Feb 13, 2012

A New Beginning Challenge! Please vote on the right!

The Team was challenged to create an item that reflects the theme 'A New Beginning.'

"The year draws to a close and a new dawn of increasing light approaches.The Winter Solstice/Yule brings the beginning of a new solar cycle. The veil, thin from All Hallow's Eve/Samhain, regains substance. We are moving into the year 2012, a year that holds much that has yet to be seen.

What will you create to represent the turning of the wheel, the beginning of 2012?"

Check out these great entries! and vote! Poll ends Sunday, February 19th!

Cynimue Green Nymph Apothecary and Wyrdcraft

IMBOLC Spell Kit - Candlemas, Brigid's Feast, Light Ritual, Groundhog Day - Simple, yet POWERFUL - Celebrate the Approach of SPRING


Imbolc is celebrated on February 1 or 2 (or February 12, according to the Old Calendar) in the northern hemisphere and August 1 in the southern hemisphere. These dates fall approximately halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

Imbolc derives from the Old Irish "i'mbolg," meaning "in the belly." This refers to the pregnancy of ewes. A medieval glossary etymologizes the term as "oimelc," meaning "ewe's milk."

Imbolc is one of the cross-quarter days observed in Celtic mythology. It is a FIRE festival. The sun is becoming stronger, and the days are growing longer.

It celebrates the promise of fertility and the preparation of the earth for planting. Imbolc is filled with the anticipation of life about to burst forth.

Imbolc is also known as Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, or Groundhog Day, and it marks the end of t he dark of winter and celebrates the growing light and the first tremblings of spring’s approach. It is a time to move away from the old and prepare for the new, to “spring clean” the hearth and home as well as the soul.

*This spell kit includes everything you need to spring clean your mind, body, spirit, and home. It's a great way to welcome the New Year. Whether you celebrate in wild revelry or quiet solitude, this spell kit will add a fitting facet to your magical evening!

Great for any ritual that inspires a strong, blessed, new beginning.

Everything is fittingly blessed, charged, and anointed.

I make these kits to order, so if you want me to add any special elements or use any specifics when creating and blessing, please convo me.

Included in this kit:
-Cleansing, Strength, and Renewal-influencing herbs and spices potpourri
-a rune-inscribed candle
-Instruction/Information Spell Scroll
-stick incense
-velvet pouch
-blank parchment paper

Everything is enclosed in a reusable craft box and tied with satin ribbon. It makes a lovely gift for yourself or someone else!

Spring rings

This ring was made for the Paganteam Challenge "A New Beginning". You can vote for it here: http://www.paganteam.blogspot.com/ starting January 30th.

Handcast of pewter in a hand-carved soapstone mold, the way pewtercasting has been done for centuries, this ring features images of Spring: young spring plants, flowers, and animals, and an egg in a nest, with clouds, the sun, and a rainbow in the sky. Spring is not only a time of year when new life flourishes; it is symbolic of new beginnings and hope. The ring is open-backed and adjustable, and cast in lead-free pewter. One of the rings is shown at the base of the photo unbent, so you can see the full design.

This item's price includes FREE SHIPPING to any United States or Canadian address in a padded mailer.
Petrified Wood Turquiose Picture Jasper Gemstone Pendant Necklace - 18 Inches - Spiral Red

This necklace was made for the Paganteam Challenge "A New Beginning". You can vote for it here: http://www.paganteam.blogspot.com/

A new beginning is what everyone needs. A way to start fresh, wipe the slate clean. What better way to do so than with the energy this necklace provides? With the protective energies of Petrified Wood and Turquoise, and the balancing energy of Picture Jasper, a new beginning surely waits just beyond the horizon.

A bold spiral pendant lays at the center of this gorgeous necklace. Vivid red petrified wood beads, turquoise and picture jasper beads are a stunning color combination. It measures 18" and is finished off with a lobster clasp. It is believed by many that stones have metaphysical properties. Petrified wood is thought to protect against negative energy, while picture jasper encourages balance and stability. Turquoise is also thought to be a protective stone.
I take pride in offering stones that are natural. There are no dyed or synthetic beads used in my items. That gives each piece a genuine energy that will lift and heal your spirits. I use professional coated beading wire, silver plated findings and crimps, unless otherwise stated. I check all clasps and strength test all crimped ends to make sure every finished product is
Phoenix Kimono watercolor painting print in frame

This listing is for a scanned photo copy of the original painting, 'Japanese Phoenix' by Suzanne Maxwell. It is also the entry into PaganTeam's seasonal challenge, 'New Beginning'.
The mythological creature the Phoenix represents new beginnings by its nature to rise from the ashes. The Phoenix is found across the globe and represents wisdom, immortality and compassion.

The Ho-Oo is the Japanese version of the Phoenix.
Ho is the male and Oo is female.
The arrival of this fire bird signals a new era when it descends from sky and blesses people with good deeds. When finished, the Ho-Oo returns to the heavens and waits for the next new era.
It is also said that the Ho-Oo comes only in times of peace and prosperity.

I gave the kimono a background of bamboo. Bamboo also has symbolic meaning. Strength and endurance. A storm can take down many trees, but the flexible nature of the bamboo allows it to weather the storm and retain it's beauty.

The bamboo seed even ties to the phoenix, Myth says that the phoenix eats only bamboo seeds.

The coming of 2012 has been significant for decades. Much question and wondering is focused on the end date of the Mayan calendar. Some say doomsday is coming others say it is an awakening.
Those two opposing ideas are reflected in the nature of the Phoenix.
With every end there is a beginning.

For me 2012 represents a new beginning as I turn to my art more and more. This painting is also #2 of a series of kimono paintings I am doing.

This listing is for an 8x10 inch scanned copy of the original painting (also 8x10). The copy is a photo print on photo paper. The image is framed. I have sanded and finished the frame with a cherry wood stain and lightly clear coated the frame.

'Japanese Phoenix' is copyright protected. The watermark will not appear on the item in the listing.


Break On Through Necklace Sea Green Creamy White Cameo OOAK
This Brand New One Of A Kind Item is my contribution for the PaganTeam Challenge with the theme of "A New Beginning."

Cobalt Quilter asked us: "The Year draws to a Close and a New Dawn of Increasing Light approaches.The Winter Solstice/Yule brings the Beginning of a new Solar Cycle. The veil, thin from All Hallow's Eve/Samhain, regains substance. We are moving into the Year 2012, a Year that holds much that has yet to be seen."

"What will you create to represent the turning of the wheel, the beginning of 2012?"

According to Numerologists, and Archaeologists and other -Gists, the World will come to an end on 21 Dec12.
The Hopi say:
"There was the cycle of the mineral, the rock. There was the cycle of the plant. And now we are in the cycle of the animals coming to the end of that and beginning the cycle of the human being."

Bible Codes describe a Holocaust caused by a comet striking the earth.

Some Chicken Littles say that Planet X or Niburu will approach us and cause enormous upheavals in our Little Blue Marble, everything from Earthquakes, Polar Shifts or “3 Days of Ddarkness” caused by Niburu’s gravity stopping the earth from spinning.

There have been prophecies like this since Biblical Times. Remember Y2K?

*I* happen to believe that the End Times are not the exact Stop! Step on the Brakes! End of Everything. *I* believe that it’s a New Start. The folks that live in Balance and Harmony with their Environment, not chasing after the All Mighty Dollar, will be the ones that see the rest of them through. 2012 WILL be a time of Change, but you can make it worse by holding up a sign saying "The End Is Near!!" or you can roll with it and be part of the Change for the Better.

My version of this rather serious topic is based on the Lighter Side of your Home Planet being bulldozed for an Interstellar Highway…"The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" is the Fourth Book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy". Its Title is the Message left by the Dolphins when they depart ed Planet Earth just before it was demolished.

Inside his still-standing home, Arthur finds a gift-wrapped bowl inscribed with the words "So Long and Thanks..." which he then uses for his Babel Fish, a Universal Language Translator Doohickey.
John Watson, a scientist who knows why the Dolphins disappeared, shows Arthur and his girlfriend Fenchurch, a bowl with the words "So long and thanks for all the fish" inscribed on it that they all own and encourages them to listen to it. They learn from the bow l's audio message that the Dolphins, aware of the Vogons (a sluglike bureaucratic race who's idea it was to destroy the Earth) left Earth for an alternate dimension, but NOT before replacing the destroyed Earth with a new version and transporting everything to it as a way of saving humans.

The Necklace is about 19 Inches long including the Flower Toggle Clasp. The Cameo Look Focal shows a Dolphin jumping out of the Water and through a Hoop that could be a Star Gate or a Worm Hole or a Portal to their New Dimension where Human Beings haven’t completely bulloxed things up yet. Or a Place where Everyone lives together in Harmony and Balance only taking what is needed, nothing more and helping those who need it without questi on.

I found some beautiful Square Beads that I hadn’t seen before that resemble the ripples of an Ocean far out to Sea.

The Creamy White Carved Sea Shell Round Beads compliment the Pendant.
The Square Beads were labelled "Sea Weed Stone". It seems as if it's a type of Agate or Quartz that has beautiful layers of different shades of green, clear, and tan.
Green Quartz is used for Prosperity and Luck. It can help strengthen your bond to the Earth and brings one's Energies into Harmony for Healing.
Wheel of the Year Seasonal Embroidered Patch
This item is participating in the PaganTeam Challenge "New Beginnings" Please vote for it at: http://www.paganteam.blogspot.com/

Love the changing to the seasons? This patch represents just that.

It is a 3 1/2 inch round machine embroidery patch. This detailed patch contains 25 different colors to bring out each of the seasons.

Note the border that changes as you progress through the seasons. There are buds in the spring, green leaves in summer, orange leaves in the fall and only the branches in winter.

This is NOT an iron on patch. It must be sewn or glued on to the item you wish to put it on.

Patch is washable and will hold up to repeated wear like any commercially bought patch.


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