The Woven Wreath

Symbolically circular wreaths embody wholeness, unity, protection, seasons, time cycles and balance. As we consider the purpose of the wreath, symbolism can transform, also wreaths have a long-standing history throughout time and have been part of ceremonial events in many cultures across the world. From honoring the dead and welcoming new seasons to symbols of political and religious alliances, wreaths have been worn on the crown as a chaplet, garland around the neck, placed on the deceased, and hung near or on our front doors.


Ancient Egyptians adorned the deceased with wreaths to represent victory over death, similarity in Ancient Greece it symbolized the circle of eternal life. Harvest wreaths can be traced back to Ancient Europe and was believed to hold a spiritual essence, for Ancient Greece Harvest wreaths were a sacred amulet using what held together by red and white string. In English-speaking countries, wreaths are used typically as household ornaments, most commonly as an Advent and Christmas decoration using Evergreen and Holly, however wreaths were an ancient way of celebrating victory or protection long before the Christians. They were made for use with pagan rituals in Europe and were associated with the changing seasons and fertility. However, by the height of the Renaissance period, wreaths became symbols of political and religious alliances in England. Protestant reformers such as the Puritans saw wreaths and the holidays they were associated with, such as May Day, as being pagan corrupting influences that destroyed healthy Christian morality.


As I continue to learn and evolve, I was drawn to create handcrafted wreaths this winter, with the last one completed just last night. The materials are a culmination of a random gifting of the bases, my affinity for vintage doilies, many flowers and moss I have collected and dried, along with a talisman intently placed on each.


As we move into May, celebrating the height of Spring and the halfway point to Summer I wanted to share these handcrafted creations by sending them into the world. These wreaths represent the return of the sun and gratefulness to mother nature for the abundance she provides. They celebrate a rebirth, with renewing energy strengthening our connection to the natural world.


Stay in your magick,

Ashley




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