Horned Dandelion Alraun with Coffin and Burial Shroud
The Dandelion root was dug up as is in human form at a three way crossroad during the new moon. It was then lightly carved with a ritual knife to exaggerate its feminine features and transplanted above the burial of a crow for three weeks. IThen it was unsurfaced at the dark of the moon and allowed to cure and dry. The wooden coffin is pyrographed with the chthonic Dandelion spirit of the root on the lid and on the bottom is a spider with a Dandlelion root. The interior is painted vivid vermilion red and the whole box has been sealed with varnish. The alraun is wrapped in a completely handquilted red linen burial shroud.
The reason for a coffin and shroud for an alraun is its chthonic nature – an alraun root is a connection to the underworld and the spirits of the dead. The coffin mimics the darkness of the earth which is the root’s natural environment. When the root is awakened, it becomes tied to the spirits of the dead (or one in particular) and can whisper advice, knowledge, or foreknowledge of the future. Dandelion is traditionally sacred to Hecate and is used in magic for calling spirits or sending messages to them. It is an excellent choice for an alraun. To learn more about alrauns see the article on Alraun Crafting. Now in a private collection
This original cimaruta design by the Witch of Forest Grove has been pyrographed onto beautiful Pine wood – which reflects the cimaruta’s purpose of protection. The Rue cimaruta contains a serpent, moon, toad, skeleton key, bird, and vervain flower. The pyrographed background and the white foreground have been painted with black and white eco-friendly wood stains and the entire piece was finished with raw linseed oil and my handcrafted wood balm. This piece could easily be hung over a front door for protection or placed on an altar devoted to Diana or Hecate. Now in a private collection
Elder Greenman & Skull Memento Mori Bead
This rosary bead is handcarved from ethically wildcrafted Elder wood. It has been finished with raw linseed oil and my handcrafted wood balm for preservation. The more it is handled, the more beautiful and healthy the wood will become. One side is a Greenman of Elder and on the other side is carved a skull. This memento mori bead is a symbol of the Earth’s eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Now in a private collection