In 1997 the grave of an Anglian chieftain was found in Lakenheath. He was buried with his sword, his spear, his shield and his horse - there was even a bucket of food in the grave for the horse.
The pictures above show details of the horse bridle. What particularly fascinates me here, are the two figures on the sides. They would have been tangling at the horse head. To me, they look very much like owls, something I had never expected in anglo saxon warrior symbolism.
So far the only Germanic deity I know associated with owls is Sága, keepster of the Records of the Past. That connection of course, might suit for a grave. But I’m only speculating here now.
In addition: Scientific research shows that this warrior was born in the 5th century and he was nót an invador, but born in the UK itself. It could be of course his mom and dad were Angles. Research on the burial shows that his grave was the first grave in a group of 428 graves (over 2 centuries). He obviously was at the head, and start, of an Anglian community.
The new altar for the next few days. I like my altars facing north, or north-west.
The sword is inspired by proto-celtic hallstatt swords (the base of later viking swords). The candle is made of beeswax. The altar cloth is (adult) seal skin from Iceland (and of course it’s ‘harvested’ in a sustainable and friendly way).
The flowers are called ‘gloriosa’, they remind me of flames. In all honesty I prefer to put flowers in the east, but as these flowers are of the lilly familiy they will damage the precious and costly altar cloth with their strongly coloured pollen so they had to move for this occasion. (Also, flames in the east would be a little weird, don’t you think?)
The rose wand is a gift from my teacher in the western mysteries, I am currently making a new one which I will show later. The black cup is made of horn. And last but not least, the white object in the background is a reminder of my favorite glacier, the Myrdalsjökull <3