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Three English witches bound to traditional practise

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October 2015

My Dad, the Poppy Appeal, and Me

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For me, as I wasn’t born yet, obviously, to see it put into the perspective of the poppies cascading out of and around the grounds of London Tower, imagining how many there are and knowing each represents a soldier from the Great War (1914 – 1918)…how could I not wear a poppy? But this isn’t my only reason.

This blog is meant as much to be a memorial of sorts to my father as it is a “poppy appeal”.  In fact, it is how it were meant to be altogether as on the 22nd of October, he would have been 102, could he have lived.  I know, you’re doing the maths in your head and thinking “ah, he couldn’t have fought in the Great War, he was but a babe in arms”. No, he didn’t fight in the Great War, but he did fight in WWII.  And, he probably, possibly, could have gotten out of it, if he had wanted to.

My father was married and 26 when the war started going.  And he were Quaker. He could have probably worked around this, possibly even managed a conscientious objector status, however, rather than waiting around to be conscripted, he joined. No ifs, ands, or buts..just did what he knew he had to do to keep England safe from the hands of Hitler.

My father loved England.  He fought in Italy, Belgium, France, and within Blighty herself, where needed. He didn’t take the easy way as some young men, whom even though they were conscientious objectors, still joined but asked for (and received) non-combatant duties as in the case of Christopher Lake in 1940 shortly after becoming Quaker (cited from quakersintheworld.org).  My dad fought and had the shrapnel scars to prove it.

He never liked talking about the War…not many men in those days did.  I would ask him things and if it wasn’t too much of a secret, I might get an answer, but if it were, he would clam right up.  I once asked him if he ever shot anybody whilst in service and he changed the subject quite deftly.  I don’t know if it was because he did and he didn’t want to talk about it, or, if because he did not and wasn’t sure if it would de-mean him in my eyes as a soldier…nothing could de-mean that man in my eyes.  After all, I was going to marry him when I grew up, wasn’t I? I think all little girls believe that for a little while, at least.

What does all this have to do with the Poppy Appeal? One of my fondest memories would be for us two to take a stroll into the village on a frosty first of November, having breakfast at a narrow little cafe with black and white tiled floors, sitting in hard bench booths and then stopping along the way home to purchase a couple of small, red poppies from a spry little wrinkled man in a cap, wearing a poppy of his own. And when my father paid him – always a bit more than the poppies sold for – the little man would smile a wide, toothless smile when my father waved off the change and told our WWI veteran to buy himself a hot cuppa with it. Then, we would wend our way home, wearing our poppies proudly.  I still feel that feeling today when I buy mine each year. I only wish my dad were still here to do this with me.

Poppy Seller's Kit

Many people have different opinions about buying poppies and if you don’t feel it is necessary, then so be it. We’re all allowed our opinions and I have to respect that. Perhaps they’ve never lost a loved one in a War and I hope they haven’t. Perhaps they have done and don’t feel enough was done for them.  Maybe they just don’t realise what the Legion does for those who’ve lost a soldier family member or one who has been disabled because of their service. Perhaps they have not had a father like mine.

So, Dad, I have my poppy and as always, I bought one for you. Poppy Pair

visit http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

The Magic of Holly

photo by I. Macy
photo by I. Macy

The Holly and the Ivy
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly wears the crown.
~ traditional carol

In his book The White Goddess, the author Robert Graves proposed that the mythological figure of the Holly King represents one half of the year, while the other is personified by his counterpart and adversary the Oak King: the two battle endlessly as the seasons turn. At Midsummer the Oak King is at the height of his strength, whilst the Holly King is at his weakest. The Holly King begins to regain his power, and at the Autumn Equinox, the tables finally turn in the Holly King’s favour; his strength peaks at Midwinter. They are both vegetation Gods/Deities, connected to fertility and the seasons. They battle each other year after year to reign supreme.

Holly is the tree of the 8th month of Celtic Tree calendar, July 8th – August 4th and the 8th consonant of the Ogham alphabet, Tinne or Tiene. Deities are Lugh, Tannus, and Thor. Ruling planets are Mars and Saturn and its element is Fire. The powers of Holly include protection, anti-lightning, luck, and dream magick.

“Holly reminds us of the need to calm our emotions, if we are to reach wise decisions about our situation. The often painful consequences of our actions are brought to the surface for examination, and calm acceptance of our responsibility is required. We are reminded of the need to view ourselves, as well as others, in the light of compassion and unconditional love. Like the Hanged Man of the Tarot, holly represents personal sacrifice in order to gain something of greater value.” – The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford

“Holly wood was used by the ancients in the construction of spear shafts, and as the spiny leaves show, it is well prepared for battle. A symbol of firmness and masculine energy, the holly endows those born under its sign with an equally well-prepared nature. You have a strong connection to the earth, amazing physical strength, and the ability to direct your energy in a balanced even flow. This stability gives you a generosity of spirit ad a very matter-of-fact solidness that others will respect, admire, and rely on. Before you engage in any battle, look inside for understanding and respect for your opponents.” – Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2000

The Holly wand is 37cm (14-1/2 in) long and completely hand-carved by me. There are no wood lathes or power tools of any kind used, nor even so much as a pair of callipers, only a Stanley knife and sandpaper. Of course, the Holly ogham, tiene, is inscribed with a pyrography tool, apart from that, as with all of our wands, no electrical tools were used.

Afterwards, I polish the wand with our own Speaking of Witch Wands English Beeswax Wand Polish, also made by me. You will receive a 10ml pot of this polish along with your wand (as seen here:https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/197822860/speaking-of-witch-wands-beeswax-wand?ref=listing-1) at no additional charge. It may not sound like a large amount but you really only need a tiny amount to keep your wand looking beautiful.

The wood for this wand was not cut by me from the tree, however, I happened upon the remains of a tree pruning and naturally brought all I could home. It would have been rude to Mother Nature not to!

If you would like to purchase this wand, please click this link:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/245178880/holly-wand-magic-wand-wiccan-wand?ref=shop_home_active_4
Thank you for looking and many blessings!

Electric Blue Agate Dowsing Pendulum

Electric Blue Agate Pendulum
Electric Blue Agate Pendulum

The ‘Stone of Oxygen’, this stone is fantastic to oxygenate the blood, is very useful for the being who participates in fast paced and strenuous activities, as well as being beneficial to the being needing to keep a focused and sharp mind.
This form of Agate is just like having a pure oxygen boost to the blood, it can be used during times of fast pace, when a lot of energy is being burned and the levels of oxygen are needed to be increased.

It can be said as being a ‘zest stone’ because of the surge of energy it can bring, the stimulation of the mind, body and spirit and how it helps lift the mood.
This form of Agate is also very good to help keep the mind sharp because of the boosts in oxygen; this will help during times where one needs exact focus, or focus for extended periods of time.

Also Electric Blue Agate is a stone that can help awaken those who suddenly pass out, or be kept with those who have ‘fainting episodes’ to help ease them off.
This is a stone that will help regulate the water level in the body and have a positive effect on water retention problems, as well being beneficial to lung and heart function.

Electric Blue Agate works extremely well with the Energy centre, and especially helps its keeper to speak with confidence and a sense of freedom. It is a stone that also encourages its keeper to take on a more positive attitude, helping to bring a more courageous, self motivating and hopeful personality.
Katie Jacqueline – October 2008

This  Electric Blue Agate dowsing pendulum is 35mm long and has a 10mm crystal bead. It features a silverplated Fairy charm and has a 7.8cm (7 in) silverplated curb chain. If you would like to see more photos or order, please visit our Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/249831839/crystal-pendulum-dowsing-pendulum?ref=shop_home_feat_3

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about the Electric Blue Agate and many blessings )O(

Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings

Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings
Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings
The Morrigan is always thought of first as the shape-shifter who flew over battlefields amongst the dead and dying as a crow or raven, seen to clean away the decay, as crows and ravens do. Wherever there was battle, legend has it the Morrigan would be there. But not so fast…many of us today who revere the Morrigan know a different side of her as the one who gives strength to those who must do battle in our daily lives, no matter how small or large the war. And, we may see her as the death goddess but there are many forms of death…we “die” to old habits and old ways of doing things which do not serve us any longer.

This is the representation I present in the Morrigan Crow Feather Earrings to remind us we have a strong ally in our daily battles which can and sometimes does, include small deaths of sorts as we clear away the decay of things that need shifting out of our lives.

They are 17.5cm ( 6-1/2 in) long from top of hook to bottom and feature a white Howlite sugar skull and two red Carnelian beads on each earring, giving the colours of the Morrigan. The feathers are English crow feathers, ethically sourced and no crows were harmed. They have been properly cleaned. If you would like to have these, visit https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/250255204/morrigan-crow-feather-earrings-morrigan?ref=shop_home_active_5

Many blessings )O(

Witch Bottle Necklace – Portable Protection

Portable protection!
Portable protection!

The witch bottle has been used for household protection in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, as well as much of Europe for many centuries. Many a fireplace has been dug up under to find a bottle full of protection items, including herbs, bodily fluids, rusty nails, and other things. Sometimes, the witch bottle has been found inside of walls and under the the front door of old homes. No matter where it were placed, the intention of the witch, “cunning woman” or just the average homeowner was to protect their dwelling and all who dwelt within.

That protection may or may not extend to the person when he or she had to be outside of the home….as is with today’s world. Sometimes, we just need a bit of extra protection against those who might might wish us harm, particularly those malefic witches whom enjoy casting the odd malevolent spell upon one’s life.

This witch bottle is an authentic bottle of protection; it is made with many of the traditional items of the famous Witches Bottles of old by incorporating items to ward, punish & turn back malignancy and harm.

It has Nettle for returning negativity back to sender and stopping curses. We’ve added English Hawthorn leaves as most know the Mother Hawthorn is a fierce protector, a barrier to fields…a barrier to those who might lie in wait to harm.

We’ve also added Rowan berries (3) and the bark of the English Rowan tree as it is a great protector from not-so-nice faeries and others. Many protective amulets and talismans have been made from Rowan wood and/or berries for centuries, particularly against evil witchcraft and to protect animals, barns, and homes.

A particular favourite we’ve added is an English Blackthorn spine, tied with red thread, reminiscent of grandmother’s protection charm of a bundle of or a small cross, wrapped around with red thread or yarn to be place near or above doors and windows. The Deity of the Blackthorn is the Morrigan, a fierce warrior and protector. Blackthorn has been used for protection for many ages, some of which are against fire and evil.

If you would like a portable witch bottle, just click the link below…and if you have specific needs, convo me on Etsy and we’ll conjure up just what you want!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/249772021/witch-bottle-necklace-witch-bottle?ref=shop_home_active_11

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