Wreath-Making for Mid-Winter
This was the first time I’d moved through this process alongside another person. I’d made wreaths a few times before and felt an energy I couldn’t put into words in the process. I felt … as if I was pulling threads from the Universe as I wove the materia around the frame.As my friend and I worked side by side on our individual creations, I got the courage to ask, “Do you feel that?”“You mean the magic?” she said. “Of course. That’s what wreath making is.”I would learn that day about wreaths as magic. I would come to know a magical practice, ancient and powerful, to create dreams into something tangible.I would shortly discover the potential this intentional creation would bring as 3 weeks later, exactly what my friend wished for materialized for her in the most beautiful way.
I am so thrilled to be sharing the process of weaving magic into wreaths with each of you. In some novels about older magic (such as A Discovery of Witches), we hear about “weavers” and the ways that weaving is a metaphor not just for magic but for all of the work we do in the world. Stories about The Fates and the Loom of Fate continue this description, inviting us into an ancient practice often relegated to women and seen as “women’s work.”
In truth, there is very deep and potent magic in weaving. Through this process, we take seemingly simple objects – string, twine, yarn, thread – and we turn them into a sturdy reinforced object. Woven items are some of the strongest and most durable in the world. Archeologists find woven objects in ancient sites that have endured for centuries, still intact and still strong.
Through this process of wreath-making, we will bring the magic of weaving together with the circular nature of wreaths, a symbol of connection and wholeness. By weaving into the wreath, we are bringing the power of intention and strength-building into a place of wholeness, in recognition of the interconnectedness of all things, and in gratitude for the ways we can make manifest our wishes and our desires through tangible action.
Stay tuned for more detailed wreath-weaving instructions to follow. Until then, sink deep into the dreaming of what you might weave into this wreath and into this reclamation of midwinter.