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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, Yule, Mid-Winter or Alban Arthan is the celebration of the rebirth of the sun after the longest night of the year.  It is one of the eight solar festivals comprising the Wheel of the Year.  Nourished in the womb of the Goddess during the dark time of the year, the sun symbolises the God born anew.  Plants that remain evergreen such as fir trees, holly and mistletoe are used as decorations.

The Goddess at Winter Solstice wears a crown of holly and mistletoe as she awaits the birth of her child.

The Winter Solstice Goddess Print is available in two sizes:
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Magickal Oak in Winter Print is part of the Magickal Oak Series:
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The Holly King GreenMan

The Holly King

The Holly King is the aspect of the Green Man (Oak King) honoured at the Winter Solstice (Yule) representing the waning year. He wears a crown of holly and is surrounded by mistletoe.

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Cerridwen’s Cauldron of Knowledge

Cerridwen’s Cauldron

A Celtic Crone Goddess, Cerridwen presides over the Cauldron of Knowledge, the contents of which must brew for a year and a day. She is known to shape-shift in the form of a sow.

Cerridwen creates the potion of knowledge which brews for a year and a day in her magick cauldron. A few drops of the potion and one gains all wisdom including the ability to see into the past and the future. Legend says that Cerridwen asked her servant, Gwion, to watch over the cauldron. Some of the potion splashed on his fingers which he licked without thinking. He immediately possessed all knowledge and ran away. Cerridwen pursued him as he shapeshifted into many forms, lastly becoming a small grain. Cerridwen changed into a hen, consumed the grain and became pregnant, giving birth to the great bard, Taliesin.

The origin of the witch stirring her cauldron of brew is most likely the image of Cerridwen.

8in x 10in (20.32cm x 25.4cm) Print 
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11in x 14in (29.72cm x 41.91cm) Print
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The Spellcaster

The Spellcaster

With various potions to choose from a Witch
conjures a spell to coincide with the full moon.
A little of this and a pinch of that go
into the ancient black cauldron.
Her trusty animal companions,
cat, raven and snake, look on as
the magick begins to happen.

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Imbolc – Celtic Sun Goddess Brighid

Goddess of Fire and Fertility

Imbolc celebrates the Goddess in her incarnation as the Bride of the returning Sun God. For the celebration of Imbolc, many candles are lit to symbolise the return of light and heat represented by the Sun God. Grain dollies made from the sheaves of the last harvest represent the Bride. The Goddess and God await the return of Spring and their sacred marriage at Beltaine.

Brighid (or Brid) represents the supreme Mother. She is the Celtic Sun Goddess of fertility, fire, creative inspiration, healing and protector of children. She is honoured at Imbolc, 2nd of February. Her symbols include blackberries, natural wells dedicated to her and the heart, an ancient symbol of feminine power. She holds a cauldron of fire as the sun rises in a lush green valley.

Wishing everyone a joyful Imbolc!

 

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The Wizard’s Workshop

The Wizard’s Workshop

The candle illuminates the wizard’s workshop. All of his magickal tools are assembled.
A wand, crystal ball, various bottles and tins filled with mysterious ingredients
and secret scrolls sit on his table, waiting to be used in magick spells.

 

The Wizard’s Workshop Fine Art Print is available In two sizes on https://magickmermaid.com

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Wishing Everyone A Blessed Samhain

Samhain

The modern celebration of Halloween is derived from the ancient
Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marked the end of Summer
and honored the Ancestors.
Celebrated on October 31st, spirits may visit as the veil between
This World and the Otherworld is the thinnest. This is also a time to
give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

 

Samhain Giclee Art Print available at magickmermaid.com