Avalon Summer Magic

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Lammas Glastonbury Tor
Lammas Glastonbury Tor
Lammas Blessings to you and blessings of the late summer sun and the ripening grain! John Barleycorn is dead.How does the myth of John Barleycorn relate to our own lives? What may we have to sacrifice in order to make room for the abundance coming our way? Is there anything you need to let go of in order for the new to enter your life? We have reaped a growing business here at Avalon Cloaks, which is wonderful; but it has come at the expense of trying to have regular hours and having time for ourselves!  Sometimes a gain comes at the expense of something else.  Unfortunately we can’t have it all, although modern media would try and tell us otherwise.  Look to find the balance and work with the natural rhythms of life itself. 

Ditch the Guilt!  

Take time this summer to have fun, relax and ENJOY yourself!  In these time-pressured times we can feel guilty just relaxing. The Goddess, as Mother wants to nurture us; it won’t be Summer for long, so enjoy it while it lasts! Animals and children don’t feel guilty about taking it easy so why should we?  Remember the guilt never goes away, we just learn to deal with it in better ways! 

The Artemis Gathering 

We had such fun and received such a good response at The Artemis Gathering last year, that the Avalon Cloaks stall will be making a return at the weekend of 14th – 16th August.  We can’t wait to see everyone again, please pop by and say hello! 

This month’s cloaks:

We have had some very special orders this month; which have given us a wonderful chance to show off our appliqué skills.  First of all, a cloak in a rich terracotta velvet with a triple horse celtic knot work design on the back.  This image is based on a Pictish horse engraving found in Iverurie, Scotland. The customer said he ‘liked it very much indeed’.
Secondly, a cloak for an Anniversay gift in sumptuous purple 100% cotton velvet with the Eye of Horus symbol appliquéd on the back. I’ve always loved this symbol so it was great to find out more about its meaning and that it is a symbol of protection, royal power and good health.  Remember we can make you something individual, especially for you.  Just email or call us with your ideas.  In the meantime please take a look at our Gallery Page on our website:

http://avaloncloaks.co.uk/gallery/miscellaneous-photos/

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Have a great August and remember: 

‘ Life is to be enjoyed, not endured!’ 
Lots of love and many bright blessings from Avalon Cloaks xx

 

 

Beltane Blesssings

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Beltane Altar
Beltane Altar

Wonderful Beltane is the Celtic start of summer. It is a time when the earth is fertile and full and the Goddess shows off her blousy, seductive blossom, inviting us to open ourselves to our sensuality within; especially after a long winter. We see everything blooming and greening around us, with the promise of the bounty yet to come.

We had such an amazing time at the Beltane celebrations here in Glastonbury. Indeed, it seems that the old ways are returning once more as a huge gathering took place at the Market Cross in the town, followed by a procession and the erection of the maypole and much merriment at the bottom of the Tor. Come and join us next year; we are planning a huge community picnic and you are all very welcome.

Green Man Applique
Green Man Applique

 

The earth’s energy is on the increase – and there is the promise of more to come!

Beltane has been celebrated for thousands of years as the time of fertility and abundance; we can see evidence of this all around us in the loud bird chatter, the blossoming of flowers and the greening of the trees, of nesting birds and animals choosing mates. Indeed, if Beltane or May Day as it’s more commonly known, used to fall on a Sunday, then a lot of the churches would have been quite empty as courting and established couples would go out ‘ a maying’ in the woods. Maypole dancing comes from a far more ancient custom: the maypole represents the God, it being a phallic symbol. Today we ask for the God’s blessing of his continued fertility and power in our lives.

Beltane Altar

Dress your altar in reds, pinks and greens to symbolise vitality, passion and love. Decorate it with spring blossoms, hearts and rose quartz.

 

The Magical March Hare

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Three Hares & Snow Drops | reproduced with kind from the artist | www.jackiemorris.co.uk
Three Hares & Snow Drops | reproduced with kind permission from the artist | www.jackiemorris.co.uk

In every part of the world, there are long-spoken tales of hares; from Europe to Africa and to the Americas, and even in the far East. In Britain, witches were believed to transform into hares.

Hare mythology is evident in ancient pottery, coins, seals, hieroglyphics and in oral history. In Africa, the hare was considered to be part of the Moon. Seen on a clear night, the full moon might, with a bit of imagination, contain the outline of a hare. 

“The moon is a powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth.”

The hare has also been associated with the sun, fertility, the dawn, cunning and bravery. What was it about the hare which led to this mythology?

Hares are notable creatures who have always lived in close proximity to people. Most well-known of their traits are their courtship dances, and their habit of moongazing. The boxing hares that were always thought of as male have recently been discovered as being sexually active females.

“Boxing hares have recently been discovered to be sexually active females – not males.”

Fables have been told across the continent of the cleverness, deceit and triumph of the hare, some of these being turned into the Bre’r Rabbit tales related by Uncle Remus.

In times past, the moon was perhaps the most powerful symbol of birth, growth, reproduction, death and rebirth and the hare was then endowed with similar earth-bound powers. The hare took on a magical persona and become associated with the Goddess. The Norse goddess Freyja had hare attendants, and in Britain the hare was sacred to the moon goddess Andraste and the Celtic goddess of witchcraft and wisdom, Cerridwen.

The Celts believed that the goddess Eostre’s favourite animal and attendant spirit was the hare. It represented love, fertility and growth and was associated with the moon and the dawn. Eostre changed into a hare at the full Moon.

 

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Get Your Fire Back at Imbolc

Snowdrops at Imbolc

Wheel of the Year: Imbolc

Imbolc comes six weeks after Midwinter on the 1st February and is known as the festival of the returning light. It is also the start of the farming season when lambs are born and spring is round the corner. Indeed, its name derives from the Gaelic oimelc which translates as “ewe’s milk”.

Bridget at Imbolc

Maiden Fire Goddess Folk Art by Wendy Andrew
Maiden Fire Goddess painting by Wendy Andrew www.paintingdreams.co.uk

I love Imbolc! What a relief to have the wonderful returning light after the dark, cold, dampness of winter.

In the pagan tradition, Bridget is the young maiden who sweeps away the dross of winter. She takes what was the old Crone’s walking stick and strikes it on the ground, waking up the seeds, bulbs and plants from their winter sleep.

Much has been written about Bridget for she truly is an amazing goddess and one that is very close to our hearts here in Britain.

The Irish honoured Bridget as a saint, and she was often known as Brigit-Ana – this is where the British Isles get their name – Brittania.

She is a triple goddess of healing, poetry and smithcraft. This is her link with fire – just as the Smith strikes metal to purify and therefore strengthen it, so we can purify our souls through life’s lessons. Bridget helps us to release anything we no longer need, revealing our bright, shining essence.

Celebrate Bridget and work with her energies to transform your life with these five fabulous steps:

Imbolc: How to get your fire back

  1. On Imbolc Eve, simply light candles in every window of your home and leave overnight to welcome and honour the returning light (this year, Imbolc falls on Monday 2nd February, so light your candles this Sunday evening!)
  2. Clear out the cupboards, closets, garden shed, paperwork pile etc. – all those things that have been hanging around for far too long! Give your unwanted items to charity, or simply dispose of what you no longer need. These old things that hang around not only take up space but also your energy as well.
  3. Sweep and clean the path up to your front door, mentally clearing away any old, stagnant energy and welcoming new opportunities to come your way.
  4. Bridget, as the maiden, likes new things, new ideas and looking to the future. Plan to do something you have never done before, or go somewhere you have never gone, for later on in the year. This will move your mind to the future, to excitement, planning and hope.
  5. Place a picture of Bridget on your altar and invite her energies into your life. I particularly like this evocation that is at the White Spring in Glastonbury:

“Dearest Bridget please connect with me now. I invite you into my life to help energise and revitalise my mind, body and emotions. Help me connect with my creativity and enthusiasm.”

Connect with Bridget in our FREE guided meditation – included in our monthly newsletter. You will also learn about the uses of fire agate and receive a positive affirmation for February.

Crystal Magic for January: Amethyst

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Inspired by the goddess Danu who brings wisdom and stillness at the Winter Solstice, this cloak is made from a silky dupion fabric with a wonderful lilac lining.
Luxury ‘Danu’ silk dupion cloak – ready to wear and available in our shop

Properties of amethyst:

  • enhances spiritual connection

  • opens third eye chakra

  • alleviates headaches

  • aids cleansing & detoxing

Amethyst Heart

Amethyst is a truly multipurpose and essential crystal.

Due to its wonderful lilac/purple colour, it helps to elevate our thoughts to more spiritual matters.

On the physical plane, it helps with headaches. Amethyst is also cleansing and detoxifying.

Inexpensive and beautiful, an amethyst tumblestone should be carried at all times.