanic, the Irish did not use it until contact with Anglo-Saxons, and Norse peoples. And most of that art is from post Christianization of Ireland. The pagan Irish used La Téne art work like their Celtic cousins. 

It’s amazing the shit you only think you know until somebody drops a truth bomb on your day. This is how we learn!

Thanks, Celt! :)

Love all the historical Paganism.

thelivingwiccan:

My general altar for the week of April 13th-19th. This altar is already a few days old at the time of taking this photo. So, some of the petals have fallen off, as you can see from the bottom right hand side.

A little info on the altar:

The flowers are actually from the local Anglican church that I sometimes sing for. There was an abundance of flowers from a funeral that day and we were told to take as many as we wanted. Horned God hates wastefulness, especially of flowers, so immediately I snatched them up to put on my altar at home. He really likes these ones: I immediately knew it was a good idea to pick them up. 

There are two shells on the altar: one full of wormwood and one full of my Hell Hath No Fury protection powder. They’re being prepared to use on my newest necklace (in the 6th photo), which  I’m consecrating and dedicating for divination purposes. That’s also why the cauldron and Dragon’s Blood ink are there.

The candles are 100% natural beeswax from a local chandler.

Everything other than that is standard of the rest of my altars

**This altar and these photos are property of TheLivingWiccan — do NOT remove source**

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Hello, could I please ask where you got the antlers that are on your altar from? Thank you very much for your time.
Anonymous

Hi there!

The antlers are actual from two different deer. I got one from a garage sale and the other from my brother.

(the altar in question)

I’m actually going to be purchasing more in the near future. So that’s exciting! You can usually find antlers in thrift stores, garage sales, and antique shops.

Thanks for your interest,

-TLW

I'm not very good with spoken or thought words (I'm ADHD so I get distracted with the smallest thing) But I'm really good at writing letters and essay papers. I want to write letters to the gods, but I can't burn them to offer them up (It would be unsafe for my household environment) So, I want to write them and keep them in a box I have chosen for things like this, the letters and maybe small candles I wasn't using. Would that be a good idea?
Anonymous

That sounds like an absolutely fabulous idea.

In fact, I use something similar to what you’re suggesting. Letters can be extremely cathartic. And, as you said, some people have an easier time with writing stuff down.

Go for it!

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thelivingwiccan:

My general altar for the week of April 13th-19th. This altar is already a few days old at the time of taking this photo. So, some of the petals have fallen off, as you can see from the bottom right hand side.

A little info on the altar:

The flowers are actually from the local Anglican church that I sometimes sing for. There was an abundance of flowers from a funeral that day and we were told to take as many as we wanted. Horned God hates wastefulness, especially of flowers, so immediately I snatched them up to put on my altar at home. He really likes these ones: I immediately knew it was a good idea to pick them up. 

There are two shells on the altar: one full of wormwood and one full of my Hell Hath No Fury protection powder. They’re being prepared to use on my newest necklace (in the 6th photo), which  I’m consecrating and dedicating for divination purposes. That’s also why the cauldron and Dragon’s Blood ink are there.

The candles are 100% natural beeswax from a local chandler.

Everything other than that is standard of the rest of my altars

**This altar and these photos are property of TheLivingWiccan — do NOT remove source**

Nada mas que decir que “hermoso”

¡gracias!

My general altar for the week of April 13th-19th. This altar is already a few days old at the time of taking this photo. So, some of the petals have fallen off, as you can see from the bottom right hand side.

A little info on the altar:

The flowers are actually from the local Anglican church that I sometimes sing for. There was an abundance of flowers from a funeral that day and we were told to take as many as we wanted. Horned God hates wastefulness, especially of flowers, so immediately I snatched them up to put on my altar at home. He really likes these ones: I immediately knew it was a good idea to pick them up. 

There are two shells on the altar: one full of wormwood and one full of my Hell Hath No Fury protection powder. They’re being prepared to use on my newest necklace (in the 6th photo), which  I’m consecrating and dedicating for divination purposes. That’s also why the cauldron and Dragon’s Blood ink are there.

The candles are 100% natural beeswax from a local chandler.

Everything other than that is standard of the rest of my altars

**This altar and these photos are property of TheLivingWiccan — do NOT remove source**

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  • Reblogs and Likes count. Please try not to spam, only one entry per tumblr will be counted.
  • Ends on May 23, 2014.
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  • Must be 16 or older.
  • Winner will be selected by random number generator.
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  • If the winner does not respond within 24 hrs of the winner being announced a new one will be selected.

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Strange stuff.

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The cultural obsession with celebrity is such that, when Emma Watson is filming 100 metres away from me, I feel irrationally compelled to go and talk to her.

Almost as if I’ll have missed out on something monumental if I don’t. Which, scarily enough, overshadows her right to privacy as a human being.

It really freaks me out, I don’t like it. I especially don’t like being irrationally compelled to go see her, like I’m missing the greatest day of my life. I never consented to this weird pseudo hero-worship. It was forced upon me. My head is infected with pop culture and knee-jerk reactions to idols.


Culture is strange. People are strange. The world is strange.

Strange stuff.

The cultural obsession with celebrity is such that, when Emma Watson is filming 100 metres away from me, I feel irrationally compelled to go and talk to her.

Almost as if I’ll have missed out on something monumental if I don’t. Which, scarily enough, overshadows her right to privacy as a human being.

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