Skeleton Jester Fixed Vigil Candle - Memento Mori
Made from a wood engraving designed by English artist Charles Henry Bennett (1829-1867), this image of a skeleton dressed up as a jester was designed for the 1861 edition of Quarles' Emblems.
In that edition, it accompanies this verse from Luke 6:25: "Woe unto you that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep." But I think it also neatly crystallizes the spirit of memento mori in a way that's succinctly visual, timeless, and aesthetically satisfying. Whether you believe in making the most out of life while you have it, or your spiritual practice involves the contemplation of death, or you're into Victorian-era art, or you're just gearing up for celebrating Day of the Dead, Bennett's jester-skeleton woodcut print lets you do it with flair.
When you check out, leave a note giving me your petition or intention. Something like "ancestor altar" or "the Ghuede" would be fine, as would something more formal. I will fix, dress, and bless an appropriately-colored skeleton jester candle for you with suitable herbs, oils, curios, and powders for your intention.
Customization within reason is usually no big deal. I could make and dress a name/petition paper for you and affix it to the candle glass if you give me sufficient info and want me to. Or you might want something painted onto or affixed to the glass (like a name or prayer, not like a realistic repro of the Mona Lisa). Feel free to write and ask if you aren't sure what "within reason" covers.
(If you want a plain, undecorated vigil light instead, those are available in a separate listing.)
These candles weigh about 1.5 pounds each. In the continental United States, I can use a third-party service to ship these in a roughly shoebox-sized box for a flat $10. You'll need to select the Cubic Shoebox option at checkout. This box will hold up to two of these candles. It will also hold a few additional small things, maybe a couple of bottles of oil, but nothing much larger and not very many of them, so be aware of the limitations here if you want to get the best possible shipping price.
If you want more than two candles, it might make sense to break it up into more than one order, or to write me with a list of what you want and have me send you an invoice, because the checkout system in the store is going to go by weight and destination and might not spit out the best possible rate.
If you select the Cubic Shoebox option and all of your items do not fit into the 10x8x4 box, we'll send you an invoice for any difference that we need to ship your order. We can't start processing your order until any balance is received, so please, please feel free to write first if you have any questions or concerns about shipping with these.
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