I keep repeating myself with this space, but it has changed slightly since the sabbat, and so I’m posting it again.
Part of my sabbat rite involved a grey candle. Now, I’m typically picky about my materials. And I have never had a good experience with palm wax candles. It’s probably been ten years since I last used one. I don’t like them, because they don’t burn nicely. I distrust them. But the only grey candles I could find in time for the sabbat were palm wax.
At one point, I moved this grey candle from my working altar, to the autumn altar. I watched it carefully, put a dish under the candle holder, trimmed the wick frequently. And when I took a couple minutes to use the washroom, it had a complete and total meltdown, all over the altar cloth. I’m grateful it didn’t start a fire. And it was a good sharp reminder of the primary reason I don’t use bloody palm wax.
The palm wax could not be removed from the altar cloth. I couldn’t pull the wax off enough to try ironing it out, and I couldn’t even scrape it off with a utility blade. So I ended up losing my favorite black cloth, as well as having a mess. :\
So. The autumn space now has a dark blue cloth. I’ve swapped the stones out a bit - lapis lazuli, iolite, labradorite, jet, obsidian, dark amethyst, raw copper. A transition to October; deeper colds, stronger winds, darker days, a particular shade of blue water.