Traditional Yule Fly Agaric hand-painted greeting card
Throughout Autumn, when the lights draw in, I put on some music, light a few candles and paint my Yule cards.
This year, to say thank you to my lovely customers here and over at my Etsy shop I decided to offer a limited number of hand-painted cards for the Yule season too.
Cards are A6 with a small painting mounted on to the front, depicting the Fly agaric mushroom - a traditional good luck symbol of Yule.
The size of the painting and backgrounds vary, slightly, as I repurpose offcuts of paper from larger paintings to minimise studio waste.
This card contains an additional white paper leaf for lengthy messages, or for lists of gratitude or intentions for the coming year.
A white envelope, embossed with the studio seal is included.
The folded card measures 10.5 x 148.5 cm and fits perfectly into a standard A6 frame, providing a meaningful card and gift combo that can be enjoyed over the coming years.
The back of the card reads:
Yule is a celebration of the return of the Sun, celebrated around the Winter Solstice, marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The exact date fluctuates as it is determined astronomically.
In 2022, in the Northern Hemisphere, the exact moment that the Sun reaches its greatest distance from the equatorial plane will be on the 21st of December at 9.48 P.M., GMT or at 4.48 P.M., EST.
As the wheel clicks past this point in time, the days become progressively longer as we gently move towards Spring.
Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the Fly agaric mushroom was traditionally depicted on Yule cards in Victorian times as a symbol of good luck for the coming year.
Some research suggests that Santa's red and white suit was inspired by this delightful, magical fungi.
The card is signed and numbered on the back and embossed with the studio seal.
This card is painted in the Hotchi-Witchi studio is Wales, U.K.
Cards are posted in a compostable cello sleeve and inserted into a recycled and recyclable cardboard envelope to ensure they reach you in perfect condition.
Thank you for visiting the Hotchi-Witchi shop.