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Woods Discussion

Woods

Oak logs will warm you well
That are old and dry.
Logs of pine will sweetly smell,
But the sparks will fly.

Birch logs will burn too fast,
Chestnut scarce at all:
Hawthorn logs are good to last–
Cut them in the fall.

Holly logs will burn like wax,
You may burn them green;
Elm logs like smoldering flax,
No flame to be seen.

Beech logs for winter time,
Yew logs as well;
Green elder logs it is a crime
For any man to sell.

Pear logs and apple logs,
They will scent your room;
Cherry logs across the dogs
Smell like flower of broom.

Ash logs, smooth and grey,
Burn them green or old,
Buy up all that come your way,
Worth their weight in gold.

–Traditional Verse

“We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
From The Tempest

Broom Riding Vikki
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Re: Woods

Thankyou! smile

I will find the Hinterland, the one that feeds and grows
Keep to the outside that all men know,
Fashion a crown out of dead grass and snow,
I will find the Hinterland. – Old Man Luedecke

Whitefootprint
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What a beautiful poem, I have never read it before,,but I love it, thank you so much for bringing it to my attention
Blessings Spindrift

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

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Broom Riding Vikki wrote:

Green elder logs it is a crime
For any man to sell.

Why's that?

“The thing that I call living is just being satisfied,
and knowing I’ve got no one left to blame.”

Sage
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Elder is traditionally taboo to burn and or sell etc. It has very strong association to witchcraft, goddesses and the faery etc

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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“Elder is the Lady's tree, burn it not or cursed you'll be” ~ Wiccan rede

and

http://walkingthehedge.net/blog/2008/10 … lder-tree/

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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Every part of the elder tree is medicinal. It is a shame to waste these gifts by burning. Also, the wood has a very low density making it a poor quality firewood.

“Order is what happens when chaos loses its temper.” -Roy Wagner

Hawthorne
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Good old practical Hawthorne  😀

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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I LOVE this verse…

“Although its light is wide and great, the Moon is reflected in a puddle one inch wide. The whole Moon and the entire sky is reflected in one dew drop on the grass.” — Dogen

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Elder was also believed to be witches turned into trees!

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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Elder makes witches out of us as we learn her secrets.

“Order is what happens when chaos loses its temper.” -Roy Wagner

Hawthorne
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Elder is my totem tree, hence my druid name, Ysgawen (Welsh for elder tree).  Anyone disrespectful enough to burn it will regret it, as it explodes, sending out very hot pieces which could easily set fire to things.  The elder has a zero-tolerance policy towards human insolence and will repay any insult.  However, if you respect her, you will never find a truer or more loving friend.

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The Archaeology of Folk Magic Discussion

The Archaeology of Folk Magic

http://whitedragon.org.uk/articles/folk.htm

The Archaeology of Folk Magic
By Brian Hoggard
Originally published at Beltane 1999

In this article I hope to draw to the readers’ attention to a little known field of study known as the archaeology of folk magic. This is intimately related to what most people call witchcraft and involves the physical remains related to practices undertaken by the ‘white’ witch to protect people’s property from ‘black’ witches and also practices which lay-folk undertook by themselves for the same reason. There is a bias of material in my collection to the 16th and 17th centuries, this is because this is the focus of my PhD and also because it is when there was the most fear about witchcraft – hence more archaeology relating to protection. Where material is not dated assume that it comes from these two centuries. Before beginning with a description of the finds and theories about them, it is important that I set the context for the topic.

Edited By: Juniper
2010-01-08 17:25:57

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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yeeeeeesss….? (eagerly anticipating)

Mother Gaia With My Every Step/Apollo Phoebus Shine Upon Me!

Ash Jao
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Re: The Archaeology of Folk Magic

uh click on the link at the top

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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Considering that the terms “white witch” and “black witch” are a recent invention I don’t think I’ll bother reading the article.  Witch bottles et al were used for protection from witchcraft period.  I wouldn’t use one because it would stop all witchcraft being used on me, and some of it I may want to happen!

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eh if I only read stuff I agreed with %100 I’d never read anything

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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Juniper wrote:

eh if I only read stuff I agreed with %100 I’d never read anything

True, but since this is what I consider to be a basic mistake, seeing this makes me wonder if he really knows anything about the subject.  Plus I know about witch bottles anyway.

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Its interesting but I often find folks in the old country only use witch bottles to protect them from all witchcraft, and there for often don`t use them. When I was researching their history, I carried it further and went into colonial times as well. The uses of witch bottles changed and expanded with the settlers in the New World. Good old settler practicality, that  smile make do with what you have, stretch it as far as you can and put it to as many uses as possible.

Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don’t claim them.
Feel the artistry moving through, and be silent.
~ Rumi

Juniper
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