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three hares circle greetings card

A beautiful hand-made card with a mandala of three hares, reflecting their symbolism as representative of the Goddess. The blue hare represents the morning time, the maiden aspect, the brown hare with the grass beneath its feet represents the fecundity of the mother, and the white hare in the night-time represents the wisdom of the crone.

Artwork by Karen Cater. This card has a kraft paper envelope, comes cellophane wrapped and is 125mm (5 inches) square.

It's blank inside for you to write your own message.

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five elements pentagram hares greetings card

Another hand-made card with a pentagram representing the five elements of fire, earth, air, water and spirit, each with its own beautiful hare with the characteristics of each element.

Artwork by Karen Cater. This card has a kraft paper envelope, comes cellophane wrapped and is 125mm (5 inches) square.

It's blank inside for you to write your own message.

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heralds of the dawn hares greetings card

The text printed on the back of this card reads:

The Hare's habit of leaping up from a hidden resting place and racing away when disturbed, may have been the inspiration for the Egyptian hieroglyphic "Un", symbolised by a Hare, representing ideas of becoming, opening and springing up. Could this sudden appearance have been interpreted as an instantaneous creation - from not being to being, as if by magic?

So it is understandable that Hares would also be associated with Dawn, the up - springing light at the opening of the new day. Together with the song-birds of the dawn chorus, Hares greet the appearance of the newly risen Sun.

Artwork by Karen Cater. This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 170mm x 120mm (6 and 3/4 inches x 4 and 3/4 inches). It has a kraft paper envelope.  

It's blank inside for you to write your own message.

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hare and the pool of dreams greetings card

The text printed on the back of this card reads:

Visions and inspiration are often encountered in that unguarded liminal state between sleeping and waking when glimpses from the other world are able to slip through, unbidden, into our consciousness like reflections in the waters of life.

The shadows upon the face of the moon are in many cultures thought to be the image of the mystical Hare, messenger of the Gods, traversing between the worlds of mortals and of spirits and bestowing, through dreams and intuition, deep truths and wisdom. These are the fruits of comtemplation which feed our souls.

Artwork by Karen Cater. This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 170mm x 120mm (6 and 3/4 inches x 4 and 3/4 inches). It has a kraft paper envelope.  

It's blank inside for you to write your own message.

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spirit of the harvest hares greetings card

The text printed on the back of this card reads:

When fields of grain were cut by men with scythes, often out of the last patch to be cut would race the Hares that were hiding there. Eventually the running Hare came to be associated with the harvest as the life spirit escaping with the last sheaf to be cut.

In some places customs grew up, conferring good luck onto the man who cut the last sheaf, or by calling the last sheaf "The Hare" and carrying it with great ceremony to the barn or farmhouse, where it would be kept in a place of honour until the following season, when it was ploughed back into the field to return fertility to the land.

Artwork by Karen Cater. This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 170mm x 120mm (6 and 3/4 inches x 4 and 3/4 inches). It has a kraft paper envelope.  It's blank inside for you to write your own message.

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ceridwen goddess greetings card

Ceridwen is regarded by many modern Pagans as the Celtic goddess of rebirth, transformation, and inspiration. The lovely artwork, by Karen Cater, shows the goddess adding herbs to her cauldron under a full moon.

According to the late medieval Tale of Taliesin, Ceridwen's son, Morfran, was hideously ugly, so Ceridwen wanted to make him wise in compensation. She made a potion in her magical cauldron to grant the gift of wisdom and poetic inspiration.

The mixture had to be boiled for a year and a day. She set Morda, a blind man, to tend the fire beneath the cauldron, while Gwion Bach, a young boy, stirred the potion. The first three drops gave wisdom; the rest was a fatal poison. Three hot drops spilled onto Gwion's thumb as he stirred, burning him. He instinctively put his thumb in his mouth, and gained the wisdom and knowledge Ceridwen had meant for her son.

Realizing that Ceridwen would be angry Gwion fled. Ceridwen chased him. Using the powers of the potion he turned himself into a hare. She became a greyhound. He became a fish. She turned into an otter. He turned into a bird; she became a hawk. Finally, he turned into a single grain of corn. She then became a hen and, being a Goddess (or enchantress, depending on the version of the tale), she found and ate him. But because of the potion he was not destroyed.

When Ceridwen became pregnant, she knew it was Gwion and resolved to kill the child when he was born. However, he was so beautiful that she couldn't do it. She threw him in the ocean instead, sewing him inside a leather-skin bag. The child was rescued on a Welsh shore; the reborn infant grew to became the legendary bard Taliesin.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 105mm x 210mm (4 and 1/4" x 8 and 1/4"), and comes with a kraft paper envelope.

The card is blank inside for you to write your own message.

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herne the hunter greetings card

Herne the hunter is an avatar of the Celtic horned god, Cernunnos. He is associated with male animals, the stag in particular and is a god of fertility and of vegetation, as the lord of the forest.

With his mighty antlers, Cernunnos is a protector of the forest and master of the hunt. He is a god of plant life and trees in his aspect as the Green Man.  

The lovely artwork, by Karen Cater, shows the god with his antlers and his hunter's bow and arrows, framed by stylised oak leaves which are his emblem.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 105mm x 210mm (4 and 1/4" x 8 and 1/4"), and comes with a kraft paper envelope.

The card is blank inside for you to write your own message.

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brigid goddess greetings card

Brigid is a Celtic triple goddess ruling healing, poetry, and smithcraft. She is one of the great mother goddesses of the Celts.

As a healing goddess, she governs childbirth and the birthing time. She governs not only the inspiration and writing of poetry, but also divination and prophecy. As a goddess of smithcraft, she governs the forge's fire. Because of these associations she is considered the "Bright Goddess" and is linked with the element of fire. In all her forms, she brings inspiration (a fire quality) and provides the spark for new beginnings.

The lovely artwork, by Karen Cater, shows the goddess surrounded by her element of fire, and before her is a sheep feeding a lamb, the symbol of her festival, Imbolc (February 02).

This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 105mm x 210mm (4 and 1/4" x 8 and 1/4"), and comes with a kraft paper envelope.

The card is blank inside for you to write your own message.

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the morrigan greetings card

In the ever-fluctuating world of ancient Britain, no group of people ever contolled the land with certainty for any length of time. The Celts, farmers and herdsmen by choice, frequently faced invasion by both land and sea and were often forced to become warlike to ensure their survival.

As with many other ancient people, the Celts worshipped many gods and goddesses, each offering protection in a particularly critical area of life. One of the more sinister of these is the Morrigan - the Celtic goddess of war, a shape-shifter who in the guise of a raven presided over battles, deciding the destinies of the warriors below.

In a similar manner to other ancient goddesses of death, the Morrigan is also the deity associated with change, regeneration and new beginnings, combining the forces of life, death and sexuality.

The artwork of this card, by Karen Cater, shows the goddess armed with a spear and with her raven's wings.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 105mm x 210mm (4 and 1/4" x 8 and 1/4"), and comes with a kraft paper envelope.

The card is blank inside for you to write your own message.

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triple goddess greetings card

The number three is frequently considered to be lucky. Many things come in threes: past, present and future; three wishes; mind body and sripit. The triangle is a magical shape, as is the triskel.

In a similar way, the ancient Goddess was often represented in three aspects, as Maiden, Mother and Crone...

The artwork of this card, by Karen Cater, shows the three aspects of the goddess - maiden, mother and crone. Details of the symbolism of how the artist has represented them here is included with the card.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and is 105mm x 210mm (4 and 1/4" x 8 and 1/4"), and comes with a kraft paper envelope.

The card is blank inside for you to write your own message.

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sabbat festival greetings card - samhain

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

For many people, Samhain is the greatest festival of ancient times.

On the night of 31st October/1st November the Old Year crosses over into the New. It is a Magical time when spirits walk the earth as the veil between the incarnate and spirit worlds is thinnest. It is a time of rest, stillness, regrouping and re-creating. As the Old Year sinks to its death, the beginnings of decay nourish new life. Fallen leaves again fuel the cycle of renewal.

The illustration on the card shows Wayland Smithy, a Neolithic Tomb located in a recently planted (c.1900) beech grove on the downs south of Oxford. The Dark Moon is obscured by a (ghost) barn owl. Beech signifies ancient knowledge revealed through old places and objects, providing guidance and a firm foundation for the present.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a red envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

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sabbat festival greetings card - yule

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

At the time of the Sun's lowest ebb, the shortest day, the dying sun sets for the last time lighting up the snow clad landscrape with a glory of blood red, marked by the stone called Long Meg.

Near Little Salkeld, Cumberland, England, Long Meg stands with her Daughters about her, a magnificent stone circle with Meg a tall outlier, very ancient and aligned from the portal of the circle with the Winter Solstice Sunset. On her side are spiral carvings representing the anti-clockwise shadow cast by the path of the sun from midsummer to midwinter.

But no sooner has the Sun disappeared then the seed of coming life again grows. Tomorrow the Sun will rise anew. The cycle of life will begin again with the waxing year.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a silver envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

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sabbat festival greetings card - imbolc

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

Imbolc, the festival of the Maiden marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring as the earth prepares for growth and renewal. It follows 1st February, the feast of Brigid in her maiden aspect, also celebrated as Candlemas. Imbolc is also the start of the lambing season. It translates literally as "ewes milk", a reference to new life appearing.

The illustration on the card shows sheep and lambs grazing around the stone circle at Stanton Drew, Somerset, together with a Brigid cross, hung in both homes and byres to invoke her protection for the following year. Snowdrops and catkins denote reawakening and candles reflect purification.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a red envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

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ostara sabbat greetings card
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sabbat festival greetings card - ostara/spring equinox

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

The Spring Equinox is the point of balance of the waxing year when night and day are of equal length and there is tension between the reflectiveness of the dark winter period and the activity of new growth rushing headlong towards Midsummer.

It is also the festival of Oestre, the Goddess of Light who brings fertility and whose name is the origin of Easter and words like oestrogen, the hormone stimulating ovulation and fertility. It is appropriate that the season is celebrated with eggs.

The illustration shows the Moon and Sun in balance, hares boxing - erhaps the origin of the Easter bunny. At the bottom are the Men an Tol stones in Cornwall, celebrated for their powers of healing and fertility. Those who crawl throughthe mid-stone may be relieved from back and gynaecological problems.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a dark blue envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

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sabbat festival greetings card - beltane

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

In ancient times, Samhain and Beltane were the two main festivals of the year, one symbolising death and the other life in all its glory. May eve is the traditional night for young people to indulge in night time revels to encourage fertility back to the land through sympathetic magic.

In the morning people 'Welcome in the May'. Some bathe their faces in the dawn dew. Some rituals involve the death and regeneration of a ceremonial 'Obby 'Oss - any woman caught under the 'Oss is certain to become pregnant within the year. In the South East, Jack in the Green is abroad, and the Green Man elsewhere. And every Morris Dancer worthy of the name dances to welcome in the Summer. The illustration shows this at Kits Coty in Kent - a modern, very widespread custom reflecting the woodland revels of the past.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a bright green envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

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litha summer solstice greetings card
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sabbat festival greetings card - litha/summer solstice

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

The Summer Solstice is the time of the longest daylight when the Sun reaches the apex of its yearly cycle. This triumph of its power is also the start of its decline, as the year changes from waxing to waning. Characteristic summer flowers in the heat assume a deeper hue, and the migrating birds of Spring who have now had their young will sport and play till they depart before the Autumn Equinox.

Many megalithic monuments, stone circles are aligned to the Midsummer Sunrise.

At Stonehenge, the Sun rises in alignment with the avenue - this is the processional route of the Sun , which from time unknown Druids have celebrated as Alban Heruin - the Light of the Shore.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a bright blue envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

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sabbat festival greetings card - lammas / lughnasadh

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

Lammas marks the beginning of the early harvest - cereals, barley, wheat and oats. It was often celebrated with bonfires, once lit on hills and beacons all over Europe. This is also the festival of the Celtic God of the Sun, Lugh, whose sacrifice in the harvest at Lughnasadh is made so that people may live.

Excavations at Silbury Hill, shown in the illustration, the largest manmade earthwork in England, suggest that its construction began in August, carbon dated to approx. 2660BCE. Perhaps it was built to celebrate Lammas. The name Silbury Hill is derived from the ancient water goddesws Sul, whose spirit is said to dwell in the hill's surrounding moat. The shape of the hill is like a pregnant belly, suggesting strong associations with the Goddess, fertility and fruitfulness.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a bright yellow envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

karen cater lammas / lughnasadh sabbat greetings card - £1.60 add to basket lughnasadh card


mabon greetings card
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sabbat festival greetings card - mabon/autumn equinox

Here's what it says on the back of the card:

The Autumn Equinox is the point of balance in the waning year. It is the late harvest of fruit & berries in the hedgerows. It is the time to thank the mother Goddess for bounty and abundance received gratefully and stored for times of want during the coming winter months. From now on the power of the Sun will recede as its shadow decribes an anticlockwise spiral, returning to the womb/tomb.

It is both a time of storage, and time to begin a process of assessment and reflection on what knowledge has been gained during the bright period of the Sun's zenith.

The illustration shows the Labyrinth in Rocky Valley, near Tintagel, Cornwall.

It is a spiral dance - a journey of life wisdom and experience offering everyone the chance to return to the Centre and renew.

This card comes cellophane wrapped and has a gold envelope.

It measures 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm).

karen cater mabon / autumn equinox sabbat greetings card - £1.60 add to basket mabon card


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