As most of you probably know, my Divine Parent is Khepera, god of the rising sun, or Ra in the morning, as some of you may be more familiar with. He is best known symbolically as a scarab, and there is tomb artwork of Him as a man with a scarab for a head. He was connected with scarabs because they roll balls of dung around on the ground, and the people of Kemet felt this was symbolic of Khepera pushing the sun through the sky at dawn. (No, it’s not lost on me that I named my blog the Sky at Dawn before I knew that He was my Father!)
Creating a votive for Him was surprisingly easy for me. I knew what I wanted long before I ever commissioned the statue, and when it came time to get it made, I added only a few specific details to my concept for various reasons. Here is a bit of the message I sent to Nicolas, votive artist extraordinaire:
I’d like it to be in a relief style – with the main images being raised off the backing. I’m pretty bad at explaining, as I don’t know artistic jargon very well – but I basically want a winged scarab pushing the sun, and I’d like both of them to be placed on a wall of some sort – part of it, but not a drawing, more of a sculpture that is built off the wall. For the sun, I was hoping that you might have some of those large circular jewels that you use for Isis votives, in an orange or yellow color. At the base, on the flanks of the scarab, I am hoping you can create some lotuses, based on a drawing that a friend has done.
I’ve got a couple photos here for some basis of my ideas. I’m not sure how well I’ve explained this, but hopefully you get the gist of it, or can figure it out!
The lotus is a flower sacred to Khepera, and before I was divined, a friend dreamed of me surrounded by them, and drew and painted the photo I have attached as a result. It means quite a bit to me. The scarab is obviously meant to be symbolic of Khepera, and the rolling of the sun is symbolic of the meanings I find from having Him as my Father.
In my previous post, I included a photo of the aforementioned lotus artwork, which is what I based the colors and specifics on for the design.
This is the initial work that Nic came up with for my approval:
I don’t think that he could have made it any more perfect if he tried! I literally almost cried, and then flailed about like a small child when I received this first photo of his work.
Here you can see the lotus pieces. I was shocked at how similar he was able to make them to the drawing I provided him. His styling for the way the lotuses hold up the relief was admittedly not how I had first envisioned this, but in the end, I was very impressed with what he came up with instead.
And finally a fully painted and realized piece! The small lotus in the front was an extra idea from Nic, and I loved it so. I had him make a second one so that there would be four lotuses (four is a magic number!) and I use them for oil offerings to my Father.
Nicolas and I are finally planning a third votive for my Beloved, Djehuty. Looking forward to being able to share the progress!