Fox and the Holly greeting card
Winter: The Fox and the Holly
All of The Moon and the Furrow greeting cards are printed without water or chemicals onto 100% recycled paper or paper from sustainable managed forests, all inks are vegetable oil based and all toners are new generation eco-friendly.
Each card measures 120 mm x 120 mm and comes with a white recycled paper envelope.
The fox is known to be a cunning trickster in the folklore of many different cultures and is also known as a shape shifter. In Japan, stories of fox possession are found in the folk talks from all regions and depictions of foxes can be found at Shinto shrines. I spend a lot of time and energy worrying about a fox eating one or all of my chickens but I also live in the heart of fox hunting country. I hope that all the foxes around here have enough cunning and wiles to outsmart and outrun the hunt.
Holly was brought into the house to both keep evil spirits out and also provide a home for faeries on the coldest nights. I love the story of the Holly King who defeats the Oak King on the Summer Solstice to rule until the Winter Solstice when the Oak King wins the fight. Holly trees were often planted near houses as they are traditionally known to protect the home during a lightening storm and holly is associated with the Norse gods Thor and Freya.
The border for many of my designs illustrates trees chosen for their associations with old customs and beliefs. They are Elder, Oak, Ivy and Holly. I have also included some of the phases of the moon.
Each order is wrapped in acid free, unbleached tissue paper, tied with yarn and includes a hand written thank you note. I am happy to address this to recipients of gifts at no extra cost. Just let me know in the notes when you place your order.