The beautiful, pregnant moon was a welcomed sight over the fields and forests during Beltaine this past weekend. Now that the moon grows thin once more, it is a time for cleansing. I’ve been working on a couple of very practical yet spiritual cleaning projects.
First, I’ve been cleaning a deer skull. The deer is a spirit animal very near to me right now. I’m nearly done preparing this lovely skull I found in the forest. Next I’ll need to figure out where to put her. She has been in that blue bucket for what seems like ages.
Finally, there’s the herb chopper I purchased from an antique store back in February. It’s been sitting on my altar waiting to be physically cleansed for awhile now. Graduate classes (which are now complete, yay!) really kept me busy so I’m only now just catching up with all these little projects. I started to soak the blade in vinegar which naturally removes rust. Since the blade wasn’t heavily encrusted, I figured it would be the best first approach. Indeed, as you can see in the photo, a good deal of grime has already come off. It’s rather impressive! I hope to have the tool cleaned up and ready for the traditional herbal harvest around the Summer Solstice next month.