In another post [link] I mentioned that I’d asked my Lady if I could get some devotional jewelry for her, and that she’s given her okay. I spent some time scrolling through Etsy in search of a Tree of Life necklace, and today my necklace came in.
The necklace is by Pieces of Reesie on Etsy [link], and I’d happily buy from them again. Shipping was fast, I got the necklace in three days after I bought it.
It’s perfect for what I wanted; I wanted a larger pendant, and I wanted a silver necklace that I felt fits my style. Lately I’ve missed having devotional jewelry that I can wear everyday in public (my compass necklace has a really small pendant that I prefer to wear tucked under my shirt.) I chose a Tree of Life because it’s a very common symbol, and it’s associated with the Queen…
I recently wrote a post [link] about my favorite games without combat. Lately, I’ve found that I love building and sandbox style games. It’s a genre I’ve recently discovered (or re-discovered, if the Roller Coaster Tycoon series that was my childhood video game love counts as a sandbox game.)
I think what I love about it so much is that the game is up to you, the player. I’m currently playing Staxel [link to Steam] and it’s like Minecraft meets Stardew Valley. One thing I love about the game is that your character is accepted into the village right away, you don’t have the prove your worth to the villagers.
I’m still learning how to build things–I love the light blocks (which I’ve used in the pet shop my screenshot is of.) I’ve found that I like my virtual homes to be well lit. I’m thinking about rebuilding my house in the game with at least one layer of the light blocks, rather than solid wood.
For the past two days, as the title of the post says, the wi-fi was down. Due to this, I got a ton of knitting time in, and now have 80 rows of this shawl [link] done.
As you can see, the pattern has changed quite a bit. I added the garter section, thinking that I could go back to the lace after a bit…only to discovered that I’d added stitches????? Somehow?????
Since my choices were to either rip back at least 10 rows of work, or continue on with a new pattern, I’ve decided to continue on with the new (improvised) pattern. Right now I’ve gone back to garter stitches, but I want to do something fancier at the end of the shawl. I’m thinking about adding some eyelet rows at the end, but I’ll see what happens when I get there.
Day 20 was a conversation with your deity, and what the Queen and I talked about felt much too personal to post online. I’m posting two pieces today because the wi-fi has been off and on the past two days.
Day 21: How has your relationship with your deity changed over the course of this challenge? Has it stayed the same? Have the two of you gotten any closer? Are you pleased with the results?
I would say that the Queen and I have gotten closer as a result of the challenge. We’re both happy with the results of the challenge, and I’m really glad I did it.
Day 19: Set aside some quality time for you and your deity. Using a communication method of your choice, discuss the events of this challenge with them. Tell them why you took up this challenge. Ask for their opinion of all of the work you put into it. Discuss their response.
[After checking that she’s available to talk]
What did you think of my doing the challenge overall?
King of Wands
She’s happy about it, and thinks that this has been a good way for me to take charge of my own devotional life.
I began this challenge to learn more about you, before becoming your devotee.
The Chariot (rev.)
I sensed a nod from her, and she’s reminding me that becoming her devotee is a slow process, like the growth of a tree.
Day 18: More research! Today, research the deities that are either related to or close to your deity.
The King of All Darkness is her twin brother. They’re not related through blood in the biological sense, but through a blood oath and rune magic.
The Lady of Grain and Sunlight is her adopted daughter. She’s a dying-and-rising goddess that rules over the Wilds, and is very close to her mother.
The Great Treeis her Parent in the mythic sense. Her actual origins are something I know very little about, though she commented that the accident [link] when I broke a branch off the Tree statue makes it looks like she’s coming from the tree.
The Far Ones are her Parents in truth, and the reasons They had for forming her are Theirs alone.