Elder Elder

Elder

25th Novemeber - 23rd December

€2.60

In the ancient Irish Tree Lore calendar, the Elder is associated with the period of the 25th Novemeber - 23rd December. The Elder was a tree often seen as cursed or evil with links to the fairy world. In this illustration we see the weary traveler asleep under an Elder, perhaps having drank his fill of Elderflower wine. It was believed that those who slept beneath this tree might never awake or that their dreams would be filled with nightmarish visions. There was some foundation in this belief as the strong perfume of the flowers is avoided by small animals who avoid resting beneath its branches. On the left we see a fairy being checking the basket made of Elder in the hope that it was a cradle. People were afraid to make cradles from Elder wood for fear of the fairies might steal the child and replace it with a changeling. In the background we have the rising sun of the winter solstice, the swirls on the hill reflecting the massive entrance stone to Newgrange, the passage grave through which the mid-winter sunrise casts its dawning light. The Ogham (ancient Irish writing) is five diagonal lines from upper left down to the right.


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In the ancient Irish Tree Lore calendar, the Elder is associated with the period of the 25th Novemeber - 23rd December. The Elder was a tree often seen as cursed or evil with links to the fairy world. In this illustration we see the weary traveler asleep under an Elder, perhaps having drank his fill of Elderflower wine. It was believed that those who slept beneath this tree might never awake or that their dreams would be filled with nightmarish visions. There was some foundation in this belief as the strong perfume of the flowers is avoided by small animals who avoid resting beneath its branches. On the left we see a fairy being checking the basket made of Elder in the hope that it was a cradle. People were afraid to make cradles from Elder wood for fear of the fairies might steal the child and replace it with a changeling. In the background we have the rising sun of the winter solstice, the swirls on the hill reflecting the massive entrance stone to Newgrange, the passage grave through which the mid-winter sunrise casts its dawning light. The Ogham (ancient Irish writing) is five diagonal lines from upper left down to the right.

Personality traits.
Like other months in the Tree Lore calendar, the Elder individuals are divided into both New Moon and Full Moon characters (the first and last two weeks of the period). The New Moon individual is inclined to be a great orator, speaking out on injustices whereas the Full Moon character is more reticent but possess great vision. Elders evolve as the years go by. In youth they are inclined to be wasteful but often lucky, then as time passes they often are drawn to study profound subjects ending their years commanding respect from others They do intend however, to sometimes be heartless and have poor judgement in choosing friends.


Main Specifications


SKUTL09
Weight15 grams
Height148 mm
Width105 mm
Depth2 mm
ManufacturerCeltic Myths
OriginIreland

Printed in Ireland from an original by Margaret McKenna

A6 4 page greetings card with blank inside.
Comes with C6 plain white envelope.
Contents wrapped in clear cellophane.

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