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Analyzing the Visual Elements of Art

This week we’re going to explore the visual aspects of artwork in its many elements, whether that be line, shape, tone, color, pattern, texture, or form. I was tasked with finding artwork that resonated with me, presenting my opinion of the pieces, and analyzing the elements that appeared throughout the works in an effort to explain what made the pieces so special. So, without stalling any further, I present to you three lovely works of art that

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A Candle and a Galdr – Overcoming Enemies

At some point about seven years ago, I came to a crossroads in my practice of witchcraft. I had put all of my craft supplies away, I rarely lit incense and I couldn’t remember the last time I had lit a candle. That’s not to say that these things are necessary in every practice, they were simply ways that I would have otherwise regularly manifested my intentions. I had lost myself in my marriage to my now-ex; I could no longer recognize myself. After about a year and a half of living that way, I moved to Alaska and had the most life-changing experience. I had never struggled so much before, just to keep a roof over my head and put food in the fridge–we hadn’t prepared enough financially for the move to be comfortable the first few months. It took a long time before I felt comfortable and I couldn’t have gotten to that point without the support of new friends in my life. To make this already long story as short as possible, I found myself interested in finding my roots. After a DNA test, I found that a lot of my heritage was Scandinavian and German–I already knew about the German ancestry and had even studied the language for two years while in college. I found myself learning more about the older Scandinavian practices that weren’t as widely talked about, as the witchcraft I had spent the previous fifteen years learning and practicing. That’s when I discovered galdr–essentially a spell, but with the connotations of being Icelandic in nature–galdr led me to galdrastafur, which is simply-put, Icelandic Stave Magic.

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