It is that time of year when I'm starting to do my shopping for Yule. I like to wait until after Samhain, but I also like to get my card and gift buying done before the last-minute rush.
When it comes to cards, I prefer to buy ones that don't say "Happy Christmas", because being pagan I call the midwinter festival Yule or the Winter Solstice.
The lovely cards you can see pictured on this post were ones I saw on a stall at Pagan FutureFest's Samhain festival. They are produced by pagan artist Charged by Fire, who also paints pictures and sells a wide range of greeting cards based on them. I didn't buy the cards then, but I took these photos and made a note of the website where they could be bought online. It is http://www.chargedbyfire.com/
Charged by Fire says: "I’m a pagan on a mostly-solitary path, living in beautiful South Wales.
"I have studied art and writing. I paint the images I am given in dreams and shamanic journeys and meditations. I am determined that people should have access to my work no matter what the depth of their pockets. At one end of the scale I provide my paintings as originals on canvas – more expensive as I honour the time and care and materials involved in their creation. The work is also available as high-quality postcards and greetings cards."
All the cards are on 100% post-consumer-waste recycled stock bought from a paper co-operative, while the envelopes are purchased from a company dedicated to eco-friendly stationery and the ink is vegetable oil based, not mineral oil based.
Understandably, these cards are a little more expensive than ones you could buy mass-produced, but it is good to know you are supporting a UK-based small business with sound ethical principles. A pack of 10 Yule cards costs £15 and single cards cost £2.50. There are other designs available on the website.
Over the next few weeks I will be featuring other small pagan businesses that produce suitable gifts for giving at the Winter Solstice.
If you are a small UK-based pagan business that makes or sells lovely things and would like a mention, do email me a press release about your products and a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you send me the details of your website, contact email and where people can buy your stuff. I can't absolutely guarantee I'll be able to post on my blog everything I'm sent, but I'll try to do my best.
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