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Beautiful cards celebrating the pagan festivals, designed by Karen Cater of Hedingham Fair.

sabbat pagan festival greetings cards


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

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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

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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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sabbat festival greetings card - ostara/spring equinox

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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

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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

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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

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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).

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sabbat festival greetings card - mabon/autumn equinox

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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).

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