In This Issue:
Out on a Limb: Editorial
From Other Traditions: The Three Worlds of the Oíde, Part VI - Adrian Loaghrian
Party Naked: The Role of Nudity in Paganism - Coll
Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for the Garden - Avalon
Poetry: Green Man - Lea Stone
Reflections on a Life's Journey: ?? Which Wars ?? - Nion
Death as a Return to the Sacred Grove - Erik van Lennep
Fiction: Their Garden - Michael Deakins
Poetry: Talisen is a Candle - David Sparenberg
Silly Spells - Lark
The Glyphs of the Lunar Tree Calendar: Willow, Hawthorn & Oak - Linda Kerr
Faerie Faith 101: Faerie Tales - Linda Kerr
Poetry: Erecting the Temple - Chrisailes
Poetry: Clearing the Temple - Chrisailes
Willow of the Muses - Alan Shear
Into the Light: Auras - Marilyn Windle
The Gift of Fire - Stormy
Festival Memories: Stone's Rising '95 & '96 - Vanessa Blue Heron
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, Susan Baxter, Vanessa Blue Heron, Chrisailes, Coll, Michael Deakins, Adrian Loaghrian, Nion, Nancy Passmore (The Lunar Calendar), Alan Shear, Sherlock, David Sparenberg, Lea Stone, Erik van Lennep, Marilyn Windle. Cover art by Baxter.
THE HAZEL NUT, Issue 20, Copyright © 1996. Beltane 1996, Willow/
THE HAZEL NUT is published four times a year.
Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. 1991. New World Library, San Rafael, California. 1991.
This song is for you, to connect you
to the divine embrace.
I turned and you my lover became
dark one, vast one
tangled amid thorn and sloe
I turned and you unmade me there
laid clean, unshriven
on moss, leaves, acorns, seeds of you
Your breath, your life, your touch
in my hair
along my spine
through my soul
I turned and you warned me
with limbs and leafless hair
like snakes dancing--
Moonlight upon you there
I turned and mourned no more
'my own trewe luve
my derry down derry dol'
my hazel and yew
I slip into your vast embrace
your peerless rapture
you woodland, you homeland
you -- -- --
DEATH AS A RETURN TO THE
by Erik van Lennep
(Note: This article was originally published in Catalyst, Vol VIII, No. 3 and 4, and subsequently, in Green Egg. It bears repeating...)
In the last issue, Justin Thyme met the fairy, Sparkle, who removed the veil from his sight. He was able to see the little people working in their garden. After telling him there was someone else who wanted to meet him, she packed up her briefcase and flew away.
I am the seafoam bright
of long memory. I
am the living core.
The spirit of Talisen
has entered my songs.
With the fire
of a single chant
the ailing earth.
I have dared to feel
her man-made sorrow.
I have been invited
into the creaturely
of formative wisdom;
I have overheard
the sundering moan.
but a single spell
of warm-hearted magic
I bring relief
to wide disorder.
the rhythmic movements
of these hands
and these feet
I bring repair
to a thousand
enchanted lands, in worlds
both near and far.
Watch me this day
dancing the borders between
and life unseen.
The spirit of Talisen
is a candle
inside me. My soul
is a wax-
less flame. And pure
are the truths
of my poetry.
I believe that sometimes we all take ourselves too seriously. What follows is from my amusing collection of ancient spells. They are for entertainment purposes only--don't try these at home!
by Linda Kerr
|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|
Willow/Saille: I am a hawk on a cliff - for deftness
Hawthorn/Huath: I am fair among flowers
Oak/Duir: I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke - i.e., gives
Graves, Robert. The White Goddess. 1948. The Noonday Press, New York, NY.
FAERIE FAITH 101: FAERIE TALES
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.
"Every time you find in our books a tale, the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant both to reason and to common sense, then be sure that that tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious Truth; and the greater the absurdity of the latter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit." (The words of a scholar, Rabbi Moses Maimonides., from Lesson Two in the Sharing of the Faerie Faith by Margaret Lumely-Brown.)
A Rainbow Bubble,
An iridescent Pearl.
A Temple that stands
betwixt the Worlds.
A Circle of Power
woven of Thought
A Place Set Apart,
A Circle of Stones,
bound by the Art,
thus be it done...
Mighty Ones of the East,
South, West and North,
with these words,
I call you forth.
In the names of the Old Ones,
come now to my aid,
and be with me here,
as the Magick is made!
Mighty Ones who have
aided me in Rite and Spell,
to you I say
Hail and Fare you Well.
Goddess and God
of Shadows and Lights,
thank you for attending to
these, your Hallowed Rites.
Now let this circle be undone,
WILLOW OF THE MUSES
by Alan Shear
Stones Rising is a festival focused on the creation and dedication of ritual land, the
casting of a circle
of blessing and consecration around Four Quarters Farm, and the raising of three stone
megaliths; the mate
to the East Gate stone, and two flanking ring stones. All who attend will be part of ritual and able
participate in the raising and placing of these stones.
In respect and honor of the Native Way, the Stone Raising this year will be hosted by Charla and Tarwater, of the Hawkwind Earth Renewal Cooperative.
For more information about this year's festival, contact: White Dove, 108 Alabama Ave., Beckley, WV, 25801, 304-252-1094; or Four Quarters Farm, RD1 62C Silver Mills Rd., Artemis, PA, 17211, 814-784-3075.
2 The name of the fairy in their garden.
6 The earth shaping ones.
9 Some beginners have trouble meditating without ______.
10 The mother of the waters.
1 I am a shining tear of the sun.
2 The Crown chakra, or thousand petalled lotus.
3 The world egg was split open to form the ______.
4 This family of plants is characterized by square stems.
5 The wife of rain.
7 Everything is ______, everything has consciousness.
8 Erik van Lennep's New Olympics would take place at what time?
Answer to last issue's Word Puzzle
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. Write to him c/o The Hazel Nut.
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. Write to him at: COR, P.O. Box 260, Lizella, GA 31052.
Michael Deakins is a southern California boy who got displaced and wandered the U.S. for a while, till he wound up near Atlanta. He has designed satellite components, arranged flowers, and been a veterinary technician, and generally is a jack of all trades. He is also a singer, composer, and woodworker. And he does love to talk to trees. Write to him c/o The Hazel Nut.
Adrian Loaghrian, now 44 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. Write to him c/o The Hazel Nut.
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. Write to him c/o The Hazel Nut.
Alan Shear received his B.A. in religion, philosophy and history from Wilmington
College in Ohio and his
Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. A former Presbyterian
psychotherapist, Alan is currently a free lance writer and Adjunct Professor of Ancient History at
Montgomery College in Maryland. Write to him c/o The Hazel Nut.
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. Write to her at: 1037 Mayberry St., Waverly, AL 36879.
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. Write to him at: 1713 14th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 323-2115.
Lea Stone lives in an Oak forest in Michigan. She writes fiction, poetry, and essays and homeschools her two sons. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is the founder of Acorn Enterprises, a consulting business that teaches stress management and accessing personal creativity. Her poetry has appeared in Pen and Ink and in The Writing Self. Her essay "Mastery; or, Where Does True Wisdom Lie?" will appear in the first issue of the Journal for Expanded Perspectives on Learning. Write to her at: P.O. Box 368, Manchester, MI 48158.
Erik van Lennep is a co-founder of the international Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco, and founding director of the New England Tropical Forest Project and the Arctic to Amazonia Alliance (an organization comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples). He has served as a consultant to Senator Leahy's 1989 Global Warming Legislation, and has advised The Nature Conservancy on Ring Mountain. He took part in the First Intercontinental Congress of Indian Peoples in July, 1990, in Quito, Ecuador, and co-produced the film "Columbus Didn't Discover Us." Write to him at: The Arctic to Amazonia Alliance, PO Box 73, Strafford, VT 05072. 802-765-4337, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Write to her c/o The Hazel Nut.
People of the Earth - The New Pagans Speak Out by Ellen Evert Hopman and
Lawrence Bond. 1996.
Destiny Books, Rochester, VT. Softcover, $19.95.
- Reviewed by Linda Kerr
The Urantia Book by The Urantia Foundation. 1955. The Urantia Foundation,
Chicago, IL. Softcover,
- Reviewed by Stormy