Why Reindeer Goddesses?
Emerging 10,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age on Earth, the Neolithic antlered Reindeer Goddess was revered in sculpture, song and story by many early northern European cultures including the Celts, Picts, Bretons and Vikings. Arctic tribes such as the Sami in Norway and the Eveny shamanic tribes in Siberia worshipped the Reindeer Goddess and also lived with and herded Reindeer. It is in the old, old tales of these peoples and tribes that the Reindeer Goddess brought the sun back to the Northern Hemisphere in her great antlers on Winter Solstice, also known as The Longest Night. By our modern calendars, about December 21st.
Like the Goddess herself, Reindeer are the only female deer on Earth who wear the same crown of antlers as do the male Reindeer. But the males shed their rack after the fall mating season while the females wear their antlers all Winter, guiding and protecting the herd and leading the way back North for the Spring migration. Only when they are preparing to give birth do the female Reindeer shed their own racks.
If Santa's sleigh is indeed being pulled by antlered Reindeer, they are almost certainly female......and possibly pregnant.
Each Reindeer Goddess I create is unique and one-of-a-kind. Combining yarn, organic birch branches, clay and cloth, I sculpt, bake, bind, braid and stitch. In spirit, as well as in labor and materials, I welcome the Ancient Antlered Reindeer Goddess into our tumultuous, modern world and honor Her powerful presence which is still echoed in the cards, songs, decorations and stories we continue to share during our own northern Yule, Christmas and Winter Solstice celebrations.
Stay Strong This Year.......