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Trader Of The Month - Myth and Moon Relics

This month we spoke to Brittania from Myth and Moon Relics based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

POTN: Can you tell us a little about your business?

Brittania: My business is called Myth and Moon Relics and I make jewellery inspired by Victorian specimen collecting and curiosity cabinets mixed with my spiritual practice. I use vintage inspired glass specimen jars and fill them with gifts from nature from dried flowers to ethically sourced butterfly specimens. But my favourite are my spell pendants. I fill beautiful hand blown glass spheres with botanicals and crystals using the old knowledge of their meaning and power and I follow the cycles of the moon when making them. I love when customers come to me with specific needs and I can make them a unique and powerful tool to face their problems and give them strength. 

POTN: How would you describe your path?

Brittania: I am very much a solitary practitioner, I think that comes from being raised in a very Christian environment full of people who really judged and didn't understand Paganism. I read a lot of books and am particularly drawn to following the moon cycles and nature. I like celebrating the traditional holidays but most of all nature is my church. Nature is so healing and powerful and its gifts are boundless.

POTN: What brought you to your path?

Brittania: As I mentioned I was raised in a very Christian environment, but when I was 16 I got a job in a hippie/occult shop and I remember just devouring all the books on Wicca, Paganism, Witch Craft, and all the ingredients for creating spells and altar relics. It was a whole new world that was so different from the rigidity and powerlessness of Christianity. I always had a problem with the idea of God as a man who created woman to be a partner when it is women who bring life into the world, and the idea of blind faith, and here was a practice where I could make spells and rituals to have a bit of control over my own destiny. It felt like coming home. 

POTN: Are your faith and business entwined?

Brittania: My business is directly inspired by my faith and wouldn't exist without it. Even with my butterfly specimen jars, I make sure my specimens are ethically sourced; they come from butterfly gardeners who maintain gardens and collect those that have died naturally, it's all a part of nature's cycle of life and I believe if it was beautiful in life why would it not be beautiful in death? My business also keeps my faith alive and challenges me when I get requests for bespoke pieces to help overcome specific issues, I get to study what botanicals and crystals would work well and I love the ritual of creating these spells and putting my positive energy into helping people out. It gives me a sense of purpose beyond making a pretty adornment.

POTN: What's in the future for your business?

Brittania: It's still quite new. I've made jewellery for a while, but making this type of jewellery that reflects my practice is new. I'm actually a disabled business owner, too. So finding a balance of running my business while taking care of my health is tricky. Right now I am still just trying to get my name out. I would love to do more of my bespoke spell necklaces and I have been working on making some homeware items and just would like to grow at my own steady pace. 

Thank you very much for this opportunity!

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By Sam Stoker

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