Apollo Beeswax Pillar Candle
The world is changed because you are made of ivory and gold. The curves of your lips rewrite history.
-Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Ivory and Gold is dedicated to deities who embrace queer identity. Though at different times, throughout the world, normative sexual identities and experiences have changed; the myths, stories, and history of what we now call "queer" deities have survived to modern times. Ivory and Gold is dedicated to queer deities, especially Apollo, Hyacinthus (Hyakinthos), and Antinuous. It is intended to reclaim the divine nature of the queer experience, as well as bring healing and releasing from both personal and collective heartbreak and trauma, and reclaim the joy of queer love.
All pillars are about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.
Tall Pillars - 6 inches
All candles are made from USDA certified organic beeswax, some to ensure even burning dependent of size and style is mixed with USDA certified organic coconut oil. Chimes and Tapers are made from 100% beeswax. All candles are scented with hyacinth and coated in crushed dried hyacinth and hibiscus flowers.
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Apollo is one of the most well known and most reduced gods of Europe. Coming into Hellenic culture rather late in history from the "Near East", Apollo first was a god of plague and pestilence, to later a god of healing as with the power to bring illness he could also remove them. As his cult developed he would come to expand his domain to divination, oracular work, reason, truth, philosophy, archery, calisthenics, music, and sunlight. Of the Hellenic gods he has the most recorded stories of love shared with other men, and as a god of the Hellenic ideal of individual excellence helps queer practitioners be the most themselves in a world that may attempt to restrict them based of sexual identity.
Hyacinthus (Hyakinthos) is an ancient god whose cult became engulfed into Apollo's mythos in later Hellenism. Their short-lived time together was emphasized by joy in both romantic love and overtones of a teacher and student relationship spent mastering physicals arts. Both gods are seen not only as those who love other men, but also as gods who embody a drive towards personal excellence and perfection.
Antinuous, the great love of Emperor Hadrian, sacrificed himself to relieve the long drought in Egypt which threatened to crumble the Roman Empire. Upon his death, Egypt's harvest produced ten years worth of bumper crop and Antinuous was deified, his cult honored and beloved throughout the ancient world. His kind, gentle smile can be still be seen throughout museums across the globe as thousands of carved images were commissioned by the grieving Hadrian. Antinuous is still beloved as a gentle and kind god who especially to those in pain and grief.
Hyacinth, was believed to have come from the blood of the god Hyakinthos, who upon his death Apollo refused Hades and had him reborn as the flowering bulb. Hyacinth is a Spring plant that only buds after weeks in cold, with a powerful, distinct fragrance, and short-lived bloom. It is a joyous plant that drives off melancholy, as well as de-hexing and replacing the space with positive energy. As such it is an ideal plant to gently move from pain into healing and joy.
Toxicity Alert: Hyacinth does have a high toxicity level, though most potent in the bulb. While a single blossom is unlikely to cause significant damage please be mindful should the item be in reach of small, undiscerning creatures such as puppies.
Hibiscus flowers are extremely cooling and filled with antioxidants, effectively lowering high blood pressure when consumed daily as a tea. It is used in spells and rituals to attract love/lust, but also aid in divination and dream work both sacred work for the god Apollo. It helps to develop psychic growth, clairvoyance, promotes peace and tranquility.