I finally have (as of about this time last year, actually) the aquarium set up I've always wanted...one I've alluded to in my play, "The Aquarium", which I co-wrote with Allison McWood and was produced in the 2010 Toronto Fringe Festival. The characters, two roommates who lived in a flat they affectionately referred to as "The Aquarium", had a tank of frogs and fish, and that tank was half land and half water. This kind of set up is known as a paludarium, but they just called it their Aquarium. They would watch the antics of their frogs and fish...the daily dramas that would unfold before them, and the roomies wondered if an entity of some sort watched them, too, from above, as they watched their pets. This is the reason they call their own apartment The Aquarium. Turns out, someone *is* watching them from above...but that's giving away the story. To find out more, you can always read the play. ;)
At any rate, I have this awesome set up for some of my pets, some of whom are named after characters from "The Aquarium", by the way. I thought I'd post a few pictures of my paludarium, since Kev has had a chance to take some lovely pictures of it.
Here's Raxl with her unicorn buddies, wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day!
Then she felt she needed a wardrobe change, to better match what I'm wearing. ;)
After a long, hard day of sitting there and eating, Trevor likes to receive some Reiki to help him unwind... ;)
Seriously, though, this is Trevor's second Reiki session. I'm at Reiki I and hope to receive my Reiki II certificate sometime this year. :)
There's a lovely description of what the pagan holiday Imbolc/Candlemas is all about on White Magick Alchemy website (they sell Old World Magick products: i.e. candles, aromatherapy, incense, herbs, athames, broomsticks, books, talismans, spell kits, and more) From their Imbolc Candlemas Festival page:
Imbolc, also known as Candlemas and Groundhog's Day, occurs at the beginning of February on February 2nd. It marks the middle of Winter and holds the promise of Spring. The Goddess manifests as the Maiden and Brigid, the Goddess of Fire.
In ancient times, people danced around bonfires and celebrated until dawn. Certain foods are traditional for Candlemas/Imbolc, such as crepes and pancakes. Because of their rounded shape and golden color, they are symbolic of the returning sun, which this holiday represents. The emphasis on fire represents the returning warmth of spring and the spark of life and fertility for the coming planting season. The element of fire is the element of creation and beginnings.
The Candle Wheel or Sun Wheel is at the center of the celebrations. As the days begin to grow longer and with the return of the Sun, Imbolc is the time to visualize life flourishing with abundance, creativity and renewed strength. Imbolc represents purification, renewal, reflection, fertility and illumination.
Brigid, a Celtic Triple Goddess, is known as the Goddess of the Sacred and Eternal Flames. Her name represents all three sisters, combined as one Triple Goddess. She is the Goddess of the hearth, poetry, divination, prophecy, healing, the smith's craft, and traditional learning, representing the three aspects of a woman. Maiden or Virgin, the nurturing and loving Mother, and the Crone, Sage, or Wise Woman. She is the Goddess of Fire who tirelessly protects those who call upon her.
Brigid is celebrated on the Pagan sacred holiday, Imbolc or Candlemas, at the beginning of February. A celebration of the return of the sun or the return of the light from the dark of winter. The Goddess manifests as the Maiden and Brigid, the Goddess of Fire.