With the amount of stuff I’m accumulating and crafting, I need a much larger space to keep all of it, or even a separate building, like an insulated shed. Hopefully I can get an extra room in my next apartment or house to use as a temple room or something. Did you know that places like the Parthenon or other temples in the old Mediterranean were ancillary buildings as part of a more general sacred space? They were used as warehouses to store all the loot they got from wars and worshippers alike. The actual “temple” and sacred focus of the place was just a small stone altar, which the whole complex was oriented upon. Funny how the temples get all the respect anymore.
First, the planetary talismans project. All the talismans have been enmetaled, engraved, colored, and lacquered, with the Saturn talisman drying as I type this. With the construction happily and mercifully done, and now that Mercury is direct and the Moon waxing, I’m printing out lamens for each of the planetary angels so I can conjure them and consecrate each of the planetary talismans I made. My plan is to just start with consecrating the Sun talisman this Sunday and continue straight through to Saturday, asking each angel to consecrate the talisman with their planetary essence, as well as to begin the process of integrating its forces into my own sphere. The Unlikely Mage generously helped me with formulating a request to the angels instead of going “Hey, sup Tzaphqiel. I was wondering if you in your awesomeness would maybe make this wooden thing I made awesome like you. That cool? Sweet.” If all goes well, I’ll have a complete set of talismans, and a complete altar, before too long. A divination reading I did recently implied that there might be some delays with this, but we’ll see.
Not long ago I got wind from a local pagan blog that the well-known store Esoterica in Northern Virginia was going out of business. S’a shame when that happens, but in this economy, it happens. Everything there was on markdown, and so I helped myself to a number of goodies and ended up spending more than I feel comfortable admitting. I will admit that I got, amongst other things, a rackful of herbs, a pair of selenite candleholders, and a selenite orb the size of a large orange (so pretty!). Apparently, I really like selenite. It’s easy on my eyes and I get a soothing feeling from it. It has connections to Taurus and the Moon, according to a few books I read, and is good for energy work and healing. (If you know of any other uses or purposes for selenite besides looking really cool, please leave a comment below.) In addition to all that, I got ten 1yd pieces of fabric for my working altar, one for each Queen scale color of the sephiroth for when I do planetary or qabbalistic rituals (using a dark natural linen cloth for Malkuth). They’re all a little rough on the edges, so I want to get them hemmed up, maybe using the King scale for the threads.
The selenite orb didn’t come with a decent stand, so I decided to make one. I had a spare circular wooden plaque lying around, into which I carved in a shallow pit and burned out more-or-less smooth. Turns out that it fits both the selenite orb as well as my quartz ball I use for conjurations and, surprisingly, the stand itself fits the inner circle of my Table of Practice perfectly. I decided to woodburn on some more symbols onto the stand (the triangle and its symbols from the Table of Practice, and the Tetragrammaton), which I’ll proceed to use in conjunction with the Table of Practice for conjurations. With a little bit of stain and finish, the whole set looks kinda awesome.
I actually burned the inner circle before I did the pit, and just happened to make the pit the right size for its circumscribed triangle to perfectly fit inside the inner circle. The whole thing was done informally with a compass and straightedge. Without planning the size of the stand with reference to the Table of Practice or measuring the design for the triangle and circles, I almost have a hard time imagining it was just luck that things turned out as nicely as they did. Almost.
As a side note, be wary when you ask an archangel to introduce you to a familiar spirit “harmonious and compatible with your temperament and self”. You may end up getting one that likes to flirt with you.