Another form of making an idol is to sew one in the form of a doll like figure, which can then be placed on the altar as a representation of the deity you wish to honor. I have actually seen several very nice versions of this type of idol. I guess all you need is a little skill in sewing, and a basic pattern from which you can adapt a slightly different shape or form to your figure. Unfortunately as a man I very much lack such skills. A good friend of mine, Larisa C. Hunter, embroiders cloths with images of deities on them which are absolutely exquisite ! I have an altar cloth for Frigga that I purchased from her that is fabulous ! She is very skilled, and her work can be seen, and purchased, at Frigga's Loom, or just go the the Kenaz Kindred site, and it will direct you from there.
I have no skills at all in art. I can' t even make a decent stick figure person let alone a doll, or carved statue. This of course means that I fall into the category of those who buy the massed produced statues and idols that you find on - line, or once in a while I will find something at a Scandinavian Festival. For me very detailed statues allow me to open up my mind to the Gods and allow me to go to that place out of my body where I make contact with them. Some in the Heathen community try to explain this process, but I can' t ! All I know is that when I am in this state of mind I feel I am in two places at once, and when the connection is broken I can feel my concious mind being pulled back into myself. I have tried to look at carved images that are lacking detail to reach this level, but I just can't get there with them. I need a face that looks real that I can look into, for instance, the eye of Odin, and see into him, and through him, to the actual place where he is. Only then can I feel the actual presence of the God, or Gods who I am trying to contact. And let me tell you, it doesn' t happen as often as one might think. In our modern world of distractions it is very difficult to reach total concentration to where your mind becomes free of the body.
Certain symbols have the same affect on me. A Valknut can help me to find a level of concentration for Odin; A Thor's Hammer for Thor; apples for Idunn; a loom for Frigga; and for many of the Gods a runic symbol which is associated with them helps me quite a bit. Sometimes seeing a symbol of a God or Goddess can make me feel a brief " glimpse " of the deity. A thunderstorm can make me " feel " Thor. A rainbow, especially the strange one I saw in Iceland, brings me to Heimdall etc.... Some of these symbols are portable as well, and can be worn in the form of a necklace, which is very nice when you are away from home, and don't want to carry large bulky statues around with you !
Whether you use Idols, statues, or symbols to reach the level of contact with the Gods and Goddesses does not really matter. What does matter is, that once you travel through that portal of conciousnous, that you open up your heart and soul to the Gods and Goddesses and experience the greatness and the love that they have to offer. There is nothing in this world that even comes close to comparing to it !
- Glenn Bergen
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !