Another Shout Out to Prayer Card Artists
As part of my shout out to the artists who’ve worked with me on prayer cards, today I want to profile Lykeia, Halldora, Markos and Wayne, and Ptahmassu Nofra U’aa. I promised to post each profile as soon as I got them from my artists and all of these arrived one after the other in my inbox so you get to check them all out at once. I’m so awed by their art, serously — and I say that as an artist. Their work is beautiful and opens doors for the Gods. Let’s learn a little bit about them:
Lykeia is a priestess of Apollo who paints, sculpts, and crafts sacred images and items. She maintains an Etsy shop here, a fineartamerica shop here, and also takes orders via her facebook page here. She does take commission work. Check out her shop folks.
Here is a sneak peak of her next prayer card: Mars.
Halldora is an artist and art major who also works in a number of different media. She has an artistic presence at Etsy, at Deviant Art, on facebook, at artstation, at behance, on Society6, and Tumblr. Go look at her art. It’s stunning. She does take commission work. (I particularly recommend checking out her tarot deck on etsy. It’s a powerful and magical thing. Using these cards is like slipping into a fairy tale world completely infused with magic. The only other deck I’ve used so good at opening doors in one’s magical consciousness is the Crowley deck. I tried to leave a review of them at etsy, but wasn’t able to. Go, look at them. they’re gorgeous).
Here is a look at her Gaia card.
Wayne McMillan and Markos Gage are an artistic partnership – Pan Fine Art. Known locally in the city of Melbourne, Australia, for their street art. They also offer limited services for devotional art for polytheists. Their specialist theme is Greek gods and mythology. Markos is a Hellenic polytheist and devotee of Dionysos.
Here is their Dionysos card.
Ptahmassu is a sacred craftsman who specializes in Kemetic icons. This is what he says about his work:
“I regard my work as a Kemetic iconographer as the continuation of a five-thousand year old tradition of crafting sacred images that become the repository of the very Gods they represent. In these regards, I do not see my work as an exercise in modern art, painting for the sake of expressing the view my human ego has of my world. Although this is a perfectly legitimate and respectable profession, the profession of icon making comes from a completely different impulse, and it should be- if being applied correctly- an impersonal act to glorify the deity, not the artist.
My icons are not Egyptology/ archaeology art, nor are they “mythological” art. I have maintained a lifelong passion for ancient Egyptian culture, art and archaeology, which of course includes the avid study of Egyptology and the discoveries and scholarship of academic Egyptologists; however, my practice of Kemetic iconography is not part of an intellectual exercise or exploration of Egyptian history and “mythology”. It is instead a vital component of the living practice of my religion, which is the original and ancient religious tradition of the Egyptian people.
The Goddesses and Gods I paint and gild through my craft are the same Gods worshiped by the Egyptians millennia ago, and these are gods who receive our worship, hear our prayers, heal our bodies, provide joy and redemption, and grant us eternal life. They are not the superstitious byproducts of a defunct civilization and dead religion, nor a “New Age” concept of divine archetypes of a single, unified supraconsciousness.
The Gods, the Netjeru I consecrate in my icons, are living gods with their own personalities, powers, spheres of influence, and unique relationships with their devotees. They exist, each in their own right, independent of human thought and human will; and yet interact with us, court our worship and our devotion, and interact with us through our prayers and desires. To know their love is to know the unconditional love of a parent to a child, and the ultimate reality of creation through which immortality is possible.
The religion of the ancient Egyptians was founded upon cultic service, performing ritual actions that directly linked the physical human world with the spiritual realm of the Netjeru or Gods. Unlike the Abrahamic faiths, the traditions of the book, the Egyptians did not fix the practice of their beliefs upon abstract philosophical thought or authoritative doctrine. Instead, they communed with their Gods through the activities of the temple, and the consecration of images and ex-vottos that were central to private worship. The ancient Egyptian way to the Sacred was through doing, not believing, and vital to this process was the presence of the cult image, the ba or sekhem.
Egyptian temples were established as the literal houses of the Gods on earth, and within their grandiose spaces were maintained specially charged and consecrated images that were held to be an earthly counterpart to the ethereal bodies of the Gods. These images were the focus of enormous cult industries, whose entire purpose was the maintenance of the cosmic order (Ma’at) by way of drawing the Gods through directly into the world They had created. Through such a reciprocal relationship, where human beings bestowed offerings of precious goods and sacred rites, the Gods were engaged into giving humankind the vital ingredients to sustaining life- both here on earth and in the hereafter.
In the current era, burgeoning spiritual communities and solitary practitioners are emerging with the desire to reconnect humankind with these ancient Gods, and to restore the vital rites by which such a sacred relationship may thrive again. The original iconographic forms of the Netjeru are being called forth, revived, and given new life by artisans working within the authentic Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) canon.
Through the establishment of my iconography business, Icons of Kemet, I am committed to the service of the Netjeru through the creation of holy images that may once again become the focus of devotional cultus. Thus the icons of Icons of Kemet are not decorative art objects or showpieces of the mythological, but serve, rather, as the earthly counterparts to living gods. These are embodiments of sacred beings who still have a vital role to play in the destiny of the human condition.”
Where to find the work of Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa online:
Here is his Ra card.
So check them out and Artists, a huge, huge thank you for all your hard and beautiful work.