A friend was talking not long ago about his “creative altar” and I got to thinking about how I keep a number of trinkets around my office. Some might say for luck, others for inspiration. So here’s a picture of some of my most important knickknacks I keep around my desk, and what each one means:
First, and most important, is Miss Kitty—the porcelain cat. You may recognize her—she had a cameo appearance in Legend of the Jade Dragon. I first got Miss Kitty when I was seven. I traded a friend—I remember her name was Brenda—a necklace that I had for Miss Kitty. I loved that necklace, it was goldtone flowers with purple centers to them, but I loved Miss Kitty more and I wanted her. Miss Kitty has been my writing mascot for many, many, many years, and whenever I’ve moved, she’s the first thing I carefully pack away in my office, and she’s in the first box I unpack.
You’ll see three dragons here—one of rosewood, I believe—and it’s a Feng shui symbol of prosperity. The second is fluorite, and it represents the dragon out of Legend of the Jade Dragon. And the third is brass and he represents Smoky out of the Sister’s series. I love dragons and have figurines all over the house of them.
A few crystals are included—one of my crystal balls, rutilated quartz, which helps me clear my head when I need to. An obsidian obelisk which wards off energy drain by others, a polished quartz crystal spike which helps me increase my focus, a smaller unpolished quartz crystal spike and a small piece of amethyst (I love quartz).
I have a set of Russian nesting dolls given to me by a lovely young Russian woman who worked with my husband for awhile. And several dangly charms—one has a little pin that says “Goddess”—a gift from a friend, and one of my pentacles on it that represent my magic coming into my work. The other is a bracelet my mentor had made for me some years back out of old typewriter keys that spell out my name—I love that and keep that hanging by the computer, and on the end of it, I attached a “Y” charm for my name.
I also keep a bottle of peppermint lotion nearby for my hands, because the smell of peppermint wakes me up and revives me, and I keep Listerine strips on hand at all times because they’ve replaced the Altoids my dentist made me stop eating (I chewed them and they were hurting my teeth and jaw).
All of these things mean a great deal to me—they’re little, really, tchotchkes, but they signify friends and inspiration and mystical creatures and magic and mentorship and smell-goods.You may not even realize some of the things you have around are actually little charms to make the day easier. So what do you keep near your workplace for inspiration?