MOOD | TREASURED
Everywhere I walked I found hearts. They are messages from someone I hold dear. They are magic from elsewhere, tossed up by the vast ocean. When things like this appear at our feet, we are given the gift of remembrance. We are reminded how treasured we are.
In this week’s blog I am enclosing instructions for making little treasures to share or to keep—Pisanki eggs! If you missed them in the Ostara newsletter, here they are again. The meditative beauty of creating adorned eggs is something to be savored as we await the Spring Equinox.
There’s so much happening! It’s been a year since The Tarot candles were born. As I light and live with the glow of a different Tarot candle from time to time, I learn something new about my work here on this planet. The twenty-two, major arcana Tarot candles are all different, providing infinite possibility for guidance. Choose a scent to inspire or soothe. Choose an image which stirs or calms. Choose a card name with personal meaning. Choose at random and be ever open. I’m offering all of them up with a special sale this week to commemorate the anniversary of their extraordinary creation.
May your week be overflowing with treasured possibility!
All my love, always.
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PISANKI EGG RITUAL
The elaborate designs of the Pisanki egg, an Eastern European tradition, are created using melted beeswax applied before coloring the egg. The designs were originally a form of writing, symbolically imbuing the eggs with blessings or prayers. Thoughtfully applying symbols important to you is a beautiful way to make this tradition part of your own. There are several weeks until Ostara, so it’s possible to practice this method and your designs over time, before placing them upon your altar or gifting them to those you love.
- Uncooked eggs at room temperature
- Pencil with a metal, straight pin pushed partway into the eraser
- Beeswax (Found at health food or art stores. It’s important to use beeswax,
as other waxes don’t adhere well to the egg, or don’t hold up in the dye.)
- Small tin or metal jar lid
- Small pan
- Egg dye (Simple grocery store kits work well.
Or research and try natural vegetable dye recipes.)
- Bulb syringe and paperclip for blowing out egg after decorating
- Paper towels
Place a small block of beeswax into your tin or lid and set that inside your pan. Place it on the stove on a low heat to melt the wax. Don’t worry if the wax darkens or turns black when heated. This doesn’t change the effectiveness of the wax, and actually makes it easier to see where it’s been applied. While it melts, mix your dye in individual bowls or glasses.
Using the leaded end of your pencil, first sketch a design on your egg. It helps to first make a circle around the egg lengthwise and crosswise. From here you can make spirals, stripes, zigzags and other symbols. Start out simple with your first egg so you can get the hang of applying the wax.
Next, dip the straight pin end of your pencil into the melted wax and quickly draw it across the lines of your design. Continue dipping and drawing to cover your whole design. Remember, where the wax is applied, the egg will remain white. (Or brown, if you are using brown eggs.) You can also color the entire egg first in a single color, dry it and then begin your design. In this way, the waxed areas with have a color underneath when the wax is removed.
COLOR & CLEAN
Gently lower your egg in the dye using a spoon, so as not to break the raw egg. You can also use hard-boiled eggs, if you are alright with having your designs broken and peeled away.
Leave your egg in the dye for several minutes for strong color, less for a more pastel hue. Remove and set aside to dry. After applying wax, coloring, and drying all your eggs, light your candle.
Hold each egg over the candle’s flame to warm and melt the wax, wiping it clean with a paper towel. Using your paperclip or other implement, gently poke a small hole in each end of your egg’s shell. Sometimes it works better to twist rather than tap. Insert the paper clip into one of the holes to break the yoke.
Place the bulb syringe in one end and squeeze over your sink to blow out the egg. (You can also blow out the eggs into a measuring cup to use for baking later.) Rinse out each egg with clean water, blow them free of water and let dry. Once dry, you can shine the eggs a little by rubbing them gently with a dry cloth. To preserve the color and designs for years to come, you can seal them with a clear, acrylic spray.