Make Your Own Witches Ladder
October 31, 2020
The Alton Mill Arts Centre , Alton
Join artist CJ Shelton for a unique and fun way of celebrating Halloween! In this fun workshop you will weave an ancient form of folk magic using wool, charms and found objects from nature.
Did you know that the origins of our much loved Halloween are to be found in an ancient Celtic festival known as “Samhain” (pronounced ‘sow-oon’)? Traditionally celebrated around the first of November, Samhain marked the beginning of the dark half of the year, a time when the “veils between the worlds” were thin and spirits, ghosts and goblins could pass easily from the world beyond into ours. It was also a time for working magic and casting spells.
A simple form of spell casting was to weave a Witch’s Ladder, a charm or talisman constructed from braided cords with magickal objects, feathers and natural items woven or knotted into it. The original use of the charm is unknown but over time modern forms of Wicca or Witchcraft have adopted it as a way of setting intentions or invoking protection of one’s home, self and loved ones.
This workshop lets you create your very own Witches Ladder using wool, ribbon, charms and found objects such as twigs, feathers, and other unusual and organic bits and pieces from nature. As you weave your ladder you will intentionally “cast” your dreams for the year ahead as well as other thoughts, prayers and spells into your magical creation.
The workshop will be rounded out with a short guided meditation and each ladder smudged (spiritually cleansed) and blessed. Your finished Witches Ladder can then be hung indoors or outdoors to help protect your home and send its messages out into the world throughout the coming year.
All materials are supplied although you are encouraged to bring one or two special tokens or objects that can be woven into your ladder.
Please note that this activity is not suited for children under 12 years of age.
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