ritual object

Tibetan Art on a Skull by Hernando. One of the more unnerving aspects of Tantric Buddhism (as well as the Bön tradition) is the host of wrathful divinities as well as that fact that from time to time one encounters among the most placid of ritual objects other ritual objects crafted from human skulls, tibias and even human skin.

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Very Rare Roman Glass Trulla (Pan), 1st Century AD

This transparent pale yellow-green glass trulla or pan, is in the form of a deep footed cup with an applied handle that tapers in at the middle and then widens at the end.

Similar examples were found in Pompeii along with their metal counterparts. A glass trulla was often used as either a ritual object for libation, or as a drinking vessel and sometimes referred to as patera. Very rare in glass and seldom encountered.

Moon Spells

Each phase of the moon influences with a different type of energy. You can follow the phases of the moon, to converge the energy in favor of the things you wish to accoplish. 


WAXING MOON

To bless something you wanna start, to increase health, to increase success, to increase wealth


FULL MOON:

Related to health, success, charging/consecrating objects, rituals in general, wealth


WANING MOON: 

To get rid of a bad habit, diseases, obstacles, finish something, banish


NEW MOON

To reflect, to expand your consciousness, to learn about your shadow self, work with your subconscious, dream work, let go of fears, change something radically, renew

Lust Murder

Lust murder is a subcategory of sexual homicide in which perpetrators sadistically and brutally murder their victims to achieve ultimate sexual satisfaction. They typically repeat their killings, thus constituting serial murder. Despite the serial aspect of these killings, lust murder still remains a distinct subcategory of both sexual and serial murder. It is also referred to as erotophonophilia, one of the most extreme forms of paraphilia.

Paraphilia is defined as sexual deviation in which the paraphilic individual seeks unusual sexual objects, rituals or specific situations to achieve full sexual satisfaction. There are a number of essential elements to paraphilic behaviours, including fantasy, compulsive masturbation and facilitating agents such as alcohol, drugs and pornography. The fantasy system of the individual is a vital component in facilitating paraphilic behaviours and becomes increasingly violent over time. Lust murderers associate sex with aggression, and common themes to their fantasies include power, domination, molestation, revenge, rape, torture and the humiliation and suffering of others.

Pictured above: Serial killer Ted Bundy whose crimes exhibited a number of hallmarks of lust murder

The Element: Water

Water represents emotions, absorption, subconscious, purification, eternal movement, wisdom, the soul, emotional aspects of love and femininity. In rituals, it is represented in the forms of pouring water over objects, brew making, healing spells, ritual bathing, and tossing objects into of water.

Gender: Feminine

Direction: West

Energy: Receptive

Symbols: Ocean, river, shell, spring, lake, well, rain, fog, cup

Placing on Pentagram: Upper right

Time: Twilight, Dusk

Cycle of Life: Maturity

Season: Autumn

Colours: Blue, turquoise, green, grey, indigo, black

Zodiac signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Sense: Taste

Stones/Jewels: Aquamarine, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, fluorite

Magick tools: Cup, cauldron, goblet, mirror

Metals: Mercury, Silver, Copper

Herbal: Ferns, lotus, mosses, bushes, water lilies, gardenia

Trees: Apple, Apricot, Birch, Cherry, Elder, Elm, Rose, Willow

Animals: Water snakes, dolphin, fish, cat, frog, turtle, swan, crab

Ritual action: Bathing, dilution, washing, sprinkling, preparing cold herbal infusions

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Roman Glass Trulla, 1st Century AD

This high quality trulla, or “pan,” of transparent pale blue glass, is in the form of a deep cup or bowl with an applied handle that tapers from the body of the vessel. Vessels of this shape usually date between 50 and 150 AD and numerous examples have been found in Pompeii along with their metal counterparts. One example, in glass and decorated in cameo, was found at the House of the Tragic Poet.  Later examples, coming mostly from the western Roman provinces like Belgium, are decorated with “snake thread” trailing. Trullae were often used as either ritual objects for libations or as drinking vessels and are sometimes referred to as paterae.

This Valentine’s Day we thought we would share something different from our collection.  These are love sticks used in courtship rituals in Micronesia.  These objects are from the Caroline Islands and young men would carve their own designs on the sticks. At night a young man would push his love stick through the loosely woven walls of the hut in which the object of his affection was sleeping and awaken her with it. By feeling the design of the love stick the girl could identify the young man. If not interested she would push the stick back. If interested she would go out to meet him. 

Submission by mithingthepoint

[Two brides under a chuppah, New York City, 2014. Photo credit Christa J Newman.]

Even though it’s legal for us to be married in NYC, we wanted to acknowledge all the queer Jewish couples who don’t yet have that right around the world. So before we shared the wine, we poured some out.

Some while ago, mythtakenforastory asked me to do a series on Tatooine slave culture and its associated rituals/symbols/sacred objects etc. So, here’s the first one, where I wow you all with my poor Photoshop skills.

Tatooine slave culture has a rich tradition of pictographic symbols (some of which we actually see in the films, on the japor snippet Anakin carves for Padme). They serve multiple purposes: as sigils or symbols in folk magic (as in the case of the japor snippet for good fortune), as coded ways of communicating, as artistic expression, as expressions of community. Most of these symbols are simple geometric shapes: things that can be scrawled in the dust, and then just as quickly wiped away, leaving no evidence of the silent conversation that may have passed.

This image is the symbol for “unfettered”: a circle, shattered into seven pieces. (Seven is a significant number: there are seven corners of the desert, seven winds, seven nights of the year when all three moons are full at the same time, seven names of Ar-Amu, etc.)

“Unfettered” is a stronger term than just “free.” (There are many words for “free,” all of them with slightly different connotations.) “Unfettered” means “I am free because I have broken my chains, I have thrown down my maser, I have survived.”

Those who are unfettered have escaped slavery by their own means, and usually violently. Sometimes, they may even have survived the detonation of their slave transmitters. (It’s not impossible to survive. Most of the time, the explosion itself isn’t the cause of death: usually that’s blood loss, or organ damage, which could be survivable if the person received medical care quickly enough. Of course, if a master has detonated their slave’s transmitter, medical care is almost certainly not forthcoming. Really the detonator is meant as an incredibly torturous way to die.)

The unfettered symbol is a revolutionary symbol. It’s come to be used as a symbol of the underground network of safehouses and surgeons (willing to remove the transmitters) and pathfinders and pilots that run escaping slaves to freedom.

It’s such a potent symbol that it’s very rarely written in a permanent way. It’s most often used between people who need to identify one another in secret: one will begin drawing the symbol in the sand, and the other will complete it. Then it’s erased.

The colors in this image have their own symbolism. The background is a sand color, a Tatooine neutral that speaks of the desert. The unfettered symbol itself is a red ochre, the color of bedrock. As a color it represents rootedness, and therefore courage, strength, and resilience.

this is the vajra of indra 

 and this is the vajra represented by kishimoto in a cover because sasuke represent indra.

Well, do you know what is the meaning of the vajra? 

Vajra is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond.Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).

Wait? A DIAMOND ? WHO IS THE ONE WHO HAS A DIAMOND? 

YES BECAUSE THE BYAKUGOU IS : When written as ‘白毫’, byakugō means 'Ūrṇā’ (Literally meaning “Fine White Hair”), which is a white swirl of fine hair on the forehead of the Buddha, represented in art by a spiral or a dot, or even a gem. 

USUALLY BYAKUGOU IS DESCRIBED LIKE A DIAMOND 

An ancient instrument found in many parts of the world, the bullroarer typically consists of an oblong slat of wood with a hole bored in one end through which a long string is tied. To play it, the slat is swung rapidly in a circular motion through the air by the string. This causes the slat to rotate rapidly on its long axis, producing a deep, undulating, whirring sound. In some areas of the Pacific, bullroarers are secular instruments, even children’s toys, but in many cultures they are ritual objects.

This particular bullroarer comes from Papua New Guinea. It was carved by the Namau people who lived in the Purari River Delta in southeast New Guinea. There, bullroarers were highly sacred objects known only to a select group of initiated men. Played during male initiations, their eerie sound was said to be the voices of the kaiaimunu, powerful spirits. Bullroarers would also be played at prominent mens’ funerals, where the sound represented the cries of a spirit (imunu) lamenting the person’s death.

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Examples of pottery from the Neolithic Period (5000 - 1800 BCE) of China. Most art around this time was for either practical (ex. carrying water) or ritualistic (ex. funerals) purposes. 

The Neolithic Period saw the introduction of a number of artistic motifs that were carried across Chinese history to the present day. The Chinese tend to have a taste for archaism - that is, they look to the past for inspiration and attempt to honor or recreate the work of artists that came before them. Because of that, many Chinese motifs and styles have persisted since the earliest epochs of history. 

Such motifs include flowing, circular designs; zig zagging patterns;  anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures; abstract designs; and the frequent appearance of nature-related images (ex. animals and plants). 

  1. Jar, Artist unknown. Gansu Province. c. 2600 - 2300 BCE
  2. Burial Jar, Artist unknown. Yang Shou culture, Pan Shan phase. 2500 BCE
  3. Funerary Urn, Artist unknown. Tao Hu. Date unknown. 
  4. Earthenware Jar, Artist unknown. Hu. c. 2300 - 2000 BCE. 
  5. Granary jar with sculpted shaman head, Artist unknown. Gansu Province. Late third milennium BCE. 
  6. Earthenware urn, Artist unknown. Tao Weng. Date unknown. 
  7. Basin (pen), Artist unknown. Gansu Province, Majiayao phase. c. 3200 - 2700 BCE.
  8. Pottery Basin with Eight Point Star, Artist unknown. Chinglienkang Culture (Kiangsu province). c. 3000 BCE.
  9. Bowl with human head and fish designs, Artist unknown. Yangshao culture. 6th - 5th century BCE. 
  10. Earthenware pitcher, Artist unknown. Hu. c. 2300 - 2000 BCE.