The Key of Lilith

It's been over a year since I've added to the pantheon of God Keys, and all the while, this Lilith design has been folded away in the dark of my sketchbook, awaiting the right energy and inspiration to usher her into reality. The time has finally come.

This idol is inspired by an ancient Babylonian sculpture known as Queen of the Night, circa 1750 BCE, housed at the British Museum. The true identity of the figure remains a mystery, but she is believed to depict Ereshkigal, Queen of Great Earth and Goddess of the Underworld; Ishtar/Inanna, the Goddess of Sex and Fertility; or the demon Lilith. She is depicted nude, wearing only her jewelry and the horned headdress of divinity. Her wings grant her the freedom of the heavens, while her vulture-like talons connect her to the underworld. In the sculpture I reference, she is also depicted perched upon the backs of lions, and flanked by staring owls.

 

This Goddess is embodied as a wild woman, embracing her primal power, but she is also a figure of divine dignity, holding the symbols of sacred right. There is wisdom in her mysterious smile. She stands as goddess of empowered and emancipated femininity, a proclamation of female strength which dates back to the cradle of civilization.

In these troubled modern times, we may still draw strength from the rebel Lilith, the sacred harlot Ishtar, the dark and all-embracing Ereshkigal, respected, beloved, and feared.    

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

I first learned of the 'Mari Lwyd' through Anne Pilling's The Beggar's Curse, where it is introduced as 'Old Hob'. This curious Welsh practice is not only the preferred manner of ringing in the new year there, it is also the origin of the Hobby Horse; a staple of the children's playroom.

During New Years Eve, the Mari Lwyd is escorted around the village houses, where it recites begging rhymes in a manner similar to Halloween trick or treating:

Old Hob, Old Hob, give him a tanner, give him a bob!

We hope your new year will be as strange and wonderful as this old Welsh tradition! Happy New Years!

Creative Avenues

Which designs would you like to see in 2018?
1: Abstract/Natural Forms
2: Gods & Goddesses
3: Insects
4: Mythical Creatures
5: Something Else?

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Harken to the Angels

Seven archangels to guide and protect you:
Michael, the Warrior.
Gabriel, the Messanger.
Camael, the Judge.
Raphael, the Healer.
Sachiel, the Wealthy.
Anael, the Joyful.
Cassiel, the Watchful.

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Pocket Lore

Our talismans & sacred symbols each include their own info cards. A library of lore you can fit in your pocket! If you're looking for meaningful gifts, or telling you're own life's story, have a browse through our symbol library.

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The Briar Puzzle...

One of our more popular pieces, The Briar Thorn, is also a fiendish puzzle! For those of you who would like the cheat sheet showing how to braid it back together,  just see below.