Apr 07, 2016
Chronicles Winter edition
1Astrology Alex Brocklehurst 2Medieval Herbal Medicine Glenys Armstrong 3Ash to Ashes Andrew Cowling 4Animal Totems The Spider Cheryl Waldron 5The Dolmen Grove Embracing the Future Taloch Jameson/Diane Narraway
6Talking Stones Garry Andrews 7Diary of the Hedgewitch & Sowing Charts Rachael Moss
8The Dolmen -21 Years 9Embrace the Chaos Kevin Groves 10Aromatherapy Sandra Wiseman 11Scrying John Rivers
Photos in this issue Scott Irvine, Rachael Moss, Joanna Caswell, Jennie Jones, Garry Andrews, Therese Spooner.
Artwork Sem Vine, Dark Magi, Sharmon. Unless otherwise stated all other images are from the public domain.
Cover Image Gill MacDonald.
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All information is accurate at the time of publication and all articles are
assumed to be the work of those being credited
THE DOLMEN GROVE
The Dolmen Grove is a pagan organisation of mixed spiritual paths established in the early 90s by
Taloch Jameson, which over the years has grown from one small circle in Weymouth Dorset, to several
clans not only across the UK but worldwide.
The Spiritual ethos of the Dolmen Grove has remained the same throughout and is based purely upon the
Freedom of the Individual.
It is the collective belief that in an age where technology can often dwarf our humanity, it is important that
we take control as individuals and embrace our own spirituality in order to maintain the equilibrium within
an ever changing world.
Although the Grove is not a political organisation preferring instead to focus upon the spiritual, this does not
prevent either individual members or the Grove as a collective from playing an active part in humanitarian
and environmental issues.
There are no hierarchy or titles within the Dolmen Grove as it is our aim to encourage each man and woman
to discover their own unique and authentic journey so that their spiritual connection is founded upon that
which works for them as an individual rather than a spiritual rule book set for the masses.
The key to our success is the Round Table which is made up of around twenty people from a variety of
spiritual paths who uphold the spiritual ethos of the Grove. They not only organise their respective moots
but also the festivals and events hosted by the Dolmen Grove.
Our Moots are regular meeting places which are held once a month in several areas. Although these are
organised by and largely attended by Grove members, non-members are always welcome to find out more
about the Grove and enjoy the company of other free thinking people as well as the activities organised by
There is a membership in place that enables those who wish to be part of this ever growing Clan to enjoy
reduced ticket prices for Dolmen Grove Events, festivals and where stated member only Ceremonies and
Courses. Although we host many Ceremonies which are open to the general public, to avoid crowding and
to allow our members to celebrate free from pressure we also hold members only ceremonies.
ALL ARE SPIRITUALLY UNITED WITHIN THE DOLMEN GROVE
Its good to ask questions like Why does this
When it comes to divination, whether that involves
tea leaves, pendulum, the human palm or oracle
decks, the usual answers involve the laws of
attraction, As above, so below etc. Regardless of
how these laws are explained, we are always left
with debates about faith vs evidence. Just because a
numerologist suggests there to be an inherent logic
to the relationship between numbers and a
perceived reality, I still cannot prove why someone
who has a life path number seven will be an uber-
thinker. Humans like to see evidence and this is
why science has ruled the roost in our thinking for
centuries. It is also the reason why astrology, as
queen of the sciences, offers us scope to balance
faith with evidence.
Using planetary positions that are always uniquely
configured, as a representation of the realities that
lay beyond our immediate perception, is conducive
to our understanding. We can study these positions
accurately and map them to events on Earth.
Eclipses were always omens, often grave likewise comets. Venus and Jupiter were considered
benevolent forces, with Mars and Saturn
Stories have readily emerged about celestial
placements and phenomena, relative to the Earths
placement in the tropical zodiac. Planets,
constellations, houses and a set of glyphs to
represent them, can tell the story of your moment
you were born and your life path, as well as myriad
of mundane events on Earth which have and do
affect us all. Is this a secret language? The
discipline of astrology says a resounding No! We
can learn this language
however most do not. Often,
they will consult an
astrologer, as expert.
Some (many) prefer to
consult their Sun sign
horoscope in papers and
magazines. On all these
levels, astrology seems to
work well; from the simple
through to the extremely
complex, while we seek to
understand better the
unfolding meaning of our
Ultimately we seek guidance.
Perhaps astrologys greatest contribution is in
helping us to frame an understanding of our lives.
It can help us to grasp facets of ourselves that may
otherwise remain out of reach. My natal moon
(where the moon was positioned at the time of my
birth) in Pisces, opposing Pluto, may tell me many
things about my emotional constitution,
interpersonal style and how this is connected to my
mothers personality and the character of the
In this way a comprehensive picture can be built
and astrology can help supply outlets to
harness/shape energy dynamics too. These
planetary configurations show us not only how
human patterns can become entrenched, but also
the keys to shifting them - and as the planets are
continuing to dance in their cycles... so should we!
That is choreography for you. What astrology can
show us is an awareness of the bigger picture that
we sit within. The story of my life is not simply the
story written about me, it is the story currently
being written BY me.
All our stories overlap. When I tell my astrological
stories (primarily in the form of written
horoscopes) the idea is to connect people to the
story of their life (both historically and now), in
both broad brush strokes and specific detail.
Limitless possibilities where awareness must be
coupled with commitment to ones own growth
In my own storytelling I also incorporate attention
to tarot cards and runes. The major arcana, in
particular, speak of the journey from inception
with The Fool to completion in with The World.
There is doubtless much that is unseen along that
path. We can speculate, we can have faith but most
excitingly, we can harness the power of astrology
and its attendant stories to paint a picture of where
we stand at the various crossroads we often
encounter in life; remembering that we are
simultaneously located within the much greater
cosmic story that is unfolding all around us - of
which we are both an integral and magical part.
For further information:
Medieval Herbal Medicine
Medieval medical Herbals were all originally derived from the De Materia Medica, a 1st
century AD Greek work by Dioscorides.
A 12th Century German Abbess, Hildegard of
Bingen was the first to write a treatise on the
symbolic and religious significance of the
ingredients of the cures she was employing. Many
Abbesses practised medicine, and in the mid-13th
century, records show that the Abbess Euphemia
of Wherwell Abbey in Hampshire was known as a
Most women couldnt read however. Their
healing knowledge was passed down from mother
to daughter, village wise woman to
foundling apprentice or was
developed as a personal way of
working over a lifetime of watch-
ing the animals, stars and landscape
and understanding how they
Every village would have had its
wise woman. Her role was to
confirm pregnancies, deliver
babies, dispense medicines,
perform minor surgery and
generally try to make everyday life a little easier.
Outside of medicine,
she might also be called
upon to predict the
weather, offer advice on
prices for trade or bar-
ter, bless the
Harvest, weave corn
dollies, choose the maiden to represent St. Brid-
get, and confirm sightings of comets, the shortest
and longest days and the turning of the seasons.
The medical and herbal knowledge at the time
was based on a few main principles, which would
have been fairly
universal, although there would
have been local variations. One of
the main ones would have been
The Doctrine of Signatures that
the way a plant or animal looks,
smells or tastes reflects its ability to
heal or harm. Often these
characteristics have led to the
names we know plants by today
so lungwort leaves (Pulmonaria
Officinalis) look like a lung with
their white spots signifying
infection. Used to treat coughs, wheezing and
other diseases of the lungs, it worked lungwort
contains medicinal properties
useful in treating asthma.
The second principle is that of the part affects
the whole magically known as thaumaturgy.
So to cure a cough, not only might the patient
be given an infusion of lungwort, but some of
their phlegm might be wrapped in a lungwort
leaf and placed inside a poppet, (person
shaped cloth bag, or wax figure) with some
goose fat or lanolin, also used to treat chest
infections, so that the cure would continue to
work and could be monitored by the healer
even when away from her patient.
The 4 humours was another way of deciding on
treatment illnesses were deemed to be hot or
cold, wet or dry; so a cure for a hot dry fever
caused by poisoning (an excess of yellow bile)
might include something like a toad which has a
cold wet poison, to counteract it. In the 1390
charges against Jehanne de Brigue who was
accused of witchcraft for curing Jehan de Ruilly
after doctors had only given him a week to live,
she made a waxen figurine of him, and cured it
using poison from her pet toad.
Some remedies appear to have no basis in
anything that makes sense to us now for
nosebleed: take a cloth, soak it in cold vinegar and
wrap it about the privates; or this for worms:
take a piece of red leather, rub the wrong side of
it with wormwood, then spread it with honey and
dust with powdered aloes. Lay it across the
This makes thaumaturlogical but not medical
sense. Other remedies were just unhealthy and
unpleasant for a woman struggling to birth a
child, give her a posset (a warm milk drink) with
horse dung strained in to strengthen her; or
downright poisonous for giddiness in the head
take leaves and stalks of mistletoe and boil them
up drink a little at intervals throughout the day.
Unless of course, you wanted giddiness in the
head for which this would be perfect.
However, others might
caused by a congestion
of choler in the
stomach, and is cured
by vomiting followed
by a drink of milk and
water. Lettuce is also
cooling and will cure
it, as will crabs eyes
ground up and a pinch
taken at hourly
intervals. This sounds
odd but crabs eyes were in fact the
exoskeletons of crayfish, and made of calcium
carbonate, an antacid.
Other remedies early healers used which are still
in use today include oil of willow salicylin, oth-
erwise known as aspirin; foxglove, for chest pain
from which we get digitalis, a potent heart drug,
and the drinking of earths blood such as that
found at Glastonbury Well for those with pale
skin and fainting who need the extra iron oxi-
dised into the water to treat their anaemia.
Smith and Randall (1987) Kill or Cure. The County Record
School of Natural Health Sciences (2004) Diploma in Herbal-
ism Study Notes (unpublished)
Leyser (1995): Medieval Women, A Social History of Women
in England 450 1500. Weidenfeld and Nicholson, Lon-
Laurence (1994): Women in England 1500-1760. Phoenix
Due out early next year
Due out early next year
Women of Babalon - A soon to be published book from Black Moon Publishing Edited by
Mishlen Linden and featuring a diverse collection of women authors
and artists who offer their concepts of the modern day Babalon through rituals,
experiences, and artwork. http://blackmoonpublishing.com/
Ash to Ashes
The Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) is important to Yule because
of its use as the Yule Log (Oak and Beech are other favourites).
An herb of the Sun, it is used to celebrate the birth of the Sun
God and is associated with rebirth and new life.
At Yule, an ash log or faggot is gathered (never purchased),
decorated with evergreens, doused with cider or ale, brought
into the house and placed in the fireplace. It is lit with a
fragment of log kept from the previous year, left burning for 12 days, then ceremoniously extinguished. A
piece is kept to light the log the following year, another piece is hung in the house as protection against
lightning and fire, and an unburnt piece is attached to the plough to bless the earth.
Ashes are mixed with seed which spreads the suns power and radiance throughout the earth when the seed is sown in spring and are mixed with the drinking water of farm stock to prevent disease.
Its association with both the sun and water explains why Ash features in so many festivals.
It is a versatile wood due to its strength, flexibility and fast growth rate and has many uses. Due to its
magickal properties it is used for making wands, forms the shaft of the witchs broomstick and is commonly used in divination. It can be used to remove unwanted energies such as spells and hexes and carrying a leaf
in your vehicle will bring you safely home.
Although no longer used by herbalists, it has healing properties. The reason for its disuse is probably
because there are many other herbs which have the same actions. The gifts offered us by Mother Earth are
more than adequate for our needs, if only we would see it.
The leaves were used to treat gout, rheumatism and sluggish kidneys as their diuretic action can aid uric acid
excretion. This action explains its reputation as an old remedy for dropsy (heart failure) and for weight loss;
although increasing fluid loss is not a healthy way to lose weight. They were also used to treat intermittent
fevers such as malaria as well as a laxative.
The bark is a bitter tonic and was used to remove obstructions of the liver and spleen. Bark ash was applied
to scabby and leprous heads.
Ancient physicians used Ash keys to treat flatulence; pickled they are a substitute for capers.
It is famous as a cure for snakebites and as a snake repellent. Pliny wrote if a fire and a serpent be encompassed within a circle of the boughs of an ash tree, it will sooner fly into the fire than into them.
It was used to cure warts by pricking each wart with a new pin which had been inserted into the Ash; the pin
was then returned to the tree and a charm repeated.
Burying a live shrew in the tree was believed to confer the ability to heal paralysis and cramps. But thats another story
NB If you have health problems, self-medication is dangerous and you should always consult a qualified herbalist
Andrew Cowling BSc(Hons),Dip.Phyt,D.Hyp,RCST,MNFSH,FNIMH.
Herbalist, Craniosacral Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Healer.
62 Grove Road
Tel. 01305 860611.
Animal Totems - The Spider
Animal totems are guides or souls that walk through life with us, guiding, teaching and protecting us, showing and sharing with us their qualities so that we may learn from and work alongside them, using them and their qualities as spiritual tools on our own spiritual journey through life. If anyone wanted ter find out some stuff, all theyd have ter do would be ter follow the spiders. Thatd lead em right! Thats all Im sayin. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
An interesting quote from a very famous collection
of childrens books, but a quote that raises questions, one that should make us stop and think,
even for just a moment; because spiders, to many
can be horrifying creatures, inspiring fear in the
biggest and bravest of us. But when we actually
look at them in a metaphysical sense, we discover
that they are in fact intelligent and fascinating
Spiders are the skilled weavers of beautiful and
intricately engineered webs; revered in many
cultures as feminine, patient creatures, they
symbolise the spirit of all creation and are
associated with the past, the present, the future,
birth and creation and all of which lies in-between.
A very common totem animal for Pagan people,
the spider warns us to be careful, wary and smart
about the life we weave for ourselves.
To watch a spider release her silken, sticky strand
of thread into the wind and allow it to be taken by
the breeze to its point of anchoring, where her
intricate creation of truly awe inspiring organic
engineering will begin; and then to watch her
skilfully weave her home, her snare of deception
and finally rest and wait, and wait..patiently, until her prey ultimately stumbles unknowingly to its
certain doom, teaches us not only that we could
perhaps show a little more patience in our way of
life, but how to weave our own mental and intuitive
thinking and flexibility into our daily routine.
Spider awakens creative sensibilities. It weaves a web of intricate and subtle fabric, as if to remind us that the past always subtlety influences the present and the future.
The spider found within the web reminds us that we are the centre of our own world. We are the keepers and the writers of our own destiny, weaving it like a web by our own thoughts, feelings
and actions. Ted Andrews, Animal Speak.
The spider is the delicate creature of receptivity,
the wise weaver of destiny and fate, it shows us our
shadow self and the dark and negative aspects of
our own personalities that need to come to fruition.
There are many legends concerning the spider, and
usually it is depicted as the totem spirit of the
Mother and Grandmother.
In one such legend, it is told that the Grandmother
spider carried the gift of fire in a basket she had
skilfully woven herself, upon her back and
presented it to the people of the Earth. In another
it is said that the Grandmother spider bound all
things together with her weaving and formed the
foundation of Mother Earth itself.
The spider is deceptively strong; after a heavy
rainfall and fierce winds, the spider still remains
upon her web. This we can reflect on within
ourselves, for we are often far stronger than we
believe ourselves to be. The presence of a spider
totem or spirit in your life should inspire you to
gain coherent perspective on current issues, it tells
us to explore all of our options, giving sufficient
time to discover the solution that we are searching
And to end, I shall leave you with another quote,
which I think may be appreciated by many
Ill stop eating steak when you stop killing spiders. Absurdity! Comparing cows to spiders. Arachnids are pure evil. Theyre like a cigarette manufacturer or a terrorist. Theyre organised religion on eight legs. Davey Havok, Pop Kids.
DOLMEN GROVE MOOTS
All Dolmen Grove Moots hold regular meetings where people can find out more about
Dolmen Grove membership, ethos and upcoming events including camps, workshops and
Hampshire, Fareham, The Heathfield Arms 116 Blackbrook Road, Fareham po15 5bz Every first Monday of the month,
Essex - Scout Hut, Cromwell Road, Grays, RM17 5HT
Dorset, Weymouth Old Town Hall High West Street DT4 8JH Weymouth, Dorset (The Dolmen Groves oldest and most established moot) Every second Wednesday of the month,
Dorset, Portland - The George Inn 133 Reforne, Portland,
Dorset, DT5 2AP Every last Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm
Cornwall, St Austell - Polgooth Inn Ricketts Lane, Polgooth,
St.Austell, PL26 7DA Every first Wednesday of the month,
Berkshire, Bracknell - The Boot Public House Park Road,
Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2LU Every 3 third Tuesday of the
month, 8:00pm onwards
Dorset, Poole - The Kings Head6 High Street, Poole, Dorset
BH15 1BD Every third Tuesday on the month 7:30pm onwards
All Dolmen Grove moots are advertised regularly on
with up-to-date information on individual moot facebook pages
The Dolmen Grove Embracing the elements
and embracing the future
This winter solstice two children from the Dolmen Grove made history by being the first children ever to
perform a ritual in the centre circle at Stonehenge. In front of several thousand people they performed a
blessing on the children of the world. These children come from a Grove where spiritual freedom is
encouraged and where children have a voice.
Children that are brought up with the freedom to develop their own spirituality have an authentic and natural
view of the world around them- following a path that is uniquely their own. The greatest hope for
humankind is that their children will grow to rebel against the warring and predatory behaviour that is
present day normality.
Taking measures to promote individuality as a path that brings peace and spiritual fulfilment is a ceaseless
operation as spiritual reformation that encourages individuals to step free from the chains of dogmatic
religion is not always welcome to those who are too absorbed to change and evolve. However if children are
given the chance to grow free from the taboos and scare tactics endorsed by such religions they will have a
chance to percolate that freedom into the consciousness of humankind.
There should be no need for fanaticism or overzealous door banging for this to happen as the natural way of
life can be restored by freedom of choice.
Taloch Jameson & Diane Narraway
Wheel of the year
February 7th 8th inclusive ...Enchanted Market Garth Hill College, Bull Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 2LN
March 28th Ostara psychic fayre and spring ball. Princess
Pavilions, 41 Melvill Road, Falmouth TR11 4AR
Beltane Spirits of Rebirth Camp - 25th 26th April inclusive. Dorset.
Tribal Dreams camp - 21st - 23rd August inclusive. Dorset
September (Mabon) Local Ceremonies
October (Samhain) - Wytches ball
December Yule Ball
MEMBERSHIPMEMBERSHIP OF THE DOLMEN
The Dolmen Grove offers a lifetime membership, which simply
means a one-off payment of 20 for those who wish to embrace and
enjoy the freedom, Clanship and the right to practice their own
spiritual path within the Grove family.
Full Members of the Grove will enjoy reduced rates for events such
as Gatherings like the Beltane Spirit of Rebirth and Tribal Dreams,
and to many other events when stated.
A Full member will receive a Membership Card and a unique Mem-
bership Number that identifies who they are when wishing to attend
Member only Ceremonies and other Dolmen Grove Events.
The Dolmen Grove does not have a hierarchy, as we do not believe
that people need titles or labels to follow a spiritual path; instead
the spiritual ethos of the Grove is facilitated by a Round Table, a
circle of people from all walks of life.
For further information on the Dolmen Grove and becoming a
member please send an email to
Also find us on faceboook thedolmengrove and thedolmen-grovemagazine
I first came across mention of the talking stones in
the late seventies but actually saw images of them
for the first time in December of 1982 on the front
cover of Prediction magazine. Back then books
on the occult, witchcraft, Wicca, and other beliefs
and practices were very rare, those that were
available sold at a premium. At the time this
magazine was like water to a thirsty man, and to a
newly blossoming poor Witch, like me, knowledge from the Gods themselves. I still have
that particular issue; I guess it had such a
profound effect on me that I have never been able
to throw it away. And so began my interest with
this rather over looked form of divination.
The official name for divination with stones is
lithomancy, in some cultures it was believed to be
a fairly common practice, not unlike reading your
daily horoscope in the local paper.
So what are the talking stones? Well there are
several variations I have come across over the
The Saxons appeared to have a set of stones not
unlike the talking stones of today which they used
alongside the more commonly known Saxon
Runes. I have found mention of some stones again
not unlike the talking stones which have recently
been unearthed in Scotland and appear to be
Celtic in design. I have also seen some stones
which are aboriginal in design and although very
different from our talking stones used in almost
However the version of the stones I am talking
about today are very obviously British in design
and old, how old no one knows. There are nine
stones generally in this system with a symbol
painted on one side of each stone. The talking
stones are known by several names to my
knowledge and probably several that I dont know. They are known as Witch stones, Witches rune
stones, Telling stones, talking stones of course,
and my personal favourite Mothers bones. I
strongly believe based on the names, that this
method of divination is very old and because of
the mention of the terms witch stones and mothers
bones I feel that it is highly likely that this method
is a traditional form of divination.
Mothers bones are a way of describing rock or stone from the earth, the symbolic bones of the
earth mother goddesses.
The nine general symbols are, the eye, the sun, the
moon, the rings, a wave, crossed arrows, a fence,
a bird in flight, and a flower or plant of some type.
Each stone has general meanings/concepts
attached to it. One method of divining with the
stones is to pick up all your stones, speak the/an
incantation of divination and cast the stones
downward onto the floor or table, although I feel
the ground is more appropriate for this form of
divination which ever you are comfortable with
would be fine. You would then locate the eye
stone, turn it over if it has landed face down; this
is the only stone you do this with. Now looking
down at your cast you interpret the stones, reading
only those that have the symbol face up as these
are said to be talking while any face down are in
For instance the sun stone evokes meanings and
concepts concerning male energy, power and
strength A sense of going out into the world to create.
The element of fire indicates promotion at work,
success or wealth. Generally this stone is
considered to be a positive stone if it appears in a
cast. However stones must be read in conjunction
with each other; a less positive stone lying near
the sun stone may very well modify its meaning
for instance if near the Fence stone which
represents restrictions and delays it may indicate
that although there is a positive energy around the
querent at the moment there may be some delay in
reaping any rewards at this time, success will
come but restrictions will have to be overcome
As you can see reading the stones together is
essential for gaining a clear interpretation of the
symbols. Equally these two stones could have
been read as Any restriction will soon come to an end with the influence of the sun stone which is
bringing new growth and expansion to the
How do you know which interpretation is correct?
Well that comes down to intuition and experience.
However the stones themselves will give you
some clues too. Stones nearest the eye stone are
most relevant to the situation or of a stronger
As I have said though the usual amount of stones
is nine, there is a commercially available system
which has 13 stones which seems to be someones adaption of the original nine. Here they have
added stones with a planetary glyph painted on to
one side. This adds an astrological element to the
stones giving a wider depth of meaning to a
reading which of course gives the diviner and the
client more information.
On my course I teach several ways of divining
with this ancient tool, some much more elaborate
than others. These I have devised over the years as
my personal talking stone system has evolved. My
personal set now contains 30 symbols although
strangely none of the planetary glyphs. Some are
taken from the Saxon system, some have been
inspired through my own practice of natural magic
and others through my practice of Celtic Reiki.
One of the simplest ways (and I still keep and use a set gifted this way myself) is to take a walk in
nature perhaps along the beach and ask the Gods
to lead you to the right stones for you. Of course
using this method it could take you years to
assemble a small nine stone set, but it can be a
For me, the talking stones system is forever
changing and evolving and like any useful tool
that man has ever invented, adaption is essential in
order for it to function more efficiently. This is a
genuine living system which grows with its
practitioners. My hope in writing this short piece
is that some of you will feel inspired to try it out,
taking and spreading this system out into the
world again. Who knows maybe one day
professional stone casters will be as common as
professional Tarot consultants.
To secure a place on the next Talking Stones
course please phone Garry on 01305 785353 or
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Diary of the Hedgewitch
For we are just the shell and the leaf
The great death that is found in each
Is like the fruit centred in the light Rainer Maria Rilke
I love winter. The withdrawal, the seeming death
called out on the black wings of the winter crows,
as the world retreats into a world within our imag-
inings, ruminated, bubbling, conceived afresh, hu-
mus ripening from the decay. The starkness, na-
kedness and coldness instils silence where a gesta-
tion takes place upon the ashes.
The potency of summer with its dazzling colour
and motion has withered, and it is the winter with
its monochrome quietude that gathers it in, and
like the seed that falls to the earth and is fertilised
within its dark womb, winter impregnates us
within its tomb.
Winter contracts, seen in the icy feathery, spiky,
geometric patterns on the windows, an imprint of
the Cosmic dance flung from the greatest cold
heights of the brilliant blazing starry winter skies
to that crystal cavern vastness within where the
fire of our passion forever burns hot.
With the wintery wetness and the long Moonlit
nights we are submerged into a watery world, the
ocean the primal womb where lives form bearing
the patterns of its vortex spiral motion, contracted
within the amniotic fluid within the female mam-
mal. The vortex that spins, dances dizzyingly,
contracting, expanding, pulsing with its own
rhythms, but reflecting the great dizzying dance of
the Cosmos, its suction centre the Sun, filled with
Air, the first breath of creation, where it spins at
infinite speed, slowing further from the centre,
like the motion of the planets that seem to spin to
a slower tune further from the Sun. The great
vortex movements of the dance are imprinted
upon our own organs as solidified motion. Winter
is a seemingly resting state, forming from and
originating in motion, solidifying like the ice
crystals; summer a wild dance of movement. Rest
and motion the pulse that beats throughout.
We retreat and rest during the long nights whilst
the stars and the Moon ignite the dark in silver
and shifting greys. Wandering in the hush of a
quiet winter night the Moon flits slowly through
the naked shivering silhouetted trees, casting long
quivering washed-out shadows upon the spectral
earth, gushing her splendorous light, a soft, stark,
slicing, sweeping sliver, she illuminates, subtly,
reflectively, shimmering in the watery depths of
The craving of wailing foxes, wild shrieks
of owls and shooting stars shatter the
stillness, stars falling, streaming, slashing
the sky with luminous smears, gone in a
second, leaving an invisible stain etched
eternally upon the forgotten fabric of
Under the fervent power and force of the
fecund Moon a trail of mysteries is
threaded and woven, lives begotten,
forever becoming, spilled and spent, and
fertilised anew, as she pulls and tugs at the
tides and limits of our imaginings. And we
stand there each alone, drowning in the
cold moistness of a night swooning in
Winter is not barren, but heaves with all
that has been, heavy with the longings and
strivings, all possibilities that lie within
the hard shell of the egg, sculpting from
the frenzied motion of Life, the simmering
of new beginnings; and we create anew
from the fire of our hearts made visible in
the flashing, dancing, flames in our hearth
fires, the eternal fire that dwells in Love
and creates and re-creates, each rebirth a
death and each death a new birth, as the
fruit within ripens.
And as spring approaches, the dance
whirls to bring forth innocence in the
whiteness of the lambs and of the snow-
drops breaking through the frozen earth,
hatching on the threshold of beginning.
A Winters Night
Silence stalks, cast adrift upon the
shimmering waves of night
That quietly wash upon some secret
Sparkling pearls glisten submerged
in the black depths tangled in the
Of dark trees plunged headfirst into
the indigo sea lit with jewels.
A shooting thought and a star blazes
in its slipstream shattering the sur-
And in the edge of sight half seen
shapes are tossed
In the spectral starlight that glistens
upon sodden grass
Stiffening under the paralysing bite
of Jack Frost.
An owl shrieks muffled cries and a
weird dull resounding tolling
Dimly rolls from somewhere strange
distant church bells call,
A slow lazy star streams a thread
through the stricken sky.
With each pealing discord the night
Suddenly, out of the blackness un-
seen thundering, thumping hooves
Pulverising beats pummelling cold-
blasted earth galloping,
Piercing panic-stricken stillness as
they thrust into the deepness of
night.. And within its conception the mo-
ment is unbound.
January Sowing Chart
February Sowing Chart
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Key to Astrological Symbols
Capricorn Cancer Dark Moon A Apogee Element Symbols
P Perigee Earth
Aquarius Leo 1st quarter North (ascending) node
Pisces Virgo Full Moon South (descending) node
Aries Libra 3rd quarter
x No sowing Water
Taurus Scorpio Highest Moon
Gemini Sagittarius Lowest Moon
Crops to Sow in Febuary
Root/Earth Flower/Air Leaf/Water Fruit/Fire
Garlic Broad Beans
Parsnip Salad leaves under glass Tomatoes in heated greenhouse
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Ballad Of Cape Clear
The album opens with the traditional classic "Rocky Road to Dublin" dedicated with the
deepest of respect to the late Luke Kelly, (of The Dubliners) one of Ireland's greatest folk
musicians. The songs that follow are a tapestry of melodies giving new life to some old riffs
and immortalized as a Celtic production.
The Album reaches a sombre climax with the song "Sisters of the Earth" sung by Kayleigh,
over tribal drums and mournful fiddle in a rallying cry to the Daughters of Mother Earth.
The 14 Track album is a sincere blend of Medieval Celtic Rock,
unique to the Dolmen spirit drawing upon the atmospheric influence of the 2013 tours in
Europe, where the band spent much of their time gigging at Medieval and Celtic festivals
and composed as a forerunner to "Nuada", a second album due to be released next year.
This album is a celebration of the elemental forces of nature as it encapsulates all the
familiar elements from the natural, supernatural and ethereal realms with a raw tribalism
that is unique to the Dolmen. Wytchlord speaks the language of witches and mystics since
the dawn of time, as ritual chants are adeptly woven in amongst the polished music and
Spirits of the Sea
A Double Disc Pirate album that captures the raw pirate era of yester year with 13 full on
folk rock tracks (Disc 1) as well as short stories, born from a small port at the end of the UK
coast full of ragged Pirates in a tavern called the Pirates Keep.
From beginning to end this album captures the heathen spirit of the Pirate and the freedom
of those who answer to no man save Davy Jones. Storm speaks to that spark within all of us
that longs for adventure and romance, conjuring up the spiritual mystery and intrigue of the
high seas, where love and death are interchangeable, and the greatest prize of all is the
This is a collaboration of two Celtic Bands, The Dolmen and Saor Patrol. When the Spirits
of such Celtic Bands as The Dolmen & Saor Patrol unite they produce an intense energy
that inspires and can be felt right through to the very soul as a result Crann Tara talks the
language of many cultures and the spirit of people throughout the earth.
A heartfelt mix of traditional and original folk rock songs composed as tributes to everyday
people and life experience. The many things all of us as individuals can relate to as a
collective and share as a community. It celebrates all those folk who like to lay aside the
pressures of the day to dance, sing have loads of fun and enjoy a good drink.
Winter Gig Guide
Sat. 7th February Enchanted Market, Garth Hill
College, Bull Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 2LN
Fri. 20th February Badger Ball, Carnglaze Caverns,
St Neot, Liskeard Cornwall PL14 6HQ
Sat/ 28th February Crabchurch Conspiracy Weekend
The Ocean Room Weymouth pavillion
The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED
Sat. 28th March Dolmen Grove Ostara Spring Ball
Princess pavilion, 41 Melvill Road, Falmouth TR11 4AR
To Celebrate 21 Years of Dolmen Music We are offering a Special Collection of 4 Re-mastered Vintage Dolmen Albums
Spirits of the Land,
Songs of the Cauldron
The Vintage Collection covers a wide range of The Dolmen's unique style of Piratical Celtic Folk Music.
From 1993 to 2007.
The Covers of the Four Albums placed together make a complete
picture of Portland stone Circle. Where the band have held many Ceremonies.
EMBRACE THE CHA s
Chaos magic scares people. Is it because it's dark?
Maybe, but all paths have their dark corners.
Is it because it embraces change? Again maybe,
buy change can be good, in fact without change
how do we develop? How do we learn?
Those are small points. I think the reasons it
scares people are, firstly, it recognises that any
system imposes limits on what can be worked
with in it. It is the opposite of tradition, if there is
such a thing. It invites you to rebel against the
rules that say bad things will happen if you go
outside them. Whether bad things actually happen
or not is another thing, but there is nothing wrong
Although rules are useful, providing points of
reference to aid in many things, however, as we
know from life, rules can be broken and
boundaries pushed. When they said if you sail far
enough you will fall off the edge of the world;
someone tried and found that in fact the world is
round and you can't fall off. When people said you
can't fly to the moon or more recently its mad to try and land a probe on a comet someone proves
Breaking the rules are a call to challenge, with the
acceptance that failure and success occurs in
varying degrees. There is a saying in chaos magic
that I fully adhere to:
There is only one truth in that there are no truths,
everything is permissible.
This is where I find the joy in chaos magic. It
appeals to my scientific curiosity-driven mind. My
engineering O.C.D. brain says why do I need all
of these bits around my craft, what happens if I
don't create a circle, what if say different words or
none at all. It is that freedom to experiment and
make things up, and that I feel is what brings
The second point I feel concerns the answer to the
question how do I know if my magic works?
Many say chaos magic is results driven, its all very clinical and again, I think this scares some, it
removes the 'magic', or at least the mystery and
the tradition and moves magic to a cold science
where everything is measured, documented and
evaluated in a systematic way.
Yes I love ritual, yes I love the mystery and the
joy of stumbling through, but on the other hand I
need my magic to work reliably, and I want to
know when I do something I can do it consistently
with results as near identical as possible (event
probabilities all being equal which often they are not).
I can do that because I have deconstructed and
stripped away bits that proved to be of no use, at
least to me, and in doing so my magic is more
functional than it is art. There is no poetry, no
elaborate actions, flourishes, chanting, dancing or
a heap of items needed every time I do my magic.
I just need my head (often attached) and finger (if
its available). It will appear cold and lifeless and luckily I am solitary, so I don't have to entertain a
group of people while I practice it.
With such a simple approach to very simple
methods I feel that I can reproduce without doubt
the effectiveness of my magic in a variety of
situations. For example I know if I use weather
magic (though always used with extreme caution),
assuming its short term, close by and soon, it will
be very near perfect. Further away, longer
duration and sometime later it will be a disaster
and so I avoid wasting my time.
I know if my sigil and symbolic work will
likewise be spot on because it has been tried and
tested like science and like scientists I forever try and push the boundaries of what I can do.
Along with mind and finger, I make use of other
tools, for example I love technology, and any use I
can see of technology in magic I will use it - a
washing machine, tuned out TV or radio, or a desk
fan for scrying, my Wi-Fi signal for sending
protective waves over the house, crafted email
containing what looks like gibberish or typos but
are in fact intent coded sigil style. And of course
performing simple magic over the net via
video/audio conferencing with those at the
Yes I may confuse, amuse, or scare but do I care?
No. I follow what I have always been taught - use
the right tool for the job.
It has taken a long time to pick my way through
my craft. A good grounding in physics, chemistry,
metaphysics and a general love of science has
certainly helped. Being in wonder of what the
mind can do has helped too. Never being satisfied
because although something works, there are
always tweaks that can be made.
Another impact has been the mundane world, it
has taught me some useful things such as how
people and objects work, more specifically as a
business systems analyst I have applied a variety
of corporate skills into my craft, the most marked
of which that causes some light bulbs to come on
is when I mention using project management tools
for spell craft. Sounds crazy! And it quite possibly
is, though it doesn't mean I'm way too organised
for casting from the hip and will always dig out
my project management software, or a large sheet
of paper and start drawing gantt charts or mind
maps Well ok, maybe a little.
What I will do however is consider the objective
of the spell and instead of focus all the intent on
that objective and let 'nature' take its course, I will
instead identify within reason the discrete steps or events that should bring about that objective. It
will be those that I focus on, for a couple of
The first is that allowing events to occur on their
own is risky and so if I focus on those events then
I can be sure I'm crossing everyt and dotting every i. And secondly, smaller steps means I can measure and identify what is working or not as
opposed to wondering why the final objective
worked or not and if not what went wrong. Each
step, one at a time, success or failure and if it all
works then we should, or better still, will, arrive at
Its a dull method, its a cold one, but why leave things to 'chance'?
As PsyberMagick (Peter J Carroll, New Falcon
Publications, 2000) says if a fifth of your spells
have success then you have true power. To me that
is a call to challenge.
By no means do I say this is the only way to
practice as it does not suit everyone. What I can
say though is embrace a small (or large) bit of
chaos, stick your hand down the throat of your
magic, rip bits out and see what works or not. You
may be really surprised.
Kevin Groves is a solitary
practitioner who from a
young age began to, and
still works, almost
exclusively with the
Egyptian goddess Selket.
A regular contributor to
Children of Artemis
events and teacher on
Second Life. His first
book 'A Path Laid Bare' is
The Wolfenhowle Press.
Our spiritual path, no
matter which path that
happens to be, changes throughout our lives with ups,
downs and stages in between as our journey with the
divine develops. In this book, the well-known spiritual
teacher Kevin Groves shares his spiritual journey in a
frank and honest way. By telling the story of how he
found his path, he shows that even though our paths
may differ, the gods are with us all the way. A simple
premise, but a powerful story, told in Kevins own, inimitable way. The light at the end of the tunnel is not
an oncoming train!
May I recommend A Path Laid Bare by Kevin Groves? Kevin describes his way to find his path, his struggles (as
modern people who hold a job often do). Then family
takes over (as for good parents it happens!) Kevins journey exposes similar thoughts, self-doubts etc. as I have
come across while trying to juggle the above mentioned- so it helps to hear/read about it! The preparations for the
workshops at Witchfest CoA . Yes I did feel very similar if not the same, (about preparation, the demonstration, the
(???) time keeping, the response of those attending!) so a book that will encourage you to pursue your path! It will
give you faith to continue your journey and believe in
yourself Heike Kolwe
I didnt know what to expect with this book, other than it was written by Kevin and that it would most certainly be
about his beliefs. What I found was in no way a how to book, yet very much a reassurance to anyone on the pagan path about listening to the voices in your head
(Kevin is very much not alone in that) and exploring the
path that opens up before you. A beautifully written (and
edited by Tylluan Penry) biography that maps a life and a
spiritual journey as one and the same thing. Kevin Groves
doesnt teach a spiritual path, he shares it just by being Kevin
Available to purchase from
If you are new to Aromatherapy or have not read previous articles on this then here is a brief insight into it: -
Aromatherapy is the use of organic essences extracted from aromatic plants for healing and maintenance of
vitality. It may help minor ailments, keep us fit, whilst still enabling us to be relaxed and at ease with
The oils work by entering the blood stream via the skin, smells evoke memories and the brain registers the
scent via the neurological and the endocrine system.
The therapeutic potential of essential oils, like other plant derived remedies, has yet to be fully realized.
Although numerous medicinal herbs have been utilized since antiquity, many of which have become modern
drugs (such as Quinine and cocaine)
In order to use an essential oil apart from Lavender and Tea Tree they MUST be blended with carrier
This time I am writing about a less well known oil that can be a super food and has so many health benefits
Sea Buckthorn Oil
With the name sea in it, you would think it comes from there but it doesnt. Its actually derived from sea buckthorn, a shrub that belongs
to the Elaeagnaceae family and grows in the
mountainous and coastal areas of Asia and
Europe. Its botanical name, Hippophae
rhamnoides means tree that makes the horse shine, It is believed to improve horses health and
make their coats shinny and smooth and used to
cure blindness in horses so image what it can do
It originates from the Himalayan regions but it
mainly comes from Siberian Russia and is of the
highest quality. There are two kinds of sea
buckthorn oil: seed oil and fruit oil. They both
have a strong musky smell, are small about a third
of a size of a a blueberry, yellow orange in colour
The seed oil is extracted from the small dark
seeds, while the fruit oil comes from the fleshy
This oil is mostly extracted by cold compress and
the shelf life is 2 - 3 years. There is a lot of
history surrounding this oil as it was used in folk
medicine. It was used in the Tang dynasty for
various problems and is widely used in Ayurvedic
medicine going back to 5000BC.
It is known to have more Vitamin A than carrots
Vitamin E, as much as Wheat Germ and 22
Essential Fatty Acids and is the only plant that
contains omega 3, 6, 9, and 7, has 42 kinds of
lipids and 36 kinds of flavanoids.
This oil has lots of benefits to the skin, it slows
down aging by nourishing the tissues in the body
and skin, it is a natural cleanser helps with
sunburn skin damage and rashes, cuts and heals
burns. This oil can be taken orally for other health
issues and must not be used in high doses. When
used tropically it is best diluted with other oils as
it is rich in colour so can discolour the skin and is
best blended with
coconut as its lightness
For the Essential oils this time I thought that as we have Yuletide soon upon us I have selected two ingredients that as herbs you
can sometimes find in Mulled wine.
NB Do not use Essential oils in mulled wine!!
Clove bud Essential oil (Syzygium aromaticum)
You might have heard of this oil, as a lot of
dentists use it because its principal constituent is
eugenol which numbs the gums, although I must
admit I cant stand either cloves or their smell. It is a slender evergreen tree with a smooth grey
trunk up to 12 metres high and although native to
Indonesia is now also cultivated in the Morroccan
Islands and the Philippines.
There are different types of clove oil but for
aromatherapy only clove bud is used. It is a
warming spicy oil that is extracted by steam
distillation from the bud and stems of plants.
Clove is the highest-scoring single ingredient ever
tested for its antioxidant capacity on the ORAC
scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
It helps treat Acne, Athletes foot, bruises, toothache, mouth ulcers and wounds as well being
beneficial as an insect repellent.
At this time of year it is good for colds and flu,
asthma and bronchitis nausea and arthritis.
This oil must be used with Caution as it can cause
skin and mucus membrane irritation. Use in
moderation. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated
Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA:
Element Books, 1995),
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Anise Star Essential oil (Illicium Verum )
Anise Star is Native to South east China, Japan
India and also Vietnam but is mainly produced in
The Consistency is thin, and is a pale yellow
liquid with a warm sweet, strong, Liquorice like
scent. It is produced by steam distillation from the
fruits, fresh or partially dried, but a small
quantities are from the leaves.
This oil can be used to ease muscular aches and
pains, Rheumatism, Colic, cramp, flatulence and
indigestion as well as Colds, Bronchitis and
coughs. As a digestive aid it can be used to quell
hiccups by putting 2-3 drop and boiling water and
The Pharmaceutical industry use it in Cough
mixtures to mask disgusting odours and other
flavours. For the mind it helps concentration and
can have a positive effect on the libido and relieve
stress related fatigue
This oil blends well with Cedarwood, Lime and
Although this is not a dermal irritant, in large doses it
is a narcotic and slows down the circulation and can
lead to cerebral disorders. . [Julia Lawless, The
Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport,
MA: Element Books, 1995), 152.] There is a slight risk
of sensitization. Do not use if Pregnant or have endo-
metriosis or estrogen- dependent cancers. Tisserand
cautions are to avoid Star Anise Oil in cases of
alcoholism, liver disease, and paracetamol . [Robert
Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom:
Churchill Livingstone, 1995) so use in moderation
I have been scrying for as long as I can remember,
so here are a few of my thoughts plus a bit about
how I came into scrying.
I had two grandmothers who both influenced my
life enormously. Granny Jones and Granny
Rivers. Granny Jones, my maternal grandmother,
was an army widow who lived on her own, who
although I never heard her use the title was
definitely a witch. She was the local wise woman,
healer, midwife and she sat with many as they
I spent much of my childhood
with Granny Jones and it was
through her that I was first
introduced to scrying. She
had a large glass sweet jar,
the kind that used to be on
shelves of sweet shops back
in the day.
One side was black, turned
that way by holding it over a
candle flame, whenever she
did this she would write on
the candle before lighting it, the jar was then filled
with water and that became her dark scrying mir-
ror, looking through the water and into the dark
black soot on the other side, she called it her see-
ing jar, which would be washed clean and put
carefully away after each use. She helped me
make my first scrying mirror, a small square of
glass with black paper glued to one side.
Granny Rivers was Romany Gypsy through and
through, she met my grandfather because he built
Romany Caravans. He was a strict Baptist and
Granny Rivers embraced the Baptist traditions but
still held onto her Romany roots and could often
be found at the same church fete in a little tent
reading palms, tea leaves or scying with a crystal
ball, she did not approve of Granny Jones because
she dabbled in the occult
The word Scry literally means to see, Scrying is
also sometimes called seeing or peeping and
appears to be as old as time itself. The earliest
reference I know of comes from
The Shahnameh - a historical epic work written in the late 10th century, gives a description of
what was called the Cup of Jamshid or
Jaam-e Jam, used in pre-Islamic Persia, which
was used by wizards and practitioners of the
esoteric sciences for observing all of the seven
layers of the universe. The cup contained an elixir
of immortality. (ref: wikipedia)
Scrying has been used for centuries and across
very many cultures. The Druids, I am told used
the crystal beryl for scrying. It is also said that
women are said to be better scryers than men - yet
the historically famous scryers
are men. One of the most famous
scryers in history, lived in the 16th
century, Nostradamus who used a
bowl of water or a "magic mirror" to
"see", Queen Elizabeth 1st con-
sulted the famous seventeenth cen-
tury scryer, Dr John Dee, on matters
Scrying seems to have become more
mainstream today although if you
asked the average person in the street
what scrying is they probably
wouldnt be able to tell you. Yet there is loads of it in The Lord of the Rings, Harry
Potter and similar films and stories, and of course
the most famous fairytale scrying incantation
Mirror mirror on the wall from Snow White.
Although these days scrying has largely become
associated with witchcraft but many other faiths
and religions have used it. The latter day saints
movement was founded by Joseph Smith after
revelations he had got from the Seer Stones.
So how do we do it and where do the images
Depending on the culture and practice, the visions that come when one stares into the media
are thought to come from God, spirits, the psychic
mind, the devil, or the subconscious. (Wikipedia)
I once read in C.G Jung that the elemental forces in the souls of people the world over can be
accessed through the collective unconscious. In
the case of a vision, of healing for example, a
person shaped by the
Christian tradition is most
likely to see a saint or even
Christ himself, whilst a
Buddhist is most likely to
have a vision of Buddha or
Bodhisttva. This is the souls way of making sure that our
experience of higher worlds
comes in a way that the
personality can accept and
integrate. It also means that
there is more than one
truth. (Quotation from Fred Hageneder in his Tree
Angel Oracle Cards book)
The most common media used are reflective,
translucent, or luminescent substances such as
crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or
smoke but stones, shells, bark from trees and
many other things can be used
In my opinion in some ways scrying is harder to
do than other methods of divination like Tarot,
runes or perhaps reading tea leaves or the palms of
hands as you have to see the images yourself, they
are not already there laid out in front of you for
you to interpret. Yet in other ways it is perhaps
easier. There are not 78 cards to learn and
remember, there is no right or wrong way to do it,
what you see is what you see; it is your
interpretation and meanings behind the images.
All that is required is practice and your
interpretation of the images will get better and
more precise the more you practice.
I dont believe for one minute that I am any kind of expert on scrying but this is some of my
thoughts about it. We have all started to do it at
one time or another, laying on our backs gazing
into the sky watching the clouds, got drawn into a
trance as we look into a flickering flame or just
staring into space perhaps. So think what a
profound effect doing that and seeing those
images would have had on our earliest ancestors
sitting around a fire in the darkness of their cave
in mid-winter or gazing into pools of water with
the sunlight dancing on the surface.
Keeping a journal just for your scrying is not only
helpful but I would say essential. It is all too easy
to forget what one saw or thought, what feelings
were evoked, how things fitted or didnt fit together. By keeping a journal this gives you the
opportunity to see yourself develop as well as
being able to link past sessions or individual
images to current ones
Before beginning scrying you should remember it
is hard to receive any messages or images unless
you have a good connection with your
subconscious mind. Some people like to meditate
prior to scrying to help still their mind and set
their intention. This can be done using meditation
CDs others prefer silence. But these things are all
individual and by experimentation you will find
the right way for you.
There are those who just do it and see what
happens although personally I believe you need an
intention, a question or problem you are
contemplating, for me it seems to be a helpful
thing to do before spell or ritual writing and I have
written several of the poems I am most proud of
after spending some time scrying.
I think it is interesting how some books will tell
you that you need to perform activation rituals on
your mirror or ball or other scrying device, but
what if the medium is flame or water, how do you
wash your flame in blessed water? Another thing
books will tell you is that mirrors and the like
need to be covered with black velvet when youre not using them, the trouble is I like them, I want
them out on display and to me I dont think I get any more or less from them for not having them
covered. Again I think it is individual choice.
I have done all sorts of different experiments
using a variety of different objects and mediums,
Black mirrors seem to be my thing which
incorporates any black reflective surface. I also
find that bathing my mirror in the light of a full
moon does seem to make it, or me, more
receptive. Equally it does not seem to matter what
time of day you scry. Although most folk prefer a
dark or dimly lit room perhaps with just candle
light. A good friend of mine in Devon likes to scry
in rock pools lit by sunlight.
It is probably worth
Mocking hour when
it is thought the
spirits are closest
and more prevalent
is 3.00 to 3.59 am,
so unless you are
well practiced and
understand how to
(according to your
beliefs) this may not
be the best time to
I always scry in a circle I have cast and because I
have done it so often I can now do it in my minds eye in a few moments, but you need to do
whatever your spirituality/faith/religion/calling
describes or just do whatever is right for you?
Begin practicing scrying in a dimly lit and quiet
room as you want to make sure that, while in this
meditative state, you are not going to be disturbed
so phones off!
Take some slow, deep breaths and release all
tension from your body. When you feel calm and
centred, focus on the mirror, crystal ball, container
of water or whatever you are using. Don't try to
rush the process, stay very relaxed and keep your
eyes slightly out of focus. A bit like those old
magic eye pictures is a near as I can get to
describe it. Don't strain or try to force it. Let your
thoughts flow where they will
When you look into your medium try to look past
the surface into the centre of it. Try to keep your
eyes fixed on one spot. Dont worry about blinking.
Set yourself a limit, no more than say 15 minutes
to start with, this may feel like a long time at first,
but there is also the danger that you can become
so engrossed that the time disappears. If you think
you may be susceptible to getting caught up in the
process, maybe set a timer or ask someone just too
gently bring you out of your trance.
At first it might all seem a little random but do not
concentrate on the images just let them flow.
These may come as pictures, colours, words,
images or symbols.
Eventually with practice the images will come
through clearer and not so randomly.
These images are like puzzle pieces so never
assume anything is a separate image. This is when
it can prove helpful to have written things down,
maybe the next session will give you pieces to
complete the puzzle.
Scott Cunninghams book Earth Air Fire and Water, More techniques of natural Magic is full of little hints and tips for all sorts of different
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