Hedge Jumper screen print
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A Hedge Witch floats in a state of trance, engulfed in the safe territory of the flora that is her familiar realm. Running along the forest's edge, the hedge is a noted space of transition, separating our world from the dominion of the "other" world, or the unknown. Hedges create natural barriers that are often ripe with all manner of medicinal plants and herbs, making it the preferred habitat of the Hedge Witch. As a wise woman and folk magic practitioner, the hedge witch finds sanctuary amongst these green spaces of transition. Her title comes from the Saxon word haegtessa, meaning 'hedge-rider,' for she is capable of walking freely between realms, learning spiritual wisdom from the other side, carrying it back to our world, and incorporating it into her magical work. The term 'jumping the hedge' refers to the idea that she may walk between worlds, often with one foot on either side, as an entity that bridges our world with the realms unseen. Amongst the hedge she finds all the ingredients of her craft as well as the wisdom inherent in a close kinship with nature and the green spirits.
The Hedge Jumper is an illustration that captures the energy of the hedge witch as she walks between worlds and communes with the wise spirits of the unknown. From her right hand sprout plants that cleanse and protect-- Rosemary, Black Cohosh, Motherwort, Garlic, Hawthorn, and St. John's Wort. From her left grow plants that will aid her intuition and psychic abilities-- Peppermint, Mugwort, Dandelion, Yarrow, Jasmine, Cinquefoil, and Mullein. Beneath her unfurl the saturnine plants of the underworld, the poisonous "witches' weeds" found in the infamous flying ointments-- Foxglove, Datura, Henbane, Mandrake, Aconite, and Poppy. Although benevolent, the hedge witch knows that to understand the whole of spiritual wisdom she must possess a thorough knowledge of flora both healing and baneful. With this keen awareness, she reveres the green realm and submits her open mind as a receptive offering in exchange for the invaluable wisdom of the unknown worlds. Blessed by divine spirits, her animal familiar, the snake, encircles her as an act of mutual respect, symbolizing illumination, protection, and wholeness as she embraces the natural cycle of the earth. With her ability to touch all worlds and the natural energy of her trance-like state, The Hedge Jumper is a visual spell for personal power and the act of embracing all the worlds within yourself, both light and dark, through knowledge and reverence. The illustration symbolizes protection, balance, and wisdom gained through communion with the green realm and those divine energies that connect the whole of universe together.
The Hedge Jumper is original artwork, drawn and screen printed by Adrienne Rozzi.
Hand printed with black ink on kraft-toned Stonehenge archival paper with a deckle edge (raw) at the bottom. Signed by the artist.
Measures 12" x 17"
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