Let’s Call it Self Love Wednesday

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V Day always has me wistful for its Roman counterpart– Lupercalia– a festival of purging fevers and she wolves. Surely there is something worth celebrating on this day besides cupids and St. Valentine? Let’s call it Self Love Wednesday. (I confess I’d always liked the empty tissue boxes decorated as post boxes on our desktops in grade school, and counting up the hearts afterward. Maybe I just like getting post, even if it comes in a heart-covered tissue box! Won’t you be my Feral Valentine?)

The Gratitude Sale Starts Thursday

Starting at midnight GMT, receive 20% off everything at feralstrumpet.co.uk and Feralstrumpet on Etsy with coupon code GRATITUDE17. Good until Monday 27/11/17.

I know we are all bombarded with sale messages during this season, and I’ve chosen to thank my loyal customers with my biggest sale of the year during this time. This is my 7th holiday season in the shop and the gratitude I feel for my customers, many of whom have become friends, is great. Know that if you are inspired to shop during this time, choosing small, independent business like mine make a huge difference in a life and I strive to reflect that in the quality of my work, the personal service and attention to detail, right down to the gift wrap of each purchase which includes dried lavender and Scottish heather.

(Please note coupon can’t be used on custom orders and can’t be used retroactively.)

Ostara Stars!

Spring is here, lovelies! I know because I saw a massive Queen bee buzzing around my garden, (Seriously, she was the size of a small bird) and the daffs have started to bloom on the Medieval city walls!

This is such a special Equinox, coming as it does on the heels of a waning half moon. We have all needed this spring energy so much for all the wonderful changes that are afoot in our lives.

To celebrate, I’ve collected all my spring favourites in one spot, The Ostara Stars Collection, and am offering 20% off everything there with coupon code OSTARA17 from now until March 21st, 2017.

What signs of spring have you seen? What are your plans for Ostara this year?

New Designs in the Shop Every Week!

whatsnew16Did you know that there are new designs in the shop every Friday, and you can find them in one place– The What’s New Collection at Feralstrumpet.co.uk before they get snapped up by anyone else!

And just to say thanks for clicking over to check out the collection, I’m offering 15% off everything in the What’s New Collection for the rest of August– just use coupon code 8NEW16 at checkout.

Just some of the new designs in the What's New Collection.
Just some of the new designs in the What’s New Collection.

A Ripe and Ready Lupercalia

Yes, Valentines Day is quickly upon us.   I love it all: the hearts; the red and  pink,; fat frolicking, well-armed babies.  The Christianized St. Valentine’s Day falls on the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, where love notes called “billets” were exchanged. That celebration was a bit more to the point, with a Sacred She Wolf, permissive orgiastic rites, Lupa’s grottos and all the poetic euphemism this celebration invites.

The church later replaced this day with a celebration of the mythical St. Valentine, a kind of slap-dash re-invention of Pan who was still called on love charms and other such workings.

The heart appears in my work quite often. It is one of my favourite symbols.  Not only does it have a lovely, comforting symmetry as a motif– the rounded top and pointed bottom offer a satisfying contrast. But beyond aesthetics, the heart offers much profound human meaning. Hearts were offered to Aztec gods while they were “still dancing” and the ancient mother goddess was often referred to a “swallower of hearts.”  Hearts are the currency of the soul.   Later manifested in Catholic tradition as the sacred heart, it was the gift of the god to his devout followers. This original vision is attributed to Saint Alacoque who saw it as a blooming rose, a communion cup, a furnace and bridal chamber.

The most important part of this holiday is not erotic or romanic love, but love of friends and our selves. These are worth celebrating.

I’m offering 20% off my Feral Valentines Collection with coupon code LUPERCALIA from the 12th of Feb. to the 15th, 2016.