the Crooked Path to the Spiral Castle
Poor neglected, dusty blog. (Let me just whisk some of the cobwebs away.) We didn’t publish a single new post here in 2020 — however, we did migrate the blog to this nifty new home, which was an undertaking. And I (Laurelei) managed to continue work on lots of personal writing projects, which I amContinue reading “What’s Afoot – Jan 2021”
Our tradition uses guided meditation to help impress certain symbols on our members’ subconsciousness. Below is our Yuletide meditation. It takes place in the Glass Castle, which is the northwest area of our compass. It is the home of the Holly King, who we honor as Odin, Janicot, the Grey Wanderer, Merlin, and by otherContinue reading “Meditation: Visiting the Holly King”
Many cultures all over the world share a common belief in a type of curse or hex that is transmitted (usually) unwittingly through a glare or glance in which the caster is filled with envy, praise, or covetousness. It can also be transmitted, intentionally or unintentionally, by people with green or blue eyes — whichContinue reading “The Evil Eye”
Liminal places are those locales that can be described as neither here nor there, and since time immemorial, they have been considered the very best places to meet the Witchfather (or Witchmother) and perform spells. Liminal spaces might be include the mouth of a cave (neither in the belly of the earth, nor upon theContinue reading “Meeting at the Crossroads”
There are several types of stones that are important to Cunning Folk. With Tubal Cain being such a central figure within the lines of the Craft that have influenced this Tradition, however, it is no surprise that the Oath Stone upon which we take our vows and form our sacred blood bonds is his anvil.Continue reading “Oath Stone”
The shield is the weapon of the Southern Gate — of Earth and Goda. It is the weapon of ThisWorld. It is a defensive weapon, used to guard against and deflect the dangers and assaults of day-to-day reality. It also represents the ways in which the physical realm affords certain protections and defenses against theContinue reading “Making a Ritual Shield”
The Southern Gate – Airt of Earth Values: Growth, Experience, Authority, Money, Physicality, Security, NourishmentColors:Brown, russet, black, greenSymbols: Square, stone, cornucopia, scythe, salt, cart, plate, GnomesTools: The casting bowl, patens/pentacles, hornsWeapons: Shield (Targe)Totems: Swan, Horse & Apple TreeMusical Instruments: DrumsTimes: Lammas/Lughnasadh, Noon, Summer, Coming of AgePlaces: Fields, mountains, valleys, canyons, deserts, forests, gardensZodiac: Capricorn, Taurus,Continue reading “Airts — The Southern Gate”
Our tradition uses guided meditation to help impress certain symbols on our members’ consciousness. Below is our Lammas meditation. It takes place at the Southern Gate of the compass, the place of earth and noontide . It is the home of the White Goddess, whom we know as Goda. To use this meditation let yourselfContinue reading “Meditation: Visiting the White Goddess at Lammas , Goda”
Our tradition uses guided meditation to help impress certain symbols on our members’ consciousness. Below is our Imbolc meditation. It takes place at the Northern Gate of the compass, the place of air and midnight. It is the home of the Black Goddess, whom we know as Kolyo. To use this meditation let yourself relaxContinue reading “Meditation: Visiting the Black Goddess at Imbolc”
One of our earliest articles over on the AFW blog, Witch Marks, Witch Blood, and the Kuthune, has been a perennial favorite of blog visitors since Glaux first wrote it in 2011. In it, she talks about the history and folklore of the magical inheritance or birthright — the idea that some Witches are descendedContinue reading “Destiny and Doom in the Craeft”
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