Hedge Witch: Into the Wilds…

Let me take you on a journey through the wilds of nature and back to the roots and bones of witchcraft, a natural witchcraft that works with the seasons and all the natural items that Mother Nature provides drawing on magical folk lore with a dash of hedge witch and gypsy magic too.

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Symbols in nature & sacred geometry

Symbols in nature & sacred geometry

Mother Nature provides us with a huge amount of natural symbols and sigils in her creations.  The spiral for instance is an ancient magical symbol and appears all over nature, think about the shell of a snail or a fern leaf curled up before it opens out.

Sacred geometry uses sacred universal patterns right in the fabric of our reality design.  Sacred structures such as temples and monuments often use divine proportions, magical numbers in their calculations and design and of course Mother Nature uses sacred patterns in her creations too. 

The world of symbols and sigils is vast and heads off into head exploding mathematics (well for me anyway) so if you are interested do some research because it is fascinating – look up sacred geometry and also cosmology if you really want to delve deep.  For the purpose of the wild witch we are going to keep things straightforward.

You can find symbols and sigils in nature or create them from natural items such as twigs or pebbles.  Have a look around next time you are out and about and see how many magical symbols you can see in nature or even in buildings and on walls or other structures.

Using a symbol helps you to work with a deeper level of energy and gives your magic a bit of a boost.

Some common symbols that you might commonly find or use in magic are:

Circles – yep it is simple but it is still very magical and symbolises a never ending cycle, the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, the turning of the wheel and is also used in ritual to create sacred space and to provide protection. The circle and also the sphere creates a unity and a completeness.  On the tiniest level atoms and cells are spherical but you also have plant seeds and quite possibly the largest of all…planets.

Pentagram - Although you probably will struggle to find this in nature the pentagram (five pointed star) or pentacle (with the circle around it) is an ancient symbol used over the centuries by many different religions and faiths but probably most well-known now by pagans to represent the five elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit (or ether).

Awen - If you follow a druidic pathway then the Awen symbol will be familiar to you with three dots and three rays to represent inspiration, the triple aspect of deity and the triad of sunrises.

Triquetra - The triquetra is a continuous line drawn to create three interlocking leaves and is a very ancient symbol whose original meaning has been lost but is often now used to represent the triple goddess (maiden, mother, crone) and the levels of earth (land, sea, sky).

Triskelion - The triskelion is a triple interlocking spiral and has been found carved on a lot of ancient sites and is believed to represent reincarnation.

Spiral - The spiral is found carved into the rock on a large number of ancient sites and is thought to represent the sun as it passes over the sky, I always think of Mother Earth or the Goddess when I see this symbol and it can be found all over nature. 

Cross - Don’t dismiss the cross symbol either because it was used long before Christianity.  Draw an equal arm cross and surround it with a circle and you get the Sun Cross or Odin’s Cross which marks the seasons and the solstices or equinoxes.

The elements also have their own symbols each a variation on a triangle.  

These symbols can be drawn, painted or etched onto pieces of wood, candles or pebbles to add their magic to your workings.

Air – an upright triangle with a line running horizontally across it.

Fire – an upright triangle

Water – a triangle pointing downwards

Earth – a triangle pointing downwards with a line running horizontally across it.

Make a record of any symbols you see out in nature, maybe even take a photograph or sketch the image.  If you use any symbols in magical workings keep a note of when and what for and how well it worked.

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Rachel is a witch...has been for a very long time, not the green skinned warty kind obviously...the real sort - but she is also a working wife and mother living in Hampshire, England who has also been lucky enough to write and have published a growing stack of books on the Craft. She loves to learn she loves to study and continues to do so each and every day but has learned the most from actually getting outside and doing it. She regularly gives talks and workshops at pagan events. Rachel is also founder and an Elder at the Kitchen Witch online school of witchcraft. She likes to laugh...and eat cake...
 
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