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What about growing it in a vine or red creeper which would change colour with the seasons? The craft (no pun intended) of making a wicker framework to train the plant around and the tending of the plant would make this living symbol quite wonderful.

Just a thought.
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How creative. . . I could make a frame of sorts, perhaps of grapevine and tack it up, allowing a vine planted next spring to cling to it.

What a marvelous idea. . . I'll ponder on this one.
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Here's a photo of my garden altar, which faces east. You can't tell it in the photo, but directly over the altar is a clearing in the pine trees, which are 30' to 40' tall. When the moon is full, there is about a 20 minute period of time when a shaft of moonlight cascades down on the altar.
I like that, it reminds me of one here, although much larger (built for a festival) We put in wood uprights like your quarters but put large polished slabs of marble and granite on top (got them as off cuts from kitchen bench place - about $20 each).

I LOVE pine trees, the shape, noise, smell ! I can imagine looking up and seeing the moon thru the pine shadows.
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What about growing it in a vine or red creeper which would change colour with the seasons? The craft (no pun intended) of making a wicker framework to train the plant around and the tending of the plant would make this living symbol quite wonderful.

Just a thought.
A great thought!

The connection to nature, the colour in the rite, the natural incense of the bloom. I am imagining some amazing weaving of special shapes in that frame.

Several years ago in our large outdoor circle we made a central mound, this was devided into the four quarters and plants were planted with a flower the color of that elemental quarter. In the very centre was a raised flat part planted with lawn camomile and devided from the four quarters with upright river stones like a min-stonehenge.
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All this has made me start to think more carefully about my own little outside space.

Hmmmm . . .
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Milfoil, do you still use your little slope desk as an altar? It is beautiful.
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Yes, it has pride of place on my altar and holds all those special things which come to me. It can be taken with me if I need to and always reminds me of those first steps towards making the sacred visible in my home.
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What is a little "slope" desk? I have a Queen Anne desk that has the wood front that drops down for writing on, behind it all the little slots and crevices, I guess for storing writing supplies...
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A writing slope:

http://www.georgekidner.co.uk/auctio...77/large/3.jpg

They fold up to make a box and were portable writing desks in the 18th and 19th C.

I still use mine on my larger alter, it had no internal writing area when I found it so works well for storing lots of my bits a pieces in.
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