About Frogs!

My altar is the size of my entire life.

I’m constantly adding things to it. I recently added a wand, carved by Mina’s hubby and blessed by his wife’s loving soul; and “a nonfiction book, written and illustrated by [the Little Princess] and edited and lettered by [my Piano Man].”

It was love at first read, my Wicked Darlings. 
The book theme was the Little Princess’ idea, and that had me in tears before I was done adoring the cover.  
 
 
 
 
I was taken by every page detailing how a frog goes from egg to beautiful hopping bit of life. But I must admit to having two favorite pages: “Stage 5: Tail starts to shrink!” and the authors’ biographies. The first because the Little Princess drew the frog inside a computer. She thought I would like to see the medium where I write my stories. How cool is that? And the second… well, imagine the Little Princess staring at the ceiling with a wrinkled brow—she does that when she is thinking really hard—dictating:

“About the Authors [she read something similar in one of her American Girl Dolls books, and insisted on having a bio.]

[The Little Princess] has brown hair and green eyes. She has light skin. She studies writing at Pearls Yonkers School.

[My Piano Man] has brown eyes and brown hair. He is going to marry Magaly Guerrero. He lives in the Bronx in an apartment.”

I wish I had a picture of her face while the thought was going through her mind. Seriously, my luvs, the Little Princess’ thinking face is priceless.

You are probably thinking, Yeah, Witch, very cute, but what does all this have to do with your altar?

It’s simple; in my mind and heart, About Frogs! will always be part of my altar. Only things that touch my heart become essential to my magic. In this picture you can see witchy girls from Shelle, a Witch in Jeans from Judy, several wands from Mina, a silver hammer from my nephew, Old Man Death from Yudelis, rocks and driftwood from too many people to mention… About Frogs! is right under the typewriter. 

What was the latest thing you added to your altar? And what made that item special enough to deserve to be part of your sacred space?

This was my first Pagan Blog Project 2012 entry; 51 more to go ;-)
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50 comments:

  1. Misty Fouquet1/06/2012

    This is wonderful! It's amazing how kids can really have the best ideas!

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  2. Kristy Wren1/06/2012

    The latest thing I've added to my altar is a Humpback Whale figurine.  I love the darn thing--Whales (and porpoise--Orca) have been with me for a long time.  Beluga is one of my Spirit Animals.  A Figurine of him is on my Moon Shrine, so I figured that I might as well at the Angel of the Ocean on my working altar for.  Never know when I might need some inspiration.  :-)

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  3. I love watching my man sleeping too :D They are especially cute then, not a care in the world and giving off such calming energy :D
     The last thing I added to my alter space is the witches almanac my friend bought me for christmas. It is so special that someone who has so much stress in her own life found time to buy me a gift to help organise mine :D XXX

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  4. Jeaux Raynebeaux1/06/2012

    I loved it. I too have my Altar all over my house. Yes, I have many mini altars everywhere, in a closet, the buffet, on tables in corners... To answer the question you asked in your article... A mason jar painted as a snowman candle holder my youngest son made me for Yule. You would be amazed at how many items on my altar are things my children made me.

    Jeaux

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  5. I love involving my kids in altar design -- kids are remarkably astute. They just get it, adding objects of meaning, fully able to explain why the object is meaningful to them. I don't have an altar proper in this house (it's a bit like your place, objects throughout) & I have been trying to figure out where to put a more "formal" one. I just realized it will go on a shelf in the kitchen. I am so excited to get the family together to assemble it! But first, I will have to clean the kitchen... :\

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  6. Oh goodness... how amazingly cute is that book!!!

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  7. What a well-thought-out story of frogs development...she did a great job...

    I really like that bronze/gold piece and the black pot on your beautiful Altar...Happy that Witch-in-Jeans is part of your special things also...

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  8. Linda Wildenstein1/06/2012

    and so very casually you say that Piano Man is going to marry Magaly......hmmmmmmm....well congratulations and the very best of everything to you and the cutie asleep with the lavender bear. I love it.
    And the book is so very special. I know you will have it when the pages are yellowed with age and have seen so much beauty and happiness pass by it on your love crowded altar. Oma Linda

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  9. Slommler1/06/2012

    Great pic of Piano Man!  And the book is beyond precious!!
    Yes...,you are blessed!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  10. What treasures! Both animate and inanimate.

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  11. The Little Princess is so cute; you are very lucky to have her in your life (though you probably know that).  The book sounds very precious indeed!
     
    I don't have a constantly set up altar.  I was going to, and did to start with when we moved here, but it didn't stick.  I have precious things all over the place, and just pull what I need together when I want to do a ritual.  They say to do what feels right for you, and that's what feels right for me, so it's what I do.
     
    Oh, and congrats to Kim R!

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  12. Sweet Zombie Goddess1/06/2012

    I love frogs...I collect frogs...I even have a frog tattoo for my mom's memorial lol. Those little things, like handmade books and thinking faces, mean everything.

    \IiiI

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  13. dragonfly1/06/2012

    The book is delightful, children can have the most wonderful sense of the little things sometimes that as adults we sometimes forget.

    The last thing I brought for my altar is a figurine from the willow tree collection called Peace on Earth. I love this range of figurines as they don't have faces which for me seems appropriate for deities as they can be many things to many people.  The figure is holding a lamb and for me she is one of the many representations of the goddess Frigg. So far she has not made it upstairs to the altar though, she seems to prefer the living room and being in the center of daily life.

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  14. Diandra Linnemann1/07/2012

    The last thing I added to my altar? Tough call... a honey jar spell and an amber bracelet for charging, I think. Basically, my altar is that shelf on the wall with all the candles. ^^

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  15. Today I added a small handful of She Oak leaves, after a walk in some local wetlands. For some reason they where calling me to take them - I asked permission & they where all 'YES take MORE!' I've no idea why....I plan on burning them as a smudge stick when I get to clean  & reorder the alter in a few days. She Oaks are protective, so maybe they thought I needed some protection?
    xx 

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  16. Magaly, what a cute book! I love it so much! So special! I know it's something you will have always in your life! I added a special candle, that I got as a surprise gift from Vivienne. I don't know Vivienne, just met her through blog land. It really touched my heart ;o) Have a great day my friend ;o)

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  17. How adorable!!! Kids can be so amazing, can't they??

    The latest thing I've added to my altar was a clay pentacle. My little guy helped me make it and I painted it light blue and silver for the Lady of the Moon...

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  18. lilacwolf1/08/2012

    I love it, and I think it's perfect on your altar.  I've got to get mine figured out - but you've reminded me that in addition to honoring ancestors, I need to honor my living family as well.  All the people who love us, do inspire us, right?

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  19. They are pretty witty, aren't they?

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  20. Inspirations comes in all shapes and sizes. Whales are lovely!

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  21. They do look extra cute!
    That is the same reason why I add certain things to my altar. There is something powerful about the things people give us when they don't have to.

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  22. I (and many others) have always said that the entire home should be a Witch's altar.

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  23. Kids always said the truth (or at least what they believe to be true) and they see things for what they are; that is what makes them so remarkable.

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  24. The "bronze/gold" piece i got from my aunt. I love it. I remember the day she got it for me. She said, "This reminded me of you and I got it." We both knew it was supposed to go on my altar, which is funny because she is a devout Baptist. 

    The Witch-in-Jeans will always be special to me ;-)

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  25. You made me grin, my Oma. I can't get a thing over your head, and that is why I love you.

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  26. Altars shouldn't be rushed. Things will come together when they most, or maybe they like being all over the place.

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  27. I adore frogs. I had the biggest of collections; 947 strong at one point. I don't have them anymore, but when we get to a permanent place, I'll continue to collect those beauties. 

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  28. Mm, figurines without faces, I like that! I would love to see a pic.

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  29. I'm waiting to finish a jar of jam for a spell (yep, recycled magic objects lol). 

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  30. Nature is clever that way. I wish all the protection you might need and then some!

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  31. I love surprises, and witchy surprises even more! How lovely of Vivienne! 

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  32. I hope you have some pics of the pentacle!

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  33. My altar has always been a reflection of my life. There are symbols for the dead and for those who still breathe; I like to think that it is love-filled by "all the people who love" me and whom I love ;-)

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  34. About Frogs is adorable! ( that's coming from another frog lover, me!)You are a lucky lady Magaly and you deserve all that love from your Little Princess and your Piano Man, what a pair!!! I can picture her "thinking" look, precious indeed!My alter is all over the house too!The latest thing I added was a little orange glass gecko Jeff got me for Christmas!!!That should say it all about why its special! Hugs!

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  35. I beg to differ: my boyfriend is the most adorable man alive. :)

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  36. SunshineShelle1/10/2012

    AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!... on my way to bed... but with a smile on my face, love everything in this post... but also what's in my bed... better hurry....

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  37. Orange glass, mm, I bet it looks wonderful under the sun! 

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  38. I think you are biased. Me, on the other hand... I'm completely objective; my darling is definitely hotter lol

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  39. Give your bed mate some sweet, sweet hugs ;-)

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  40. The Little Princess is a scholar and an artist! I love this book in so many ways. How very special to have such a creative and heartfelt gift made just for you. And that Piano Man...Hot and adorable! The type of man fantasies are made for. ;-)

    I am so proud and humbled that the wands are on your altar, particularly when that sacred space is reserved for that which touches your heart. Thank you so much, sweet Magaly.

    The last thing I added to my altar was a beautiful green bottle that my sister gave me. It reflects the green witch and as you know I adore my sister on every possible level.

    Congrats to your lucky winner and sending you a wicked smile right back. Hugs sweetie! 

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  41. "The type of man fantasies are made for," indeed, my friend!

    Magaly Guerrero pagan-culture.blogspot.com “When in Darkness? Light!”


    Subject: [paganculture] Re: Pagan Culture: About Frogs!

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  42. ljrich1/14/2012

    That book is absolutely precious!!!

    I have done nothing to my altar since the beginning of December. I haven't even taken down the Yule altar. I'm in the market for new altar stuff, I think. My laziness is because some stuff cropped up over the holidays and I've been been spinning my wheels trying to get my bearingss. Some of it you know about, part of it you don't, but you'll know all soon.:)

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  43. Well, I hope things begin to move just the way you want to, and soon. 

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  44. I have 4 altars in my home.  My hearth in the kitchen, my family altar in the foyer, my Sabbath altar in my living room and, of course, my personal altar in my bedroom.  Each and every one of them brings comfort to me just by looking at them.  The kitchen and family altar don't change much, but obviously the Sabbath one does.  I get so excited with each turning of the Wheel to bring out the symbols to remind and ground me in the present.  My personal altar is like my insides on display.

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  45. An altar for every occasion, how lovely! I can't wait for the day...

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