Drum Artwork

I finally got time for painting my drum, and wanted to share the pictures I took. My creative time was punctuated by Crows calling from the trees above me, and a tiny Grasshopper appeared on my foot to inspect my work.

The finished drawings dedicating my drum to the Gods and Spirits who watch over me.

I started by drawing the tribal Crow at the top of the drum, and worked my way around the rest of the leather.

I sketched Sleipnir, and a Goddess figure that I then turned into a hand surrounded by flames holding a stone.

I traced three wolf footprints, one larger for Angrboda, and the smaller two for the fate of Narvi and Vali.

Then a skull in the middle of two roses for Hel.

I then drew a Ouroborus serpent coiled around a globe for Jormangandr.

Next came a drawing of Mjollnir for Thor.

A Triple Moon symbol that I then turned into a Bat with a pentagram on its belly.

Then I drew Dagaz and Kenaz over the hand and flames, and wrote Loki’s name in runes beneath to signify Him.

Next to the runes I drew a bowl filled with a flower, cupped in a pair of hands for Sigyn, and on the other side of the runes, I drew two small stick children holding hands for Narvi and Vali.

I also traced a spider web dangling a spider, to honor the Spider who has appeared throughout my life.

A Wolf’s head for Fenris, to include Him in the representation of Loki’s family that my drum became.

My final drawing on the front of my drum was a Wasp.

Each of these pictures is special to me, and honors the Spirits, Gods, and Beings that have watched over me in my life. I also traced artwork onto the back of the drum as well, to represent more animals I feel drawn to, and honor each with my drumming.

I sketched a Skunk to honor the skull my sister gave me

This is to help me connect to the Skunk skull my sister gave me, and honor It through my drumming and singing.

This is a Grasshopper to honor the Spirit of Grasshopper who decided to visit during my work.

I was intently drawing when I felt a small tickle on my foot. I looked down, and saw the smallest Grasshopper I have ever seen. It crawled onto my hand, and sat there for several minutes looking at me. I lowered it into the grass next to me, and it disappeared.

This is an attempt at drawing a Cave Bear with a claw alongside it.

I tried to draw a Cave Bear or Ursus spelaeus. to honor the book series that inspired my Paganism. Sadly the image became more like a teddy bear. When I was a teenager, I discovered the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel. The descriptions of ancient Spirits, prehistoric animals, and long-lost people sparked my interest, and I found myself worshiping the Great Earth Mother and honoring my ancestors long gone.

This is my drawing to honor the Cave paintings of ancient animals, and the Spirit of Deer.

I drew a Deer similar to Cave paintings in France mentioned in the Earth’s Children series, whose artwork grabs my spirit.

The final drawing on the underside of my drum is of a Hyena

I added this drawing as well, to honor the Spirit of Hyena, and its ancient predecessor the Hyenadon. The behaviors of Hyenas and the ecological purpose they serve fascinates me, and I want to honor Hyena’s spirit with my drumming.

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About darkbookworm13

I am a proud mom to 3 beautiful girls, and married to the love of my life. I have been a practicing Witch since the summer of 2003, having studied many different paths over the years, ranging from Wicca, Goddess only worship (courtesy of StarHawk), Eclectic Paganism, Kitchen Witchcraft, Norse Paganism, Hearthcraft, Spiritual Luciferianism, and more. I have worked with the Futhark runes, Brian Froud's Faeries Oracle deck, Tarot decks, and I am currently working on a customized divination set based on collected items. I like to work with herbs, and gardening. I crochet and make handicrafts like wood burned items, paintings, drawings, toys, and hand sewn doll clothes for my daughters. The only title I call my spiritual path is Witchcraft, as using magic entwines deeply with the worship of the Gods who call me Their own. My Patron deity is Loki, who has chosen me as His kin.
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