Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: western NY state
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there's a sun god,
he's a fun god,
Ra! Ra! Ra!:LOL
i mentioned this on the crafts board: last year my son and i made little manos cortunas or horned god signs out of baker's clay and painted them gold. we used hand-shaped cookie cutters and bent the middle two fingers and the thumb down on each hand before baking. we poked a hole in each "wrist" with a drinking straw to tread red ribbon through. they look pretty spiffy. we also did silver "fig hands" (thumb between first and second fingers) for the goddess, but they don't look as cool, and i made some "gingerbread" solar lion cookie ornaments.
gold ball ornaments seem like pretty good sun symbols to me. and so do gold "snowflakes" if you can find them. we found a couple leaping stag ornaments at a dollar store, too. those are very nice. amd i made wire-wrapped quartz crystal "icicles".
at a mccrory's dollar store i managed to find little grape-vine pentacles! i hung a quartz crystal from the center of each one and hung them with my cheap fake pine garland.
my dad actually gave us our yule log. it's a birch log with 3 holes drilled in it, in which we place green, gold and red candles. we put fake non-flamable candle wreathes around each candle.
i usually use all-gold or gold-and-red giftwrap for solstice gifts. and, as i mentioned in the "fed up with christmas" thread, instead of stockings, the kids have plastic cauldrons, symbolic of the goddess' abundance, that they use for all 8 sabbats.
you can put electric candles with amber bulbs in the windows, but we usually save the electric candles for imbolc. i'm trying to remember what else we did. it was all shoved under the bed in boxes when we moved, and i was too preggers to organize, so i don't even know what's there.