God Candles

Published on December 17, 2013

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I’ve been struggling for a while with the concept of images for the Gods within my practice; while I constantly have an image of Quetzalcoatl over my home shrine, often, when I invoke other deities, I don’t have images of them to include upon the altar. A good friend of mine, Caer, showed me a fantastic post at Mountain, Path, and Pool where the author utilized vellum paper on 7-day pillar candles to create “living” images. I decided that this would be a fantastic idea, and that I would make quite a few images for various gods to be used during different rituals and festivals.

At the craft shop I picked up two glass jars for pillar candles (its important that they’re flame safe), vellum paper, and tall white pillar candles. I printed off scaled, traditional images of the gods I would be drawing (I’ve started with Huitzilopochtli, since I will be celebrating Panquetzaliztli during the Winter Solstice, and Quetzalcoatl, who is my patron), and traced their images with a fine-point black inkpen onto the vellum. Wrapped around the glass jars, and secured with clear tape that won’t damage the vellum, they’re able to go on and off and be changed with the seasons.When it came to actually using the candles, I’ve been using tealights instead; I find they illuminate the images much more beautifully.

Eventually, I’d like to create a vessel in which offerings can be made specifically to a God’s image – for now however, these, accompanied by my firepot offering bowl (with lid in photo) and the clay offering pot (back in photo) will suffice. The Gods seem satisfied with my creation!

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