There will be two different takes on the Winter Yggdrasil theme; this is the first. (The second is carded but not yet spun, so it probably won’t emerge for another week or two yet. )
You might think that the Great Tree, being eternal, would not have its seasonal cycles of life and death like any other tree, but you’d be wrong. The Tree lives, and all things that live have their seasons, their pattern of ebb and flow.
In the winter, Yggdrasil, Steed of the Terrible One, sometime resembles an ancient yew, with dark green needles and blood-red berries. At other times it appears as a skeletal ash, its bony black fingers clawing at a white sky. For now the Hunt rages, all of the ghastly spirits of Odin’s army of the dead ride forth, the ancestors walk the earth among their kin, and the Tree anchors all of the worlds, its dual faces showing the dual nature of the Yule season: celebration and death.
This cord depicts the bright face of Winter Yggdrasil, the festive reds, greens and golds of the holiday season, the spirit of family gatherings, hospitality, gift-giving, and hopes for the new year. Hand dyed domestic Merino and Cheviot top, carded with generous helpings of luscious hand dyed silk and lots of sparkle, then spun with intent and healing Reiki energy, plied with a strand of sparkling red Lurex (metallic) yarn, and consecrated with the energies of the Great Tree that binds and connects the worlds.
Please note: I have tried to depict the colors as accurately as possible, but every monitor shows color a bit differently. Since these are made in tiny batches by hand, the cord you receive may not be identical to the photographs, but it will be very close. Please allow for slight variations!
Rinsed with mugwort, bayberry root bark and yew needles, and essential oils of cinnamon bark, frankincense, myrrh, clove, cypress, juniper, and fir needle (for the blessings of nine sacred trees, in all, in addition to the visionary properties of mugwort). The cord ends are adorned with four charms: a cranberry jade bead, an antique bronzetone Yule tree, an antiqued bronzetone pine cone, and an antiqued silvertone Amanita mushroom (the vision-enhancing fungus said to have originated when red spittle from the mouth of Sleipnir, Odin’s horse, fell onto the snow).
You can use this cord:
- To adorn a northern tradition or shamanic altar, or a Yule altar
– For grounding and shielding
– For any ritual or spell having to do with astral travel, shamanic journeying, otherworldly communication, oracular vision, or petitioning the gods of the north
– To contact the northern gods, giants, elves, or dwarves in meditation or journeying
– As a dedication cord to any of the northern (aka heathen) gods
– For the altar of a northern goddess or god
– For a handfasting cord for a Yule wedding
– As a necklace lariat, belt, or hair tie to wear to a rite in honor of a northern god or goddess, or to a Yule ritual or celebration
– For knot spell work
– To spread on the floor to mark out your ritual circle for your Yule/Winter Solstice ritual, or for astral travel or shamanic journeying work
– To wear on any occasion when you want to surround yourself with the protection of the northern gods or anchor yourself to the World Tree
As always, these are made in tiny batches, completely by hand, so supplies are extremely limited. I only have three of these available, and I don’t know if I will have time make another batch in this exact design this season–so if you need to have this, you should probably stop reading and go get yours now!
Two other brand new cord designs are also still available in my shop, posted in the last few days: the Self Love Cord (pamper your inner child with sparkly bubblegum pink) and the Sweet Dreams Cord (the velvet blue of the night sky, with a tiny vial of mugwort as one of the charms).
I am always happy to reserve a cord for you for up to two weeks, longer for established customers, so please don’t be shy about asking me to hold something until you can get the money together. (I certainly know how it is to be on a tight budget.) However, I do have to request that you please do not ask me to reserve an item unless you seriously intend to purchase it within a reasonable period of time, as that removes the item from being able to be purchased by others. Also (and I don’t feel I should have to say this, but it has come up so I’m going to mention it briefly), please don’t ask me if I can come down on prices. My prices are set by Odin, and even though I have been raising them slowly, at His behest, to get them where they should be, they are not quite there yet even now (in comparison with other similar items I’ve seen on the market.) I offered the first batch of fixed mason jar candles at a reduced introductory price (the next batch will be at full price), but my cords are not a beta product, and the only time they will be reduced is when w/We decide to have a sale.
Once again, thank you so much for your support!