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Vana Grimoire: Wickers through the ages, 2018 - now

The Wicker Ritual is integrated into an essential part of Castlefest. In our Vana Grimoire: What is a Wicker? we’ll tell you more about it.

Since the first Ritual in 2007, the Wicker has taken many shapes. Each of them with their own strength and meaning. Below you’ll find the Wickers of 2007 to 2017 and their accompanying text. These are Pathfinder, Wolf, Griffin and Bear.
They are listed below from newest to oldest.

De Wickers from 2007 to 2017 can be found in this blog.

2021: Wicker Bear

Design by: Jeroen Overwijn

This year we will meet the Wickerman as Mother Bear. With her immense primal power and courage, she is the protector of the woods, the fields and the mountains. She protects her little ones and family with power, passion and love. We learned in recent times that life can be complicated and challenging. The Griffin of last year taught us to accept these challenges with persuasion and bravery. He gave us the strength to overcome these times. Now it is time for the energy of the Bear.

The Bear has her cycle of withdrawal and staying close to yourself and waking up again full power and passion. She gives us grounding, deep in the earth. Stand still, rest and take a moment for yourself. The insights you need will then reveal themselves, so you can reach your core. Don’t walk away from your feelings, be open to a deeper self and listen to what you have to say to yourself. Let yourself be guided by your inner words. Find your own truth and speak that truth. Don’t let yourself be stopped, release that primal power and roar!

The sleepster awakens. The time to be small is over: take your leadership, be fearless and shine. Enjoy life like only a bear can do. Eat, play, laze and laugh until the tears are rolling down your cheeks. Feel her softness and strength at the same time and see the sun shine through the shadows.

It is time. Time for the energy of the Bear.

2020: Wicker Griffin

Design by: Jeroen Overwijn

This year, the Wickerman comes to us in the shape of a griffin. The griffin’s energy provides strength and understanding to conquer life’s challenges.

Last year, we met the Wolf, who taught us to thrive while finding the balance between yourself as an individual and your surroundings, the pack. The world has changed in the meantime. Especially our connection to the pack is what keeps us going during these trying times. The abiding griffin represents strength, magic and determination: We don’t give in. The griffin unites the elements of both eagle and lion.

Where the lion represents courage, balance and a positive belief in all that may come, the eagle lets you soar to the greatest heights, brings messages from the upper world and symbolises harmony and invincibility. This way the griffin connects everyday activities to higher powers: the ability to live both powerful and restrained.

The griffin gives us the strength to overcome this situation together. As Keeper of treasure and wealth, he protects our most prized possession: our togetherness, our pack.

Let us follow the griffin and face the future courageously and filled with powerful belief. So we can soon celebrate and share his energy together.

2019: Wicker Wolf

Design by: Jeroen Overwijn

This year the Wickerman comes to us shaped like a wolf. The wolf’s energy is like a circle, in which your base, your loved ones and yourself as an individual are in an equal balance.

The wolf gives you freedom and strength to develop yourself, without losing the importance of the circle, or losing yourself in the circle. The wolf stands in his power as an individual, because of the unity of the larger whole: the pack.

The wolf is strongly connected to the sun and the moon. The spirit and energy of the sun are reflected by the moon and give us deeper insights, in which emotions are brought to light.

He gives us intuitive power, a deeper knowledge of the past, present and future, which together form a trinity in the year 2019.

Let your voice be heard and howl with the wolf. The strength of the wolf teaches you the balance between showing your teeth and serving the pack, the circle. Look into the shadows when they are slowly but surely illuminated by the moon and feel the energy.

The energy of loyalty, strength and love, a perfect balance for yourself and your loved ones.

2018: Wicker Pathfinder

Design by: Jeroen Overwijn

Last year our Wickerman symbolised a new beginning, new paths to wander upon.

This year the Wickerman will embody a shaman. This Pathfinder will guide and support us with his wisdom, courage and strength. That is how we will find new paths.

A journey to our deepest desires. A journey to the wonders that await us. The Pathfinder helps you to reveal your path. Be open to new adventures and passion: your destiny. The Pathfinder's energy will give us the strength and faith to take off our blindfolds and take the first step.

Are you ready for the journey?

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