July's full moon altar honours the Greek goddess Nike, aka Winged Victory. The delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics start today, so she is the fitting deity of the moment! Nike stands amidst scattered gold, silver and bronze stars, a golden laurel wreath, and the sacred flame burning in a Grecian urn.
In one hand, Nike holds a laurel wreath of victory, the prize which all desire. But her other two symbols sound cautionary notes. Her wings imply that "victory is fleeting" -- do not expect it to last forever. The owl in Nike's other hand warns that victory must be tempered with wisdom -- success must not breed hubris.
My Nike statue is a reproduction of an ancient Etruscan statue which I bought about 20 years ago in West Edmonton Mall. WEM used to have a wonderful American store there called The Museum Company which sold quality museum replicas of art, jewelry, etc. However, the store disappeared after only a few years, alas. The lovely gold laurel wreath of victory is a souvenir purchased in Athens by My Rare One a couple of years ago, which she graciously loaned me for this altar. The little porcelain art deco grecian urn was a find I made about 30 years ago in a rural Manitoba barn stuffed full to bursting with antiques, collectibles and just plain old junk.
[First photo © Debra She Who Seeks, July 2021; second photo is from the internet.]