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Wheel of the Year: Celtic Calendar with Pagan Holidays

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Dang Celtic catalog.

As with most folks, I end up on a bazillion mailing lists and receive about 46 pounds of printed catalogs every week. Some I recycle without thinking, but something made me look through the Celtic catalog of goodies.

And now I’m hooked.

While I have yet to actually buy anything from the specific company that sent the catalog, I feel in love with several items — like the crystal ball, a delicious leather carrying pouch, and the Wheel of the Year.

Wheel of the Year Explained

The Wheel of the Year is a calendar that depicts the four Celtic fire festivals/holidays, with the two solstices and equinoxes.

  • Samhain: Oct. 31
  • YULE: Dec. 21, Winter solstice
  • Imbolc: Feb. 1 (or 2)
  • OSTARA: March 21, Spring equinox
  • Beltane: May 1
  • LITHA: June 21, Summer solstice
  • Lughnasad: Aug. 1
  • MABON: Sept. 21, Fall equinox

You can clearly see the link to holidays like Halloween, Easter, May Day and even Groundhog Day, especially if you like Imbolc being on Feb. 2 instead of Feb. 1.

A variety of Wheel of the Year versions are all for sale all over the web, but none had the exact je ne sais quoi for which I was searching. So I made my own.
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Materials:

  • Antique steel wagon wheel found on eBay
  • Sheet metal
  • Wire and glue
  • Paint, paint and more paint: Matte black, hammered black, hammered copper, aluminum and hammered silver, and paint markers in black, white, metallic gold and silver.

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Velvet Dog Paintings: Sawyer chasing demons; Dini as angel bumblebee

WHAT: Velvet dog paintings by Ryn Gargulinski

WHY: Honor my two dearly departed dogs: Sawyer the demon chaser and Dini the lovebug.

HOW: Acrylic on velvet

WHEN: 2015

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Happy Chameleon

What It Is

Happy Chameleon

Pen and ink, acrylic paint on canvas

Why I Created It

This sweet chameleon dude was created as an art therapy project asking us to create art that represented a happy moment in our lives. My thoughts immediately turned to soothing serenity I felt on a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, where a bigfat chameleon hung out in the corner of the studio hut watching our yoga sessions.

The interior of the chameleon features small, detailed drawings of my path to happiness throughout life, with birth starting at the guys tail and current state ending at his nose.

Want One?

In addition to making you smile every time you glance at it, your own personal Happy Chameleon can contain a rundown on the happiest moments in your life.

More details at ryndustries Etsy shop.

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