Happy Friday the 13th!

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Happy Friday the 13th– save 13% today and tomorrow at http://www.feralstrumpet.net with coupon code FRIDAY13!

Friday the 13th is a most auspicious day– Freya’s day, and when it falls on the 13th, it’s especially lucky.  Barbara Walker in her Women’s Myths and Secrets says that the number 13 was said to be unlucky because it corresponded to the 13 months in the lunar calendar, the 3-in-1 nature of the Goddess.  Considered the “devil’s dozen” by the church fathers, this sacred number was demonized.

I wish you many blessings on this lucky day!

Instagram Round Up. My Ten Most Popular Photos

Me modeling the Volva Rosary Necklace.

Me modeling the Volva Rosary Necklace.

Instagram has been my new social media hive. I know it’s not new, but it’s new to me.  I’m excited by the friendly community I have found there.  I have become an avid phone photographer, and the same attention to detail I use in photographing my jewellery I use in documenting my life.

In a future post I hope to do a round up of Instagrammers, but for today I thought I’d share with you my most popular images.  If you’d like to see more, my instagram feed is here.

The photo at the left is me modeling the volva necklace– a crystal ball rosary inspired by Norse seeresses.

Cherry on the wall of the back garden.

Cherry on the wall of the back garden.

Cherry, my cat,  helping with the photography. This is her favourite plant. She likes to pick off the empty, skull-shaped seed pods with her teeth.

Brass Aromatherapy Locket by Feral Strumpet.

Brass Aromatherapy Locket by Feral Strumpet.

These aromatherapy lockets are a popular long-standing design– I offer them in different shapes and metals with custom coloured crystals of your choice– great to combine colour therapy with aromatherapy, or if you have multiple lockets, the different colours can help you differentiate if you use scents for different purposes.

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire.

Rievaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire.

Rievaulx Abbey is one of my favourite haunts. Here you see a heavily edited photo of the ruins taken on a grey day, which has been manipulated to look like night. I’ve become fascinated with a painterly approach to photo editing which is available through different editing apps on the iPhone.   I wanted it to feel like Ghormengast, or some other oppressive and fantastic place.  This particular rendering reminds me of the worlds I was transported to as a child reading fantasy literature.

Me modelling the Briar Rose necklace.

Me modelling the Briar Rose necklace.

I have begun to experiment with modelling my own designs as a last resort.  It is difficult to be the jack of all trades and this is perhaps the role I like least!  I’d much rather be behind the camera.  I’m modelling my Briar Rose necklace.

A collection of my Crystal Nimbus Earrings.

A collection of my Crystal Nimbus Earrings.

The Crystal Nimbus Earring Selection. These earrings have become a popular design in the shop– with sterling silver ear wires and rustic copper girdles, they are simple yet powerful and are an easy to wear luxury. They are quite photogenic as well!  Sometimes crystals, like people, can be very hard to capture truly on camera, but these seem to be friends with the lens.

My working altar, decked out for Yule

My working altar, decked out for Yule

One of my most popular Instagram photos is this one of my working altar. I had decorated it for Yule with branches scavenged from the ground of my local park– though the white roses were from the store.  Instagram has a lovely, supportive Pagan community sharing their altars, tools and visual ideas.  It is one of my favourite aspects of the medium.

The village of Haworth, Bronte country.

The village of Haworth, Bronte country.

My photos of Haworth are some of the most-loved on Instagram– I have chosen a couple as to post them all would take up too much space, but you are welcome to visit my feed to see more!  Haworth is a fascinating place, especially if you are a Bronte fan, like me.  It’s quite photogenic as well– with it’s hilly streets and the moody moors framing the horizon in all directions.

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And this last photo is my most visited– it is heavily edited, but I wanted to bring out the intensity of being there.  The moors can be a desolate place but also a place of bright freedom.  Every colour is represented in the tough ground and the big sky.

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Beautiful Tattoo Designs by Sarah Antoinette Martin: http://sara-land.blogspot.com

Above is a collection of designs by tattoo artist Sarah Anoinette Martin— if you are lucky enough to live in Brooklyn!

Today is Friday the 13th, a day that always felt a bit lucky.  Maybe it’s just the contrarian in me!  Friday is Freya’s day. There are 13 lunar cycles in a year.  13 witches in a traditional coven.  In a baker’s dozen, it means that extra cupcake.

To celebrate, I’m holding a one day sale in my Etsy Shop— everything is 13% off.  Use coupon code FRIDAY13.

Lucky Cat Earrings by Feral Strumpet on Etsy. All profits from these go to the RSPCA.