This is a beautiful idea for an easy project for Autumn and Mabon. The instructions are here http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder . The Tinker Lab has a tutorial on how to make glycerin leaves that will keep their color all year long http://tinkerlab.com/fall-crafts-glycerin-leaves/ .
After the brutal heat we’ve been experiencing in Southern California for the last 4 1/2 wretched months, the Equinox brought it to an abrupt end this two weeks ago, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Most Blessed Goddess and God!
This time of year is only rivaled in my heart by Samhain/Halloween as the most sacred and blessed time to be alive. Besides the desperately-needed relief from the heat in the southwest, the profound change in weather signals a collective calm, an exhalation by Nature and her Children, a time to catch our breath between seasons, reflect on what has gone before in the year and what is to come.
In touching base with a local women’s New Moon Group, their leader sent out a beautiful reflection on how precious this time of year is and what it has brought into her life. She says, in part, “This is the gift of the Goddess in Libra. Libra, mutable air, sign of the scales, ruler of the autumnal equinox, is charged with bringing harmony and balance. In between the extreme seasons of summer and winter, she offers compromise and one more chance to balance our stores and our perceptions, before the year ends.
“Air is a mental energy and no task is more suited to cardinal air than that of reflection. Taking the time to look at the past year without criticism or judgment, to see it for the transformation it was and the potential for growth it created. Libra asks us to look at the present moment, as well as the past, with grace and gratitude. To see if we can really rest in our center as the year wanes, letting go of what no longer serves and turning our intent for the seasons ahead to what the Goddess is asking of us, right here and now, rather than what we think she wants.”
Like the author, my life was turned upside-down in the latter part of last year, continued to rocket ahead and change EVERYTHING in my life until this Equinox, where life, the Goddess and Libra are allowing me a breather to see where is has thrown me and where I need to go from here.
If you, dear reader, have encountered this as well, you will see what I mean.
There is one last piece to upload this week…a new variation on the Egyptian Ankh earcuff. It is resisting photgraphing, but I’ll get that little bugger next week.
Our brand new gallery is up. It features our hand-beaded bottle necklaces, parasols and custom work. I will be adding in our jewelry and new projects a little each week until it is caught up. Please feel free to check back weekly for updates. We would love to hear your comments and suggestions on what you would like to see us create next.