In Sapphic dreams, beyond the gloaming.
Where Winter's spirits have gone roaming.
There lies the root of all my sorrow
It waits for me at the edge of morrow.
If you be quick enough to rise,
With grains of sleep still in your eyes.
Perhaps then you will also see,
What has caused me untold misery.
The purpose of this site is to share with you some
of my thoughts and feelings and experiences while on this path of
discovery so that you may have a
better understanding how I found my way to many of my beliefs and
practices within this Traditional Witchcraft framework.
companion and friend to those with similar spiritual interests and
inclinations and I offer my trust and words of truth to those that call me
friend and hope the same to be given in return. I leave darkened breads
and honey'd milk as gifts beneath the Elder tree. I tread my Compass path
beneath the pale Moonlight. I fan bright my Sacred Fire in the heart of
Woods at midnight. I listen to the Voices of the Spirits of the Leaf, the
Blossom, the Bud, and the Fruit of the Greenwood. I sing the Old Songs and
make the Calls to Change. I plant my Stang in Sandy Fields at Water's
edge. I follow the Serpent's Tracks within and without. Born in High
Summer, in July, that makes me a Daughter of the Moon.
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There you and I my loves, There you and I will lie,
When the cross of resurrection is broken
And our time has come to die,
For no more is there weeping
For no more is there death
Only the golden sunset,
Only the golden rest.
The recipes listed below are for entertainment purposes only - I am *NOT* responsible for your
misuse or abuse of this material.
Traditional English Flying Ointment
extract of opium
with oil of your choice, baby fat, vaseline, safflower oil, or butter.
Modern American Flying Ointment
1 jar hand
with perfume of your choosing
French Flying Ointments: Three Recipes
Du persil, de l'eau de l'Aconite, des feuiles de Peuple, et de la suye.
essence of aconite, poplar leaves and soot.)
II. De la
Berle, de l'Acorum vulgaire, de la Quintafeuille, du sang de
chauvesouris, de la Morelle edormante, et de l'huyle.
parsnip, sweet flag, cinquefoil, bat's blood, deadly nightshade, and
graisse d'enfant, de suc d' Ache, d'Aconite, de Quintefeuille, de
Morelle, et du suye.
juice of the water parsnip, aconite, cinquefoil, deadly nightshade, and
*Obviously, real baby's fat was not used, this was written to provide shock value
and awaken the sleeping mind.
A List of Sacred Woods and Trees
from Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed
by Doreen Valiente and Evan John Jones
With regards to the "Nine Woods
of the Beltane Fire"; ash, birch, yew, hazel, rowan, willow, pine,
thorn and all other trees mentioned as being traditionally sacred may be
used, with the exception of oak. This is because oak is the king of the
woods. The available woods will, of course, differ in different parts of
the country; the tradition is simply that the fire should consist of nine
woods, with the exception of the oak.
This is one of
the holy trees possessing magical powers. Its fruit, when cut across,
displays the magical sign of the pentagram (five pointed star). Avalon,
the old name for Glastonbury, one of Britain's most sacred centres, means,
"The place of the apple-trees." At Hallowe'en a large apple,
called the Allen or Hallowe'en Apple, is eaten for good luck.
This wood is
used for the stang, and in this way it represents the Horned God-King.
Dressed with garlands and crossed arrows, the stang is used as an altar.
In the old Norse mythology, the World-Tree was an ash, Yggdrasil, the
made up of ash twigs. It should be burned at Yule to ensure good fortune.
This is the origin of the "Yule Log". A miniature one can be
kept in the house for good luck.
BIRCH - This is one of
the trees that is traditionally associated with the May Eve celebrations,
when people used to go out overnight into the woods and bring home green
boughs to decorate their homes for May Day. It is the tree of good luck
and purification and as such is used in the making of the besom. It is
regarded as being feminine.
an ominous tree. The blackthorn staff is sometimes used as an altar stang
when a curse is being put to someone. The tree has formidable spines and
is associated with the "Blackthorn Winter", a time of renewed
cold in the spring associated with the appearance of the blackthorn
This tree is
regarded as unlucky because of its traditional association with
Witchcraft. In some parts of Britain it is thought to be female. In olden
days judgment was sometimes given under it. Hence the clan sword of
judgment is occasionally hafted with elder wood.
also known as whitethorn and the maytree, because of its time-honored
association with May Day. Because it was a sacred tree, it was considered
very unlucky to bring in branches or flowers of the hawthorn indoors.
However, if used as a decoration outdoors on May Day, it brought good
A holy tree
connected with fire, fertility, knowledge, divination and poetry. The
favorite wood for a water-diviner's rod. It is one of the nine sacred
woods for the Beltane fire.
- The oak is the
king of the woodland, especially if bearing mistletoe. Ancient oaks
frequently marked a meeting-place or boundary. This is shown by the number
of place-names, such as Gospel Oak, which often survive on the map even
though the original tree is still gone. The oak is one of the seven "Chieftain
Trees" named in old Irish law, the unlawful felling of which was
regarded as a serious crime. The other six were the hazel, apple, yew,
holly, ash and pine.
ROWAN - This is
otherwise known as the mountain ash. Sprigs of this tree are considered to
bring good luck, and protect from the evil eye. Hence an old Celtic
salutation was, "Peace be here and rowan tree."
This was a
tree of mourning in olden days and is often referred to as such in old
songs and ballads. However, its catkins gathered in May Day could be
luck-bringers. It is a water-loving tree and hence traditionally
associated with influence of the moon.
This is the tree
of death and resurrection. Some of the oldest yew trees are to be found in
churchyards, because of this symbolism. It is a very long lived tree, and
because of this and its evergreen foliage it was regarded as a symbol of
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