1. The Scarab Beetle - In ancient Egyptian culture the Scarab is a messenger of eternity, letting you know that fate and destiny are always at work in your life; destiny is comprised of choices you make while fate is woven by your reactions to events and circumstances.
“The Scarab beetle is a metaphysical and mythological symbol of ancient Egypt. The Scarab holds great meaning and significance… opening one up to an entirely different atmosphere, to the elements and mysteries of the cosmos.” –Presley Love
[Since Anaiu and I have a connection with ancient Egypt it seemed logical to add some Egyptian elements into the drawing. ^^]
2. The Star Chart – From the ancient Egyptian, Greeks, Mayans to the Celtic Druids, several ancient cultures have looked to the stars. Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, cosmological, calendrical, and astrological beliefs and practices of pre-history.
[There are two stars in this star chart that I’ve drawn that stand out a bit from the others, of those two stars each belongs to two particular constellations:
Ursa Major/The Big Dipper/the Plough – It is an asterism of seven stars recognized as a distinct grouping in many cultures. This constellation is a useful pointer towards the North; it has mythological significance in numerous world cultures.
Orion – Orion is a prominent seven stared constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous and recognizable constellations in the night sky. The constellation has many connections to ancient Egypt.
Ursa Major and Orion hold special meaning to both Anaiu and myself.]
3. A Star Quote – “Though my soul may be set in darkness, I will rise if perfect light. For I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
[This is a quote that I came across that really struck a chord in me.]
4. Wulfenite – It is a lead molybdate mineral/crystal. It can be most often found as thin tabular crystals with a bright orange-red to yellow-orange, sometimes brown. It was named for Franz Xavier von Wulfen (1728-1805), an Austrian mineralogist.
[To be honest I chose to put this crystal into the drawing simply because it was called “WULFenite”!]
5. 5 Elemental Candles/Candle Magick – Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spell casting; it has been around for many, many years, being traced as far back as the Paleolithic era. It is a very powerful form of sympathetic magic. Each of these colored candles represent certain things:
Yellow – The Element of Air. Intelligence. The Sun. Memory. Logical Imagination. To Accelerate Learning. And To Break Mental Blocks.
Green – The Element of Earth. Physical Healing. Monetary Success. Mother Earth. Tree & Plant Magic. Growth. And Personal Goals.
White – The Goddess. Higher Self. Purity. Peace. Virginity. And it may also substitute any other color.
Red – Element of Fire. Passion. Strength. Fast Action. Career Goals. Lust. Driving Force. Survival. Blood of the Moon.
Blue – Element of Water. Wisdom. Protection. Calm. Good Fortune. Opening Blocked Communication. And Spiritual Inspiration.
6. Egyptian Ankh – The ankh is also known as “key of life”, “the key of the Nile” or “crux ansata”. It represents the concept of eternal life.
The crystal in the middle is a blue-green Tourmaline. This is a crystal of Spirit and peace, providing for deep meditation and bringing past hurts to the surface for healing. It increases the ability for clear and honest communication, and lends the courage to speak from the heart. It also encourages an open mind and tolerances for others’ differences and weaknesses, embracing a love of truth, ethics, and a sense of responsibility and service to humanity. It promotes living in harmony with all aspects of one’s environment.
7. Mortar & Pestle – The mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic, or stone. The pestle is a heavy club-shaped object, the end of which is used for crushing and grinding. The mortar and pestle set is a handy tool that many Pagans – and other folks – use for grinding and blending herbs and dried ingredients together during a magical working.
8. Herbal Almanac – As nature’s most versatile and potent plants, herbs can be used in hundreds of ways. This book has description of all herbs and their uses.
9. Grimoire – It is a textbook of magic. Such books typically include instructions on how to create magical objects like talismans and amulets, how to perform magical spells, charms and divination and also how to summon or invoke supernatural entities such as angels, spirits, and demons. In many cases the books themselves are also believed to be imbued with magical powers.
10. Balsam Fir – Strength and breaking up negativity; Insight, progress against goals, and bringing about change. Balsam Fir needles can be burned on charcoal as incense.
11. Bay Leaf – Protection, good fortune, success, purification, strength, healing and psychic powers. Write wishes on the leaves and then burn the leaves to make the wishes come true. Place in the corner of each room in the house to protect all that dwell there. Carry a Bay Leaf to protect yourself against black magick.
12. Chamomile – Love, healing, and reducing stress. Add to a sachet or spell to increase the chances of its success. Sprinkle an infusion of chamomile around the house to remove hexes, curses, and spells. Burn or add to prosperity bags to increase money. Burn as incense for de-stressing, meditation, and restful sleep. Use in bath magick to attract love.
13. Vetiver Root – For love, luck, money, hex-breaking and protection against theft.
14. Copal – Love and purification.
15. Bats Head Root – Used in spell work, rituals, gris gris bags, etc. to obtain wishes.
16. Sage – Used for self purification and dealing with grief and loss. Promotes spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health and longevity. Removes negative energy.
17. Calendula – Protection, legal matter, and psychic/spiritual powers. Pick at noon for comfort and strength. Place garlands of calendula at doors to prevent evil from entering. It is also known as a Marigold.
18. Goddess Statue – It is a reminder of Divinity. Statues of the Goddess can actually hold the vibrations of the Divine.
19. God Statue – It is a reminder of Divinity. Statues of the God can actually hold the vibrations of the Divine.
20. Celestine/Celestite – Is a mineral/crystal consisting of strontium sulfate and is named for its occasional blue-gray color. Celestite has a gentle, calming and uplifting energy, bringing harmonious balance and alignment into your life, revealing the truth and helping to resolve conflict. It promotes purity of heart and attracts good fortune. It helps you access the realm as well as urging you towards spiritual development and enlightenment.
[This is actually my most favorite crystal!]
21. Crystal Ball – Crystal Gazing is a type of “Scrying”, meaning to descry, to observe, to see. Scrying is an old English term for divining by gazing at an object, whether it be a pool of water, a mirror, a shining orb or crystal ball to foretell past, present, or future events. Scrying is an ancient divinatory practice common to all cultures.
22. Amulet – Everything that goes into making a Wiccan amulet brings its own energy to it. The metals, the gem stones, the symbols, even the colours. They all have meaning and certain powers. In this amulet the following was used:
Silver – Symbol of the Moon and the Goddess, the soul, and the beauty of the Wheel of Life.
Moonstone – Balances yin and yang (opposites). Enhances the inner feminine, and acceptance for yin attributes.
Blue Ribbon – Wisdom, self-mastery, insight, spirituality, love devotion, harmony, tranquility, sincerity, and patience.
Star Shape – The star symbolizes the potential of every being to reach Divinity, with all the wisdom and magickal power that entails. The star symbol also represents Night; Night is the realm of the Great Goddess – The Star Goddess, the chaos/void of all potentiality, from which everything in the material world arises. And Night is also when secret wisdom shines forth in the stars and Moon, tantalizing us with mystery we may seek. Thus night is a natural time for witches and any other mystic or shamanic spiritual seeker.
23. Celtic Incense Burner (A) – Incense is not quite a Wicca symbol, but a ritual tool that has symbolic meaning. Smoke represents our prayers and intentions rising up to the Divine and merging with higher reality. And scents have the ability to shift human consciousness to the energy of the plant.
[Since I had put Egyptian elements in the drawing I also wanted to put Celtic in there somewhere and this is what came up with.]
Abalone Shell (B) – Nicknamed the sea ears, the Abalone’s flattened, oval shape with iridescent interior was used by the Native Northwest American Indians as a natural vessel for cleansing, offerings and prayers. Embracing the colors of the ocean, the shell displays iridescent colors of blues, greens, purples, and yellows. This unique shell embodies all the aspects of the water element including love, beauty, gentleness, caring, comfort, peacefulness, delight and solace.
24. A Smudge – A smudge is a buddle or loose collection of magickal herbs, the smoke from which is used like an incense to purify, sanctify, and bless a person, place, object, or energy field (which may be a human aura, or the energy that is any object or metal/emotional state).
25. Raven Feathers – Ravens (and to a lesser degree Crows) are very magickal creatures. Raven with her plumage as dark as the void between the stars, is a citizen of the afterworld. She travels between the worlds of the living and the dead. Being native to both worlds, Raven naturally has great knowledge and Power to effect transformations. Raven is associated as a Wicca symbol because of this power to move between worlds, and create new realities as she chooses.
[The Raven is my favorite bird.]
26. Peregrine Falcon Feathers – At its core, the Falcon represents visionary power, wisdom, and guardianship. This powerful bird awakens visionary power, and leads you to your life purpose.
[The Peregrine Falcon is Anaiu’s favorite bird.]
27. Feathers – They represent flight, the human spirit’s freedom to access other realms. Feathers are often used to represent Air on Wicca altars. Feather can also be used to cleanse energy fields, and to fan incense or smudge smoke.
28. Heather – Represents protection, rain-making, and luck.
29. Anise – Is used to prevent disturbing dreams. It’s a good herb to add to purifications baths. Cand be used in protection and meditation incenses.
30. Jasmine Blossoms – Used in charms or burn the flowers to draw wealth and money. Use in dream pillows for restful sleep or burn as an incense in the bedroom to bring prophetic dreams. Helps to bring inspiration and create new ideas.
31. Mint – This herb promotes energy, communications and vitality. It draws in positive spirits when placed on your altar. Place in home for protection.
32. Mugwort – Used in charms that are carried to increase lust and fertility. Can be used in healing charms to cure illness.
33. Rowan – Used for healing, protection, success and power. Also increases Psychic Powers.
[Rowan is actually my Celtic Zodiac.]
34. Wolfs Bane – Used for protection and invisibility.
[Come one, I had to use this in this drawing!]
35. Waxplant – For protection.
[Star shaped flowers for protection, my kind of flower!]
36. Barley – Represents love, healing, and protection.
37. Acacia – Is for protection, (Herb and Oil) burned for alter offerings or purification, aids psychic powers, meditation, platonic love, psychic awareness, inspiration, wisdom, visions, anointing, prophetic dreams, and spirituality. A sprig over the bed wards off evil.
38. Eryngo – Is for traveler’s luck, peace, lust, and love.