Witchy Wednesdays: Ostara Edition

I realise that I haven’t  produced a ‘Witchy Wednesday’ post in a VERY long time, so here’s a quick post. Today is Ostara after all, a time for new beginnings and fresh starts, so I felt spurred on to write for you all; but what to write about?

In need of inspiration, I took a trip over to Witchfest island Mall.  In real life I used to be a member of the Children Of Artemis, so it’s always pleased me no end that they have representation in world. But truth be told, the mall is looking somewhat depleted these days. The always wonderful Artemis Tavern is still going strong, and servicing the community with pride, but I can’t help but feel that it’s time for an image change.  I stayed and had a good nosy around, but I didn’t see many sculpted items for sale, let alone any mesh.   In fact compared to other areas of Second Life it looks very dated indeed. This saddens me, and it pains me to say that, because I have a lot of admiration for the people that put in their time and effort to run the community there, but  I really do think that the area desperately needs freshening up and a re-model is past due. That aside the area is still VERY popular with Witches, Wiccans and Pagans in Second Life, and rightly so, so please don’t think I’m dissing it entirely, I just think an image change would bring even more people to the shops and into the wonderful community that resides there.

After my quick wander round I felt a tad-deflated, so I had a nosey at in-world search and an ad for Raven Keep piqued my interest.  I’ve never heard of it before, so I TP’ed over to take a look, and it’s rather interesting!

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There are a great array of items here for any Second Life Witch to enjoy.  You’ll discover lots of home ware at great prices, with many unique, pleasing touches.   It’s clear that the owner, Karra Babii, has a great imagination which is just what you want to see when it comes to all things Witchy! You’ll see cauldrons in various sizes as well as weather-vanes, wiccan signs and textures and ritual equipment.  There’s a black Altar that would certainly look the part at the centre of a ritual; with the black and shiny marble giving it a really masculine feel. Something for the male Witch in your life perhaps?Image

You’ll also spy some  really nice prim spell books, goblets mugs and drinking vessels, and my favourite part of the store was the herbal collection and apothecary.   This is great fun; a startling array of jars and potions all with labels detailing the concoctions inside; Earthworms, Petrified Butterflies or Dragon Flesh anyone?  Stick a few of these in your kitchen and see who notices!The Wiccan Attic Wash Table’s are very pretty and modern, with a sort of shabby chic, and would look good as a mini-altar in the home. There’s space to fit a Crystal ball or statue, wand and candle on the top, and at L$99 they’re not going to break the bank.

A quick sprint to Sable Rose so I can quickly  mention of an old favourite of mine, the Ostara jewellery set.

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I’ve always liked Rosie’s designs, and I’ve always loved the male and female versions of this particular set and worn them both with pride (I’ve kinda always liked the male version better..shh!) but it’s the perfect item to wear to an Ostara ritual, or to gift to a friend on the Spring Equinox, so do go and check it out.

ImageI’ve just learned  that my favourite altars of all time, from Peculiar Designs, have been upgraded to make them even more awesome!   Alas, they’re a little too prim heavy for my everyday use, but I’m hopeful that in the near future perhaps esteemed creator Poppy Teskat will come up with something to alleviate the prim count a smidgen, because to be perfectly honest I’ve yet to find altars that are this good. I’ve seen some that come very close, but there’s just something about the way her items are constructed that makes them worth the L$450 price tag. That may seem steep, but consider these an investment as you will never need another altar in-world again. In my pictures above I’m displaying the older versions which are still stylish after a few years, but  I notice that Poppy now has new versions for sale that feature different rezzable props for each Sabbat. If you‘re planning your ritual for this weekend let me tell you that the Ostara version of this altar features a moon-gazing hare!  How delightful is that?! (Picture below taken from Poppy’s marketplace listing)

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The Altars themselves are available in some really lovely wood textures now too. as well as featuring previous details such as their changeable textiles and metals .I know I said they’re prim heavy BUT if you have the spare prims to accommodate these altars then I seriously wouldn’t think twice before  splashing out.  I notice from Poppy’s profile that she’s got quite the year ahead of her but I really hope she finds the time to come into Second Life and add even more to her range of amazing Wiccan items..wouldn’t some sculptie prims or even mesh be just wonderful?

Last but not least, I zoomed over to Gaia Rising,which is probably my favourite Pagan sim in Second Life, to see if they were having an Ostara ritual there. I’ve featured their lovely rituals on these pages before, but sadly when I got there I couldn’t see anyone around.  Instead I lit a candle and threw a wish into their wishing cauldron  before taking a slow, enjoyable walk around.  (I had some fun taking a few pictures of the area using the ‘depth’ feature in the camera options, and then added some light via Picmonkey, the result is below)

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Whatever you’re doing for Ostara, may it be a very blessed time for you indeed.

I hope I can find some lovely Witchy items to feature again here in the near future, especially quality  sculpties or mesh items, so if you know of any be sure to drop me an IM in-world and let me know!

Babe in the woods…

 

As we’re fast approaching Samhain you may well be thinking about attire for your ritual or event, or perhaps considering buying  an extra special gown to wear for roleplay or for an Autumnal celebration?

PIXEL DOLLS has stepped up to the mark with the release of the ‘Diane’ dress in a number of colourways, but heads up gals, there’s a FREEBIE version in festive Halloween shades of rich red and fiery orange!
It’s a stunner of a gown too, consisting or a strapless shift with a vine motif that sits on the arms, as well as an outer jacket and over-skirt that turn this into a more formal, substantial gown.

It’s an absolute feast of a frock, and a fabulous freebie, no doubt about it.

Because you’ve saved money on a dress you may want to consider purchasing a substantial necklace to wear with it, and if so I have the PERFECT suggestion…this wee beauty from SABLE ROSE. For a mere L$200 you can be the prod owner of this astonishingly beautiful Autumn necklace, which features various leaves and flowers in seasonal tones, mixed in with some co-ordinating beads and assorted other nicies. I don’t really need to describe to you how utterly fabulous this is; I’ll just let the picture speak for itself (Click to see a LARGE version of this image that helps you to truly appreciate the necklace..yes they are my boobies. Stop that.)

Isn’t it a sensation? (Oh, and if you visit the store to buy before the end of October, be sure to hit up the Midnight Mania board.  There’s a special Halloween edition of the necklace featuring skulls and purple lillies that you mustn’t miss! The MM board only needs fifty hits to lockdown, so make sure you take your friends!)

To finish this look off I opted for the LAQ skin in ‘Nellie’ (Shade is Nougat, number 10) and hair by the ever-amazing TRUTH. This is one of the weeks new releases called ‘Robyn’ in the Crow shade, a simple, straightforward style brought to life by a jagged, kick-flare fringe.

I know it’s a modern style, but the juxtaposition of modern hair against this classic gown actually works really well. Oh, and of course it doesn’t detract from this amazing necklace….

An amazing Autumn combination, don’t you agree?

Witchy Wednesdays-THE HUNT IS ON!

Okies, remember me telling you about a forthcoming Ostara hunt? Well folks, it’s started. I’ve not had the time, opportunity or inclination to partcipate in it fully yet, but I have visited a couple of loctions to see if I could share some goodies with you upon these pages. So far the Pentacles (because that’s what you’re looking for) have NOT been easy to find at all, well not for me anyway. I know it’s a hunt and it’s pointless having items in plain sight, but at the same time nothing annoys me more than wasting my SL time looking for something; if it takes me more than half an hour I just tend to not bother anymore..BUT of course the most important point to note is that hunt items are of course freebies, and for that we should be grateful. Nobody is forcing us to hunt after all!
Anyway, here’s a very beautiful item that I managed to find rather swiftly, because I was pushed for time. This is the gorgeous Ostara Tulip Goddess necklace from Sable Rose, the jewellery company belonging to Rosie Barthelmess, who is just an absolute darling.  Rosie makes beautiful pieces that she shells for diddly squat. She has a fine collection of Pagancentric pieces in store, as well as freebies and more avant garde items. She also has a great selection for the chaps. This Ostara necklace is just too darned pretty for words, and there’s also a smashing gift for menfolk too, a double leather thong necklace featuring a Pentacle and triple sun cartouche. Very imaginative and a great hunt find; both are in the same package.

If you participate with the hunt please let me know what you manage to find, there is a blog but it’s not updated with visuals as yet although there are clues upon the page..check out this link and happy hunting! ( And check out Rosie’s other lovely in-store items too!)