Altars are the center of ritual workings and are a sacred space. Many altars will change depending on what rituals the person is working on at any given point and time. Use this altar as a means to create the ideal ritual working space for yourself.
**THIS ITEM IS MADE TO ORDER. Please allow 1 week production time.**
**This altar is made from a beautiful piece of pine, is stained black ebony and I have used a wood burning tool to engrave the wood with Odin's ravens. In the Elder Futhark I have hand engraved their names "Hugin" and "Munin." This altar can remain free standing, or be hung on the wall with the sawtooth hanger that has been fixed onto the back.**
**The Elder Futhark is the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It was a writing system used by Germanic tribes for Northwest Germanic dialects in the Migration Period. Its inscriptions are found on artifacts from the 2nd to the 8th centuries. In Scandinavia, from the late 8th century, the script was simplified to the Younger Futhark, and the Anglo-Saxons and Frisians extended the Futhark, which eventually became the Anglo-Saxon futhorc. Unlike the Anglo-Saxon furhorc and the Younger Futharks, which remained in use during the Early and the High Middle Ages respectively, knowledge of how to read the Elder Futhark was forgotten until 1865, when it was deciphered by Norwegian scholar Sophus Bugge.**
**I recommend cleansing and consecrating your altarif used in ritual and to not allow others to handle it.**
**All wood working at Oreamnos Oddities is done from scratch and by hand. Rachel makes every item from the ground up and never purchase pre-made wood cuts for her designs. Each item is created on site, is hand sanded and all finishing work is also done by hand.**
**All designs engraved within the wood are all done entirely by hand. You will never find laser engraved wood working from Oreamnos Oddities. Since most of our pieces will be used within ritual we want to keep every item involved and create every aspect of it by hand. In doing so we believe the God's will thank us and this will further your skill within your own ritual practices. It is important when purchasing ritual tools that they are created in this way rather than mass produced.**
In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought") and Muninn (Old Norse "memory" or "mind") are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin. Huginn and Muninn are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources: the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson; in the Third Grammatical Treatise, compiled in the 13th century by Óláfr Þórðarson; and in the poetry of skalds. The names of the ravens are sometimes modernly anglicized as Hugin and Munin.
Migration Period golden bracteates, Vendel era helmet plates, a pair of identical Germanic Iron Age bird-shaped brooches, Viking Age objects depicting a moustached man wearing a helmet, and a portion of the 10th or 11th century Thorwald's Cross may depict Odin with one of the ravens. Huginn and Muninn's role as Odin's messengers has been linked to shamanic practices, the Norse raven banner, general raven symbolism among the Germanic peoples, and the Norse concepts of the fylgja and the hamingja.