Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ritual...


Click on photo to enlarge - © 2006 jim otterstrom
Tokens of love, peace, and friendship...
The deer antler & bamboo pipe was made for me, as a Christmas gift some 20 years ago, by my life-long friend Charlie.
The Sun-Goddess pendant with the ball-bearing eyes was carved in wax, and then cast in brass, by my step-father Claude. He gave it to me maybe 15 years ago, before he was stricken with Alzheimer's Disease.
The beads are from our friend Keith's shop, the old 'Bead Shack' (except for the Juniper Berries which I collected beneath one of my sacred Western Juniper trees alongside the Pacific Crest Trail near here), and were strung by me about 10 years ago as a small token of my love for Peggy.
The Peace box was hand-crafted by 'Enchanted World Of Boxes', and purchased on our way home from the Strawberry Music Festival in 2004 when we stopped to visit our dear friend Brian in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The candle was lit at 4:22 P.M., the actual moment of the Winter Solstice, and burned until we went to bed. We couldn't find a hand-dipped Bayberry candle in time for the Solstice, but I have found some for future use.
Life is to share, and to cherish...

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3 Comments:

Blogger SimplyTim said...

You've got the gift!

11:52 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

many blessings for the holiday season and the coming new year!

6:36 AM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

beautiful picture jim

6:43 AM  

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