Thursday, 26 April 2012

Ethics and Morals

I teach at an online school and I am currently taking one of the classes and the question of ethics and morals came up as part of a lesson. It’s interesting really because in another course offered, I wrote a lesson on this particular topic. The assignment looked at a few ‘rules’ or ‘mottos’ across the Pagansphere, ones commonly thought to be what most follow. The question in the assignment was (with my answer):

1. Of the “rules” mentioned within the lesson, do you follow any of them? Do you follow this as part of your religious practice or just what you feel is important to you in your witchcraft path? If you do not follow any of them, do you have a different “motto” that you base your practice on?

I’m not religious so I tend to more follow them as it were as more of a feeling that it is right. To that end I suppose in a broader sense of my practices I would “follow” Do Unto Others however that is shortly followed up with ‘within reason’ because if I do nicely and others do harm, I’m not going to just sit there and take it. I try to be practical in my ethics, I do believe in cause and effect or as Einstein said ‘every action has an opposite and equal reaction’. I don’t follow the Rede or Threefold Law or any such thing like that because I find them impractical but mostly I would say my ethical code is personal responsibility – I think about the consequences or outcomes that can come from a decision I make and weigh them up, good or bad, and decide whether or not I want to move ahead, accepting the responsibility for that decision or choice.

I think I answered it in the best possible way as it pertains to my particular belief system and path but it does beg the question: As witches how much of our ethics and morals play into our craft? But what are ethics and what are morals?

Ethics:1. (Used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.
2. The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
3. Moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
4. (usually used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.

Morals:1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
2. Expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work; moralizing: a moral novel.
3. Founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom: moral obligations.
4. capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct: a moral being.
5. Conforming to the rules of right conduct (opposed to immoral): a moral man.
6. virtuous in sexual matters; chaste.
7. Of, pertaining to, or acting on the mind, feelings, will, or character: moral support.
8. resting upon convincing grounds of probability; virtual: a moral certainty.


To me the dictionary reference to these two areas is very much defined by society’s expectations of what we should and should not do. As a society over the years we have defined what we expect from the population as a whole and within this mindset there is not much room for deviation from the norm (however there is a whole subset of people who are not included in the ‘norm’ and rightly so – serial killers, rapists, pedophiles etc) and if there is deviation from the norm – aforementioned wrongdoers excluded because they are ethically, morally and ever other kind of wrong - we are considered to be ethically or morally wrong. It is considered by some factions that being a witch is wrong – morally so because it goes against the Bible or some other religious belief system. There are those within the Pagan world that consider not having some sort of ‘Harm None’ philosophy in your personal practice is ethically wrong.

In witchcraft, I believe that most of us consider personal responsibility to be our ethical and moral compass. I also think our personal belief system would contribute. I know it’s wrong to kill or injure some one without cause (most would say there never is cause to kill some one) but if this should happen in the course of protecting my home, my family and my life I would not consider it morally wrong, not that I would use my craft to kill some one but I would bind, curse or hex them if I felt they were threatening myself or my family. Cursing, binding and hexing are forms of self defense and to some Pagan branches considered ethically and morally wrong because it is not within their realm of practice or religious belief. Sometimes I think those of us who are witches and practice as such without the restrictive dogmas or rules and redes of other branches get a bit of a hard knock because we choose to not adhere to those expectations. There are those of us who practice craft that was practiced before the Gardenerian introduction. By researching, learning and reading we are able to get an idea of what came before – anthropology, mythology, herbalism and archeology are generally where witches will start to learn the ways of old. We don’t crack open the Wiccan books unless there is something in there that interests us and we generally don’t give a thought to the eastern mysticism that has been combined with western mysticism and history to create ‘modern witchcraft’ as Gerald Gardener presented it.

I’m not saying it is wrong, far from it. Wicca is a beautiful religion, but it is not the religion for me. My ethics and morals may differ from the traditionally accepted norm of the Pagan world but it doesn’t make them wrong. It just makes them mine.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Card #7 The Bat Witch

The Bat Witch reveals that intuition should be your lodestar. Being a skilled navigator of the skies, her super sensitive radar alerts her when she is vulnerable to night prey. It is no coincidence that at dusk bats fly from their perches in trees to satisfy their desire for food, while at the same moment, human couples begin to cling together to satisfy their need for love”.

When I hear ‘Bat Witch’ I half expect to hear crazy follow it but then that is just my bent sense of humour coming into play. Bats are mysterious creatures; they also represent insight and intuition. Bats are messengers and bring messages from the subconscious or otherworld. This ties into The Eye of Newt Witch because both represent – to me – the pursuit of the spiritual. I also think the night reference is because I tried my Witches Flying Oil for the first time the other night. I don’t remember much because I was incredibly tired, but this oil is for flight – to explore the otherworld and subconscious. Dusk is my favourite time of day, that time between day and night when it is not quite one or the other; this time pulls me the most. The need for love? That may be something to look at later; I don’t have time for it even if I could get it – which is maybe the point.

Nautilus Princess

I am being asked by the Universe to step up into a more ‘senior’ role or a role that requires more of me and this is may be a concern, as I could wonder whether or not becoming more powerful will still keep me a good person. The pearls in the image signify that I must work from a pure place, from a natural place and treat this quest as a sacred task. This card tells me that I will grow in ways that are perfectly proportioned and this is a natural result for me – to grow and grow over time. This is a time of spiritual and emotional transformation which could come to me via any number of new avenues. There will be responsibility and rapid growth, dignity, truth and wisdom are my best guides. It is now time for me to take myself and my potential seriously.

Well isn’t this interesting? I would say that I understand the quest for power but I don’t believe it would change me, I am a good person and I know my limitations and what is right and wrong. A spiritual transformation sounds interesting; it ties it to the bat I suppose. I never really think about my potential, I go along, I do and I continue on in life but perhaps that is not good enough anymore, perhaps there is a need to work, to be my best, powerful, good and natural self. What an ask! To know that I will grow from these pursuits is welcome and makes me feel happy about the road ahead. I do think that there is much for me to learn, especially in things that I have been particularly lazy but I will try to be the best I can be spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.

I wonder what position the Universe is hinting at. It’ll be interesting to find out.

Card #6 The Eye of Newt Witch

Curiously, this week the deck seemed to be intent on giving me two cards, so I am assuming this is the spirits telling me that I need to work on both of these aspects for this week. I’ve put them as card 6 & 7 respectively but will be working on both aspects at once.

The Full Moon Witch also jumped out the deck but I don’t believe she was part of this week’s challenge, more I think she was giving me a message. Her message is that the tides bring fertility and fruition to heartfelt plans and actions but to be careful because sometimes the Full Moon hides shadows. Problems will diminish and I will find a new stability. Positive with shades of grey, I can live with that.

Card #6 – The Eye of Newt Witch

The Eye of Newt Witch bestows a deadly glance on one she believes deserves it. ‘Eye Blighted’, her casualty suffers a run of bad luck or illness.

Most witches cast good spells, but it might be right to cast a spell on one who needs to be checked for continually doing wrong. This is a warning of great value; do not cast the evil eye. But you can turn your magic around to counteract one who wishes you harm.”

Curious and curiouser. I can’t say I’m feeling the need to eye-blight some one. I’m sure there are people in my life or life in general who deserve a magical ass kicking but for right now I’m good – so this tells me the immediate answer for this card is not the right one. For the true meaning of this card as it pertains to my witch aspect in need of work I will have to search for and analyse. Which is fine, I may not be the biggest on self reflection all of the time but I can do it when needs must. So my next obvious move is to pull a card from my trusty Oracle of Shadows and Light (this deck is always brutally honest and is never ever ambiguous in its meaning) and see what it has to say.

The Angel of Time

"It is time for a break from all things mechanical and technical, this angel is telling me I need to take time away from things like the computer. It is time to simply rest in nature’s embrace, to walk in a forest, to meditate outside, to take time for nature pursuits such as gardening as it would be very beneficial at this time. It is time to unwind myself as I am coiled like tight springs. I am giving too much to work and need to take the time to look after myself, to hear the messages my body is giving me and take action."

Huh. Well there you go, she hit the nail on the head – after I sat and thought about it for awhile. I do spend an awful lot of time at my computer, my study load is heavier this year and I am trying to resurrect my fallen business and it is hard work. Bloody hard work. Perhaps I do need to reconnect with nature, to let her energies recharge me. I probably do need a break to let my spiritual side breathe and just be. When I get caught up in focusing on something, it tends to be let behind. It’s something to think about.

When I look at the ‘Eye of Newt Witch’ I see not an angry witch who wants to evil eye everyone – I’m sure for some people who pull this card it is entirely appropriate to their situation but for me not so much. Looking beyond the obvious I see her in a different light. She is holding her newt in glass, as though she is trying to capture something – an interesting side note is that lizards generally represent letting go and elusiveness which is entirely appropriate at this time. The newt and the lore that goes with it is also as old as time itself, for the ages witches have been associated with using eye of newt and this represents my desire and my quest to look back to the old magicks, to find my way to the Old Path. I am almost there, I can feel it in my bones but there is much to know, much to learn – this is definitely a challenge but it is also a part of my path.

She is both dark and light purple and each has a different meaning. Dark purple is use for calling up the power of the Ancient Ones, spirituality, psychic ability, success, clarity of thought, overcoming business difficulties, magical forces and business progress (to name a few). Lavender is for inner peace, tranquility and power. I see my different paths in this card and hope they come to align. I am moving slowly back to my business albeit in a completely different direction and I am moving forward in my spiritual studies, and life in general. I think this week is going to be challenging because The Bat Witch is also asking a lot of me and I can see myself working harder than I’ve ever worked before but in a way that will honour the words of the Angel of Time.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

What is a Psychopomp?

Lately I’ve been coming across a term online whilst reading a few blogs, that term is Psychopomp. It got me curious because it is not something I had heard of before. So to appease my curiosity I decided to do some research and write about what I learned. This is my article. Enjoy.

What is a Psychopomp?

The word Psychopomp comes from the Greek words pompos (conductor or guide) and psyche (breath, life, soul, or mind). This term means a ‘guide for souls’. A Psychopomp is some one who has the responsibility of escorting newly deceased souls to the other side. A Psychopomp provides safe passage for departed souls; Jungian Philosophy says that Psychopomps is a mediator between the conscious and unconscious mind and realms, in dreams this can be symbolized by a wise woman or man or a helpful animal. A Shaman can also fill the role of Psychopomp and has done in many different cultures around the world. Since Shamans walk boundaries and roads both in this world and the other, they understand the nuances of the soul and they are able to traverse the spirit realms.

Psychopomps are largely unheard of in the Western world as much of the mysticism and knowledge is lost or rather, not known because the West has such a fear of dying. This fear has hindered our ability to embrace this final rite of passage and so as we approach death with fear and apprehension; a psychopomp would act as a guide to help us transition to the next world without fear holding us. Near Death Experiences have helped the larger populace understand what can happen when faced with the next world, as has Past Life Regression therapy and a renewed interest in Shamanism. These factors have led to an interest in this sacred art and now more and more people are leaning toward this area of spirit work. Some can be found helping the dying in places like hospices; others choose to work in the spirit realm, helping those who may be in difficulty.

Psychopomps do need to have a particular set of skills to be able to do this work. There is a need for compassion, understanding, being non judgemental and friendly, able to guide others through experiences such as death. Psychopomps also need to be adept at walking between the worlds, crossing borders, shapeshifting so as to appear how they need to in a particular time or place and in touch with their magical (or spiritual) side.

Psychopomps are more important than ever in this modern world. Many people in hospices and nursing homes find themselves alone and dying, comfort to their spirits can be of immense help. Psychopomps are also sometimes referred to as midwives to the dying and this means helping those needing to transition from living to dead, of helping ready them for the journey to come. The world is in need of psychopomps – the earth itself faces transitions of life and death, of change and during this time, psychopomps can offer healing and energy to the earth, to all the realms and even to people.

Psychopomping is not an easy path, to work part time in the spirit realm requires great strength and ability. To truly walk between the worlds we have to let go of a part of our self, almost lose that part completely, before we can begin to work. It is not a road that most will choose but it is a road that can be chosen if you are ready to make the commitment and undergo change within and without.

Monday, 16 April 2012

#5 Final Thoughts

So this card has been hugely positive, it offers new opportunities and new ideas, this is backed by the cards and also by steps I have been taking of late in my life. I hope this creativity and success train does take me forward to new opportunities, new paths and journeys because it would be very interesting. I am not afraid of change but I am cautious of it, I do hope that like the cards suggest it is positive and progresses in happy way.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Wildcrafting from the Garden

I had a little fun wildcrafting from my garden this afternoon. I'm going to be handmaking herbal blends and whatnot to sell in my store eventually. This is the experimental stage where I pick things that I am growing from my garden, dry them and try them out before making any firm decisions.

Friday, 13 April 2012

#5 The Cards

I used my Faeries Oracle today for the first time in a reading. I didn’t have a specific question in mind, more of a general ‘Where am I at right now as it relates to the witch card?’ I like my Faeries Oracle; it has a different energy, one I am certainly going to look at more in depth down the line. Since we’ve not spent a lot of time together, I’m going to be a slight cheat and write the book meanings down. Once we get to know each other, it won’t be as necessary.

# 35 The Faun

Understanding the nature of Nature, Natural Wisdom, Natural Magic

Natural Magic is happening. When things flow almost effortlessly, that is a sign that natural magic is at work. Enjoy it! A very important part of natural magic is simply allowing the energy to flow through us. This means both giving and receiving freely. Let the energy flow – don’t push it, don’t try to control it, just dance with it. Trust it. And remember to keep returning to the source for inspiration and to keep your heart filled with light.

# 3 The Guardian at the Gate

Passages to new life, Openings, Gatekeeping

Drawing this card indicates that a passage is being made to the beginning of something new in our lives. It speaks of new opportunities and new openings. Passing through the gate may lead to a physical journey, a mental or emotional one or a journey of the spirit. It always leads to adventure. This gateway will also lead to significant change in our lives. The passage through such a gate changes us.

# 22 The Master Maker

Skill, Craftsmanship, Magician, Moral Strength, Invention

This card speaks of long lasting achievement, creative problem solving and confident action. It may suggest cooperation with others, especially from a position of responsibility, or of teaching one’s craft to others. Success comes from practical application of traditional principles, in life and in work. This card also speaks of ‘Give and accept only the best and do it with love of your craft whatever that craft may be’.

Conclusion: It answers some of my questions, it is really positive which of course ties into the ‘Happily Ever After Witch’. I have been feeling as though something is pulling me into a new direction and I have also been getting my creative juices going and thinking of new ideas. This may take some time to digest and go over, I imagine in time it will make sense and I will have that A-Ha moment. It’s always exciting and scary when so many signs point to new paths, new directions, it is a matter of recognizing those when they appear and taking advantage of them.

#41 The Cosmos

I pulled a card from my Wisdom of the Hidden Realms deck to see what it had to say. Being the deck it is; it may have some advice not completely obvious at first glance to give me. I drew The Cosmos. The Cosmos tells us that creativity in all forms is represented by this card. This is a sign to place my energy into creative projects because they will be successful. Opening up my well of creativity deep within me will help lead me toward my goals and if I focus I will manifest what I wish.

I like this card, very positive and again, along the vein of the others. I’m some one who is cautious. Although I have so many ideas running around in my mind, I am mindful that success is not without its troubles and I want to believe the cards, I really do because if I didn’t have to struggle it would be a blessing. It would be wonderful to know my irons that are slowly approaching the fire will be the fire that leads me forward.

#5 Initiation

I imagine this may not seem as though it has anything to do with The Happily Ever After Witch but it is an important step in my spiritual path, a validation if you will of all the hard work I have put in over the years. Becoming a member of the Inner Circle of the Council of Elders at Firefly, taking my title as Pagan Clergy is a powerful feeling, an exciting and new opportunity (as this card hinted at) to move forward on this path, to take the new road on this journey of mine.

I chose the Autumn Equinox (yes I’m a bit behind updating this card, it has been a few weeks). Mabon is my favourite Sabbat, I think because I was born so close to this date, the energies of this Sabbat have always resonated with me. On March 20th I became Ordained Firefly Clergy and it was an amazing experience. I felt myself connect with the magic of the night and it was incredible. I think I am truly beginning to understand The Cailleach’s message to me. I think I’m finally understanding my inner witch, or at least taking the steps to really finding her and what she needs. I feel as though this is the start of an adventurous journey. The unknown lies ahead and I really can’t wait to see where it leads.

New Weekly Project – Faery Garden

My new project is re-doing my faery garden. Unfortunately for various reasons it has not had the proper care or maintenance it deserves so I will be overhauling and beginning again. As you can see it has been sorely neglected, but I am determined to bring it back to its former glory. As mentioned in another post, I got a nursery gift card for my birthday, the flower seedlings I purchased will be going into the garden – the Foxglove, Verbena and Pansies (2 types). One of the pansies is purple and orange – perfect colour.

I am looking forward to this, it’s very quiet and relaxing where the garden is and it is right under our Oak tree. Perfect place.

Besom Project Part 3 – The Finished Product

I have completed my besom, my first ever handcrafted by me witchy tool. I chose the herbs and let them dry for a week (they are continuing their drying process on the besom). I am really happy with the end result because I’ll be the first to admit that I do not have much in the way of artistic vision – I’m better with words than with art.

Anyways….TADAA here is the finished besom.

Here is the brush part, as you can see the herbs are attached with twine, I also decided to add a purple ribbon, mostly because I just love the colour purple.

I really do love it, it is completely me so I know the besom and I will have a lot of fun together.

Day 19: Fire Element

The element of fire is associated with change and passion. It is both physical and spiritual, being related to sexuality and to divinity. Fire magick is quickly manifested and filled with primal energy.  

Direction - South
Astrological Signs - Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Rules - Energy, sexuality, passions, love, authority, transformation, purification, candle flames, sun, blood, healing, destruction, will, creativity, flame, heat, bonfires, hearth fires, protection, courage, strength, phsyical exercise, self-knowledge, loyalty, vision, illumination, power
Types of Magick - Candle, storm, time
Colours - Red, gold, crimson, orange, white
Season - Summer
Magickal Tools - Wand, candles, dagger, burned herbs or requests on paper Time - Noon
Energy - Projective, masculine
Gemstones - Red jasper, bloodstone, garnet, lava, quartz crystals, ruby, carnelian, tigers eye, rhodochrosite, agates
Metals - Gold, brass
Plants - Allspice, basil, cacti, chile peppers, cinnamon, garlic, heliotrope, hibiscus, juniper, lime, mustard, nettle, onion, orange, red peppers, red poppies, thistle, almond tree
Animals - Lions, lizards, salamander, snakes, praying mantis, ladybug, bee, scorpion, shark, phoenix, coyote, fox
Goddesses - Brigit, Freya, Hestia, Pele, Vesta
Gods - Vulcan, Ra, Agni, Hepaetstus, Horus
Goddess Aspect - Temptress
Elemental - Salamanders

Fire Cauldron

Cover the inside bottom with dirt or sand to dissipate heat. Light incense charcoal and add either salt peter for flame and spark or flash powder for a different but spectacular effect. To assist in releasing or firing off peak energy, try using flash "bombs".  Make a small pocket in a piece of flash paper, fill with flash powder and tie with thread. The "bomb" should be about the size of your smallest fingernail. The results are spectacularly bright, so use the powder sparingly. Don't look directly at the flash as you drop the "bomb" in the cauldron.

With thanks to Lady of the Earth and Branwen's Cauldron

Monday, 9 April 2012

Merry Mead Making

I don’t drink anything alcoholic at all. Or more precisely I should say I can’t drink anything alcoholic, I have a very strange reaction to alcohol and it is quite painful. My doctor surmised it may be an allergy of some description but not something I really worried about because it wasn’t life threatening. To that end, I simply never worried about the fact that I couldn’t drink – saves money.

However I have read a few blog and forum posts in communities I belong to where people have been discussing making mead and I thought, why not? Perhaps making a brew from scratch might work. That aside, it would be nice to have something I may be able to drink. I may not be able to either, time will tell. I wanted to make basic mead because I need to know if I like it or can drink it before I do anything too fancy. There is a recipe in my Celtic Folklore Cookbook so this was my recipe of choice.

It has to brew for 6 months at least before it can be drunk so I can’t tell you how it tastes but the recipe was simple; Water, Honey, Lemon Juice, Nutmeg and Allspice (with yeast of course). Straight forward, easy. Hopefully it tastes nice and hopefully I can drink it, if not back to the drawing board.

Day 18: Have you had any paranormal experiences?

Bear with me, this could take some explaining. Ever since I can remember, I've always been a dreamer, they've been very vivid, very full on and always I've been a participatory member of my dreams, I've never had one of the passive watcher dreams BUT I've also had some very strange experiences with being between sleeping and waking. When I was younger I used to dream about a jaguar (cat not car) and when I dreamed of it, it would always jump at me out of darkness and I would wake sitting up. I know on occasion I astral travel, I don't often remember it but I do wake up when I slam back into my body - not a pleasant feeling let me tell you.

So now that I've rambled a little, I will often semi-wake and when I do, I see the strangest things (I know I'm not asleep because two seconds later I will fully wake and be wtf?). I see nets above my bed, animals next to my bed, on occasion I've seen people, dark masses, lights, weird shapes and it's all very odd. One more than one occasion I have seen a person – shape. I can sometimes feel when this is about to happen because lately it seems to happen when I am awake – the other night I saw a black cat walk along side me in bed. I know it wasn’t my cat because she was asleep elsewhere.

As far as paranormal experiences go, to me this is quite strange but it happens. I’ve not really explored it, not sure I want to at this time.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Life Path

So here begins another ‘What the hell am I here for’ post. It’s not necessarily a rant but more of a thoughtful realization of perhaps I have found my calling, my path. Granted it’s going to be a hard one because me being me, I never do anything the easy way. I’m the witch who likes to overly complicate things and wonder why it never works out…..seriously, it’s a flaw, I know and I acknowledge it. Okay, this may not be a ‘what the hell’ post but I’ve had things going around in my head for a few days, I’ve been trying to work toward some sort of resolution that makes sense and I think I know where I’m heading – or at least where I’m at now and how I need to move forward.

I love herbs; I love to work with herbs, make things with herbs, write about herbs and teach classes on herbs. Herb, herbs, herbs, herbs, herbs. I am not the most artistic person in the world so I tend to try and create things to use. I grow herbs as well, not as big a variety as I would like magically speaking, but I grow a mean culinary herb. I realized that along the way I did kind of lose sight of the fact that I’ve always felt a pull toward herbs, I took the first step and enrolled myself in a Herbalism course, now I am moving forward again to try and create magical products using herbs, or at least incorporating herbs into it. Oils, candles, hand blended incenses, herbs that are organically grown etc etc.

My path as a witch has always been in the herbal area, perhaps that’s me, my new tradition – Herbal Witchery…. Anyways, I want to be able to make things to sell that are potent, strong and magical. I am going to try and make everything as organic as possible and this includes buying organic seeds – I have found a fantastic online store in Australia that sells the most incredible range of herbs and plants, anything from rosemary to mandrake, sage to belladonna and just about everything in between. It makes my witchy senses salivate. I am going to try and grow things like Hawthorn and Elder, I already have an amazing Oak and Almond tree but I would like to explore others such as Juniper and Willow, however being that tht Willows tend to suck up the water and seek out pipes – perhaps not. I live in outback SA where we are drought ridden most of the time so I wouldn’t know where to put a willow. Too bad I don’t have a river in my backyard. That would be handy.

I’m going to start small of course. I have to start growing most things but I will also use the stock I have from when I had an eBay store. Mostly herbs and whatnot. I am going to attempt to make my own candles, I’m not sure if I will go the hand dipped or mould route but they will have essential oils and powdered herbs in them for the added magical boost. As I move along in my herbalism degree and learn more I am going to make salves, potions, lotions and more. For now I’m working with the knowledge I have which is not minimal but also not hugely advanced.

Where has the inspiration for this come? I think it has been a long slow burn in the back of my mind. I always knew what I wanted to achieve but I never truly made the time to actually think about it, but some of my other inspirations have been blogs online, stores online and other bits in between. I have looked at my witchy path and realized it is so light and lazy I may as well not bother. I can’t walk away though, there is no out for me, this is who I am but I also know that The Cailleach will not be happy with me. She spoke to me and shared her wisdom. She gave me advice and so far I haven’t truly heeded it but come winter (The Cailleach is at her strongest and most powerful in winter) if I have not pulled my finger out she will bring everything she is down on me for ignoring her.

I don’t know if anything I have just written makes a lick of sense but hopefully from this jumble of thoughts and ideas, something streamlined, a clear path emerges.

The Fae Path

I mentioned in another post that I was feeling a pull toward the Fae path but I could never quite reconcile myself to exploring that avenue when, in my mind, I had the image of Tinkerbell. Completely random because on an intellectual level I know that like our own world, the Fae world is full of different races, species, types and personalities. Some nice and friendly, some not so much, like our world they have their bad sorts.

I took a class on it and it piqued my interest in exploring this area further. See, it all started with seeing images of the Mystic Faerie Tarot, I felt a strong compulsion to buy them. I almost wasn’t in control of it. From this point I purchased the Oracle of Shadows and Light and this lead me to a truer sense of what may be out there….beyond.

My last ‘Faery’ purchase was the Faeries Oracle and Heart of Faerie Oracle. Looking at these cards I could see the world I was trying to understand, trying to move toward. The cards spoke to me on a visceral level and I could feel a pull toward them. As of right now I haven’t actually used them, I’ve been quite busy, but I am planning to devote myself to learning their secrets. For the first time in my life I am going to try to learn something without using a book – should be interesting for a book mad nut like myself.

There is much to learn about the Fae world I think. I don’t imagine it will be easy, I don’t think I’ll be poking my head out the door saying ‘Hey Mum check out my Tinkerbell’ because I understand it doesn’t work that way. It’s a learning process for sure. It’s more of a give it a try and see what happens. I may end up being a Fae worker or I may just end up learning lots of information on it. I might find myself being able to cross into the Fae World and see it for myself (hopefully being able to cross back – you never know with Fae) or I may just get better at meditating; it’s all a matter of trial and error. And commitment (ugh there’s that c word) to trying to understand and walk paths not obvious.

Am I going to be a good Fae Worker? Hell if I know, I even suck at meditating but I won’t know unless I try.

Kitchen Herb Sill

Here is my newest herb foray - a kitchen herb sill. The pots were from Cheap as Chips, the labels are blackboards so that you can change them if you change the herb. So growing is basil, chives, lemon balm (from seed), mint, parsley and tarragon.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Apple Tree

Blossoms on my apple tree
The apple is legend in mythology. It is the tree that held all knowledge, the Forbidden Fruit that was the downfall of humankind. The truth is much different. It seems that ‘apple’ was a generic term for all fruit up until the 17th century, so that apple in the garden? Probably not an apple, it could be that the idea for it to be an apple came to the mind of renaissance painters through the legend of The Garden of Hesperides – Hera’s grove of golden apples.

The Apple itself when cut often has a star in the middle making it popular with witches. Avalon was called the ‘Apple Isle’, the place of legend. Apples are a sacred fruit, a ritual item to be used in Harvest rituals to thank the Gods for their bounty. Whatever your opinion on this humble fruit, it is a very powerful tool (and delicious in pie).

The Apple

Folk Names: Fruit of the Gods, Fruit of the Underworld, Silver Branch, The Silver Bough, Tree of Love
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Venus
Element: Water
Deities: Venus, Dionysus, Olwen, Apollo, Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Diana, Zeus, Iduna
Powers: Love, Healing, Garden Magic, Immortality