That Old Granny Magic

Appalachian Ink ~ Home of Anna Wess (and Granny)

Last night, in the darkest of early morning hours, I heard the call of a distant train. We all know what that sounds like. It’s unmistakable, like the voice of somebody you once knew. I heard it just as clear and plain as I did when I was a child, when we lived across the river from the railroad tracks and the Norfolk and Southern would sound her alarm as she sauntered by our quaint, coal town neighborhoods. Most of the time, the train’s call was such a distant nuance, like a dream, that we never even woke up at all. We got used to that distant call, and after a while, it became a part of us, a comforting and peaceful wail, an Appalachian child’s lullaby, faithfully reminding us that we were home in our warm beds.

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Despite the passing of time and the fact that I no longer…

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All Hallows Eve – 3 Days of the Dead & Beyond..

The Witch & Walnut

halloween nightHappy Halloween Everyone! I wish you all a wonderful night and wish you well for the remainder of the season that is now upon us. Tonight is a highly celebrated day for most Witches. To some it is a New Year and others welcome the dead, open doors and set a place at their tables for their ancestors.

The actual “celebration” of the dead lasts 3 days for my particular tribe. In fact I started my decent and workings in September and will continue well into November. During this time we typically take personal time to honor, connect and celebrate those whom have come before us.  Think about what that means to you and how you want to honor the other side. The side we will all be on one day.

This is the dying season, and tonight marks a peak in that season but don’t forget that its not…

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Elder Tree and Elderberry Folklore

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Juniper and I here at Elder Mountain, went into the mountains to pick Elderberries last month and she made her yearly herbal remedy for the winter and it tastes delightful as a medicine. I thought I would look up the Elder Tree after our two days with the trees. I had said thank you to the Elder Trees every time I cut the berries off the branch and felt it was very important to honor the tree that way. After I gathered the information about the folklore, I am lad I did. 

Elder trees in one of their oldest folklore is about the tree’s power to ward off evil like the Hawthorn, and also to give protection, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother…

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