Witch Rules

The Witch & Walnut

witch rulesLeave it alone she said, you don’t need another you’ve had enough. I stared back at my grandmother and said “but I am hungry, I want more.” You want it, you don’t need it and you are not hungry. You’ve had more than enough, think about how you are going to feel once you stuff yourself full to the top of your head. She gestured with her hand over her head. If you are going to be a pig, at least be a truffle pig. (this sounds sooooo harsh translating it, it really wasn’t)

What I was eating doesn’t matter, but the lesson did…. There were many lessons that summer and for many many summers. This one was about teaching me to create a lifestyle without excessive indulgence, gluttony. Not just about food….. To honor my body, so that it stays strong physically, mentally and for my spirit.

There are…

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The Word II

The Word …

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About a year and a half ago I wrote a post titled The Word. In this post I stated that the written word was the reason we are a species with amnesia.  Let’s just say it wasn’t welcomed readily by the patriarch left brain mind of this world.  I’m not saying that we need to get rid of the written word, but I am saying that we need to let the children learn with their right brain too.  Ever wonder why very intelligent people have to write everything down so they don’t forget it?  They are in the masculine mind-set, whether they know it or not.  I have come across an ancient text that backs my theory up.  As a matter a fact, a very ancient god agrees with me.  

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The Enchanter’s Daughter

The Enchanter’s Daughter …

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Illustrations by Errol Le Cain and Written by Antonia Barber – The princess believes that she is the daughter of the Enchanter with whom she lives in an isolated castle. She has no name other than “Daughter”, and she has vague dreams in which she can remember another life, in which she has a name.
 
She grows lonely and frustrated, and the Enchanter gives her books to read, in an attempt to distract her. This was a mistake, because in these books she learns about all kinds places and things, and especially about brothers, sisters, and mothers.
 
She is especially curious about the mothers in the stories, and she asks the Enchanter who her own mother was. He tells her that she never had a mother. She had been a rose, and he had turned her into a girl by magic. She asks him to turn her back…

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Summer Flora & Fungi Hike

By Adam Haritan

Greetings!

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting the 2018 Summer Flora & Fungi Hike on Saturday, July 7th at McConnells Mill State Park in Western Pennsylvania… and, I’d love for you to join us!

Summer is the perfect season to explore Pennsylvania’s land in search of interesting and useful plants, trees, and mushrooms. McConnells Mill State Park — with its deeply-cut gorges, hemlock-lined ravines, whitewater currents, and historical landmarks — is a prime area for summer exploration.

While exploring the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge within the park, we’ll delve into a myriad of fascinating topics related to this season’s flora and fungi, including:

  • Edible and medicinal plants
  • Edible and medicinal mushrooms
  • Summer wildflower identification
  • Tree identification, along with edible and medicinal uses
  • Medicine-making using wild plants and mushrooms
  • Natural history and ecology of the area

… and more!

Interested? Here are more details:

What: Summer Flora & Fungi Hike at McConnells Mill State Park
When: Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Where: McConnells Mill State Park, Western Pennsylvania
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM OR 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The program is geared toward adults and will entail moderate hiking (about 1.5 miles).

Please note that in order to maximize your learning experience, space is limited and registration with payment in advance is required to secure your spot.

To purchase your ticket, and to learn more about the outing, please visit the following link and choose the appropriate session:

Summer Flora & Fungi Hike with Adam Haritan

I’d love to see you there!
-Adam Haritan

Legend of the Miskhorskaya Mermaid

By Elder Mountain Dreaming

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In the Crimea there is a legend about this mermaid, in the vicinity of the Village of Miskhor. In one of the small houses there lived a young maiden of Arz. For many years she was in love with the shepherd Abiy-aka, who was also in love with her. Sometimes they met at the spring, while a jug of water was being collected. And in one of these meetings Abi-aka, he said that in the evening he and his parents would come to an agreement about a wedding at her house.

She was very happy to see Arzha, she could not sit still in the same place all evening, everything was bustling, everything was falling from her hands, but she was already dreaming of loving him and raising children with her beloved, setting up a home, thinking of whom to call for, dreaming of how to tell her friends.

And…

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2018 Mount Haemus Award Article – Channeling the Awen Within: An Exploration of Learning the Bardic Arts in the Modern Druid Tradition

By The Druid’s Garden

The Druid's Garden

I am excited to annouce that my 2018 Mount Haemus Award article, titled “Channeling the Awen Within: An Exploration of Learning the Bardic Arts in the Druid Tradition” has been released on OBOD’s website (a better formatted PDF is at the bottom of the page; I suggest downloading and reading that). In 2020, I will travel to the UK to deliver a talk tied to the paper itself, as every four years, OBOD offers a Mount Haemus lecture for the four most recent scholars. Every eight years, OBOD publishes a volume, and the next volume will also include this paper. Given this incredible honor–and the fact that the project is now finally finished (whew!)–I wanted to take a bit of time today to talk about the project, what I learned, and how I hope it can help others.

What I Learned

Regeneration, card 79 from the 3rd edition of the Tarot of Trees Regeneration, card 79 from the 3rd edition of…

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Self-care Sisterhood: Folk Medicine Making for Women of Color

By Ancestral Apothecary

Caring for patients facing life threatening illness

By Ancestral Apothecary

Ancestral Remembrance: An Introductory Weekend

by Ancestral Apothecary

Cairns

by secretoftheserpent

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Cairns are piles of stones that can range from a few stones in one small area, to enormous constructions containing millions of stones.  Cairns are found on every continent.  They were built in may styles and sizes.  Most mistake mounds for Cairns and they are wrong to do so.   Mounds are burial mounds.  Cairns literally means  “piles of stones” or “heap of stone”.  People think the Cairns were built for several different reasons, but the ancients had only on reason for building them.  A reason that most will not be able to comprehend.  

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