Diana Beeswax Pillar Candle
Beeswax pillar candle handpoured in Chicago by Damian Han of Solis Illuminatum.
Feral Queen is intended to aid practitioners in connection to the wild, untamed animals, seek solace and protection, and aid in tapping into the personal unconscious, and Underworld places. It is dedicated to deities of the crossroads, especially Diana, but also appropriate for Goddesses such a Hecate.
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 oak, apple, and coated with vervain.
If you require an alteration, customization or a size out of stock please get in touch and we'll work something out.
As an ancient Goddess, long predating any conflation with Artemis and other Etruscan figures, Diana was an important deity to the Latin people. She is a Goddess of the moon, moonlight, all the wild things and creatures that find shelter there. Her main place of worship was the lake Nemi where she is known as Diana Nemorensis also known as Diana of the Woods. This sacred place served as an important counterpoint to civilized Rome. Diana is not only a protectress of mothers and infants, but also thieves and murderers (some believe particularly referring to runaway slaves who had murdered their Roman master to escape). Even after the Hellenization in later time Diana kept her strong associations with witchcraft and the Underworld.
Legend has it that there is a guarded oak tree at center of the grove of Diana's temple at Nemi. No one was to break off its branches save a condemned person who was seeking refuge under Diana. If he could this was considered a sign he could challenge the standing priest of the temple to ritual combat to the death Rex Nemerensis. Should he succeed he was seen as having Diana's favor and would serve as her priest and king of the sanctuary until the next challenger. The Oak tree is an appropriate tree as tree of sovereignty and resources bears the name "King of the Grove". It is a powerful wood of fertility, protection, prosperity, banishing of illnesses and a gateway to traveling different planes.
Though apples are decidedly one of the most unlikely fruits to have been the fruit of knowledge it is no less magical. In both Hellenic and Nordic lore apples are the fruit of immortality. They are related to sexuality/sensuality, wisdom, vanity, prosperity, chaos, fertility, the immortal soul and the afterlife. Apples are also considered a fruit of the underworld. As a fruit that survives well only long periods of time they have helped many people through the lean times of winter. As such as are considered an underworld fruit as they help sustain us through dark journeys. Apple cider is both poured into the ground before planting to give plants new life and also offerings for the dead.
Vervain or Verbena is a powerful woody herb. Vervain is considered a feminine plant corresponding with the planet Venus and the element of water. It was used as a protective talisman and amulet to bring aid under even the most dire of situations. It is good as aid in reversing spells. It was used in Hellenic rituals to sweep alter or rituals areas as well as dipped into sacred water for similar purposes.