Southern Hemisphere Date: December 22nd
Northern Hemisphere Date: June 21st

Origins: The Midsummer Sabbat or Summer Solstice (also known as Alban,
Hefin, and Midsummer) is celebrated by Witches and Pagans throughout
the world. Midsummer is the longest day of the year when the Sun is at
its zenith, and consequently the shortest night. In many traditions,
Litha symbolizes the end of the reign of the waxing year's Oak-King,
who is now replaced by the Holly-King of the waning year (who rules
until Winter Solstice). It is the ideal time for divinations and
healing rituals. Until now the God and Goddess have ruled supreme,
they have imposed their will upon the kingdom without challenge, but
now a somber figure makes his appearance. This is the beginning of the
ancient pagan theme of the battle between the brothers; the light and
dark kings now begin their conflict. The Dark king attempts to
overpower the Queen; the child she bears represents the realm. They
fight, light against dark, but at this time the sun is still at the
height of his powers, and the King drives the challenger back. In his
struggle, he overthrows the userper, but is wounded, and his strength
begins to decline. The light still rules supreme, but a shadow has
fallen over the kingdom. The God and Goddess remain at the height of
their power, yet a new force - darkness - is awakening in the world.
Bonfire's representing the Sun, were lit to rouse love, purification,
health, and fertility. Some witches believe that this day is the best
for working magick. Tradition has it that on this day the Little People
could be seen more easily than at other times. It is believed that the
veils between the worlds, (like at Samhain,) are thinnest and the
spirits of the dead pass through freely. Tradition has it, that if you
accidently step on a St. Johns Wort flower on Midsummer night, you
would be transported to the realm of the Fey. Herbs common to this
festival are St John's Wort, vervain, rose, lily, lavender, ivy, fern.
Fresh fruits adorn the alter.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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