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Apr 07, 2016



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  • Dolmen Grove

    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.

    Further information on the Dolmen Grove can be found at:

    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 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

    the Moot.

    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.


  • 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

    counterpart malefics.

    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

    livesOur stories.

    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.

    Alex Brocklehurst

    For further information:

    Monthly horoscopes:


  • 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

    skilled physician.

    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

    have worked:

    Heartburning is

    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.

    Glenys Armstrong


    Smith and Randall (1987) Kill or Cure. The County Record

    Office, Staffordshire

    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

    Grant, London

  • 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.

  • 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

    Andrew Cowling BSc(Hons),Dip.Phyt,D.Hyp,RCST,MNFSH,FNIMH.

    Herbalist, Craniosacral Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Healer.

    62 Grove Road


    DT5 1DB.

    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.

    Cheryl Waldron


    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,

    7:30pm onwards.

    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,

    7:30pm onwards

    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,

    7:30pm onwards

    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.

    Midsummer Nightmare

    Tribal Dreams camp - 21st - 23rd August inclusive. Dorset

    September (Mabon) Local Ceremonies

    October (Samhain) - Wytches ball

    December Yule Ball



    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

  • -Grove

    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

    identical ways.

    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

    worthwhile experience.

    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.

    Garry Andrews

    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.

    Rachael Moss

  • 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

    trailing tresses

    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.

    Rachael Moss

  • January Sowing Chart

    February Sowing Chart

    Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun

    1 2 3 4


    5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    5am A 6pm

    12 13 14 15 16 17 18

    4pm 10am 6am

    19 20 21 22 23 24 25


    1pm P 8pm 10am

    26 27 28 29 30 31


    5am 1am

    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

    Mon Tues Weds Thurs Fri Sat Sun


    2 3 4 5 6 7 8


    11pm A 6am 5pm

    9 10 11 12 13 14 15


    4am 5pm

    16 17 18 19 20 21 22

    11pm P7am 4pm

    23 24 25 26 27 28


    5pm 7am

  • 21 YEARS

  • 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 Banquet

    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


    Crann Tara

    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.

    Whispering Winds

    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,

    Dolmen Folk,

    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.


    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

    with trying.

    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

    receiving end.

    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

    our objective.

    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

    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

    available from

    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

    Shodie Wilson

    Available to purchase from bare/



  • Aromatherapy

    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

    for us

    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

    blends well.

  • 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.

    Safety Data

    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),

    Sandra Wiseman is available

    for Aromatherapy workshops

    Therapies 4 you

    www.therapies4you .com

    07804 138585

    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

    inhaling it.

    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


    Sandra Wiseman

    Safety Data

    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


  • Scrying

    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

    passed over.

    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

    of state.

    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

    come from?

    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

    mentioning the

    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

    protect yourself

    (according to your

    beliefs) this may not

    be the best time to

    be experimenting.

    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

    scrying/divination techniques.

    John Rivers

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