The Best Tool a Witch can have

Witches usually have anything from one to many tools, depending on what path they follow and what they need.

The best tool you can use is your mind. Question everything to the point where you are sure it is correct for you. Write and re-write spells until you are sure the spell will work.

Think about everything you read (including this); is it any good, is it useful to you, does the writer have something you can build on, is it something that will fit with the ethos of your path?

It is only by doing this we who are solitary and stumbling around in the dark can build a valid path. If you are not solitary, I would urge you to do the above so that you can build on others’ work who have come before.

Spring Equinox

This was one of those rituals that didn’t go to plan. Nothing much went wrong; it’s just that I was listening to my intuition which took me off in a different direction than the one I had planned.
I had planned to celebrate it dressed in a green skirt, green top and wearing nothing else. Then I listened to my intuition which told me that it would be better if I wore nothing to celebrate the wildness of Spring.

So I’m out there in the dark, somehow managing not to step on any slugs (until our local hedgehog was run over s/he would often be in our garden) buck naked and somehow not freezing.

I dyed eggs the weekend before; onion skins for a sunburnt colour, coffee for brown and turmeric for yellow. The dried carrot skins somehow didn’t work, but since colour deepens when the egg dries I’m wondering if it came out a pale colour and I unintentionally re-dyed it when I used turmeric. More experimentation needed, methinks.

I was going to proffer the eggs as prosperity, as I read that this could be done, but I had left them upstairs. So I asked for continued prosperity for us and celebrated that Spring was here – and I’m writing this while snow showers have been coming down!

I really enjoyed this ritual, but wished I’d been able to find something on how the Irish celebrated the Spring Equinox. There are a lot of people who say they didn’t and maybe this is true.

Irish Folk Cures by Padraic O’Farrell

This is an interesting little book filled with folk cures that have been passed on to the author. However, it is of mainly historical interest, as the cures have in them ingredients that we now know to be harmful.

If you’re interested in historical cures then get this book, otherwise look for a more up-to-date folk cure book.

Back in Meditation

Yesterday was the first time (apart from once last month) that I have meditated in a year. I will be going back to meditating once per week, as this needs to be a constant part of my practice.

I picked up from where I left off, meeting deities and being given homework by them. Thankfully I have until the end of 2013 to do it, but I will try and do it soon or, like all homework, it just builds up.

I also wrote the meditation down straight after I finished. I am going to discipline myself to do this, as there are too many entries in my diary saying “I have meditated recently, I just haven’t written it down”. I want to write every meditation down, so I can see my development.

Confusing Irish Deities

Unlike the classical deities there may be more than one deity for a certain function. For example, both Ogma and Brigit are deities of poetry.

Deities also have more than one function. Ogma is also one of the three champions of Ireland so has a fighting function and Brigit is involved with domestic animals, fire and smithcraft.

Add to the fact that a number of people in the myths are called the same name (e.g. there are seven persons called Donn) it can get very confusing!

So how do you straighten out the confusion? You read the texts and not the internet, which can have a lot of misinformation and are careful not to ascribe attributes of one Donn to another.

Irish Early Law by Fergus Kelly

This is a very good book which is well-written and easy to read. It details the law in Ireland in the Dark Ages and is a fascinating look at the Irish culture that would have been around when the myths were being written down.

Despite what feminists would have us believe, while Irish women had more rights than their continental counterparts, they still did not have it easy.

This book shows that women could only learn professions (such as Druidry) if there were no men in the family left to carry on the family profession. Also, women belonged to the father when they were young, to the husband when they were married and to the family if they were widowed.

This book was expensive at £40, but it was well worth paying the money for it.