It’s been my experience that angels are something of a divisive issue in the Pagan community. There’s a very vocal camp that maintain that they’re a unique creation of the Abrahamic religions (and Zoroastrianism) and that there’s no place for them in Neopaganism. There’s another camp that reminds us all that angel-like creatures are not unique to the Abrahamic religions and that important influences upon contemporary Paganism placed a good deal of emphasis on them. In particular, Theosophy–an esoteric philosophy repopularized under Helena Blavatsky in the late 19th century that influences a lot of contemporary Paganism–developed a concept of devas (a word taken from a similar being in Buddhism), which were essentially solar or planetary angels that could be reincarnations of human beings. In Theosophy, Nature spirits, elementals, and fairies also share a lot of similarities with these angelic devas. In addition to Theosophy, another influence on contemporary Paganism, the Hermetic Qabalah, also insists upon angels, and incorporates 10 archangels into its magical system.
If you’re a pagan who uses the concept of angels in your practice, this “craft-tastic” holiday ornament might interest you and your family. Break out the dried pasta and acrylic paints and get ready to return to pre-school!
What You’ll Need:
- Twine or other thread/ribbon for hanging
- A bobby pin to help thread the twine through the head
- A number of wooden beads to serve as heads
- Ditalini pasta (n. 45) to serve as hair
- Rigatoni pasta to serve as bodies (squatter, thicker rigatoni shapes work better than longer, thinner rigatoni)
- Farfalle/Bowtie pasta to serve as wings
- Elbow macaroni to serve as arms
- Thumbtacks to serve as candles
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Acrylic paint: at least 1 white bottle and 1 colored bottle (keep in mind that green doesn’t show up well on a tree).
- Paint the farfalle pasta white on both sides. Paint the rigatoni pieces, too. You may need to do two coats, depending on the paint thickness. If you desire to paint the ditalini or elbow macaroni a color, do so now as well. However, these pieces are very small and painting them will be very laborious.
- Poke the closed end of the bobby pin through the wooden bead and thread the twine through it. Pull a loop of twine through the head and knot it at the bottom of the doll’s head. Cut the twine off next to the knot.
- Using the hot glue gun, glue the ditalini to the head to look like curled hair. It is best to try to lay just enough glue to tack three pieces to the head at a time. Continue to glue ditalini to the head until the entire back of the bead is covered.
- Run a bead of hot glue around the knot at the base of the head bead and fix a rigatoni to it.
- Dab a bead of hot glue onto the back of a farfalle and affix it to the back of the angel, about halfway down the rigatoni.
- Dab hot glue onto one side of a macaroni and attach it to the front of the rigatoni so that the open ends of the macaroni point upward. Repeat with the other macaroni in a mirror image of the first.
- Dab hot glue onto the top of the two macaroni openings in the center of the angel and fix the top of a thumbtack to it so that the point is upward.
- Let the angel cool completely and hang it from your tree.