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Lupine Relics

November 17, 2012 2 comments

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A variety of old wolf bones. Vertebrae, jaw section, ulna. Sourced from AK First Nations subsistence hunts.

Bones play a big role in my practice, and take up a significant part of my collection.

Friday Miscellany

November 16, 2012 7 comments

Random assortment of topics, perhaps.

Very recently I was the target of a hate crime where I work.  Due to the nature of my job I am not at liberty to discuss details (nor would I anyway on an open Internet space), but suffice to say it left me shaken.  I am openly trans/queer, and I guess that creates a problem for some people.  Where I live, emotions were running really high after the elections and marriage equality passing in several states.  Some people didn’t take that news too kindly, and in this instance decided to bring it to work with them and take it out on an easy target (which happened to be me).  It’s unfortunate, but this shit happens.  It all stems from people judging someone or something before getting all of the facts, and from simply resorting to animosity and hate over things that are feared and can’t immediately be understood.  But over all it’s sheer, crippling ignorance and bigotry at play.  This person was religiously motivated, and that sucks.  I can only imagine what would have happened if it was found out I was a polytheist.

This weekend I plan on recovering a bit, inasmuch as I am able, and I will be going hiking, and hacking/sorting wood outside for the winter firepit to open up.  Especially after hurricane Sandy, the backyard has gotten a little trashed, and needs some maintenance so the fire pit can get rolling again.  I also need to reposition the boundaries around my chthonic shrine area.  That’s the particular area of the yard where I do a lot of fleshing, macerating and boiling of my various animal heads and other related work.  The original boundaries I had set up (fallen logs and things) and the semi-grotto area are all scattered about, so it looks as if I’ll be rebuilding from scratch.  I also want to track the movements of the deer around here, as they seem to have rerouted their travels a bit, bringing them very close no neighboring developments and such.  I’ve also been hearing foxes and owls much closer to the house, I’m going to go searching for owl pellets, and maybe a fox den.  Fox dens are great resources for animal bones, especially dens that aren’t presently in use.

When I was a kid, disappearing into the woods was one of the best ways for me to handle stress.  Not much has changed.  I may get involved in some rescue groups again, something more local.  That was always good therapy for me, if nothing else.  The events of…well, the past couple months have left me very shaken, so I feel like I’m in need of a restart, of something refreshing.  Right now all I feel is angry, burnt out and depressed, and that needs to change.

Jewelry Sale to Benefit Temple

I’ve recently re-opened my little shop on the net, The Relic Hound, a place where I can sell some of my animist wares and such (more on that later). I’ve fairly recently started working on a sales project to benefit Breidablik Temple, a Northern Tradition Sacred Space and sanctuary for abused horses and other sacred animals. I made a number of polytheist-friendly devotional jewelry with an equine theme–profits will go to the temple and its animals. They operate on a shoestring budget, and could use all the help they can get as they work towards nonprofit status. Here are the themed pieces:

Freyfaxi, Horse Canine Pendant
Hrimfaxi, Horse Incisor Pendant
Skinfaxi, Horse Incisor Pendant
Svadlfari, Lokean Horse Incisor Pendant

These horse teeth are sourced from American Paint horses that were humanely put down due to health complications. When making anything to sell made from animal bits, I always try to give back. Profits from the sales of these pieces will go to the temple, so consider making a purchase and helping out.