Witch Zak High Rise

Hi peeps or merry meet from Zak here in the high rise. Lately I’ve been working nights and I recon my body clock has finally adjusted to the orientation of the night and day shit that comes with the territory.

It must have been around seven this morning when I eventually crashed out for some zeds.

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I had intended to sleep until three o clock in the afternoon chill out for a while then stroll on down to the new pagan supply shop that recently opened nearby. Well the sleep-in part soon went down the toilet with the ringing of my mobile phone. Hello who is it, hi Zak its George from flat below, well what do you want, have you seen what someone has chalked on your front door Zak, well no because I am on the inside and not clairvoyant, you been asleep Zak, more like a quick coma, well have a look at your flat door, in a bit in a bit and with that I dropped off to sleep again.

It was three twenty when my eyes opened owing to the alarm on my mobile kicking out the heavy rock track I downloaded on to it last week. Not sure that was a good idea probably more suited to Handles Water Music. As If. Reaching for a ciggy I kind of remember George saying something about chalking and thought no more about it.

With coffee in hand I settled in my old leather chair looking forward to getting back to my book on Advanced Wicca by Patricia Telesco a good read. The reading alas did not last long owing to a sodding knocking on the door which seemed to get more irritating the nearer I ventured towards it. Who is it I asked, Police, what, Police are you alright in there, WTF I muttered under my breath opening the door. We have had a report of harassment, are you for real I asked, take a look at your door sir came the reply from one of the officers. There on the door was written in red chalk BURN THE WITCH. I have not reported this I replied not long been awake. It has been reported by a neighbour of yours named George. Oh, right I said picking up a little of the red chalk left by the artistic retard. Well what would you like to do about it sir the officer asked, one minute I said rubbing out the BURN writing and replacing it with LOVE. It now said LOVE THE WITCH and with that I thanked the officers and asked if I could get back to my book. The officers just looked at each other as I slowly closed the door.

The rest of the afternoon was uneventful as I settled into my read, I did however phone George to thank him for his concern. He told me that other doors had been chalked on several floors and the culprits had been caught.

I did not for a minute think that the culprit/s could have been reincarnated witch hunters from the burning times lol. It got me thinking though about what we send out referring to the threefold law, for in my younger days I played a few pranks as you do when your younger. So, I guess it was payback time and just for the record the doors as George informs me will be cleaned later by the caretaker.

Well it just goes to show that we never really know what is going to happen from one day to the next which for me is a good thing.

I haven’t had time to visit the pagan shop to day as the book was hard to put down but tomorrow is another day and hope to pop in then. For now, it’s time to get ready for work once more and contribute to the graveyard shift as it is called after a quick bite to eat that is.

Merry Part
Zak
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The Witch Dances

The Witch Dances

The Witch Dances

The Witch Dances, by author unknown to me

These dances are many and varied, differing from coven to coven and allowing for considerable invention and renovation.

The two main witch dances are the Spiral Dance, known otherwise as the Maze, Meeting Dance, Wheel, or Round Dance; and the Chain Dance.
The first, or Meeting Dance, is related to the concept of death as symbolized by a north ways movement, widdershins, leading to the still centre, and then returning on its tracks south ways. The magister stands at the centre of the circle, beside the balefire, facing north. His arms are crossed and he represents death.

The coven, beginning at the northern periphery of the circle, makes a widdershins spiral chain to the centre, consisting of three circuits, each member similarly turning widdershins on his individual axis, and on reaching the still figure of the magister at the centre, one by one light the tapers they carry in their hands. They then double back on their tracks and, spiralling clockwise, return the way they came, again on a triple circuit. The Spiral, as well as signifying the interaction of the dark and bright tides, is also said to represent the labyrinth, dolman, or House of Death and Initiation.

Witch symbolism refers it to the Glass Castle of the North, Caer Arrianrhod, and the Corona Borealis.

Accompanying the music of the Meeting Dance, which may be recorded or played on a variety of instruments to be discussed later, wild cries of “EEE-OOO AAH VOH AIEE” are often given by the members of the coven as they whirl ecstatically, usually after the words of a chant such as one adapted from the Invocation of Hertha , or if the coven be a solely goddess-oriented variety, the following traditional one:

Queen of the Moon, Queen of the Sun,
Queen of the Heavens, Queen of the Stars,
Queen of the Waters, Queen of the Earth,
bring to us the Child of Promise!
It is the Great Mother who giveth birth to him;
It is the Lord of Life who is born again.
Darkness and tears are set aside
when the sun shall come up early!
Golden Sun of the mountains,
illumine the land, light up the world.
Illumine the seas and the rivers,
Sorrows be laid, joy to the world!
Blessed by the Great Goddess,
without beginning, without end,
everlasting in eternity!
IO EVOKE, blessed be!

However, the latter chant is used only at Halloween or Yule, as it refers specifically to the coming of winter and the rebirth of the sun at Shamain (Hallaws) or midwinter.
The Meeting Dance often leads directly into the Chain Dance. This is traditionally led by a female member or the high priestess herself, the magister bringing up the rear. Hence the old saying, “May the Devil take the hindmost!” The dance is performed with the rod used as a riding-stick or hobby-horse placed between the legs, and the lighted taper borne aloft. On stormy Sabbats the tapers were and are still sometimes replaced by oil lamps or lanterns.

The Chain Dance itself probably celebrates the transformation of the seasons, and its device is that of the pursuit of an animal by a predator.

The season, represented by either the god or goddess, changes shape repeatedly in an attempt to avoid capture. This magical shape-shifting theme is a very ancient
one, and it turns up in innumerable traditions – Celtic, Norse, Greek, and even creeps into the Arabian Nights. Sometimes the male is the pursuer, other times the female. The coven god or goddess orientation generally indicates whether the magister or the high priestess leads the dance. The traditional style seems to be the high priestess in the lead, with the summoner next followed by the coven and the magister bringing up the rear. The dance itself begins with a south ways circuit of the circle before leaving it through the gateway at the north. In the old days the dance would wind all over the surrounding territory, through churchyard and barnyard, over hill and dale.
The leader must imitate the movements of the animal he or she represents. The rest of the coven must in turn imitate those of the predator that they are identifying with in their verse. All the powers of the witchy imagination must be brought to bear here. You must feel yourself actually becoming the animal!
The animals themselves differ from coven to coven, largely depending on which totems the group possesses. The rhyme also changes accordingly, but the sense always remains the same.

Here is the Chain Dance verse designed for one set of totem animals, each pair representing one of the four seasons

Leader.
I shall go as a wren in spring with sorrow and sighing on silent wing, and I shall go in Our Lady’s name, Aye, till I come home again!
Coven.
We shall follow as falcons grey, and hunt thee cruelly as our prey, but we shall go in Our Master’s name, Aye, to fetch thee home again!
Leader.
Then I shall go as a mouse in May, in fields by night, in cellars by day, and I shall go in Our Lady’s name, Aye, till I come home again!
Coven.
And we shall follow as black tom cats, and chase thee through the corn and vats, but we shall go in Our Master’s name, Aye, to fetch thee home again!
Leader.
Then I shall go as an autumn hare, with sorrow and sighing and mickle care, and I shall go in Our Lady’s name, Aye, till I come home again!
Coven.
But we shall follow as swift grey hounds, and dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds, and we shall go in Our Master’s name, Aye, to fetch thee home again!
Leader.
Then I shall go as a winter trout with sorrow and sighing and mickle doubt, and I shall go in Our Lady’s name, Aye, till I come home again!
Coven.
But we shall follow as otters swift, and snare thee fast ere thou canst shift, and we shall go in Our Master’s name, Aye, to fetch thee home again!
The chant is repeated as long as necessary, and by the end of the final repetition of the last verse, the entire coven should have re-entered the circle at the north and be back at their places, with the magister in the east, the high priestess in the west.

In medieval days, the finale of the Chain Dance usually culminated in the “marriage of heaven and Earth,” as symbolized by the ceremonial coupling of the magister and the high priestess.

The entire female membership of the coven was sometimes also mounted, sometimes being penetrated by means of an artificial phallus wielded by the magister, or simply by the other male participants. However, in most modern covens, the actual marriage rite seems to have been replaced generally by the cakes and wine ceremony which, then leads into the feast. The chalice held by the high priestess is raised high over the balefire, and Sabbat wine poured in. The magister then lowers his ceremonial rod, wand, or Athame into the cup briefly, and then removes it. Both he and the priestess then hand it on to the coven, who drink from it. Similarly, the Sabbat cake is presented on the paten pentacle by the priestess, divided up by the magister with his Athame, and then distributed like wise. On handing the chalice or pentacle to one’s neighbour, the words “Blessed be” are often uttered.

The initial ceremony of the cakes and wine leads on to the actual feast, which is usually contributed to by all the coven members, each bringing some particular delicacy.

The food, far from being the eye of newt and toe of frog variety, is the type you would expect to find at any buffet supper.
The meal itself does not have to be eaten within the circle, the only ritual proviso being that if the company actually sit down at table, the magister be seated at the head. After the meal is concluded, the Sabbat may continue as a regular party with dancing and singing usually of the folk rock variety being performed by more exuberant members within the circle, often jumping hand in hand over the flames of the balefire.

At last, when all is said and done and the party draws to a close, often approaching dawn, traditional farewells of “Merry part” and “Blessed be” are exchanged between departing members, who after exchanging their ritual garments for everyday clothes, hurry off into the chill morning air. The Sabbat is over, the old gods have been reinvoked, and a new season begun.
The basic Sabbat rites should remain the same throughout the year, differing only in small details appropriate to the season. For instance, many covens will divide the year in two and give the magister presidency of the circle during the winter months, the Lady in those of summer.
The Midwinter Festival of Yule, Christmastide, celebrates the sun’s rebirth with all the customary decorations and festivity later borrowed by the Church Fathers, the indoor balefire or yule log, evergreen decorations, holly and ivy tied with scarlet ribbon, and of course the Christmas tree. Father Christmas and Mother Holly are but two Christianized images of the Lord and Lady; the Christ child legend is built upon that of the rebirth of the sun, the light of the world.

Candlemas (February 2) is the Feast of St. Bride or Brigid, a Celtic name for the goddess, and corresponds to the Roman yearly inauguration of the vestal fire. It is a celebration of the waxing light, and the high priestess, or indeed, all the coven, may each don a candle-crown for the ritual dances.
The vernal equinox, or Lady Day, again a reference to the goddess has all the trappings of traditional Easter. (The word “Easter” in fact is but a modernization of Bostra, the name of an Anglo-Saxon dawn goddess cognate with the classical Eos.)
Beltane, Cetshamain, or Roodmas, as it was Christianized has as its theme the May day ceremonies still practised throughout rural England and Europe with stave dancing and flower garlands tied with white ribbons.

Midsummer, or St. John’s Eve, marks the nearest point of the sun’s approach to Earth.

The Catherine Wheel, or blazing cartwheel rolled from the summit of a hill to plunge into the cold waters of a lake or river below, is yet another expression of the wedding of heaven and Earth.

Lugnassad, or Lammas, celebrates the coming of the harvest-tide, the decorations of corn sheaves, berries, and fruits, while the autumnal equinox, or Michaelmas, marks its zenith with the eating of the customary goose. Samhain, or Hallows, ends the tide of reaping and the witches’ year. The winter presided over by the Lord of Misrule begins. The festival is celebrated with the customary sword dances, the sword here being associated with the chthonic spade and ploughshare, symbols of the God of Death.

The Dumb Supper may be performed in honour of the beloved dead, and wine and bread be ceremonially offered to them, the latter in the shape of a cake made in nine segments similar to the square of Earth. Candlelit turnip or pumpkin-heads and the last remnants of harvest-fare often provide decoration.
As always, it is a matter of personal preference as to exactly how a Sabbat is to be celebrated, always bearing in mind you’re few basic fundamentals, namely, the “drawing down” of the sun and moon, the ceremonial dances, the symbolic marriage of heaven and Earth, and the communal feast.
So there you are.


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Hi, please allow me to introduce myself

Yes believe it or not my name is Willow, it is actually my middle name by birth my first name being Amanda.

         I live and work in the town of Lincoln which is located in the United Kingdom the county being Lincolnshire.

At this time my age is twenty four and witchcraft is my passion. I have already achieved my first degree in the craft and would like to take this opportunity of thanking the administrator Kimberley Morgan for allowing me my own little place here. I have been looking around the internet for a comfortable place to connect with and now I feel I have found it. 

Witch Willow Grove is a place I can call home. Within this magical place I can write and publish craft workings to my heart’s content. I can hopefully place within my pages craft related information you may not have had access to before. 

My interest for this site was aroused when I noticed posts by Witch O Chick an established member here. I contacted her after reading a few posts she had published and discussed my passion for the craft with her. She is so easy to chat with and she said “give it a go” and so here I am, my grove is established.

I will not however place a picture of myself or mobile number on this or any following pages as I do not find it relevant.

The content is what is important to me but I will leave my email address should anyone be interested. For who knows it might be you that feels the need to start up a little home spot here.

Must mention that I do love the series Charmed although I cannot produce magic such as theirs lol. Magic to me is the bringing together in our everyday lives of the elements that are freely given to us. I enjoy working with the element of fire… no I am not a pyro maniac lol. There are so many uses for the element of fire for after all it can cleanse or destroy. The element of water is a must in my magical workings; I do tend to be rambling on a bit bless…

So moving on in my new found home here you can expect to see quite a bit of my own personal ramblings. I will be allowing the comments section within all my future posts should you wish to use this option and I will answer any questions you may have. I do hope to grow the contents of my new found home but as they say Rome was not built in a day.

In closing my home page now I would like to thank Witch O Chick for her help and encouragement.

Also many thanks to Kimberley administrator of the website for publishing my work. If I can create a little home page anyone can so I hope that I have been an inspiration to others I wish you well and Harm Ye None…

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Thirteen Dedications Gray Witch also Gestures

Thirteen Dedications Gray Witch

Thirteen Dedications Gray Witch

I. The God/dess is the infinite, the “cause of the first cause” that always was and yet never was

All other gods, goddesses and things are faces of the one true Unity.

They may be honoured separately or together, but all are one.
II. You shall seek out total and complete balance in all things that you are, that you do, and that you shall seek to be.

III. You shall only use magic to achieve balance and truth.
IV. You shall make certain that every action is thought out thoroughly before it is acted upon and that balance and unity are its objective.
V. You shall never lie to hide your deeds and desires unless by lying you are preserving the balance of nature that has not already been tainted by your actions.
VI. You shall uphold the rights of all toward nature, and of nature toward all, for this is balance.
VII. You shall hold no ideals of humanity above the ideals of nature’s balance.
VIII. You shall respect all things living, all things dead, and all things spiritual in nature.
IX. You shall only disturb an environment when it is necessary for balance.
X. You shall recognize “balance” as anything that upholds nature and unity; be it physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, or ideological.
XI. You shall be committed to your beliefs, family, clan, tribe, nation, and world.
XII. You shall seek out balanced health, balanced love, balanced truth, and practice moderation.
XIII. You shall not adhere to any beliefs, methods, or evidences of proof that distinctly contradict the Thirteen Dedications, for anyone can make an apparent truth manifest.


Gestures

Thirteen Dedications Gray Witch also Gestures

There are common physical gestures used by the magician to signify various acts. Gestures are also used for casting the circle, un-casting the circle,
and cutting a doorway in the magical circle among many things. Gestures can be produced with the body, face, or hands. On the hands the thumb represents Venus and the Earth, the index finger represents Jupiter, the middle finger is ruled by Saturn, the ring finger symbolizes the Sun and Apollo, and the little finger represents Mercury. Below are listed the gestures for the God/dess, God, Goddess, and the Elementals:

God/dess gesture

Stand with the feet and legs together, body ridged and upright, raise and spread the arms with fingers spread and stretched high. Hold the head up toward the sky with the left hand making the Goddess hand gesture (see Goddess gesture) and the right hand making the God hand gesture.

God gesture

Stand with the feet and legs together, body ridged and upright, cross the arms with fists clenched (right over left), and hold the head up high.
The God may also be gestured with the right hand by closing the fist, holding up the index and last finger, and holding down the remaining fingers with the thumb.

Goddess gesture

Stand with the feet apart, hands and arms raised above the head, palms open, and head held high. The Goddess may also be gestured with the left hand by holding up the index finger and thumb, pulling the remaining fingers down into the palm, and making the shape of a crescent moon.

Earth gesture

Hold the hand out with fingers straight and held together, keep the palm down. Use your projective hand (dominant hand) for dismissing
and your receptive hand for invoking or evoking.

Air gesture

Hold the hand outward, palm up and fingers stretched apart facing outward. Use the projective hand (dominant hand) for dismissing and the receptive hand for invoking or evoking.

Fire gesture

Hold the hand outward with fist clenched and turned inward. Use the projective hand (dominant hand) for dismissing and the receptive hand for invoking or evoking.

Water gesture

Hold the hand outward, palm up, with fingers together and cupped. Use the projective hand (dominant hand) for dismissing, and the receptive hand for invoking or evoking.

Projective hand

The projective hand is the individual’s dominant hand (usually the hand they write with).

Receptive hand

The receptive hand is the individual’s non-dominant hand (usually the hand the use least).


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The Initiation Debate

In the neo-Pagan world, we say that “there is no one true way” an awful lot. Then we very often get into arguments with other neo-Pagans because something they believe doesn’t correspond to something that we believe.

Ah, human nature. Neo-Paganism is all about self-improvement and forging a relationship with the Divine, but at the root of it all, we’re still human.

One of the largest debates in the neo-Pagan community revolves around initiation. Not all neo-Pagan paths are initiatory, but most have a tradition of honouring one’s teachers. Lineage becomes a method of identifying your affiliations, your training, and your history, whether it be passed through an initiation rite or by a series of teachers. Most neo-Pagans have a strong respect for their ancestors. Spiritual ancestors qualify as well.

Just what is initiation, anyway?

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An initiation is a rite of passage, comparable to a Christian baptism, which confirms you within your new path, or marks a certain level of achievement in study and practice. You certainly don’t need to be initiated to worship the gods, or to perform magic. Some people believe that they must undergo initiation in order to validate themselves within whatever neo-Pagan path they have chosen; but really, if initiation is what they’re focused on, then they’re missing an important part of the point of walking a neo-Pagan path. Overall, neo-Paganism is about how you live your life, and about your world-view.

Some people you meet will ask if you’ve been initiated, and if you haven’t been, they’ll dismiss you as unimportant.

If they do, it’s their loss. Initiated or not, you offer a unique perspective of the world, and as a valuable resource in your own right. An encounter like this might lead you to believe that you must seek initiation to be taken seriously. Initiation and degrees are simply methods of evaluating your progress within a particular tradition or group, not a universal yardstick by which all neo-Pagans are measured. Initiation doesn’t grant you godlike powers, or change your life instantaneously.

If you choose to enter into an established formal tradition, they will likely first dedicate you and then initiate you at a later date. A dedication is an oath to study for a period of time so that you and the group may evaluate one another. Initiation may only be given after both you and the group agree that this is the right thing for you to do, if both parties are comfortable with the step. Initiation is a serious commitment, not just a feather for your cap or a badge to sew onto your sash. Initiation serves as a foundation for future work with the group and the tradition.

The same goes for degrees.

An individual who has attained a second-degree level is in no way a better person than a first-degree. Every initiation and degree granted (also called elevation) reflects a unique individual’s achievements and accomplishments. Sally might not be granted her second degree from her tradition for the same reasons that Patrick has been. And why should it be? Sally and Patrick are two unique individuals, with different priorities, strengths, and challenges.

Who wants cookie-cutter neo-Pagans?

If you work alone or with a group that isn’t affiliated with an established tradition, then people often choose to self-dedicate instead. This is a ritual where you declare your intention to function within this new spiritual path, and swear an oath to the gods.
Some people do this for a period of a year and a day, and then do a self-initiation to seal themselves to their chosen path. (There’s a self-dedication ritual in the Book of Shadows part of this web site.) It’s a way to affirm your choice of lifestyle, and to formally introduce yourself to your chosen deities.

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Throughout your travels in Pagan communities, the Internet, and elsewhere, you’ll run into individuals who have dramatic names such as Lord Merlhynn of the Bear Hound Tradition. Your first act should be to research the Bear Hound tradition. Is it listed or referred to anywhere? Who else is involved? Who founded it? What are its principles? If Merlyn claims to be a Lord, a title usually reserved for those of highest degree within a tradition, one would hope that he had done a significant amount of study alone and with others, and not just through a couple of books he found on the New Age shelves of his local super-bookstore. A tradition is only officially recognised as a tradition once its founder has died, and a significant number of people follow it. Sticking “Lord” or “Lady” in front of your name isn’t going to magically endow you with wisdom or knowledge; it’s just going to make people think you know more than you do. While that may sound attractive, it’s not going to be so nifty when someone catches you in an out-and-out lie.

Claiming a magical heritage that isn’t your own is a huge faux-pas in the neo-Pagan world.

Most neo-Pagan paths value honour, integrity and truthfulness. Lying about your training will net you nothing but dishonour. If you aren’t a member of a group, or you haven’t been initiated, say so quite simply and truthfully.
Tell the person inquiring how long you’ve been studying on your own, and your areas of interest. The worst you’ll get is a cool nod. The best scenario, though, will include a conversation about mutual interests, and might even gain you a book recommendation or an introduction to someone new.

Every neo-Pagan you speak to will have a different opinion regarding initiation, and they ought to – it has different repercussions and effects for everyone.
Initiation ties you to a group of people, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. If you’re convinced that initiation is an absolute must in your life, then think long and hard about who you approach for it. It’s a link that will exist for life, and possibly beyond, depending on the initiation.

Initiation can be empowering, or can call up a storm of negative situations in your life. Examine your motivations carefully, and be brutally honest with yourself.

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Why do you seek initiation? If your response satisfies you, by all means search for a group to request admission and initiation. They will likely ask you for those reasons, and they will make their decision based on them and their experience with you. If you can’t put a finger on why you want to be initiated, it might be good idea to wait on it for a while. After all, there’s always more reading and practice. The gods aren’t going anywhere. And everything happens in its proper season.

Initiation is not the all-encompassing validation that many people believe that it is. If you seek initiation to prove to yourself or others that you’re a real Witch or Heathen or whatever you are, then you’re missing the depth of your chosen spiritual practice. Being initiated isn’t a short-cut; it’s a recognition of how much work you’ve put into self-improvement. How much work? It differs from person to person, of course. And then, the true value of that work is the knowledge and experience you gain. Initiation isn’t necessarily an end point, either. It should be only a step along your path of exploration and development.


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