Familiar Offerings & Carvings
Last night I treated two of my animal familiars with their preferred offerings at my kitchen stove altar. One received diced apple with maple syrup from my parent’s farm and Grandmother Crow received a bowl of choice hazelnuts, pine nuts, and sliced almonds. What she really wanted a bowl of guts, but I didn’t have any entrails on hand. Maybe next time Grandmother. Both received water so they shall never thirst – water is always a welcome offering at any altar. My kitchen Goddess, a fat prehistoric milk-producing version of Bride, got a red candle and very hot Thai chili peppers to keep her warm and cozy and therefore us warm and cozy during the cold winter. Her offerings make me desire to make spicy dark chocolate chili truffles…
I finished another Rowan staff. This one carved with a Raven’s head and a Rowan tree (speaking of ravens, there’s one cawing outside now). Like the Staff of Beasts, this one is also in a private collection and is not for sale. I think I will always leave the bark on Rowan wood I harvest from now on as it intensifies both the colour and patterns of the grain of the wood when the bark leeches colour as it dries.
Now I’m off to do my annual New Year’s Eve house cleaning. May you spend this night with the people you love with health and cheer and plenty of food and drink!