IMG_2971by Toby Cote


Based on a personal photo from one of the first churches in Costa Rica, all that remains now is the ruins.  In this watercolor sketch, I imagined a procession of villagers making a pilgrimage to the church in preparation for a ceremony, together as a community, presumably hundreds of years ago.


I was very excited and honored to be informed that my entry ‘Capilano’ was one of the 35 pieces accepted into Dimensions 2019 . Dimensions 2019 is the Saskatchewan Craft Council’s biennial, open, juried, touring exhibition which encourages and rewards excellence in hand crafted work.

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Emerging from the Deepest Dark – Fomalhaut, the Royal Star

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On this one day, the sun stands still in the sky, and everyone on earth knows that change is coming. The sun is beginning its long journey back towards earth. It is a time of celebration for rejoicing in the knowledge that the warm days of spring will soon return and the dormant earth will reinvigorate life.

Fomalhaut, one of the four Royal Stars of Persia, is the Watcher of the North, ruling the winter solstice bringing the god of light into alignment with one of the great stars of the sky.  Known as the ‘Solitary One’,  it holds a lonely position as the brightest star in its region and a brilliant beacon in an oth­erwise unremarkable night sky.  While Fomalhaut is the alpha of Pisces, its name literally translates to ‘mouth of the fish’ and is often depicted as the fish drinking up the waters of Aquarius pitcher.

Stars are vastly evolved and conscious beings, and their influence is associated with eminence, fortune, and power. Fomalhaut will infuse Jupiter’s energy with added power and compassion, presenting a longing for utopia and a search for the ideal forms of human relationships. This star’s power, combined with Jupiter in Pisces, may offer a glimpse of heightened wisdom, giving us a chance to sense what is best for humanity. Like a flash of lightning in the darkness, it can reveal the path giving us hope and a sense of direction.

As we approach the longest night of the year, it is helpful to remember that we too are being called into our deepest dark. where we hide from view, where we store our grief, where we brace and hold, and where we may be unforgiving. When we speak of the ‘returning of the light’, it isn’t just the physical grace that this season provides, but a call to our own revealing. The Winter Solstice is a time to acknowledge our untruths, to surrender our silences, to dethrone our inner tyrants and bare our stories in the open, exposing the wholeness of our truth.

Many prefer to attune themselves to the inward silence from which all wisdom springs to be with yourself and reflect on your own passages. Consider preparing a ritual bath for yourself, with essential oils of rosemary, pine, and orange. One larger Sun Candle and several smaller candles and your Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll.

As you light the candles, contemplate the lessons of stillness that the winter goddess embodies. This is not a time of outward growth but a time to bask and reflect in the light of your candles. Acknowledge the fertility of this dark time and what the return of the sun means to you, what you need to let go of in order to be fully yourself, and what needs to die so that new life can be born. Listen for the stirring seeds of your dreams and record them in your journal. Have the courage to look at your own thoughts and actions, and determine if they are in harmony.

Blow out the candle like you are blowing out your fears!  Sit in the dark for a few moments in silence. Embrace the deepest, most courageous parts of yourself, then light a single candle, the Sun candle. Like the plants tucked deep in the earth, we too are summoning our strength, gathering a plan, and preparing for our emergence.

Winter Solstice is momentous and should be marked however you choose to celebrate. If you need a Loa Voodoo Doll to enjoy this ritual or others, they are available here!

~ Peace, love and light
Wishing you a Beautiful Winter Solstice !

The Mekabre Team

La Chasse-Galerie

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Reverse Glass painting on clear glass with enamels.

La Chasse-Galerie also known as “The Bewitched Canoe” or “The Flying Canoe” is a popular French-Canadian tale of Courreur des bois who make a deal with the devil, a variant of the Wild Hunt. Its best-known version was written by Honoré Beaugrand (1848–1906). It was published in The Century Magazine in August 1892.

According to French Canadian Legend, La Chasse-Galerie tells the tale of a group of voyageurs in a remote lumber camp. On New Year’s Eve, while drinking rum at the lumber camp, they start missing their sweethearts, who live in a town 300 miles away. They hatch a plan to visit them, by running the Chasse-Galerie, which involves making a pact with the devil so their canoe will fly through the air, getting them to their destination quickly. The only stipulation is that they cannot mention God’s name, touch the cross of any church steeple in the night sky and they must be back before six o’clock the next morning. If they fail, the devil will steal their souls.

They make a pact to not touch another drop of rum and keep their heads clear for the voyage. They take their places in the canoe on the ground, and start to paddle, and very soon they are lifted into the air. Below, is the frozen Gatineau River, the villages, church steeples and the lights of Montreal. The canoe eventually touches down near a brightly lit home, where music and dancing is underway in celebration of New Year’s Eve. They are embraced with open arms and are soon dancing and celebrating with their sweethearts and friends. It soon becomes late and the men must leave to return to camp so that they arrive by 6 am.

As they fly through the night, the navigator appears to have enjoyed too many spirits and steers the canoe dangerously and unsteadily. While passing over Montreal they barely avoid a church steeple, and soon after, the canoe is ultimately stuck in a deep snowdrift. At this point the drunken navigator begins swearing and taking the Lord’s name in vain. Terrified the devil will take their souls, the men bind and gag their friend and elect another to steer. The navigator soon breaks his bonds and begins swearing again. The crew become more and more shaken at the possibility of losing their souls, and they eventually steer the bewitched canoe right into a tall pine. The men spill out of the canoe falling into the deep darkness are are never seen or heard from again.

Every New Year’s Eve though, near Montreal, over the frozen Gatineau River, there are sounds coming from the night sky. Men are heard shouting wildly. Wood thuds like paddles against a wooden canoe. As one looks up into the sky, a wooden canoe with paddles is seen furiously paddling through the winter moonlight.

This is the tale of the Chasse-Galerie !

Regulus: The Heart of the Lion Prince


Four Royal Stars also known as the four Archangels of the sky have been prominent in astrology. The Persians believed the four royal stars guarded the four districts which were representative of the four seasons.

As the Watcher of the North, Regulus is associated with royalty and high position, indicating one who is trusted and reliable, welcoming the Summer Solstice.

Regulus is the faintest of the first-magnitude stars brilliance but not of importance. It is found in the constellation of Leo and means ‘Little King’ or ’The Heart Of the Lion’.

Ancient Customs of the Summer Solstice in England were to light large bonfires to provide light to revelers and ward off evil spirits.  It was known as ‘setting the watch’. People jumped through fires for good luck and wandered from bonfire to bonfire. Traditional players dressed as a unicorn, a dragon, and six hobby-horse riders and participated in dances. Many rituals consisted of divining a future lover.

We encourage you to try our ritual to make a Flower Essence:

What you’ll need:

• Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll
• clean glass bowl
• glass jar
• flowering plant
• brandy or vodka
• strainer
• scissors
• tincture bottles

With your Loa Voodoo Doll nearby, Take your glass bowl and fill with spring water.

Find your flowering plant growing in nature and ask the plant if you may use its essence for plant medicine. This will prolong the power of its bloom and give it extended life in this special purpose — they almost always say YES! Cut 3-5 full blooms from the plant and return home.

With Loa nearby, trim the plant stem just below the head of the flower. Place the flower temporarily on Loa. Then transfer the flower to a bowl of water.

With your Loa Voodoo doll, bless this water and state your intentions for this essence out loud. Set the bowl in a sunny area  for 3-6 hours. Strain the liquid into a glass jar. Fill a tincture bottle approximately 60% full with your flower essence, topping it off with Vodka or Brandy until full, preserving your flower essence. Enjoy and use daily. Plant medicine is powerful, as it bonds you and your Loa voodoo doll with nature, and brings you closer to your highest self.

Need your own Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll to bring you closer to your highest self?  Start by ordering yours today! click here.

Peace, Love, & Light
Mekabre Team

Aldebaran, The Follower

Royal Star of the Vernal Equinox


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The four Royal stars, Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares, Fomalhaut, are the brightest stars in their constellations, appearing to stand out from the other stars in the sky and among the 25–brightest stars in the night sky having a magnitude of 1.5 or brighter. The Persians considered these four stars to be the four guardians of the heavens. They marked the seasonal changes and marked the equinoxes and solstices. Aldebaran, whose Persian name is Tascheter is the watcher of the East, and is the Royal Star which marks the vernal Equinox.

A pale beauty and the “Follower” of the Pleiades and the dominant star in the Taurus constellation. The Taurus constellation, containing notable stars and clusters include the Hyades and Pleiades, fixed the Spring Equinox from approximately 4,000 to 2,000 B.C. During the Age of Taurus, a central form or ritual activity were the cults of the bull. The Apis bull of ancient Egypt was an actual creature chosen to serve as the earthly vessel of the spirit of Osiris.

Aldebaron marks the red eye of the bull and is probably linked with the term, “hitting the bull’s eye”, and was equated with the Persian god of light, Ahura Mazda, and is said to endow integrity and to engender the test of honor. Aldebaron marked the Vedic lunar mansion which, as Na’ir al Dabaran, the BrightOne of the Follower. In astrology, Aldebaron has been thought to be eminently fortunate, foreshadowing future riches and honor. Try the following ritual to invoke riches and honor!



Loa voodoo doll
3 white candles
Incense of Jasmine or Rose
Dark Chocolate

Take a cleansing bath, imagine yourself in the ocean, the womb of all creation. After your cleansing bath, light the incense, and three white candles.

Stand facing the east, the place of the rising sun, saying this

“Welcome element of air, fountain of insight and inspiration.

Let the creatures of the air surround me with clarity of dreams.”

Imagine yourself in a field of green wheat, the wind making waves through the standing stalks. Smell the air and notice the freshness of spring. You might feel a physical gust of wind, or see the candles flicker as the element of Air surrounds you.

You may have a vision of a presence that comes to share in your experience, consider this your totem. Set your Loa Voodoo Doll beside you, to represent this totem, as you reach out to touch her. Feel the companionship. Sit in a spot facing the East and meditate accessing your dreams. Remember things you truly crave and the creativity you have lost or the love you need.

Say a few words of gratitude to the elements and send them back to where they came with love. Thank your Loa Voodoo doll and let out three breaths of gratitude and ground yourself. Set a few pieces of dark chocolate next to your Loa Voodoo Doll as an offering. Blow out all your candles before leaving the room. Blessed Be your journey into the green, fertile ground of your aspirations. So it has been written, so mote it be.

Needing a Loa Voodoo Doll for this ritual or others? Get one here !

Peace, Love and Light

Mekabre Team

Spend the Winter Solstice with a Royal Star


The four Royal Stars are one of the twenty-five brightest stars in our skies. It is believed that each one rules over one quarter of the night sky, and was held that within each one there is good power and evil power.

Their names are Aldebaran, Regulus, Antares, and Fomalhaut. Each one is synonymous with the changing of the Seasons. This Winter Solstice, on December 21, we look to Fomalhaut – the watcher of the North – who rules over the Winter Solstice and stands alone in Pisces.

This star’s name literally translates to ‘Mouth of Fish’ and is the solitary brightest star in the region and is often depicted in the Pisces constellation as the fish drinking up the waters of Aquarius pitcher.


What you will need:
• Journal and favorite writing instrument
• Large White Candle
• Essential Oils of Lavender and/or Frankincense
• Favorite Cocktail
• Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll

On the shortest day of light, a befitting celebration would be to stay up all night, welcoming the next day’s sunrise which ushers in lengthier days to come. Make some quiet time for yourself by preparing a cup of wassail, or a special cocktail. Write in your journal, meditate and enjoy the quiet comfort of your surroundings with your Mekabre Loa Voodoo doll.

Place a few drops of Lavender or Frankincense essential oil on your index finger and gently rub it into the heart of Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll. These oils help decrease anxiety and quiet the mind while providing a tranquil and spiritual energy. Close your eyes and let your mind wander, allow whatever enters your mind to be present. Take a moment to acknowledge it and then release that thought.

Light the candle and record your thoughts and dreams in your journal. Let go of past mistakes, negative situations and people and make room in your soul for new endeavors and creativity.

With your favorite cocktail, toast the Royal Star Fomalhaut! Thank him for brightening the sky and becoming the beacon that led you into this special time of celebration!

Need a Mekabre Loa Voodoo Doll? Get your complete kit here!

Peace, Love and Light,

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