Art of Beth Hansen-Buth

Queen of Annwyn

Queen of Annwyn

The mythic and faerie art of Beth Hansen-Buth is like a travel album featuring the denizens of the Otherworld. Faeries and Dragons, Gods, Goddesses and Spirits; you never know just who (or what) you may meet. An inspirational painter of faery and myth, she has emerged as one of today’s premier visionary artists. Working out of her studio in her 96 year old bungalow in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beth’s work is increasingly sought out by collectors of visionary art from all over the world.

Featured in FATE Magazine as the Painter to the Faery Court, Beth’s visionary work has been published in Pentacle Magazine, Seventh House Publishing’s “Season’s of the Witch” calendars in 2003 and 2004, and she has done numerous illustrations for “Tales of the Unanticipated”, a speculative fiction small press publication.

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The Goddess Lilith

The Goddess Lilith


Beth does have a long connection with the Eye. When we first opened, she rented the upstairs room as her artist studio. In fact, Thraicie posed for a commission painting she did of the Goddess Lilith. She also happens to be the twin sister of Jane, one of the owners of the Eye. It is that connection which inspired us to carry art prints and even have a gallery of original works by local artists, Including Beth.

Art as a Life Path

Beth showed an early interest in art which was encouraged by her mother, who was an avid hobby painter, and at the age of seven she began painting in oils with her mother’s guidance. This early education as an oil painter was interrupted due to the passing of her mother in 1975. Beth continued to draw and occasionally paint throughout her childhood and teen years, the ease and portability of graphite pencil and sketchbook making that her favorite media for many years. Subjects often included animals and portraits, but when she started reading fantasy literature, dragons and hobbits started appearing in her sketchbook. Color called to her, though, and she began the long and arduous path of teaching herself oil painting. In the autumn of 2000 Beth studied Flemish/Dutch oil painting techniques in still life and portraiture in the studio of Jeff Hurinenko in St. Paul, Minnesota, which helped fine-tune her already award winning skills as a painter. Beth blends realism with romance in her oil paintings. Working in layers to achieve luminous skin tones and glowing light effects, she creates magical works inspired by faery lore and mythology.

In her own words

“Nothing inspires me more than time spent in nature. Feeling the wind in my hair and listening to the leaves rustling in the trees makes me long for my walking stick, and off I go on another journey of wonder and delight. There, I commune with the spirits of nature, great and small. When I get back to my studio, the themes that present themselves in my work are those of transformation and ethereal boundaries. Otherworldly characters such as faeries, mermaids, fauns, gods, goddesses and dryads cross over into our world, opening up new possibilities of thought and influence. I find additional insights from my studies of mythology and faery lore, and they find their way into my paintings enriching each with story.”

Sacred Smudge Spray

Sacred Smudge Spray

Have you ever wanted to smudge your car, your office, or other non-smoking environments? How about your hotel room when you are traveling?  Let’s face it–we can’t always light a smudge wand on fire. Smoke is simply not allowed or wanted in some locations, and for some people, such as those with asthma or allergies, smoke is unhealthy.

Sacred Smudge Spray - Sage, Cedar and Palo Santo Essential OilSacred smudge spray is the smokeless, pure alternative to burning sage. Whether you need to change the energy or just lighten the air, just one spritz and the wonderful aroma of this spray creates a clean and blessed atmosphere. This quick and easy smudge spray uses only a traditional plant blend of sage, cedar and palo santo true essential oils for energy cleansing and ritual use.

These three traditional plants are carefully blended in this refreshing and fragrant smudge spray to disperse the same natural plant energy used throughout the ages in cleansing ceremonies. In fact, shamans and other traditional healers speak with respect of the spirit of each healing plant. These plant spirits provided our teacher-ancestors with the powerful medicine of smudging and have traditionally been our energetic allies. When we create our smudge spray, we do bless it with Reiki Energy, to make sure all the energies are clear, but we do not change the spray smudge with any other energies or add anything from other belief systems which could dilute, divert or in any way interfere with the pure spirit of the smudge.

Sage + Cedar + Palo Santo = Pure Plant Power

Our sacred smudge spray uses only true essential oils of these three traditional smudge plants in a spray bottle of ‘liquid smudge’ for you to use anywhere or anytime smoke is inconvenient. Here are the traditional properties of the essential oils blended in our sacred smudge spray mist:

  • Palo Santo is considered sacred by many native peoples of South America. It is said to purify and clear objects, places, and people.  Only tree branches that have fallen naturally to the ground are used for the distillation of this oil.  No trees are cut to produce the Palo Santo Essential Oil in this smudge spray.
  • Sage  is used worldwide in traditional energy-cleansing ceremonies–the sage essence attaches to negative energy and folds it back in itself to transform the negative energy into positive energy. Some say sage summons courage, wards off jealousy, increases mental acuity, and attracts prosperity. Our spray uses Organic Sage Essential Oil.
  • Cedar is often used in the sweat lodge (and in the Scandinavian equivalent–the Sauna). The scent of cedar attracts good spirits and eliminates negative energies. Native Americans put boughs of the white cedar on tepee poles, believing that it would ward off lightning.

Locally Crafted to be Naturally Pure

We respect the purity of native traditions. Nothing is added from crystals or holy water from various cultures, etc. This is absolutely the purest smudge spray we could create. It may be in a brown bottle, but our smokeless smudge spray is totally green.  In fact, it is:

  • Vegan
  • Uses only the highest-quality ingredients (no artificial fragrance oils)
  • Cruelty Free (never tested on animals)
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Made in Minnesota

Benefits of Sacred Spray Smudge

Are you sensitive or empathic and work with people? Some people leave lingering energy which may disrupt your concentration or leave you on edge. Use our smokeless smudge spray in these situations to reset the energy and put it on a more positive note.  In fact, liquid smudge is AMAZING for practitioners, consultants and therapists of all professions, as smudging helps keep your consultation rooms feeling light and welcoming, plus it helps to prevent heavy or distracting energies from building up.

Wondering exactly when to use smudge spray?  Many have found Sacred Smudge Spray can help with relaxation, rest, work, concentration, healing, meditation.  Smudging purifies and blesses the energy of a house, workspace, objects as well as mindful actions and activities. You can spray liquid smudge at home, at work, in the car, while traveling, in the bedroom before sleep, to prepare for important activities, to purify the air after difficult events, or to help transform your mental or emotional state.

Tips for use:

  • Use our sacred, smokeless smudge in a doorway to invite positive energy and strip off negativity.
  • Spray around the perimeter of any area you want to protect, and throughout any area you want to purify and bless.
  • When outside, stand with your back to the wind and spray three times to carry your prayer/intention/spell.
  • Use just before meditation or yoga for clarity and focus. (Or before study or a creative endeavor).
  • Spray after any particularly charged ritual or interaction to “clear the air”
  • Lightly spray on your bed before sleep for positive dreams.
  • Spray around your AURA (energy body) for personal cleansing.
  • Use any time you want to spiritually purify a space.

CAUTION: Do not spray in eyes. For external use only.

Traditional Native cultures offer simple and natural solutions for mind-body-spirit well-being, and smudging is one of the most common and powerful practices. In fact, spiritual healers from all cultures have always burned herbs or incense to purify people and places. Smudging with sage, palo santo, or cedar is done before all ceremonies, important meetings, and during illness. Now, with smokeless smudge spray, you are no longer limited as to where you can bless and be blessed. Pick up a bottle or two today.

Do you have any of your own tips or experiences with Smokeless Smudge Spray? Please comment!

Wind Chimes + Wind Power = Cool!

“Windchimes are musical instruments that are played by the wind,” says Woodstock Chimes founder Garry Kvistad, who taught collegiate music classes for many years, and is also a musician with the group NEXUS and a percussionist with the Steve Reich and Musicians ensemble.

Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes

Kvistad incorporates tunings of scales from many different cultures throughout the world to create unique, inspiring sounds and styles.

When we heard about his dedication to reproducing the tones of both ancient and modern devotional music from many cultures, we knew the chimes, bells and tones would be a good fit for a store dedicated to myth and centered living. We now offer over a dozen (18 to be exact) Woodstock Chimes in our Minneapolis Store. We have also added the chimes, along with zoom images and mp3 sound samples of each one, to our Home & Garden section of our online store, and we will be expanding the line.

Woodstock Chimes

Woodstock Chimes are Wind-powered just like Eye of Horus!

Wind powered

We also noticed that Woodstock is celebrating 30 years of offering a wind-powered product. This gave us an opportunity to let everyone know that Eye of Horus Metaphysical in Minneapolis has been powered by the wind since August of 2008, when we opted for 100% Windsourced energy from our provider.

All of our energy is provided by Minnesota Windfarms. It’s just one of the ways we consciously try to walk lightly on the Earth.  (Click to read about all of our environmental programs.) So it was a natural fit to add Woodstock Chimes to our list of environmental products.

Wind chimes

When Woodstock Chimes first began producing windchimes in 1979, most windchimes were made by artists who created visually beautiful chimes with little consideration for the sound. Woodstock Chimes elevated the windchime into an item that combines beauty with musical relevance, using a technique that precision tunes the company’s windchimes to musical scales.

For reasons of musical purity, Woodstock uses an ancient tuning system known as just intonation.  Therefore, many of the notes used on Woodstock Chimes fall between the notes of the piano which is tuned to a modern system called equal temperament.  This makes the chimes not only authentic when tuned to ancient scales, but also gives the sound a beautiful and unique quality.

Each and every tube or rod used in Woodstock Chimes is individually tuned to exacting frequencies to assure the best possible result.  This means that tubes tuned to the same note found on other Woodstock Chimes will be in tune with each other but might be slightly different in length.  Other wind-chime makers often cut to exacting lengths but the sound will vary due to the slight inconsistencies of the tubes (wall thickness, diameter, temperament of metal).

Turquoise Chime Tuned to the Golden Ratio

Turquoise Chime Tuned to the Golden Ratio

While Woodstock products are mostly enjoyed in homes and gardens, many musicians use them as well.  Since the intervals don’t always match the modern system of tuning of the piano exactly, trained ears can appreciate the difference and adapt to the ancient system. Woodstock Percussion Wind Chimes are tuned using a computerized tuning process in order to achieve incomparably beautiful sound. The frequencies at which the different tubes vibrate are integrally related, thus producing the purest musical intervals.

One example of this is the Golden Ratio Turquoise Chime.  This chime is tuned using the Golden Ratio, a ratio discovered by the ancient Greeks and found throughout nature.  This is one of the building-blocks of the universe, and now the sound can add harmony to your deck, patio, or garden. Click Here to Listen to an mp3 of the Golden Ratio Turquoise Chime

In addition to the beautiful sound, this chime combines modern square tubes with faux turquoise accents for an elegant southwestern style.

Eye of Horus now carries the Woodstock Emperor Gong, Temple Bells and, of course, its Classical  Chimes, such as the Pachelbel Canon Chime and the Chimes of Mozart, and many more. View and listen to all of the woodstock chimes we carry!