Inspiration Fanatic

Macrame Crystal Baskets

For today’s #InspirationFanatic Friday, I want to share ideas for ways to create and use macrame baskets, woven with string, to hold crystals, stones or other precious objects. I learned how to create the baskets using this Youtube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXlU1xvRkmw I found it easy to follow so I thought I’d share directly.

Tips For Use with Crystals

  • As you create the basket, place the crystal in it several times in order to get the spacing of the knots to be correct.
  • Use thicker string to start with as it is easier to see what you are doing and to redo if needed.
  • Remember you are working in 3-D, so pull the basket into an upside-down cone shape as you work. I had very uneven knots the first time because I was laying it flat.

Creative Uses of Macrame Crystal Baskets

I really enjoyed this project, in part because it was very easy to master. I love the temporary nature of it as well. The basket can be taken apart without damage and reused for another crystal or stone. You can use your favorite crystal from your altar for a season and then return it to its original purpose.

A few specific ideas:

  • Jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets
  • Ornaments for your Yule tree or doorway
  • A way to carry a special rune with you
  • If you go small, a keychain or purse decoration

I am planning to add sophistication to my baskets with additional smaller stones and embellishments. How have you or could you see putting these fun creations in to use?

Inner Work, Pagan Practice

Yule: A Time of Dormancy

I’ve struggled to pull together a theme for Yule this year for my #PaganPractice post. It occurred to me that Yule is a time where there is an inner tension within some aspects of Paganism as well as within the time of year as a whole. Paganism which focuses on the Sun God/dess sees Yule as a time of light, heralding in rebirth. Goddess Spirituality during this time of year may include a focus on the myth of Persephone and Demeter, namely, winter being a time of mourning as Demeter brings death to the earth while mourning her daughter’s exile in the Underworld. Death and new life, utter contrasts on their face, are woven together.

As I sat with this divergence in meaning, I was drawn to remember the Earth-based aspect of my spirituality. At least in my location, this is a time of year for things to go dormant. Both plants and animals draw in their resources, having hopefully stored what they needed during the harvest time. There is little activity and indeed little indication of life, unless one is a careful observer.

Things appear to be resting and sleeping away the long nights. I do believe that this time of year beckons us inward, to shut out excessive distraction and activity, and to open the cupboards of our inner world and see what supplies remain. We may feel drawn thin in terms of spiritual provisions, needing to conserve our energy and our effort. It is not only acceptable, it is actually necessary to take some time to take stock of who and what we are in order to equip ourselves for times of plenty and activity.

I sense a pregnant pause during this time; we can not only count our inner inventory, we can also begin to shape our intentions for busier times. One symbol of Yule that I’ve found particularly meaningful this year is that of a candle being lit. As a representation of light and rebirth, it shares with us hope during the cold and the dark. It reminds us that this withdraw inward is only temporary and that something is coming. From a Goddess Spirituality perspective, I see the something as a someone, Goddess reborn in all her splendor as time renews. But for now, the long shadows of early nightfall make it hard to see beyond our feet, and, while we pause to rest, we’ve much to sit with and divide and cast off and hold onto and make new. Her light attends our latency.