New window display

New window display

The Museum changes its main window display as the seasons change and the Wheel of the Year turns.  It feels really springlike in Boscastle at the moment and our new window display certainly suits the mood in the air: birds are singing, the sun is shining, it is warm and the plants are starting to come into life (hooray!)  Here are some photos and texts from our current window display:

The Wheel of the Year – The Ancient Festivals

The year can be divided into eight major festivals which mark the passage of the Sun through the year and relate directly to the agricultural cycle.  This is significant to many people (including witches)  The current festival is:

Vernal Equinox – on or about 20th March

The vernal equinox marks the transition between the dark and light halves of the year.  The Sun rises due East and sets due West giving 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.  All is balanced.

Spring flowers have started to appear and the trees show signs of new life.   The Goddess may be seen in the likeness of a hare, dancing and prancing in the fields.

The festival is dedicated to the Goddess Ostara after whom the Christian festival of Easter is named.  Celebrate the Spring!

For the Vernal Equinox, the stag’s antlers have been decorated with painted wooden eggs and we also have a display of 19th and early 20th century Easter cards with egg/hare/rabbit themes.

Also in the window display are some sprigs of hazel and willow and also this driftwood plaque with the following text:

Museum object: driftwood plaque [2206] 

2206 – Wood plaque

This plaque is made of driftwood and painted with a yin and yang symbol to represent the balance of the year between the darker side (which is ending) and the lighter side (which is beginning). 

It was made and used by a Pagan practising today, probably as decoration for their seasonal altar.

 

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