In This Issue:
Out on a Limb: Editorial - Linda Kerr & Stormy
From Other Traditions: The Three Worlds of the OĦde, Part IV - Adrian Loaghrian
Aromatherapy: Ylang-Ylang - Avalon
Poetry: She Comes - Robin Whitethorn
Druidic Prophecies Explained - Ing
Poetry: Tir-Na-Nog - David Sparenberg
Reflections on a Life's Journey: The XYZ's of Being a Student - Nion
Weekend Wiccans - Lark
Totem Experience - Coll
Poetry: The Watch Fire - Chrisailes
The Glyphs of the Lunar Tree Calendar: Birch: I Am a Stag of Seven Tines - Linda Kerr
Faerie Faith 101: Nature Spirits - Linda Kerr
Into the Light: Beginning Meditation - Marilyn Windle
Poetry: Baphomet - Lee Webb
Runes: December-January - Stormy
Blue Geodes Speak - Miriam Carroll
Poetry: The Festival Closes - Shadowcat
Ankh (Cross)-Word Puzzle - Sherlock
Letters to the Editor
About Our Contributors
Bubbles From the Cauldron - book reviews, etc.
Editor & Layout, Publisher: Muirghein uí Dhún Aonghasa (Linda Kerr)
Staff Writer: Imré K. Rainey
Staff Writer & Artist: Stormy
Poetry Editor: Lark
Contributors: Avalon, Miriam Carroll, Chrisailes, Adrian Loaghrian, Nion, Nancy Passmore (The Lunar Calendar), Shadowcat, Sherlock, David Sparenberg, Lee Webb, Robin Whitethorn. Cover art by Baxter.
THE HAZEL NUT, Issue 18, Copyright © 1995. December/January 1996,
Moons. THE HAZEL NUT is published six times a year.
The examples are:
Part V: The Elementals
She comes to hold the manor in her sway
Its keys to dangle boldly from her hips
Her sweet voice and soft laugh does charm the day
so flowers the song of joy between her lips
White is the grip of winter on the land
Frozen is life in limb in stem and root
Yet she who comes to hold it in her hand
she dares to dance the fields naked of foot
That sweet touch brings winter then to weep
the tears to nourish those who are set free
leaving white only the flowers at her feet
and she the joy of life, Art's heart to see
She came to hold the manor in her sway
Its key upon her hip until this day
And we feel the ancestral pull...
Translated from Ploybius' History in 1922:
"1) In the time of change, Abred (the Earth plane) will be grievous sore, the vessels (the ground
or ley lines) shall be exposed.
2) Only then will the change be known.
3) At last the time of disgrace will be turned aside.
4) After this time has passed shall be seed and fruit anew.
5) After Cetsamhain, before Samhain, shall ye know2."
(Cetsamhain is the Cymric [Welsh] word for Beltain, which is Gaelic/Scot/Irish.)
1 Hope, Murray. Practical Celtic Magic.
2 Ploybius. History. Translated by W.R. Patton. 1922. London.
3 Murray, Liz and Colin. The Celtic Tree Oracle. 1988. St. Martin's Press.
Herm, Gerhard. The Celts. 1975. St. Martin's Press.
Hope, Murray. Practical Celtic Magic.
Jackson, K.H. The Oldest Irish Tradition. 1964. Cambridge.
Marcellinus, Ammianus. History. 1935. Rolfe of London.
Murray, Liz and Colin. The Celtic Tree Oracle. 1988. St. Martin's Press.
Piggot, Stuart. Ancient Europe. 1965. Edinburgh.
Piggot, Stuart. The Druids. 1968. Edinburgh.
Ploybius. History. Translated by W.R. Patton. 1922. London.
Warner, R. The Fall of the Roman Republic. 1958. Hammondsworth.
(Reprinted from The Henge, Imbolc 3865.)
Say man be there
say woman fair
are ever green.
Say here n there
wild hart n hare
the air is clear
A sunswept sky
the cliffs that lie
say you or I
through time could fly
to where rare dream's
One island green
in mist unseen
(n on her air
the folk that were
No tongue talks false
no sorrow walks
Say none feel cold
say none grow old
but day to day
new wonders play
Carefully First Mother tends the watch fire.
(Old twigs burn best,
bleached white like snarled bones.)
She is the mother of millions,
yet in this epoch she waits alone.
So very much alone.
She remembers a time before
before the atom was split
and the World was splintered,
when her belly swelled,
teeming with life,
learning to walk up right.
Then came the need for this watch fire
that must burn for a thousand year night.
She is tire of remembering
days when the earth was green.
She is tire of wondering
if the watch fire will be bright enough
to be seen,
to lead the Children home.
She could give in to her despair,
run her fingers through her hair,
Or she could close her eyes,
sleep a thousand years,
But No! The task lies before her,
and it was decreed by Fate.
For now she must tend the watch fire
and for now she must wait...
THE GLYPHS OF
LUNAR TREE CALENDAR:
BIRCH: I AM A STAG OF SEVEN TINES
THE GLYPHS OF
LUNAR TREE CALENDAR:
|I am a stag of seven tines,||Birch||Beth|
|I am a wide flood on a plain,||Rowan||Luis|
|I am a wind on the deep waters||Ash||Nion|
|I am a shining tear of the sun||Alder||Fearn|
|I am a hawk on a cliff||Willow||Saille|
|I am fair among flowers||Hawthorn||Uath|
|I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke||Oak||Duir|
|I am a battle-waging spear||Holly||Tinne|
|I am a salmon in the pool||Hazel||Coll|
|I am a hill of poetry||Vine||Muin|
|I am a ruthless boar||Ivy||Gort|
|I am a threatening noise of the sea||Reed||Ngetal|
|I am a wave of the sea||Elder||Ruis|
|Who but I knows the secrets of the unhewn dolmen?||Winter Solstice|
I am a stag of seven tines
or I am an ox of seven fights
The question we must first ask is: why a stag or an ox, and also, why seven tines or seven fights,
for what is supposed to be the first, not the seventh, month of the year?
1 Graves, Robert. The White Goddess. 1948. The Noonday Press, New
York, NY, pg. 205.
2 Ibid, pg. 207-208.
3 Ibid, pg. 208.
4 Ibid, pg. 207.
5 Jung, Emma, and Marie-Louise von Franz. The Grail Legend. 1960, 1980. Sigo Press, Boston, MA, pg. 258.
6 Ibid, pg. 260.
7 Graves, pg. 216.
8 Jung and von Franz, pg. 258.
9 Graves, pg. 216.
10 Ibid, pg. 217.
11 Ibid, pg. 318.
12 Ibid, pg. 133.
13 Ibid, pg. 133-134.
14 Ibid, pg. 138.
15 Ibid, pg. 318.
16 Ibid, pg. 319.
FAERIE FAITH 101: NATURE SPIRITS
by Linda Kerr
This is a series of articles designed to teach the basic premises of the Faerie Faith in an understandable method. If you have questions or topic suggestions, let me know, and I'll address them in a future article. If you enjoy the series, and find that the articles make sense to you and help you, let me know -- it's good to know if I'm taking the right approach.
Hail goddess Baphomet for lending me your power!
Thank you for your holy beasts who show me joy and surely give me feast!
As the snakes I ever molt my skin, leaving it behind,
With Raven's help I do aspire to be of flying kind.
Like ant I daily seek to join the in-earth-city,
Like moth I nightly go beyond...
With hounds at noon-day I seek a shaded pleasure,
With bee I fly and buzz about 'till I gain the nectar treasure.
I thank you dear goddess for cold and sunny weather,
But also praise you much for tall pine tree and heather.
Month: December 1-15
Color: Ice white, mint green, blue-green
Gemstone: Catseye, diamond, herkimer diamond, white milky quartz
Tree: Blue spruce
Time: 11:30 pm-12:30 am
Month: December 16-31
Color: Forest green, amber
Gemstone: Carnelian, amber, polished coal, black diamond
Time: 12:30 am-1:30 pm
Month: January 1-15
Color: Brown, spiritual sky blue, yellow, gold orange
Tree: Yew Tree
Symbol: Yew Tree, the Bow (not the arrow)
Time: 1:30-2:30 am
Month: January 16-31
Color: Purple, green, blue-green, teal blue
Gemstone: Alexandrite, aquamarine
Symbol: Gaming cup
As the drumming ends
As the new day begins
We seek to take our leave
Dear Ms. Kerr:
Miriam Carroll has been writing since 1980 and has had the good luck to be published in several small journals as well as anthologies. As a good Aquarian, her interest in the Occult began as she matured at 40.
Chrisailes is a solitary, eclectic Witch living in the enchanted backwoods of Alabama. He has been practicing Wicca for a little over ten years and enjoys runes, crystals, and anything remotely Celtic.
Coll is Druid of Church of Rhiannon (COR) in middle Georgia, which follows the Beth-Luis-Fearn tree calendar system. He teaches middle school, is a licensed minister, and has been in the Craft for many years. He is also a regular attendee at Moondance and Fallfling.
Ing is Chief Bard of Church of Rhiannon (COR) in middle Georgia, which follows the Beth-Luis-Fearn tree calendar system. He was one of COR's co-founders back in 1983, when it was called Coven of Rhiannon..
Adrian Loaghrian, now 43 yrs of age, was initiated into a hereditary Rosicrusion tradition at age 13. He's into studying other religions of the world, including Christianity, Judaism, etc., and has 12 years service in a public Wiccan coven. He previously studied ceremonial magic and finally formed this particular tradition in 1990, based on ancient and modern Irish folklore and Irish-Scottish folklore and literature.
Nion (Don Mikovitz) is 47, has been married 23 years to a devout Christian, and has 2 kids, 18 and 21. He works as a Registered Pulmonary Function Technician at the local community hospital. Nion was brought up as Catholic, but has always been pagan at heart. A member of the Church of Rhiannon (COR) since June 1994, he has the official capacity of the "Green Man." He's also a 1st degree Gardnarian witch since May 1995.
Shadowcat was born in Japan to American parents on Valentine's Day, and delivered by Dr. Heart. For the last two years he has run EarthDance in central Georgia, and currently runs a networking group for pagans called EarthWitch.
Sherlock, otherwise known as Sherry Holmes, lives and works in Auburn, Alabama, where she also studies Wildlife Biology. She is a beginner student of the Faerie Faith, and runs a Samhain festival called FallFling.
David Sparenberg teaches classes and workshops in mythology and writing, shamanism and tribal spiritualities. His literary work has been published in over 80 periodicals and he is currently seeking a book publisher for a collection of short stories and visualization exercises, entitled Verbal Alchemy.
Marilyn Windle is a professional writer, with her first book being published next October. She started studying the occult when she was 13 years old, beginning with Edgar Cayce, and has been a practicing psychic for 23 years.
FallFling 95, November 3-5, Roxanna, Alabama. Organized by Sherry
- Reviewed by Linda Kerr