Pentacle & Pentagram
The China Tea
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
8x10 Acrylic on canvas
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
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.
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
historian Caroline Wise
3ft x 2ft Acrylic on
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....
Sea Witch weather
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
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, 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
Harvesting the Power
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
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
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.
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
If you like counting crows this is a painting for you!
20 x 16 inch Acrylic on Canvas.
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.
Hunters moon next occurs on October 16th 20.05 GMT 2016.
Acrylic on canvas 10 x 14 in.
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
Now that association with witchcraft stays secret!
24 x 12 inch Acrylic on canvas
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 16th 20.05 GMT 2016.
Acrylic on canvas 12 x 16 in
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
Acrylic on wood 38 x 21
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
image as a Summer
3 x 2ft acrylic on canvas
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
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
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
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...
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
Pentacle, Brown, Gnomes and Boreas.
Element of Air
power and mobility of the element of Air is illustrated with a tornado
complete with lightning, the atmosphere is charged.
Athame, Sword, Yellow & White, Sylphs and Eurus.
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.
Wand, Red, Salamanders and the Notus.
Element of Water
It is a very feminine
element; the fluctuations of the tides are caused by the pull of the
Moon, its ruler.
Chalice or Cup, Blue-Green, Undines, and Zephyrus.
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