Witches' Night altar cloth, one-of-a-kind
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Add a touch of dark elegance to any altar with this vintage linen that has been revamped and transformed into an enchanting piece of functional artwork. A unique handmade piece, it can be used for altars and tarot spreads, dressers and vanities, or hung on the wall and admired.
This special altar cloth has been hand dyed a warm light brown and screenprinted with stars and Witches' Night, original artworks from Poison Apple Printshop.
Three witches gather on a mountain summit paying homage to the dying winter and the onset of Spring. A fire blazes as firelight dances with moonlight and the scene becomes a swirl of energetic illumination. With the high winds whipping through the air the three witches join hands to encircle the purifying flame. Their clasped hands form a continuous circuit that captures the palpable energy in the air and alludes to the never-ending cycle of the year. They dance to say farewell to the Moon that rules the winter skies. Their haunting chants echo through the mountains and fill the midnight air. As the sky lightens throughout the night they send away the moon and greet the rising sun as the new ruler of the skies for the summer half of the year.
Walpurgisnacht (April 30th - May 1st) is a celebration observed mostly in Central and Northern European countries with roots in Germany. It begins at moonrise on April 30th and ends when the sun rises on May 1st. The night is also referred to as Hexennacht meaning “Witches’ Night.” It is believed that witches and other magic folk gather on the Brocken, highest peak in the Harz mountains of Germany, to worship the darker powers inherent in their craft. There could be multiple reasons for this worship of the darker powers. First, because it is the last night in which the moon rules the sky which embodies the unknown, the darker side (but not necessarily evil), and psychic abilities. Secondly, this time of year is exactly opposite of Samhain (Halloween) on the wheel of the year. Whereas Samhain celebrates death and the onset of winter, Springtime festivals celebrate life and growth starting anew. Both holidays together span the entire year as two parts of a whole and this duality means that both share certain characteristics, mainly that the veil between the spirit world and our world is at it’s thinnest. This means that all spell work and magical workings performed during this time are more powerful. With this channel open magical practitioners are able to harness energies from the spirit world adding them to the energies gathered from our world. However, magic can be dangerous during this night because the dead can enter our realm and hold sway over energies.
Black ink on hand-dyed light brown handmade linen with ornate crocheted lacework. This linen is remarkable and in great shape. It is handmade and hand crocheted by a very neat, and skillful hand. When creating altar cloths, it is very rare that I come across a linen this beautiful. It would add a lot of magic to any sacred space!
Measures 34" x 34" (inches)
NOTE: Linens are hand selected with special attention to quality and uniqueness ensuring each is in good vintage condition with very little to no signs of wear. There may be slight variations in the dye color of each piece which attests to it's handmade nature.
Washing instructions: Hand wash cold or dry clean.
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