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Divine Union

The total solar eclipse represents to so many pagans, witches and wiccans the perfect harmony between God and Goddess, male and female,  feminine moon and masculine sun. The Diamond ring effect placed here with software will have it’s own message.
I used the phenomena as a platform to paint a pentacle, the best known symbol in Witchcraft and Wicca, a pentagram enclosed in a circle that some, especially more conservative witches will insist is a pentagram….a pentacle being strictly an altar item of the same name.  For more information about the pentacle and pentagram.....see here

8x10 Acrylic on canvas

 

The total solar eclipse represents to so many pagans, witches and wiccans the perfect harmony between God and Goddess, male and female,  feminine moon and masculine sun

 

  Phoenix reborn

The Phoenix is a mythical bird and benevolent fire spirit, a fabulous bird that rises from the ashes of its former life; it has various descriptions and features in many cultures and religions, even in Christianity where it sometimes symbolizes the resurrection. 
To Pagans and many others that all who die will be reborn, and is so revered the world throughout, a popular name for pubs in Britain among many other applications.
The depiction here is from my own imagination, there are reasons in me for it, but an emphasis on fire and its ability to possible renewal by clearing the old, and indeed forging the new is utilized.

The Phoenix is a mythical bird and benevolent fire spirit, a fabulous bird that rises from the ashes of its former life; it has various descriptions and features in many cultures and religions, even in Christianity where it sometimes symbolizes the resurrection.

 

Elen of the Ways, the Antlered Goddess

Elen of the ways, the antlered goddess takes a rest on an ancient, mysterious path at Lands end in Cornwall  (Kernow) , the western most point of the land they called Albion.  Also known as the Green Lady, she is the only horned goddess, wearing the antlers of the female reindeer, in turn the only deer whose females are antlered. Elen is the guardian of the leys, the ancient track ways . Her earliest tracks were the migratory paths of the reindeer, and here is the close association with them. The birds visiting her are red billed choughs, Britain's rarest crow is also Cornwall's national bird , legend says it is one of these that king Arthur shape shifted into rather than truly die.

Much research and writing has been done on Elen by pagan historian Caroline Wise

3ft x 2ft Acrylic on canvas

 

Elen of the ways, the antlered goddess takes a rest on an ancient, mysterious path at Lands end in Cornwall  (Kernow) , the western most point of the land they called Albion.  Also known as the Green Lady, she is the only horned goddess, wearing the antlers of the female reindeer, in turn the only deer whose females are antlered.

 

Reindeer Trail

Reindeer Trail with it's shed antler is actually a detail from an Elen related painting I no longer have. I have used it to illustrate a wonderful short story about  the antlered goddess Elen of the Ways under my painting of her. Click to see here....

  Shed antler on an anciet Reindeer trail, the most ancient of trackways, and associate with Elen of the Ways   

 

 

 

Sea Witch weather working

A sea witch stands at a cliffs edge commanding the elements in a storm she’s raised, the three knotted wind rope untied in her hand as the green sea and the lightning lit wind roar....no candles in this magick circle!

Did sea witches raise and maintain the storm that destroyed the armada? Now that would be telling…………..
 

Acrylic on canvas 3 ft x 2ft 

 

 

A sea witch stands at a cliffs edge commanding the elements in a storm she’s raised, the three knotted wind rope untied in her hand.

 

Storm Witch

A Sea witch stands at a cliffs edge, charging her sword with the power of a storm raised, I for one rush to put outside my Athame (athames are the witches blade) at the first sign of a thunder storm too.

Sea witches traditionally work with weather, wind, moon and tide, nor do they fear the dark side of witchcraft, it is not for ‘fluffy bunnies’!

Many of them are beachcombers also, many of their tools improvised from the gifts of the sea, driftwood and sea shells o name but some, their services were sought after by sailors and fishermen of old, we even raised the great storm that destroyed the Armada, after first disrupting the judgment of it’s leaders all the while Drake was in dereliction of his duty pursuing Spanish gold in the night!

 24 x 30 inch acrylic on canvas

 

old-page Harvesting the Power

 

 

A Sea witch stands at a cliffs edge, charging her sword with the power of a storm raised, I for one rush to put outside my athame (athames are the witches blade) at the first sign of a thunder storm too.

 

The Thunderbird Invoked

A modern child Witch (or one of the 'little people'?) has summoned the north American  Thunderbird to Irelands unique Burren landscape, sheltering from the force of the storm it came with under the lee of Poulnabrone dolmen . That her medieval forbears in witchcraft  could not have known of this native American legend reflects Wicca  as an old religion in the new age.

2ft x 3ft Acrylic on canvas

A modern child Witch (or one of the 'little people'?) has summoned the north american  Thunderbird to Irelands unique Burren landscape, sheltering from the force of the storm it came with under the lee of Poulnabrone dolmen

 

Battle Crow

Morrigan the Goddess of war has, shaped shifted as a raven,  arrived high over a nocturnal battle field illuminated by the lightning she traditionally brings with her. For the invocation of Morrigan click picture....

Acrylic on canvas 

Morrigan the Goddess of war has arrived high over a nocturnal battle field illuminated by the lightning she traditionally brings with her

 

Raven at the Men-an-Tol

The Men-an-Tol is one of Britain's smallest Megalithic standing stone sites, but also one of the best known, set in the bleak Cornish landscape it's origins are uncertain, but it was probably an Iron age tomb of around 4,000 years ago, recent research shows it is also part of a stone circle..
The name Men-an-Tol is Cornish language for 'Holed Stone', it has in the past been also known as the 'Devil's eye', and 'Crick stone' because of it's reputation for curing backache.
Children with rickets and tuberculosis were for for centuries passed through it's hole three times naked and then through the grass three times anti-clockwise, or widdershins. 
Some quarters say the place protects from witchcraft yet many visitors are witches and wiccans. 

16 x 20 inch acrylic on canvas.

 

The Men-an-Tol is one of Britain's smallest Megalithic standing stone sites, but also one of the best known, set in the bleak Cornish landscape it's origins are uncertain, but it was probably an Iron age tomb of around 4,000 years ago, recent research shows it is also part of a stone circle..

 

Crow Stones

A storytelling of Crow’s flocks at the Callanish standing stones, also known as Calanais on the Scotland’s Isle of Lewis.
The megalithic site is older even older than Stonehenge, dating back to 3000bc.
If you like counting crows this is a painting for you!


20 x 16 inch Acrylic on Canvas
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A storytelling of Crow’s flocks at the Callanish standing stones, also known as Calanais on the Scotland’s Isle of Lewis.

 

Hunters Moon

The Hunters moon is the full moon that follows the Harvest moon  usually the biggest and brightest of the year, and nearest Samhain.
Here an Owl glides silently over the standing stones of Callanish, or Calanais on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, exploiting it’s light.
The Hunters moon is also known by it’s Anglo-Saxon name of Blood moon, as this was around the time surplus livestock would be slaughters before the onset of winter in times of old.
Hunters moon is usually claimed to be  a stolen native American name, but an entry in a 1710 edition of the British Apollo confirms it's use as a name for this moon by country people.  It gives it's name to one of Britain's finest Morris dance sides,  many books and other paintings.
The Hunters moon next occurs on  October 27th  12.05 GMT 2015.

Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 in.

 

The Hunters moon is the full moon that follows the Harvest moon  usually the biggest and brightest of the year, and nearest Samhain.

 

Sanguine Moon

A  Peregrine falcon flies in the bright light of the Sanguine Moon, otherwise known as Blood or Hunter’s moon. This is the moon following the Harvest moon and closest to the autumn equinox, it may really be just a gentler name for Blood moon, so named for its closeness to the third harvest of the year, the blood one of Samhain.
A peregrine is no night hunter though, even though this is one of the brightest nights of the year, and what is pagan about it, why paint it?
Now that association with witchcraft stays secret!

24 x 12 inch Acrylic on canvas

A Peregrine falcon flies in the bright light of the Sanguine Moon, otherwise known as Blood or Hunter’s moon. This is the moon following the Harvest moon and closest to the autumn equinox, it may really be just a gentler name for Blood moon, so named for its closeness to the third harvest of the year, the blood one of Samhain.

 

The Blood Moon

A raven circles the standing stones at Callanish under the light of the full Blood moon, the Anglo-Saxon name for what is better known in the western world as Hunters moon. It is called by a few the Sanguine moon, it seems that this word that pertains to blood red is a sanitised name? Confusingly Luna eclipses are often referred to as red or blood moons as an eclipsed Moon will take on a reddish colour, but the true Blood moon is usually the years brightest and the name associates with the blood harvest at Samhain when in the past this was the third and last harvest of the year when surplus livestock would be killed prior to the onset of winter when they would otherwise cut into the likes of grain stocks. The  next Blood moon falls on October 27th  12.05 GMT 2015.

Acrylic on canvas 12 x 16 in

 

A raven circles the standing stones at Callanish under the light of the full Blood moon, the Anglo-Saxon name for what is better known in the western world as Hunters moon. It is called by a few the Sanguine moon, it seems that this word that pertains to blood red is a sanitised name? Confusingly luna eclipses are often referred to as red or blood moons as an eclipsed Moon will take on a reddish colour,

 

   

  Stonehenge in Red

I don't think there's a pagan artist who hasn't painted Stonehenge at least once. This was painted onto wood salved from a theatre props companies skip, want not, waste not, it's decorated my wall for many years now and it's staying there!

Acrylic on wood  38 x 21 in.

 

Stonehenge Solstice Dawn

The megalithic ruins have stood on Salisbury plain for over 4,000 years.
The summer solstice and winter solstice attract thousands of pagan and other visitors, here the low sun silhouettes the trilithons in a scene that suggests the calm beyond a summer solstice.

 
3 x 2ft acrylic on canvas

 

Stonehenge  Sunrise

 

A third painting joins what has now become a set, due to Britain’s stone age postal service destroying ‘Stonehenge sunrise’ . To make things a little different (?!) a Stonehenge sunrise rather than sunset theme was chosen for this semi modern work of what is Britain’s contribution to the seven wonders of the medieval world.

 
2 x 3 ft Acrylic on canvas

 

I don't think there's a pagan artist who hasn't painted Stonehenge at least once. This was painted onto wood salved from a theatre props companies skip, want not, waste not, it's decorated my wall for many years now and it's staying there!

 

 

A third painting joins what has now become a set, due to Britain’s stone age postal service destroying ‘Stonehenge sunrise’ . To make things a little different (?!) a Stonehenge sunrise rather than sunset theme was chosen for this semi modern work of what is Britain’s contribution to the seven wonders of the medieval world.

 

Stonehenge in Gold   

The ideal summer solstice is here portrayed, seen through the sarson circle, a golden sun rising behind the heel stone as it has done for  millennia, a sight the British weather will often mask!

Acrylic on canvas 2 x 2½ ft  

 

The ideal summer solstice is here portrayed, seen through the sarson circle, a golden sun rising behind the heel stone as it has done for  millennia, a sight the British weather will often mask!

   

Druids Oak

 A Druid friend in America asked me to paint an ancient Oak tree with an Awen symbol on it's trunk. I opted to paint it with lots of moss colonising it's girth and exposed roots with stunted branches as is often so with an ancient oak.

Why are the Oak and Awen symbol so sacred to Druids? I let a Druid friend explain this... See this page

8 x 8 inch Acrylic on canvas

       

 

The Four Elements

I have been asked by a number of fellow Witches and Wiccans to produce sets of small paintings representing the four elements of earth, air, water and fire to decorate the quarters of their magick circles or perhaps temples and walls. The four elements have their own symbols as seen in the following paintings. There have been enough paintings done to have their own section which is here... The Four Elements

Element of Earth

The element of Earth is illustrated by an ancient oak, the figure in the background is the antlered goddess Elen of the ways, put there by request.

Correspondences: North, Pentacle, Brown, Gnomes and Boreas.

 

The element of Earth is illustrated by an ancient oak, the figure in the background is the antlered goddess Elen of the ways, put there by request.

 

Element of Air

The power and mobility of the element of Air is illustrated with a tornado complete with lightning, the atmosphere is charged.

Correspondences: East, Athame, Sword, Yellow & White, Sylphs and Eurus.

 

The power and mobility of the element of Air is illustrated with a tornado complete with lightning, the atmosphere is charged.

 

 

Element of Fire

The Element of Fire is illustrated by what could be a metal workers forge, whose patron deity is the Celtic fire Goddess Brighid.

Correspondences:  South, Wand, Red, Salamanders and the Notus.

 

 The Element of Fire is illustrated by what could be a metal workers forge, whose patron deity is the Celtic fire Goddess Brighid.

 

Element of Water

It is a very feminine element; the fluctuations of the tides are caused by the pull of the Moon, its ruler. 

Correspondences: West, Chalice or Cup, Blue-Green, Undines, and Zephyrus. 

 

It is a very feminine element; the fluctuations of the tides are caused by the pull of the Moon, its ruler. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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