Yule card symbolism: the crow

 
 

About the symbolism behind my yule designs:

III: The crow
In many cultures the crow is associated with mysteries, death(rebirth), magic and ancient wisdom. It is said he can fly between the worlds to bring messages back and forth. 

Here I used crow to reflect upon my own past year, subtly hidden in the stars. And to bring you my message. Crow brings you the mistetoe, viscum album, a  (hemiparasite) plant that has many stories and symbolism in European mythology and folklore. Viscum Album is poisonous but can help to heal when it is used in the right dosage. Around the time of Yule or Christmas we find these as the mistletoe; hanging in a room. The custom is to seal love or friendship underneath the mistletoe with a mistletoe.

I use the crow to message you. I wish you'll have a wonderful new year that is full of love and friendship. 

This is a drawing dedicated to the darkest days around the winter solstice; being conscious of the rebirth of the sun and wishing everyone a blessed new year.

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Yule card symbolism: the bear

 
 

About the symbolism behind my yule designs:

II: The bear
Here the bear symbolizes shifting from the darkest days of winter, back towards the light. Bear is a creature that does this shifting quite consciously. He decides the winter is not a comfortable environment for him, and hibernates all winter. He goes asleep and will wake up when spring is near.

I drew the bear coming from the dark night(cresent moon), being crowned by winter's greenery and moving towards the sun.

A drawing dedicated to the darkest days around the winter solstice; being conscious of the rebirth of the sun and wishing everyone a blessed new year.

6 postcards for € 7,50.
For sale in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Solawende/

Yule card symbolism: the birds

 
 

About the symbolism behind my yule designs:
All designs are inspired by the midwinter solstice.

I: The birds
This design is featuring a girl- or goddess-like woman. She is holding an egg, symbolising the promise of new life(a new year cycle).

She is surrounded by some type of crown and floating candles. She reminds me of the folkloristic tradition of the Scandinavian lady Lucia. The lady that comes around the dark yuledays and brings light. In her hands she holds trays of food(usually saffronbread and coffee; to wake the family) and wears the lit candles in a crown on her head. There are many customs that are still celebrated in her honor, today, on december 13th. I suggest you do some research, it's really fascinating.

She is held company by three big birds. From left to right; past, present, future. Past is an acknowledged part of who she is, but has not much influence in the now. The lady is facing the future. Present is folding his wings around her, guiding her or being in flight, taking action. And Future is there breathing fire to the candles which will guide the Present towards the goals for the Future.

A drawing dedicated to the darkest days of the winter solstice; bringing hope for the rebirth of the sun and a blessed new year.

6 postcards for € 7,50.
For sale in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Solawende/