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Birch and the Turning of the Year

The magical month of the birch tree, and its ogham character Beith, began on December 24th.  Beginning just after the winter solstice, this period (from December 24 to January 20) prepares the way for renewal in the New Year. Birch is associated with new beginnings, protection, purification and the increasing sunlight.

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Perchta, Winter Goddess of the Alps

The Yuletide is a season of wonderment, with warm food and drink, songs of joy and peace, the soft lighting of hearth fires, candles, and strings of electric light, gifts and blessings. But there's a darker aspect: the nocturnal Wild Hunt, when the fierce spirits of the wilderness roam.

 

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Tender Light

We’re all just walking each other home.

-Ram Dass

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Dark Twin/Light Twin

The things warlocks worry about.

I was born at the Summer Solstice of 19xx. My friend and brother warlock Adaron was born at the Winter Solstice of the same year.

Clearly, the two of us embody (in some sense or other) the Dark Twin and the Light, if only to one another. (Life imitating myth imitating life imitating...) But which, may I ask, is which?

(Bear in mind that, being warlocks, we both want to be Dark Twin.)

Well, you might think that, in a bipolar year, it would be the Winter-born Twin who's the Light Twin. So one might think.

But, of course—this is mythology that we're talking about, after all—it's not quite that simple. You're telling me that Him who reigns over July, August, and all the Harvest is the Year's Dark Half? Sorry, I'm just not buying it.

Well, at thirteenth and last, I've got both a light side and a dark, and so does Adaron. We all do. A crow needs two wings to fly with. The paradox of the divided self lies at the very heart of Old Craft theology and psychology: we're all our own opposite, dark and light. When you notice yourself projecting onto someone else, be sure that it's you you're projecting.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    This reminds me of the Bucca in Gemma Gary's "Traditional Witchcraft: A Cornish book of Ways" described as a goat headed hermaphro
  • Mike W
    Mike W says #
    Thank you elder brother! I think that you are correct, each contains a part of the other, as in the Yin/Yang symbol, the so-calle

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The Secrets, Pts. 1 & 2

Part 1: Concept

What if we could speak the unspeakable, shameful secrets, just for one day?

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That Other Holiday

It happens every year. Really, you'd think that by now I'd know better.

I'm driving home from Sunrise brunch on the morning of Midwinter's Day: fully sated, both physically and emotionally. After nearly a Moon's worth of preparation, Yule is finally here.

The night before, from the city's highest hill, we sang down the Sun, and lighted the New Fire during the year's last Sunset.

Then home again, and the little household rituals; after, out to the coven's firelight hearth-side rite. Afterward, the feast, the dances, the carols by the fire.

All night, we keep the Yule-fire burning.

Then up before dawn and out to the bridge from which we've sung up the Sun out of the river valley on Midwinter's Morning every year for nearly 40 years.

And finally, finally, off to brunch: the food, the friendship, the laughing conversation.

So I'm driving homewards, filled with a sense of consummation, looking forward to a restful nap. After a month of work and worry, finally it's time to sit back and enjoy the stillness, the well-earned Yule-frith, the peace of Yule.

Then I notice the cowans scuttling frantically, and inevitably, every year, I find myself thinking: What are all these people still running around for?

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Witchy Gifts: A Charm Bracelet is a Spell

Many of us don’t realize that the classic charm bracelet is decorated with magical symbols representing the wearer’s wishes.

For prosperity, such as before a job interview, when asking for a raise, or if you find yourself in arrears, wear a coin

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