SIGILS OF THE FIFTEEN INNER STARS
In 2020 I taught a series of “Lockdown classes” on making runic sigils for health and protection, during the Pandemic. This painting is inspired by Sigils of the Fifteen Stars, mentioned by Nigel Pennick in his book Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition.
He points out that in reality they are fourteen major stars and one asterism: Aldebaran, Algol, Algorab, Alphecca, Antares, Arcturus, Capella, Deneb Algedi, the Pleiades, Procyon, Regulus, Sirius, Spica, Stella Polaris and Vega.
Quote: “Each star has a corresponding gem stone, stone or mineral and is assigned a sigil. In astrology the given virtues of these fixed stars combine with the planets to produce harmful or benevolent outcomes. They are rarely used in modern astrology, yet in medieval times their significance was taken into account, their sigils used magically, and as visible stars they assisted orientation and navigation.”
As well as the (night) sky overhead we also have an inner sky and sigils can help us navigate that realm!
PRIESTESS OF TWILIGHT
"I think we all need more gloom, more twilight, more softness and uncertainty."
Many cultures used to practice (what historians and anthropologists call) "sun worship". In reality they were connecting to a larger deity or divinity, perceived as expressing itself through the Sun, granting us light, heat and the gift of Life here on Earth.
For me noon has never been a very special time of day but I feel most vibrantly alive when twilight arrives. When I am at our Forest House in Sweden I often go for long walks as daylight starts fading. Many animals come out of hiding and portals open up in the landscape.
The word "shaman" has become controversial (see BLOG) and often wonder whether we, natives of Western culture, can coin another word. Walker Between Worlds is already taken but the words Priestess of Twilight came to me, and I liked them... I am a Between Person.
Twilight can also refer to age: Priestess of My Own Twilight Years!
WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?!
This painting is based on a hypnagogic vision I had during the intense Lockdown period in early 2021. A beautiful older woman was floating on a rock around outer space. She said that she was from a much ealier time. She had returned to Earth to communicate with flowers and animals. She could not believe how much extinction had occurred and how few flowers were left.
She said that once plant or animal species disappear forever, even the most powerful elders or shamans cannot bring them back.
Currently languages are also going extinct and an alarming rate and within living languages many words (related to nature) are becoming obsolete. They are dropped from dictionaries in favour of words related to the World Wide Web and computers.
I had the uncanny feeling that this woman was really myself, returning to Earth in a few centuries time... It was not a comfortable thought.
MY NIGHT SEA JOURNEY