The Full Hunger Moon was coming and promises had been made. I created these crowns specifically for The Witches Compass circle that evening. I had about a week to prep and so I rummaged through my drawers for bits of birch bark, vintage coyote fur, chicken bones, twine, and twigs. The first crown took about two days as I was playing with the structure a bit. Because of the time frame I had to use every day materials. The beginning of the first crown looked like this.
As the night went on it turned into this.
I created the other three crown in a day and a half, mostly working on them in the evening and looking for new materials to make each one distinct.
I created Valentine's for the ritual.
As the ritual approached we set up. Set-up is a two person team consisting of me and Damon Stang.
On the floor we drew a labyrinth and within stations for the elements. As guests made their way through the labyrinth hearts were given, dances were danced until they all stood outside to take the minds journey. Sacraments were given and vows made. We turned them from human to beast until one, one was collared, chosen and brought to the stage. There we crowned him King, the collar came off and it was his turn to bless the vows on hearts with blood. (Yes, fake blood.) From one hand to another he took the hearts and blessed them, the drums played in the background, the energy pulsating and just like that the feast began. The Hunger Moon brought the uniting of crowns, royalty and bloodlines. The Leo moon brought awareness and pride. The room stood filled with bodies partaking in wine and conversation amidst candlelight and a labyrinth whose walls had been unlocked.
All hail the King of Wolves, the Queen of Wolves, King of Serpents, and Queen of Crows. All hail the forest groves, the roots beneath the muddy earth, the bloodlines undulating under a blanketed sheet of snow.
With crowns at Catland Books.