Upcoming Event- Blue Ridge Beltane at Buffalo Gap Retreat in Capon Bridge, WV

Blue Ridge Beltane is at a new location this year and y’all, I can’t wait to see it!

Official BRB Site:
https://blueridgebeltane.org/

Buffalo Gap Site:
https://www.buffalogapretreat.com/

Blue Ridge Beltane has been running for twenty years solid, with a few prequel years off and on before that. It’s a big show with a dedicated team of wonderful people that make the magic happen and I can say with complete honesty that I am excited, overwhelmed, and honored to be a part of their Vendor Village this year. I hope you’ll be able to come and see us and be part of the magic!

Ask the Fire

It’s no secret that I love the art of pyrography, and it’s equally no secret that I’ve got something of a local reputation as a diviner and have a fascination with the art of divination. With both facts rattling around in my brain the results should be obvious.

Not one.

Not two.

Four new pyrographed divination sets!

I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. Each set does come with a brief reference sheet HOWEVER I would be remiss in my duties if I did not point out two things. First, cheat sheets are no substitute for actual study. Second, I’m required to state that all magical items are sold as curios only and you should seek professional help where appropriate. OK now that that’s out of the way, please take a gander at the Elder Futhark (very commonly used by modern heathen types for divination, despite minimal historical evidence) the Younger Futhark (hint, if you want ‘Viking’ runes you actually want these) Ogham (hi Druids!) and the ever debatable, everyone has a different version it seems Witches’ Runes. I don’t even have a snappy aside for them, they’re an entirely modern invention and I love them.

These are available in person at events and on the Square Store.

Upcoming Event- Manassas Viking Festival in Manassas, VA

We went to this event last year with our friends from Phoenix Rising Apothecary and we had an absolute BLAST! We’ll be back again this year with more space and more of our famous handwoven Viking Knit wire jewelry just for the Fest so come see us!

Official Event Site:
http://visitmanassas.org/event/manassas-viking-festival-2/

Phoenix Rising Apothecary:
http://store.phoenixrisingapothecary.com/

An Iron Will

Everyone loves their wooden wands, right? I mean, aren’t they the Most Ancient Tradition(R)? Well, yes and no. Wooden wands are amazing and readily available and can be stunningly beautiful to hold and behold. There are layers of meaning in the wood chosen, the manner of carving- or not- and decorating- or not- and more. I actually do like wooden wands. If we can get our friend’s lathe up and running they will definitely be part of our future.

But I wanted to do something different.

I heard several years ago that the newest leading theory is that not wooden but *Iron* wands were part of a sorceress’ kit in pre-Christian Scandinavia and, after doing a bit of poking around in available internet resources, I think that this is very likely to be true. I stored this information in the back of my head for a couple of years until I managed to acquire a few very specific tools. Like an anvil. And some hammers. And some tongs.

Hours of forging, top to bottom Venus, Venus, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Mercury, Jupiter

The first iron wand I made I will not sell. Ever. It’s mine. I realized after creating this thing for myself that this is a tool that could be very appreciated by the right practitioners. These are NOT replicas of the old staffs of magic found in Viking-age graves of magic wielding women. These are what came out of my own forays into turning iron into a tool of will. These are absolutely not for every practitioner. Some will find them jarring, uncomfortable, and a bit too eager. For that reason these will only be sold at in-person events unless personal communication and divination agree that yes, you should have one of these iron wands.

I take special note of the planetary forces holding court at the time of forging and each wand is labeled with the hours and noteworthy energies that have been forged into it. I still have a small amount of this stock left but unless I can find more of this thin, strong steel to work with there won’t be any more of these wands. If this speaks to you, then come find us and see for yourself if any of these Iron Wands are the right tools for your work.

Festival Masks are in!

These are something I’ve been working on non-stop for weeks and weeks. Masks are one of my absolute favorite ritual tools. They help you step out of ‘normal’ space in a way that very little else can. Ornate masks in fine materials like leather and wood can also be completely un-affordable.

Enter the time honored tradition of paper mache.

Yes, the same messy unpleasantness you may remember from art class. I promise though, this is not the paper mache you remember. It’s several layers sturdier, it’s got a good layer of sealant either paint or wood filler (which makes a surprisingly good fur texture if applied properly) and they’ve been textured, painted, and sometimes given lovely felt feathers to create the perfect temporary face for a ritual, event, or festival weekend.

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Masks 4 of Many are waiting for you to come see them at our next event!
Big shaggy bear mask!
I’m so pleased with this stag that I made another one.

I have several forms to work with and can create many different faces from each form. The sheer variety means that offering these in the store is going to be difficult. No two are ever *quite* the same, no matter how hard I try. I think they want to be individuals. For now, these will only be available at in-person vends. Oh darn, I guess you’ll just have to come and see us!

Upcoming Event: May Moon Beltane in Norfolk, VA

Official Event Website:
http://www.mysticmoonevents.com/-may-moon-festival.html

We’ve been going to this festival for years and it’s one of our favorites. One year I was painted blue. Long story. The park is beautiful, the people are magical, there’s always something to do or watch or be a part of all weekend long.

And we’re vending this year!

I’m honestly beyond excited and all the way to kind of giddy and terrified at the same time. We’ll be debuting a table full of faerie crowns and festival masks as well as some of our famous handwoven Viking Knit jewelry and equally famous farm-raised fur accessories. There’s lots more going on so come see us at May Moon!

New for Spring: Room Spritzers!

Well hello and welcome to Spring! At least, it’s Spring on the secular calendar- Sigrblot isn’t until later this month. Close enough to see the new things though.

Many of us have been in situations where we couldn’t use candles, incense, or smudges for one reason or another. Landlord says no, allergies, pets, toddlers, you name it- we’ve all at least heard of someone who had this restriction. Now, there are certainly a lot of other things you can do to help clear and set your space- like ringing bells or singing chants or practicing certain postures- but there’s something very special about a ritual scent. Smell is a very primal sense for us human-bodied folk and we like to have it engaged in our work. So what to do when the usual fiery burn-y bits aren’t an option?

Try a Room Spritzer!

My workshop smells an amazing riot right now after making all of these things. Each uses a complimentary pair of carefully selected and energetically appropriate essential oils to perfume your space. “Cleanse” is a fresh, cooling scent featuring Hyssop and Rosemary- a pair of herbs long famous in Europe as cleansing and protective tools before White Sage ever entered the pagan picture. “Sacred” features the beloved scents of Myrrh and Frankincense, ancient offerings to divinity still used in some religions today for their powerfully protective and divine associations. “Meditation” is a delightful and soothing blend of Lavender and Sweet Orange to relax your mind and spirit.

It should be noted that room sprays in general, when relying on natural oils, do not deliver the same potency of fragrance as candles, incense, or even some synthetic sprays. As always when working with essential oils, there is the possibility for an adverse reaction so please don’t spray this directly on yourself!