Blessed Thor's Day Everybody!
We are still taking student for classes listed below, so hurry and get signed up!
This class is a progressive from level one of the Basic Witch and students registering for this class must have had previous training. If you have not taken the first class with the LoP your will be asked for documentation from prior training and an apititude test to gaing entry.
In this class the greenwitch will be learning about the Sacred Connection to Nature, Balancing Light & Shadow as well as some more on progressive.magic spells and casting arts of the craft.
Registration January 6th 2014 until February 23rd.
Class begins on the 24th.
~~~BEGINNERS HERBOLOGY 101~~~
COURSE COSTS AND REGISTRATION DATES
For centuries Witches have grown there own herbs for magickal,
culinary and medicinal uses. A garden or container with herbs,
can focus on elementals, planetary influences, a particular deity
or particular spell work, such as protection, prosperity or love
magick. The possibilities are endless.
You will learn how to grow,harvest,dry and use 50 basic herbs in
a Witches daily life.
Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Your Backyard Herb Garden by Miranda Smith
Registration enrollment for this class will begin on:
January 6th 2014 until minumun quota.
~~~WELCOME TO THE HERBS & POTIONS~~~
The next progressive class of Herbology 101
Within the Herb & Potions class
you will discover, how to use
Witchy Herbs as the art of healing.
You will learn how to combine Witchy
Herbs with Astrology, Tarot, Gemstones
and Planetary correspondences to
enhance your magickal spells and rituals.
I also will include some Herbal Potions,
that will be a great benefit to every
Required Book need for Class :
The Master Book of Herbalism
By Paul Beyerl
Registration begins on January 6th 2014 until minimum quota
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by Linda Saboe
I saw the road cutting to the left as I came around the bend on Rt. 212. Before I could read the street sign, I braked, snapped my turn signal on, hoping that no one was close behind me. About a half mile down the road I had second thoughts. Was this the road? Why had I turned without reading the sign? Allowing self-doubt to cloud my intuition, I turned back to check the sign to see if I was indeed on the right path. I was to spend the next four days in the presence of a woman who finds no charm in such silly self-indulgence. Of course I was on the right path--I'd turned hadn't I?
The Wise Woman Center is a place of transformation and healing. Before Susun acquired it, the land had been a quarry--rocky outcroppings, gouged-out canyons and cut bluestone stacked high forming man-made cliffs.Every inch of soil was laid down by Susun, transforming the scarred earth into a place where plants, animals and women grow and heal. I had been told that the Green Witch Intensive would be transformative and over the next four days I came to understand what that really means.
As I approached the driveway, one of the apprentices was there to show me the way in. Susun stood at the top of the driveway, greeted me by name and showed me where to park, making sure to tell me to avoid damaging the plants.
After my car was parked, Susun turned me over to one of the apprentices. A long-limbed, willowy woman, Meghan was the youngest of the circle of women gathered for the Green Witch Intensive. It was Meghan's duty to orient me to the property and the simple rules that all need to follow when living in the midst of goats, geese and faeries. Always close gates and doors to keep critters in or out; bluestone is slippery when wet; keep to the paths so as not to trample the plants living there and watch out for altars.
When all the women were gathered we were served the first of several delicious infusions and given schedules outlining the events that would fill our days. The talking stick was passed from woman to woman as we introduced ourselves.
Something magical happens when that sacred stick is placed in your hands. I am not a natural speaker and have always shied away from speaking in public. I almost never say what is on my mind. But the stick gives permission to speak, to put out there what is in your heart. Words, always hard for me to come by, came easily. The stick gave me the courage to be heard.
The weed walk that followed was the shortest of the four days worth of classes with Susun, but I learned more on that one walk than I had in the past year of self-study. For anyone contemplating doing a workshop with Susun, I suggest that you leave pad and pencil alone. Her teaching style will engage you so fully that taking notes will only cause you to miss valuable information. If you listen, what she tells you will become yours. If you ask a question, you will most likely be guided to an answer rich in botanical, philosophical and mystical lore.
Susun doesn't suffer sloppy thinking. Assumptions will be questioned, errors corrected and faulty logic challenged. One day, during casual conversation, I spoke of something that I'd been told years ago as a child. Something I'd simply assumed to be true. "That makes no sense," Susun said, and proceeded to show me why. I soon realized that, damn, it didn't make sense! What made even less sense was that I had never thought about it, questioned it or researched it.
Song filled our days. Mornings brought the song of the apprentices as they made their way up from the Nettle's Patch to start the chores of the day. Minerva, one of the oldest, brightest souls I've ever met, led us in a moving meditation called Qi Kong.
Afterwards, we had a large breakfast of grains, fresh goat milk, yogurt, bread, honey and fruit. And infusions--always infusions. At 10 we had class with Susun, then lunch, talking stick followed by class at 3:30, then dinner.
The food was simply spectacular. Simplicity being key--grains, greens, goats milk, yogurt and cheese, and wild salads. Nutritious infusions and strengthening vinegars will change the way you feel in a short time. I can only describe it as a clean, centered energy. You will be sated without feeling heavy. You will be nourished in every aspect of your being as well, physically, emotionally, spiritually.
Each evening brought a different event. Our first night was magical. We were served a scrumptious dinner complete with freshly picked wild salad followed by a concert. Everyone was encouraged to dress in Goddess garb to listen to Julia Haines sing and play the Celtic harp. Those of us who live in jeans and t-shirts availed ourselves of the many costumes Susun has collected over the years. A concert under the stars decked out in our finest!
The last day was one of the most moving experiences in my life. Right up there with birthing babies, but this time, it was I being born in the company of women. Initiation was not something I had really thought about. I was never one to join groups or participate in ritual. I was there to learn about the medicinal and nutritional uses of plants. But, after three intense days (it ain't called an intensive for nothing), with these incredible, talented women, I knew I wanted to be part of this thing. I'd spent my entire life being apart--this time, I would participate.
Later, I swam naked in the pond. It had been many years since I'd felt free enough and safe enough to be in my skin with others. I found out that floating on my back with 30 feet of water holding me up, beads of duckweed sparkling in my hair is a truly magical way to spend an afternoon. I highly recommend swimming in duckweed for what ails you.
As the day moved into evening, we began to part company. Last words were spoken, business cards, phone numbers and email addresses exchanged. We cried, hugged each other and Susun hugged us all. Susun's generosity of spirit, her love for the earth, her respect for life and for death makes her one of the most powerful women I have ever met. Susun is nothing if not present. A hug from Susun is a hug to be reckoned with--full of love and letting go. A mother's hug.
Woman by woman, we left as we came, but we left a little stronger, a little wiser and fully nourished.
Many thanks go out to the apprentices, Meg, Meghan, Verena, Melina, Corrina and Minerva. Thank you all for your hard work, kind words and sweet songs. I hope I spelled your names right. Thank you, Susun for the wonderful work you do; for creating a safe place where women learn, love, discover their names and find their voices.
love,-lindain the end, we are all food.
Standing in the hoop of the Sacred Corn Mother we honor the young girls as they becoming women. To our people all ceremony is held in the highest respect and honor. Nothing is taken lightly we stand in total respect of the elders and the teaching during this entire ceremony. The honoring of the women's medicine is powerful when done under the Strawberry Moon.
The hoop or circle is never broken, the sacred fire is never left unattended or let to die out. As the heart beat of the drum is carried out over the camping area we are in the hoop of holy ceremony. For as far as a person can walk for three days in all four directions, that is the sacred hoop of the ceremony.
We as women have the power to hold this sacred hoop of respect so that our young women will be in a space of peace and love. It is the reproduction of the womb that they were born from and a place that is treated as the beginning of all creation.
Only when this ceremony is held in a high and honored place can the spirits enter and work with our minds, spirits and our hearts that beat as one, body and has one soul.
When we are in ceremony it means that during this time we are to conduct ourselves in a respectful honoring way. We are after all setting an example for the young women who are stepping into the place of women and for the elders who hold the place of wisdom and honor in the hoop.
Any show of disrespect can harm the hoop and disrupt the spirits that have come to attend and to help us find our path. The women must think kind thoughts of each other and not criticize or in any way seek to destroy another's ways or words. This ceremony is after all about the young women not an individual person. We tolerated no out breaks of arguments between the women. If this ever occurred the elders would take it to the ceremonial council and make their decision as what to do.
Throughout the ceremony, we keep our minds and bodies clear of things that could come in through us and enter the hoop.
This means that we are to listen to the elders and to hold the ways of the people in our hearts. We do not make our minds closed by the use of drugs or alcoholic drinks. We stand respectful and listen or sit and keep attentive to the elders or teachers that have come to speak.
We are modest women who hold our bodies as the womb that creates the sacred life of our people. Never would a women display herself in any other way than as a modest and virtuous woman. If this was ever done then the women would be ask to leave the hoop for the good of all who were there to learn.
Public display of nudity was not done in the ceremony. We say if a person brings anger and petty needs into the hoop then the power of the Creator will put their lives out side the hoop.
Of a woman conducted herself in a bad way she would be known as an not virtuous women and would be considered as one with a "hole in her moccasin". There also are other reasons for this to happen but we are now speaking of ceremony only.
In the circle of the fire we do not smoke or speak loud, so that others cannot hear the speakers. Nothing other than tobacco, and corn meal, for prayers are placed in the sacred fire. All things that are done or said in the hoop, both good or bad are never spoken of in a gossiping way. This is to call attention to our self as a loose speaking person.
In the traditional way a woman who gossiped or created a public display of herself such as nudity, or gossip, would have her nose slit to show that she was not a women of the people. Some customs went so far as to take the woman out away from the village with only the bare personal belongings and leave her to survive on her own. This woman would never be invited into any village and her own family would not speak to her. She would be a spirit already walking with the stick people, or Chi Ches.
This practice was not only for women but for men too. With the men it was a harder and harsh ritual that sent them away from the village.
This may seem hard and unfair to some, but it was to preserve the ways so that today we can share them with all nations of women.
I trust this helps many understand the need for respect and love, the hoop of healing and sharing is the result of this respect.
If you are ever invited to come and sit in the circle of live or the Strawberry Moon ceremony then do so with respect and love. This can change the way you and your daughters and grand daughters hold being women as a sacred and healing circle of life.
I trust that all women know the violation of the ceremony and the hoop can only cause them pain and suffering in the future. It is not the sisters who will take this task into their council but a much higher being and power will prevail.
Copyright C 2005 by Waynonaha Two Worlds All publication rights reserved
Traditionally, many paths of Witchcraft are named by their color; red, white, grey, and so forth. Many of these disciplines have changed their names as Witchcraft has gained global unity, but it is Green Witchcraft which has kept its color name from country to country.
To be a Witch means that you worship the Earth as a mother, and to be a Green Witch means that you heal the children of the Earth by bringing them back in communication Her. The disciplines of the Green Witch are many; she listens, watches, learns, heals and, most of all, she teaches.
The Green Witch listens
An old story tells, Raven created the world and it was he who created the gods. He scooped them from the earth, filled their veins with ocean blood and their lungs with mountain winds. Raven gave them the spirits of the stars, so that, like him, they would never die.
Then Raven went on creating. He made our world as the gods whispered their counsel to him. Raven made rivers, mountains, trees, and all manner of beings. As Raven created, his brother the Destroyer, mangled his creations. "Create speed," counseled the gods. Raven made a perfect animal with long running legs, keen vision, and absolute agility and named it Deer. Destroyer could not bear the thought of perfection and so gave Deer the quality of Fear. Raven cursed as his perfect animal bolted into the woods at the sound of leaves rustling. So, he tried again. "Create strength," counseled the gods and Raven created an animal with burly shoulders, strong jaws and claws that push aside the earth, and he named it Badger. But Destroyer gave Badger the quality of Anger. Raven cursed as his creation swung around to bite him. "Vision," counseled the gods. Raven again created the perfect animal with wide knowing eyes, night vision, and the ability to see in all directions and named it Owl. Destroyer gave the creation Day Blindness. Raven cursed as the animal flew into a tree to sleep until sundown. Finally, Raven was ready to create humans.
"Imagination," counseled the gods. "These animals," spoke Raven, "are special to me because of their ability to create in a way that can be both beautiful and dangerous. You must be willing to help me if Destroyer interferes." The gods nodded in understanding. So Raven created the humans with long, flexible fingers, quick minds, and a need to communicate. Destroyer gave the creation Weakness. Raven called upon the gods. "My creature will sicken and go mad destroying everything in their path. We must help them or all creatures will be in danger." The gods conferred and did a very wise thing. They broke off pieces of their wise star spirits and scattered these pieces across the earth. From these pieces rose plants of every variety. Trees, shrubs, flowers, mosses grew in profusion. "All that will challenge Raven's children, the humans, whether disease, madness, or wounds can be healed by these plants," said the gods. "How will they know which plants will heal which sickness?" asked Raven. "When they call upon us, we shall teach them the language of their plant cousins," they replied.
The Green Witch watches
Healers throughout the world have been seeking the language of their plant cousins for centuries. Sometimes our animal brothers and sisters teach us their secrets, as in the case of the herb Eyebright. The story goes that an herbalist had a young bird family nesting in her tree. The spring was a difficult one with excessive rain for the season, and sickness took its toll on the young birds. The herbalist noticed that the fledglings had crusted eyes. She shook her head; the birds' singing had given her such joy every morning, "what a shame," she thought "that they won't survive." But the next morning, the herbalist noticed that the mother bird had brought a plant back to her nest instead of the normal grub. "Was she rebuilding her nest?" wondered the woman. She observed the mother bird holding the plant sprig in her beak and wiping the eyes of her fledglings every day until the chicks eyes had cleared. After some investigation, the herbalist discovered the herb in use was Euphrasia rostkoviana, Eyebright. Eyebright produces tiny white flowers with yellow spots and red veins that reminds me of nothing so much as a blood shot eye. This plant is still used as an eye tonic for strains and infections. People suffering from allergies use it to relieve irritated eyes due to hay fever and sinus infections.
The Green Witch learns
Many healers study the physical nature of plants for clues to their properties. The spotted lung pattern on plants like Lugwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) led ancient herbalists to try treating bronchitis and other lung and throat ailments with this plant with good success. The stomach-shaped pods of Senna (Senna alexandrina) lead herbalists to discover the shrub's usefulness for treating the digestive tract.
Even colors speak to those prepared to listen. For years, Coptis species was used as a detoxifier to cleanse the body system. The inner bark of Coptis is yellow, the color normally associated with the liver and with bile. The liver holds and attempts to filter the body's toxins. When the liver is asked to filter more toxins than its capacity, it ends up as a great storage tank for the unfiltered poison. In the 1930's, overharvesting of Coptis species made it endangered and a new detoxifier had to found. Attention was turned to another plant with a yellow inner root bark, Goldenseal, (Hydrastis canadensis.) This plant became the second most popular herb in American apothecaries for the following 50 years. Now goldenseal has become overharvested like Coptis before it, and the new substitute for Goldenseal is another yellow inner barked herb, Oregon Grape (Berberis vulgaris). The need for flushing the toxins from our systems has brought the toxin "scarcity" into our mother's body to be healed as well. Oregon Grape is being monitored by environmentalists, and organic farmers are planting Coptis and Goldenseal to reduce the need for wild harvesting of these plants.
The Green Witch heals
Sometimes the land speaks to the herbalist. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) came from the semi-dry soils of Turkey and spread throughout Europe and central China as it followed the advance of farm land turned barren by overuse. The wounded land was its nesting place, and the herbalist watched St. John's Wort's sunny yellow flowers line roadsides and other places too rough and ruined for other plants. This is a "bandage" plant, a plant that heals the body of the land as it heals our wounded bodies. The Greeks revered its healing properties and hung it over portraits of the dead, hoping that whatever ills the deceased had suffered would be healed and not passed on to the living. This represents a tradition of using a tool of physical healing to facilitate healing of different levels; many times the healer uses the herb to heal several different levels at once. This is called Deep Healing and it is an important aspect of Green healing.
The Green Witch teaches
The day after a neighborhood friend had his big birthday party, I was in the kitchen getting an easy Saturday lunch together when I noticed three little heads bobbing under the dining room window. I stepped into the dining room to see what the children were "up to." As the window was open, I could hear as well as see them clearly; my eldest daughter (age 7) was rustling around in one of the herb patches under the window under the close scrutiny of my youngest child and the birthday boy (who was holding his stomach.)
Since my children are still quite young, I don't grow any toxic plants, so I wasn't concerned for their safety — just curious. My daughter held out a handful of freshly picked leaves for the boys to see. "You should chew on these," she said confidently, "This is peppermint. Mom makes us drink the tea when our tummies hurt too. It tastes pretty good if you don't chew it too much." I leaned quietly against the door frame blessing the sacred hoop that showed me this moment.
The previous week, I had experienced a terrible day. My plans were dampened by the misunderstanding of another; I was heart sick. I wandered over to the herb patch in the back of the house to check on a new chamomile patch, when a motion caught my eye. A large raven was sitting in the hawthorn tree. When I saw him I thought "Ah, the Hawthorn berry is good medicine for people with heart conditions. It is also given to people grieving of a broken heart. Raven must be pointing out that this is the healing I should seek." But of instead eating the ripe hawthorn berries as I expected, the raven was picking at the beads of the medicine bag I had hung in the tree branches. He caught hold of the sinew stitching with his beak and pulled. The sinew snapped back and he lost his footing and fell backwards, flapping his wings wildly to keep upright. An avalanche of berries fell and rolled towards my feet, which I hopped over as I laughed. Meanwhile, Raven had escaped in an indignant huff to the confines of the nearby cedar tree. His squawks of irritation soon turned to what sounded like laughter, laughter at himself and laughter at me. Raven had given me a merry heart and just when I needed it. I thanked him and heaved a handful of ripe seed heads under the cedar tree as an offering.
To live the life of the Green Witch is to live with many different levels of understanding at once. I call this path Green Living. It means that what we see is a window to all worlds and that when we are asked to help lift life back into balance, we do so. It means that we heal with the knowledge that all beings are Raven's children and deserve love and respect. Green Living means learning the sacred language of the beings around us, a language without words — the language of life. h
— Suzan Stone Sierralupe, Copyright 2002.
A hedge witch is very much a free spirit. Hedge witches are also related to the village witches of old. The term, hedge witch, comes from the fact that your average European village, in time gone by, was surrounded by a hedge or woods. Beyond that hedge was unknown land, beyond their known perception... i.e. the Other World. The village witches of this era usually lived just beyond or just before this hedge. The hedge was a metaphor for some one who practiced shamanic arts, a walker between the worlds.
This term didn't mean just that though. It also denoted that said witch was an herb worker, a healer,because they spent much time in the hedge looking for the herbs necessary to heal or enchant. So now you know where the term came from, but what dose a hedge witch do?
A hedge witch would have learned their trade or craft by word of mouth. More than likely they would have learned it from a family member or the former village witch. Once the person left, they would be on their own. So they would have been taught ways to learn from nature such as listening to the winds or watching cloud formations. They would have celebrated the sabbats by the change of the seasons and not by a date on a calender. More than likely they would have other Holy days besides the sabbats.
They may or may not have worshiped gods.But I digress, this is a definition not a history lesson. Hedge witches all view the divine differently. Personally I worship a God and a Goddess. I feel they are the parents of all life.
Hedge witches are shamans, charmers, healers, and, priest/esses, Rea Beth coined a great term Hedge Mystic. A person who studies and practices the Great Mysteries of Naure.
Hedge craft is a very eclectic path. Mostly because it depends on each witch how it is practiced. Most hedge witches, my self included, are very ethical people. Most do not follow any one Rede as wiccans do. They usually have basic lines they, individually, will not cross. For most, such things are very privet, I am no exception.
Hedge witchery also has another common thread; that magic isn't just about spells and potions, it is in your morning coffee, a gentle touch from your lover, the complex beauty of a leaf, and in hundreds of thousands of other seemingly "mundane" things.
Ti represented this concept i use they phrase "Life is magic, and magic is life"
Another commonly accepted theme is practicality and simplicity. Hedge witches are a very practical group of people, and from that practicality comes simplicity. I think in that simplicity, away from the athames, the penticals, and silver plated chalices; we are able to connect more fully to the natural forces. All to often people get lost in the symbols and forget their meanings.
I know a lot of pagans, when investigating a new path, want to know what toys..errr.. tools a tradition uses. In keeping with the hedge witch way, hedge witches use a variety of tools, most of them bases in practicality and usefulness.
My personal tool set consists of: a humble clay chalice,a sharp knife,a walking stick, and a stone. These tools i consecrated by earth(I buried each tool for a day), air(I left them out above ground, hung in a tree),fire (I held each in a flame....for as long as the materials aloud), water(I submerged each in a creek) and for spirit i asked the blessings of the Gods and Faeries upon them.
Some of you may not know what a Stang is. A stang is a staff with a fork at the top. It usually is planted in the ground and is used as a vertical alter. It is commonly used in traditional witchcraft, it represents the Horned God and is used at the northern gate.
The word hedgewitch comes from the Saxon word haegtessa meaning ‘hedge-rider’. The hedge in hedge witchery is not a fence of shrubs and wildlife, but instead represents the border between our material world and the otherworld – the unknown. In trance-work (also called journey-work, journeying or just “travelling”) the hedgewitch crosses this border in order to contact spirits on the other side to learn from them and bring back knowledge to the material world. A hedgewitch may also use this ability to enter trance in healing rituals, both physical and mental, and also to perform divination. These practices are very shamanistic in nature. Shamans from around the world would talk to spirits and ancestors through trancework in order to learn about specific chants and herbs for healing. Illnesses were sometimes thought to be caused by evil spirits and it was the shaman’s job, along with the help of their spirit guides, to drive out the evil spirits from the afflicted person. These practices can be linked from the fairy doctors of the UK to the halaait of British Columbia. The hedgewitch is essentially a witch doctor with the difference being that their practices are usually based on European witchcraft most likely stemming from the spaewives, völvas, seiðkona, and fairy doctors of our pagan ancestors.
Hedgewitches use various methods to enter into trance including: entheogens (hallucinogens), meditation, breathing exercises, dancing, drumming, visualization, and others. Usually hedge witchery is not a path on its own, but instead is part of the practices of a cultural or traditional witch. The practices of contacting ancestors (both ancient and recently deceased family members), spirit guides (familiar spirits), the good folk, and others are all a part of traditional witchcraft practices. The use of entheogens is always controversial. There is evidence along with recipes for the use of hallucinogens by witches in the Middle Ages and later, one example being the use of flying ointments. Before then, psychoactive plants may have been used by our pagan ancestors in their religious rituals and ceremonies. (Note: Do NOT attempt to make and use a flying ointment unless guided by a professional herbalist or a very experienced practitioner, many of the ingredients are poisonous and harmful even just to the touch).
A Hedge Witch is a solitary practitioner of the herbal arts - both, medicinal and spiritual. She is the person you call when you develop a rash or get a toothache, and the doctor or dentist is unavailable. She is the person you consult when strange things go bump in the night, or you are certain that someone just gave you the evil eye.
Her cupboard contains the remedy for what ails you - physical and spiritual.
A Hedge Witch does not belong to a coven. She does not follow the tenets of any sect or organized religion. Her craft is her own - usually handed down to her by family and honed by her own experience and research.
You will not find two Hedge Witches that are alike. Each follows her own path. The common thread that puts us under the heading of Hedge Witch is our herbal remedies and our solitary spiritual practices
The name, Hedge Witch, comes from days of old when villages were separated by forests. The edge of a village where the forest began was called the hedge. In most villages there was an herbal practitioner, who lived in the forest or near the edge of the forest. This was the person the villagers appealed to when there was no doctor, or the doctor couldn't cure them. The practitioner who lived by the hedge and practiced herbal arts was called a Hedge Witch.
Today, a Hedge Witch may or may not live near the forest, but you likely will find her there at one time or another. Most Hedge Witches have a reverence for nature. They know the medicinal and spiritual properties of everything that grows, and they understand nature's balance. A wise Hedge Witch enlists nature to deal with natural problems. She harvests more weeds than she pulls. She invites wasps, spiders and other predators to kill unwanted bugs. She uses plants and animals to divert bunnies from the vegetable garden.
But the most definitive characteristic of a Hedge Witch is that she has a remedy for everything under the sun, and much of it was prepared by the light of the moon.
Hedgecraft & Herbalism
These two Ancient healing arts compliment each other, both in methodology and orgin. They both rely on nature, specifically plants and sound vibrations for healing. In ancient times individuals that practiced Hedgecraft and Herbalism were revered, and often sought after for medical, and spiritual relief. Names given to such a practicioner would be Shaman, Medicine Man, Mystic Healer, Witch, Wizard, and/or Wise Man/Woman. One who practices Hedgecraft today is known as a Hedgewitch, and one who practices Herbalism is called an Herbalist.
Hedge is often thought of as the ‘edge’ or border of something, which is proper for the practice, due to the fact that the “Hedger” will be using eclectic means to heal, which are beyond the normal boundaries of western medicine. For instance one of the methods of the Hedgewitch would be a constant drumming that induces altered states that are required for the healing, which can sometimes open the door as to speak to other realms or possibilities beyond the Hedge or borderline of reality, which is known as “crossing the Hedge.” This type of magical healing also has an earth based center through Herbalism, Which is another reason why they both compliment each other. The shaman based Hedgecraft can take you to new heights spiritually and renew life force energy.
Herbalism can help cleanse your bodies system and help ground you in preparation, during, and after a Hedgewitch has worked on you. Guided by the spirits of nature most Hedgewitches choose to use Herbalism in their practice, but not all will choose that path. Others choose to use mostly energy and symbols such as used in Reiki. The adept Hedgewitch would probably agree that Herbalism is essential to energy practice, and the Hedger choosing against it, is definitely missing out. Plants in their own rite have been of use to mankind in the healing arts. A good Hedger will know plants so well they can spot a species in the wild. Sadly today there is a stigma on the word “witch” so there are not many men involved in the movement. Some things die hard, yet we have come a long way from burning witches at the stake!
History of Hedge Magic
The historical studies of Owen Davies have shown the extent to which cunning folk were a recognised part of British rural and urban life, and in the 19th century it is estimated there were several thousand at work across the country. They could be found operating openly in towns and villages across the nation and they were a valued part of the community. Some cunning folk were so successful that they began attracting clients from many miles away. Most offered more limited services to a smaller region. Cunning folk could make a good living from their talents, and there usually was a set monetary charge for their services. The money they earned meant they were often considered, especially by the better educated, as frauds and tricksters who got money out of the gullible for parlour tricks. By the nineteenth century when the threat of prosecution was slight they even advertised their services and wrote books. Whether Cunning folk actually did possess any supernatural power is open to debate; certainly some were caught in fraud such as spying on customers to help their predictions, repeatedly promising vast treasure which was never found, and falsely accusing the innocent of theft or witchcraft.
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DARK WITCH REALM
What is the “Book of Calls”?
In Old Ways, what did we use the “call” for ?
All witches have a personal acclamation to call, please develop and submit (YOUR) personal call.
What is the “She of the Crossroads”?
What is each Lady color and what does it represent?
Each Lady wears a hooded robe representing their color and an object, describe each?
The “She” serves two purposes. Describe in your own words?
Prepare all aspects, preform and submit “She of Crossroads Ritual”
Reference pg 190-191
Prepare all aspects, preform and submit To Call: She of the White Round.
Reference pg 191-192 make sure you include the difference in this ritual from the Crossroads.
Prepare all aspects, preform and submit To Call: The Three Daughters of the Night
Reference pg 193-194 make sure you include how this ritual differs and how it is similar.
This next ritual will be your choice of:
1-To Call: He of the Deep Wooded Places.
2-To Call: The Hallow.
3-To Call: The Asthesia.
Make sure you include all aspects and why you selected the ritual you did.
Q 12-Three Rays
Describe in your own words about what “The Journeys of the Middle World?
Reference pg 135
Q 13-Three Rays
Preform, document, and submit your meditation of “Visions of the Great Between.”
A. pg 136-141
Q 14- Three Rays
Preform, document, and submit your meditation of “Journey to the Upper World.”
In this chapter we explore the Morrigan ans the Faery Realm and will be doing several tasks.
Create your own Faery Altar, dedicate, and submit a pic.
Reference pg 163-164
Create your own Faery Star, dedicate, and submit pic.
Reference pg 164-165
Make your own Faery Oil:
Reference pg 171
Make your own Faery Herbal Blend:
Reference pg 172
Make your own Sea Morgan's Bath Salt
Reference pg 172
Preform the Faery Morrigan invocation:
Reference pg 172
Preform the Simple Faery Spell:
Reference pg 168
Preform the Morrigan Faery Right:
Reference pg 169-171
All these rituals cam be done at the same time in the order given to make the ultimate effect. Please document and submit.
Q 19- HW
More on The Faery Faith so on which island and what year was the purest form of fairy worship, and what was the sect name?
Who or what is Fata and how did one appease?
Make a patch of Old World Fairy Dust.
Reference page 83.
Legion of Pagans Spiritual Ministry
Institution of Magick
"The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war." -John Lyly, Euphues (1578)
The quote above pretty much sums up the beliefs of most workers out there. However, I will share my opinions as they differ slightly.
When it comes to break up work on couples, as far as I'm concerned, if there is no ring on the finger and if the couple has not stood up in front of God and man to exchange vows, then I will break-up a couple if the situation warrants such. Don't hate on me for being honest. That's just how the game is played. You want to keep your woman or man, then put a ring on her finger and sanctify that relationship in the eyes of God. I'm not saying you have to have a church wedding or spend a great amount of money. That's not what I'm communicating here. What I'm communicating is when both parties publicly and ritually acknowledge their vows to each other. If you are just shacking up with someone then you are fair game for break-up work as far as I'm concerned. Again, don't hate on me. Break-up work is not a curse. It's not designed to destroy your life or anything like that, only to separate a couple. I'm not here to judge anyone, just being honest. If you want to keep a woman or a man then you better put that ring on their finger and stand up in front of God and man and make that commitment. However, I must stress that I personally will not use break-up work on married couples. Other workers will and will use that saying, "all is fair in love and war", as justification.
Now, break-up work is not just confined to romantic couples. Break-up work can be used on any human relationship or partnership. Many people would be shocked to realize that there are many situations in which using break-up work is not only justified, it is the best choice. Let me give you some examples from my own personal experience.
I've worked at some horrible jobs. In one job I worked I was set for a promotion. The problem was that my boss had a thing for a certain female employee. He took me aside one day and told me that I was such a good worker and then slapped me in my face by telling me that he wanted to give the promotion to this woman. The problem was that she could not work the hours and days that the title called for. So he actually thought he could give the title and accompanying pay raise to her and have me work the extra hours she couldn't, with no title and no pay raise. I put my foot down and told him no. I wasn't going to let him take advantage of me like that just because he wanted to hook up with this woman. So it got to the point where he was finding any excuse to fire me. He even tried to talk me into transferring to another branch location.
Now, the woman in question was not innocent. She knew that he wanted to be with her but she didn't have feeling for him. She was playing him none-the-less and was pressuring him for the position. My problem was that at this time I was still a push-over and was too kind-hearted. I've been burned too many times and now I no longer play games. I ended up loosing my job over this situation. At least it served to help me realize how people will happily do you wrong, walk all over you, use you, and destroy you if you let them. If I was smart I would have immediately gone home and did break-up work on these idiots. If a similar situation ever happens to me in the future, you can rest assured I will use break-up work.
I also worked at another job that was well know for it's "good ol' boy" reputation. This means if you weren't part of the inner circle then you had no chance of ever moving up in he company. Whenever a supervisor position became available management would simply bring in one of their family members or friends. Most of the management had no clue about anything relating to the job and most abused their positions, not showing up to work and having one of their friends alter their time, taking 2-3 hour lunch breaks, taking breaks whenever they felt like, and treating employees like crap. Raises and promotions were given to people they hand-picked and were not based on attendance or even performance. There were several cases of people who had extremely poor attendance, who had poor reviews, etc., be hand-picked by management for higher paying positions that were created in another department. Basically, if you were a good employee, who got excellent reviews, and who actually had great attendance then they viewed you as trash. In order to move up in the company you had to be a lousy employee and be buddy-buddies with the corrupt management. Again, my problem was I was too kind-hearted. I should have done enemy work to break these corrupt people up and help open positions up for not only myself but for other good workers. I have sense learned my lesson. If this situation ever occurs in the future you can be rest assured I will use break-up work.
I cannot stress enough how break-up work by itself is not a curse. Break-up work only becomes a curse when you are doing it out of jealousy, hatred, etc. If you are using break-up work in a justified manner then you have nothing to fear.
As far as the side-effects or consequences of break-up work, fighting is bound to happen. The people being worked on will become angry with one another. If you are doing break-up work on people at your job, the anger will tend to build until there is an outburst, or multiple outbursts, and then one of the people will usually quit. A similar thing happens with romantic relationships. The couple will fight, bicker, may even become violent, until one of them decides they want out of the relationship. Now the only major consequence people need to be aware of is physical violence. It is possible that somebody may get hurt, especially if one of the people being worked on has a capacity for violence or is known for being physically violent. If you are breaking up a romantic couple and the couple has a history of violence in the past, it's possible they can become violent when being worked on with break-up work. That's just how it is. So make sure you are aware of this possible consequence when doing break-up work. Same thing goes with doing break-up work with people on the job. I've seen fist-fights between hot heads on the job and this may also occur if break-up work is used and if the person has a capacity for physical violence.
Remember, we are not Wiccans. There's no such thing as karma, as the Wiccan Rede, or the "Law of Three". There is only consequences. When doing break-up work, do your best to ponder the potential consequences. As long as you are doing justified break-up work then you should be fine.
One of the things we as practitioners have to deal with is the changing times. Things change. There's nothing we can do about it. Things will go obsolete and we as workers will need to adapt to the changes. One of these changes we have to adapt to is the loss of glass bottles. Glass is going bye-bye. Workers can still find certain products that come in glass bottles, such as pickles, peppers, and what-not. However, for many other items glass is quickly being replaced with plastic. Mayo is a product that is going completely plastic. Baby food is another item. Peanut Butter jars are almost completely plastic at this point. If you can still find glass mayo jars or baby food jars, then I would recommend saving them as they are going "extinct" and being replaced with plastic containers. Pickle jars will probably be around for a while.
Now, I will be honest. I don't like working with plastic containers. I much prefer glass jars and I feel that the glass is just easier, energy-wise. I feel resistance or blockage when using plastic, but what can we do? So if you are forced to work with plastic just keep in mind that you may need to give it that extra "umph" to get it working. Also, another action that will have to change is the burning of candles on the lids of the jars. Of course we cannot just set a candle on a plastic lid as we can with a glass jar with a metal lid. So to adapt we need to use tea-light candles instead of offertory or stick candles. Otherwise, workers will need to put their candles in candle holders and then place these on top of the plastic jar. Whatever floats your boat.
You know what bottles I really miss? The glass soda bottles with metal or plastic screw on lids. I remember those were still available up to the 1990s and then they just disappeared.
So for new practitioners, keep in mind that we do have to alter our works based on the times. The key is to retain the "hoodoo spirit", so that it is not lost in the process.
By Donna Morgan on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2:58pm
The Furies, also called the Erinyes or Eumenides, are the goddesses of vengeance and punishers of humanity in Greek and Roman mythology.
Appearance: The Furies appears as winged women with snakes in their hair, tears of blood streaming down their faces, and carrying torches and brandishing whips.
Lore: The Furies were said to be either the daughters of Nyx (Night) or else were born from the drops of blood that fell upon the earth when the god Chronus castrated his father Uranus. Some, however, believe the Furies to be the daughters of Hades and Persephone, however that divine couple is generally believed not to have produced offspring
The role of the Furies is to punish crimes and wrongdoings, especially that of homicide and the breaking of oaths. Because of their birth, the Furies hold a incredible passion for torturing people who commit parenticide, the murder of one's parents.
The Furies have as their main dwelling, Tartarus, the hell of Greek myth, where they continue to torment evil doers for all eternity. However, the curse or cry for vengeance of a victim of a crime or wrong-doing is enough to summon them to the surface world. Once invoked, the Furies show no mercy.
The Furies are the handmaidens of the goddess Nemesis, and though infinite in number are generally portrayed as three beings. The names of the three are Alecto (Unceasing), Megaera(Grudge Holder), and Tisiphone (Avenge Murder).
Powers: The Furies punish their victims by driving them insane, inflicting painful wasting diseases upon them, and by destroying the fertility or prosperity of the land or city in which the victim dwells.
Defense Against The Furies: Victims of the Furies must right the wrongs they have committed and undergo extensive purification rituals in order to stand a chance to survive. Death itself is not an escape or end to their torment, as the Furies will follow their victims to the underworld.
Three goddesses of vengeance: Tisiphone (avenger of murder), Megaera (the jealous) and Alecto (constant anger). They were also called the Daughters of the Night, but were actally the daughters of Uranus and Gaea. Another name for them is the Erinyes. Without mercy, the Furies would punish all crime including the breaking of rules considering all aspects of society. They would strike the offenders with madness and never stopped following criminals. The worst of all crimes were patricide or matricide, and first and foremost, the Furies would punish this kind of crime.
They would also be the guardians of the law when the state had not yet intervened or did not exist, or when the crime was a crime of ethics and not actual law . For example, they would protect beggars and strangers, punish those who stole the birds' young and even look out for the dogs.Horrible to look at, the Furies had snakes for hair and blood dripping from their eyes. They changed into the Eumenides, protectors of the suppliant, after Athena had made them merciful sparing Orestes, whom they had stalked for a long time after the murder of his mother and her lover. From these beings we have the words "furious" and "infuriated".
In Greek and Roman mythology, the Furies were female spirits of justice and vengeance. They were also called the Erinyes (angry ones). Known especially for pursuing people who had murdered family members, the Furies punished their victims by driving them mad. When not punishing wrongdoers on earth, they lived in the underworld and tortured the damned.
According to some stories, the Furies were sisters born from the blood of Uranus, the primeval god of the sky, when he was wounded by his son Cronus*. In other stories, they were the children of Nyx (night). In either case, their primeval origin set them apart from the other deities of the Greek and Roman pantheons.
Most tales mention three Furies: Allecto (endless), Tisiphone (punishment), and Megaera (jealous rage). Usually imagined as monstrous, foul-smelling hags, the sisters had bats' wings, coal-black skin, and hair entwined with serpents. They carried torches, whips, and cups of venom with which to torment wrongdoers. The Furies could also appear as storm clouds or swarms of insects.
underworld land of the dead
deity god or goddess
pantheon aft the gods of a particular culture
* See Names and Places at the end of this volume for further information.
Although the Furies seemed terrifying and sought vengeance, they were not considered deliberately evil. On the contrary, they represented justice and were seen as defenders of moral and legal order. They punished the wicked and guilty without pity but the good and innocent had little to fear from them.
The Furies appear in many myths and ancient literary works. They have a prominent role in Eumenides, a play written by the Greek dramatist Aeschylus. This play tells of the Furies' pursuit of Orestes, who had killed his mother, Clytemnestra, in revenge for her part in murdering his father, King Agamemnon* of Mycenae.
In Eumenides, Orestes' act was depicted as just, and the god Apollo* protected him in his sacred shrine at Delphi*. But the Furies still demanded justice. Finally, the gods persuaded the Furies to allow Orestes to be tried by the Areopagus, an ancient court in the city of Athens. The goddess Athena*, the patron of Athens, cast the deciding ballot.
Athena then calmed the anger of the Furies, who became known afterward as the Eumenides (soothed ones) or Semnai Theai (honorable goddesses). Now welcomed in Athens and given a home there, they helped protect the city and its citizens from harm. The Furies also had shrines dedicated to them in other parts of Greece. In some places, the Furies were linked with the three Graces, goddess sisters who represented beauty, charm, and goodness—qualities quite different from those usually associated with the Furies.
See also Graces ; Orestes ; Uranus .
patron special guardian, protector, or supporter