Symbols In The Snow

All of nature’s elements have an air of magick about them, should we choose to harness their unique energies. And prince among them is snow – the wondrous winter white-out that rubs everything out, provides a blank canvas and allows everything to start over again. For a short time, everything is beautiful. For a short time, everyone sees the world through child-like eyes once more. For a short time, we are given a glimpse of another dimension: a dimension where time seems to stand still, space seems infinite, and perceptions are shifted. Snow is as elusive as it is short-lived, so the best kind of snow magick is quick and takes little preparation.

My fascination with sacred shapes at present is what drove my idea of working magick should it snow, and today, thanks be to the universe, the opportunity finally presented itself. A beautiful blank canvas of snow covered our blank garden after a few hours of snowfall this morning, its beauty enhanced by dainty bird footprints as they rushed to replenish their energy and warmth at our feeding station.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so I’m hoping that my scribbling of sacred shapes in the snow will be as effective as it was quick. Any thick stick or baton of wood will do it. I chose a heart for love, a pentagram for protection, a six-pointed star for spirituality, a pound sign for abundance and a rainbow (which you can barely see) for luck. I trust that these energies will come flowing into my life all the faster!

You could of course scribe words in the snow, and don’t forget it’s an act of magick in itself going out and playing in the snow and awakening your inner child, or walking in the snow and soaking up that atmosphere of newness, being purified body and soul as the fresh air enters your lungs and pinks up your cheeks. Remember to feed your wildlife friends and to give them fresh water when all natural sources of water may be frozen, as honouring nature will always bring blessings to your door.

Copyright Silverla StMichael, January 2013

Symbols in the snow.

Birdie prints!

Birdie prints!

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Altarpiece

I finally made a start on my Yule altar yesterday. Inspiration came from a perhaps unlikely place – a second-hand and vintage market known as Bygone Times, buried in the sleepy village of Eccleston, where I went with my mum and aunt for a leisurely browse. It’s an absolute cornucopia of treasures from vintage clothing, second-hand and retro toys, and housewares…and doesn’t break the bank either.

Shopping second-hand or vintage, now I think about it, fits in pretty well with the Pagan lifestyle. What can be more respecting of nature than re-using, recycling, picking up a thing someone else has discarded and breathing new life into it?

I have a thing about pine cones, so my eyes were immediately drawn to a gold wire basket full of pine cones. Someone had obviously once, quite lovingly, made them into Christmas decorations, as most of them were sprayed gold, silver or white (though now slightly faded) and had wire twisted round them to hang them with. They looked a bit sorry, but I knew they were coming home with me the moment I saw them. The stallholder had placed two brass candle snuffers across the top, and it just looked right as an ensemble, especially considering the rest of my Yule altar will basically be comprised of candles which I will light on solstice night.

I untwisted all the wires, and added a few of my own pine cone collection amassed from years of picking them up at the park and on holidays, leaving some au naturel as a base layer at the bottom, and applying red glitter to a few of them to pick up the coloured theme and add a bit of fresh sparkle. Now I have a beautiful altarpiece. So don’t count out second-hand sales and shops as a source for magical goodies – the more you do it, the more you’ll develop an eye for it. The actual altar with the candles will be arranged on Yule itself, as my altar is on the spare bedroom window – they would melt in the sun before I get to use them otherwise.

~ Copyright Silverla StMichael December 2012 ~