Friday, 21 June 2013

Litha Blog Hop

As ever, the Wheel of the Year keeps turning, bringing us to the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, sometimes called Litha.  I love this time of year, with long, warm days, and hopefully a bit of sunshine breaking through (though that’s never guaranteed living in the UK).  I also enjoy taking part in the Tarot Blog Hop of which this post is a part.  If you’re following the Hop, you may have popped in from Sharon's wise blog, and I encourage you to keep on hopping with the link at the bottom of this post.  Should you lose your way at any point, you can find directions here.

We were asked to think of something creative we love doing, and so I would like to share with you a quick video showing my new altar set-up.  The creativity of filming and editing these videos, as well as choosing the cards and other decorations and offerings for my altars for the season, continues to delight me.  And this time round, the music is also my creation, courtesy of Garage Band, a chant to the sun as source of enlightenment: the Gayatri Mantra.

Creating sacred space is, for me, a mix of rationality and intuition.  Both of these came into play in choosing my deities at this time: Dhanvantari, Surya (Gods and Goddesses Oracle, Mandala Publishing) and Tara (Goddess Oracle, Marashinsky & Janto, 2006), for healing, giving thanks to the sun, and compassion.  I also chose cards from the Wild Wisdom of the Faery Oracle (Blue Angel, 2005) to represent each of the elements on my faery altar.  And I am keeping the Archangel Gabriel (Archangel Oracle, Hay House, 2004) as a focus for sending energy to my son.  There are also a couple of cards from the Tarot of the Sidhe (Schiffer, 2011) which are from my new moon reading a couple of weeks ago...

With the longest day, and the sun high in the sky, the colours for this time are warm and fiery - yellows, reds and oranges.  And in choosing crystals for my altars, I was guided by Christine Jette's suggestions in Tarot for All Seasons (Llewellyn, 2001).  So, there is citrine, amber, red jasper, and tiger's eye, amongst others. 

I’d love to hear how you create sacred space, and invite you to hop on over to Joanne's ever-inventive blog for more creative inspiration.

16 comments:

  1. I love that mantra. I have another version on my iTunes. I'll have to add that one. :D Lovely altar. I really liked that you used the serving trays. What a clever idea!

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    1. Hi Arwen, thanks, glad you liked my singing :) And the serving trays are a perfect height for when I'm sat on my meditation bolster :D

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  2. I think living in the Pacific NW of the states is a lot like the UK as far as weather is concerned, but I love this time of year too, for the same reasons as you. Thanks for sharing your video. Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Siddaleah! Yes, I can imagine there are weather similarities - you get that whole coastal thing, too...

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  3. Thanks for sharing your video. I like the use of the serving tray. I have one just like the one in the video, currently used to hold loaves of bread.

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  4. Great altar setup, and a lovely chant as well. Nice for a Friday evening in the subtropics.

    My altars = 1) Next to my chair with three bags, one with the Universal Waite Tarot to do my Free Readings with, and two with Lenormand decks, a white tealight candle holder, blue agate, rose quartz and amethyst stones. Also a clear quartz "wand" stone (and currently a glass of wine!). 2) Over on the old wooden dresser I brought from England years ago, a Shaker basket with two bagged Tarot decks (DruidCraft and Thoth), a saki jug, a blue bottle with water in it, a fertility goddess figure from Eastern Europe, a copper shrine Buddha, and two wooden boxes with my Shapeshifter and Robin Wood Tarot decks inside.

    I love your Indian deities, especially Ganesh. Blessings!

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    1. I love the sound of your altars, muselady11! Like me, sounds like your cards are integral to your connection with the divine :)
      Blessings, Kerry

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  5. I feel you need something living on your altar, perhaps flowers ? :)

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    1. I did think about it. However, we had a party and used all the flowers for decorations. So they were around, just not on my altars :)

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  6. Lovely - thanks for sharing! And a great topic too.

    My altars reflect the astrological sign we're currently in. Right now a crab shell holds central place, decorated with the glyph for Cancer as well as that for the Moon (ruler) and Mars (the planet that sits in Cancer in my chart). Lots of shells and sand-dollars - as well as figures representing family and my roots.

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    1. Oh, I love the sound of that, Alison! I don't have enough astrological understanding to incorporate that into my altar, but I like how you mix natural objects in, too :)

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  7. A gorgeous altar! I like the way you use cards from some of your readings, I haven't done this before so might give it a go.

    I have an altar at home but often struggle to get the time and space I need to be quiet (family responsibilities). My sacred space is the outdoors, the woods near my home. I go out almost everyday and sit in the fields as often as I can. Over the years I've developed a deep connection to tree energy. I find it grounding, stabilising, and it recharges my batteries :)

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    1. I have a park nearby, but it's not easy to find a quiet space out there, with dog walkers, joggers and the like. So, I end up indoors instead, though I often visualise trees - sitting under them, being one :)

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  8. Brilliant choice of colours to use on your altar for this time of year :)
    I'm still creating my space, it's been a haul but we'll get there by the Equinox I think ;) (More HOPE, but hey ho ;) )

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    1. Sounds like you have plenty to keep you busy. Hope you do manage to create your space, though. It's a wonderful retreat for the soul, even in the midst of a busy family life :)

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