Thanks to the incredible generosity of two of my blog readers, I have not one but two new giveaways to announce! Please choose just one to enter, not both, to keep things fair. Winners will be chosen next Sunday, June 7th.
Tudor Rose Crown: The great ruling dynasty of medieval England, the Plantagenets, divided itself into two branches, the Yorks and the Lancasters. The Yorks took the white rose as their emblem, the Lancasters the red rose, and in the 15th century these two branches of the same family began nearly a hundred years of continuous warfare (known to history as the War of the Roses, and possibly better known to fantasy fans as the general plotline of Game of Thrones). When Henry Tudor invaded England and defeated Richard III (the York incumbent) in battle, he married a York princess who was heiress apparent to the throne, and adopted the Tudor rose–a combination of red and white–as the new emblem of his house.
This crown pays homage to the Tudor queens who presided over England’s most notorious dynasty, especially my Dis, Queen Anne Boleyn (second wife of the second Henry Tudor). Eight carved red resin roses alternate with faceted white onyx rounds, white aurora borealis Czech glass crystal rondelles, and green hematite spacers.
To keep the crown lightweight and wearable, the beads attach to a continuous brass chain which molds easily to the shape of your head. The crown measures about 23 inches. There are no clasps to fiddle with, you just rest the crown atop your head and go!
Onyx is a strengthening and secretive stone, assisting the wearer in keeping his or her own counsel. It is also said to store the memory of things that have happened to the wearer, and can be useful in psychometry. White onyx represents a link between the first and seventh chakras, helping to balance and unite all of the chakras.
To be entered in the giveaway for this crown, please leave a comment with your email address telling me why you would like to win it and what you feel it means to be a Queen and/or what Anne Boleyn or the Tudor dynasty means to you. Alternately, you can email me privately via wodandis at gmail dot com. Queen Anne will select the winner for this one. (It will not be via drawing, therefore you must state your reasons for wanting to win in order to be considered.)
One soy votive candle made in honor of Forseti, son of Balder and Nanna (and the grandson of Odin and Frigga). Forseti is the god of justice, mediation, and wise arbitration. Forseti’s candle is a creamy beige, decorated with white and iridescent, color-shifting gold glitter, and scented with premium hazelnut cream fragrance oil. Hazelnuts are traditionally a symbol for wisdom, and the sweetness of the cream reminds us that good justice is always tempered with mercy.
This candle should go to someone who has need of justice in their life and who thinks Forseti may be able to help towards that end. To win it, please leave a comment below with your email address, or email me privately via wodandis at gmail dot com. Forseti will choose a winner via a drawing.
Whether you email or leave a comment, please make sure to mention which giveaway you are entering. Good luck!