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|Tuesday, June 28th, 2011|
Hedgecrossing Technique Journal Entries
I have been making some posts recently, respectively, that involve techniques I use to cross the hedge. I also do a lot of research on my own about witchcraft in general (I read a lot and get rare books from my college's library loan system). Obviously, everyone has their own technique and experiences, so these should be taken lightly. I just like to share my techniques and write essays on witchcraft in general :)
|Wednesday, March 9th, 2011|
Do people find certain times of the day (or night) are better for them than others when it comes to riding the hedge? Current Mood: curious
"To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch" has been doing pretty good on Amazon. I'm happy!
We're also doing a panel discussion on Hedgewitch Craft at Paganicon 2011 here in the Twin Cities in a few weeks. Will post any interesting threads of conversation that appear...
We practice Dancing the Blood to get the 2nd sight. We feel its necessary to have the Sight before you go wandering around other worlds.
It does make me wonder if the Faery Ointment that allowed you to see the Fey is related to the ointments that you use to journey there...where you see is then where you can go. Current Mood: curious
|Thursday, February 24th, 2011|
Started up the practise awhile ago. Using Visual Magick as a guide.
|Tuesday, December 7th, 2010|
Link to an article re the Zar:http://www.bdancer.com/zarrevis.html
Quote from the article that drew my attention, re how women at these rites act:"Smoking, wanton dancing, flailing about, burping and hiccuping, drinking blood and alcohol, wearing male clothing, publicly threatening men with swords...in the context of a Zar they are common and expected."
The article first appeared in Crescent Moon magazine (July-Aug 1996, p. 9-10). (C)1996 Karol Harding.
It reminded me of how one of the accusations made against witches, including Joan of Arc, was the wearing of men's clothing. Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, November 24th, 2010|
Was just reading a new book I got and it drew a connection between people who dance and become possessed in this old Middle Eastern cult and hedgeriders. The group are called the Zar?
|Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010|
Party for Hedgewitch Book
We've having a book release party here in the Twin Cities for the Hedgewitch book, To Fly By Night.
Saturday, November 13th
Eye of Horus
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Five of the authors will be there: Veronica Cummer, Kari Tauring, Sylva Markson, Beth Hanson-Buth, and Rev Jack Green
Should be fun!!!! Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, September 14th, 2010|
Hedgewitch Book Available--Whoo!!!!
To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch
Hedgewitch Craft takes its name from the practice of travelling beyond the boundaries, of going past the "hedgerows" that divide what is known from what is unknown. Hedgewitches utilize diverse techniques to undertake the night-flight into strange and sometimes dangerous places in order to gain spirit-allies, magickal abilities and knowledge, to heal and to commune with the Gods and the ancestors.
From the ancient to the modern, from the philosophical and historical to the practical and mystical, these essays span a wide variety of paths and approaches. To Fly By Night features works by: Robin Artisson, Christopher Crittenden, Veronica Cummer, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, Eric de Vries, Rev. Jack Green, Raven Grimassi, Beth Hansen-Buth, Juniper, Sylva Markson, Jenne Micale, Papa Toad Bone, John Pwyll, Elige Stewart, and Kari Tauring http://www.pendraigpublishing.com/products.asp?genre=Witchcraft
or on Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Night-Veronica-Cummer/dp/0982726376/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284500562&sr=1-6 Current Mood: ecstatic
|Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010|
|Monday, June 14th, 2010|
Whoo!!!! The Hedgewitch anthology is off to the publisher and only needs some finished art from me yet.
I guess Pendraig is hoping for a July release date! Time to start planning a book release party here in the Twin Cities, I guess.
Here is the most current ad:To Fly By Night
The Craft of the Hedgewitch
Hedgewitch Craft takes its name from the practice of travelling beyond the boundaries, of going past the "hedgerows" that divide what is known from what is unknown. The Hedge is another word for what many might call the Veil, and those who stand with one foot in the physical world and one foot in the land of spirit have inherited the on-going role that the ancient shamanic Craft of old Europe and England once fulfilled.
Hedgewitches and hedgeriders are intimates of the mysteries of the wilds outside of the borders. They work to mediate between many realms, including those of life and death, human and Faery, mortal and divine. They utilize diverse techniques to undertake the night-flight into strange and sometimes dangerous places in order to gain spirit-allies, magickal abilities and knowledge, to heal and to commune with the Gods and the ancestors. Despite being a bit of an "outsider" themselves, they continue to do what is needed for both the land and the community to prosper and evolve.
From the ancient to the modern, from the philosophical and historical to the practical and mystical, these essays span a wide variety of paths and approaches. Teachers, musicians, artists, writers, reconstructionists, Traditional Witches and Wiccans, practitioners of conjure and herbcraft, of trance, dance, song, and stavving, they have chosen to freely share their experiences, rituals, techniques, wisdom, and hopes for the future.
The Otherworld beckons, the powers of furious flight and fancy call--will you dare to take the leap, to jump the Hedge, and brave the Unseen realms of the beyond?
To Fly By Night features works by: Robin Artisson, Christopher Crittenden, Veronica Cummer, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, Eric de Vries, Rev. Jack Green, Raven Grimassi, Beth Hansen-Buth, Juniper, Sylva Markson, Jenne Micale, Papa Toad Bone, John Pwyll, Elige Stewart, and Kari Tauring Current Mood: creative
|Saturday, May 22nd, 2010|
Whew...almost there with the Hedgewitch Anthology. More work than I first thought, but I feel it will be good. I aim to get it off to the publisher this weekend. Am still mulling over suggestions for book covers. A hedge or something to do with flight? Or both?
My fav pic is a woodcut from the 1920s (or it was in a book then anyway) of a witch riding on a wolf. Not sure that can be used, though. Current Mood: creative
|Friday, February 26th, 2010|
Greetings Cunning Folk and Witches!
I am J, otherwise known as Hearthcrafter and I'm new to the craft of the Hedgewitch. I'm what I call a Heathen Poly-animist Hearth-witch when I'm asked to get technical, which basically means I am a follower of the Germanic Gods and I believed them to be individual beings (rather than facets) of other pantheons. I believe all things in nature have a soul and everything has an energy. My Craft centers mostly on my home and occasionally in the garden.
I'm studying the way of the Cunning Folk and have yet to 'cross the Hedge', but I thought I would just post a short introduction to say Hiya! I hope this community becomes more active in future. Feel free to add me to friends - I always welcome new friends with similar interests :)
|Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009|
I did the Witches Crossing and a Red Meal
|Wednesday, December 9th, 2009|
Walker Between Worlds
Someone emailed me a wonderful picture of an old stone wall. It was overgrown with moss and the stones sort of looked like a row of skulls. On one side of the wall was forest and, on the other side, was bare ground with just a few leaves here and there. It definitely reminded me of the idea of stone walls/hedges being a boundary between this world and the Otherworld. Especially with the way it reminded me of skulls and how one side looked marked by civilization and the other side was simply wild.
Walking or riding the "hedge" would mean standing on that boundary, or with one foot here and one foot there. When that boundary also includes the line between Life and Death, that can be an uncanny and dangerous place. Which is, of course, the world of the shaman, nightrider, hedgewalker.
Since geese (especially snow geese) are often associated with this sort of nightflight, Otherworldly travel...I want to do more research on geese and see where it leads me. Mother Goose, obviously. Certainly, I could see Mother Goose as the local wisewoman, cunning woman, storyteller and healer, old granny around the village. Current Mood: mellow
|Wednesday, October 14th, 2009|
Hedgewitch Anthology open for submissions!
To Fly By Night-The Craft of the Hedgewitch
This anthology is currently open for submissions of essays regarding the
ancient and modern practice of the Hedgewitch. Hedgewitches and
Hedgeriders are those who travel past the "hedges" that mark out the
boundaries of the known world. They dare to go into the wild and unknown
realms of the beyond to seek out knowledge, healing, and to commune with
the dead. They are often said to have one foot in this world and one foot
in the other.
Some potential subjects for the essays include, but are not limited to:
>The origins of Hedgeriding
>Tools and techniques for Hedgeriding (for example, ritual, trance, herbs,
> How Hedgeriding relates your spiritual beliefs (or how it doesn’t)
> Experiences in the Underworld and Otherworld(s)
> How your experiences are or are not accepted by others
> Potential and actual obstacles and dangers in regards to this practice
> Whether you must be born to this practice or if it can be taught
> Using the aid and guidance of totems or spirits in your travels
> The worldview of the Hedgewitch
> How Hedgeriding may or may not relate to astral projection/travel
> The Hedgewitch link to the Goddesses of Fate
> The connection between the Hedgewitch and the hawthorn tree
Essays should be approximately 2000-4000 words in length and be attached as
a Word doc. Times New Roman 12 pt preferred. Please put submission and
the title of the piece in your subject time. Also submit in your email the
name of your essay and the word count, plus a brief bio, your real name,
pen-name if any, your address, email address, and any previous publishing
history. Submissions of rituals, trance techniques, etc., will also be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
You must be willing to work with the editing process and re-write as
needed. Once an essay has been accepted in final draft form, a contract
will be sent to you. Payment will be 2 copies of the published book, plus
The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2010. Please email your
submission to firstname.lastname@example.org Current Mood: excited
|Saturday, July 4th, 2009|
My bookhoard on Hedgeriding
Viridarium Umbris Daniel Schulke
Hedge Rider Eric de Vries
Leechcraft S. Pollington
Pharmako Gnosis Dale Pendale
Pharmako/Poetia Dale Pendale
|Monday, June 22nd, 2009|
I'll be posting something soon regarding a HedgeRiding/Hedgewitchery anthology that will be looking for submissions.
Veronica Current Mood: excited
|Wednesday, May 27th, 2009|
Good Idea? Bad Idea?
I was just thinking about how lovely (and needed) it might be to put together an anthology of material about hedgeriding/hedgewitchery. This publishing house in England has done some of that with particular Goddesses and so on, but I think there is a a good possibility for something pertaining to going beyond the boundaries to be of interest. Certainly, I would buy a book like that if it was available.
I think an email to my publisher might be in order--see what he thinks? Current Mood: artistic
|Tuesday, May 26th, 2009|
So even though I have yet to "cross the hedge" and experience that I have been really inspired by the idea of "crossing." I wrote some poetry if you don't mind me sharing. It all is really the same but I can't break away from it. I get into "poetry ruts" where I am stuck on one topic for a while. I have written a bunch of it but here is a sampling of my simple poetry ( :] ): Journey to the UnderworldBy Karina Young
12 May 2009
Anointed with the salve of flight
Riding my broom, quite a sight
Masked to mark me as their own
The secrets of this world to me are shown
I go to HER
Just ask me and I’ll show you how
To meet the initiator of rebirth
To then come back flying through the hearth.
Copyright Karina A. Young
Here is another:The CrossingBy Karina Young
Ride the Broom, Ride the Hare
To the lands below, Hel is waiting there.
Ride the Wolf, Ride the Moon
The time is now and not a moment too soon.
Ride the Runes, Ride the Breeze
And soon you’ll cross with ease.
Copyright Karina A. Young
Hope you liked it! Maybe I will actually have the experience someday! I am young still (only 20!). :] Current Mood: creative
|Thursday, April 2nd, 2009|
To Hedgeride or Not to Hedgeride
What is a Witch? A Witch is someone of the Blood.
What is the Blood? The Blood is blood in which the spark, the flame, the virtue (call it what you will) has been awakened.
What is a Witch? Someone of the Blood who has the Sight.
What is the Sight? Being able to sense/see/understand Unseen things, things and connections that normally can't be sensed via the vehicle of the five senses (hence sometimes being called a Sixth Sense).
What is a Witch? Someone of the Blood who has the Sight and has connections (usually via spirit familiars, totems, or the Fey/fetch relationship or all of the above) with the Otherworld, the land of Faery, the Unseen realm.
Can you be a Witch and not have any of these? Ah, that is the question... Current Mood: awake