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 on: March 30, 2015, 06:27:47 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Amberhawk
Anybody familiar with the Ritual of the Raven in association with the Hedge tradition?
Heard of it, but not terribly familiar. It involves cutting open a raven in a particular way, stuffing it with particular herbs. I don't have the stomach or mind for cutting into something I don't intend to eat so I passed it over.

 on: March 30, 2015, 06:19:03 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Amberhawk
That was were the misconception adds to the confusion. From older things I've read its the hedge between this world and the next, life and death, the physical life and what is beyond. A hedge witch rides that hedge between our world and the other side. But I think most witches regardless of what they did, likely lived on the outskirts anyway because of their nature that set them apart. They might have also worked with herbals as many people did, witch or not. But between knowing long time hedge witches and reading up on them, this is what my understanding is.
A witch who works with the plants would be the green or kitchen witch... or in older days a hearth witch.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the hedge referred to in the name, refers to the woodland border of the village. Rarely would people cross beyond these boundaries due to superstition, but the 'wise woman' would, knowing that this was where she would find the herbs and plants she needed for her healing potions etc. This was also why she lived close to the boundary or edge of the village.

 on: March 30, 2015, 05:28:57 AM 
Started by Ann - Last post by C_A
I didn't understand your post.


 on: March 30, 2015, 02:57:44 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Imhotep
While waiting to see if there is a reply,
let's chat about the snake, as you are all nice people here I dare say you won't be objectional to the notion of God having a pet. Thing is what would be a good name for the snake hmmm?
I might suggest Dodge, as in Dodge Viper.

 on: March 30, 2015, 12:49:25 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by oldghost
Yeah Alchy , lets see you answer that glob  ;D

 on: March 29, 2015, 04:45:03 PM 
Started by Daughter of Danu - Last post by Imhotep
Hi there Daughter of Danu,
many greets from down under.

 on: March 29, 2015, 04:29:02 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Imhotep
as you put it pin-pointing the location of the garden is frought with problems.
So how about taking a different tack?
Start off by making a few sayings and taking hold of the one most suitable to you ie: sod it, bugger it, shove it. Then use occam's razor or, if occam isn't about try a razor that belongs to A.W.K. Ward sod.
If there is meant to be a heaven on earth (it isn't possible as the other religions keep fighting each other) and given that heaven on earth seems to indicate that heaven is in fact earth, could it be said that heaven is the garden? Alright that makes the garden a little on the large side, but lets face it if the whole universe is said to have been created by God, the earth isn't that big a garden.

 on: March 29, 2015, 08:08:26 AM 
Started by Daughter of Danu - Last post by marisol
Welcome Daughter of Danu.

 on: March 29, 2015, 07:24:25 AM 
Started by Daughter of Danu - Last post by Arnemetia
Welcome Daughter of Danu.  Enjoy your journey.

 on: March 29, 2015, 02:16:05 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Alchymist
Wonder how the snake got into the garden in the first place .

Slithered straight in through the main gate, I would think. It wasn't until after Adam and Eve ate the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, realized they no longer needed to be Yahweh's slaves and left to find knowledge and wisdom on their own terms, that the Kerubim with Flaming Swords were posted at the gate to keep the riffraff out.

Ashe, I picked up "The Screwtape Letters" in a second-hand bookstore about a year ago and haven't got around to reading it yet; it's on my list. We must remember Lewis was a Christian, if a bit of an eccentric one. Haven't come across the Twain book yet.

"Lucifer" of course, was never a devil to begin with. The word "lucifer", is the Latin Vulgate translation of the Hebrew word "helel" or "heylel". In English it would be "light bringer", or perhaps more accurately "herald of dawn", and originally referred to the planet Venus, as the Morning Star. Exactly how the Love Goddess Venus (equivalent to the Greek Aphrodite) became the (male) Prince of Devils Lucifer, is just another of those theological slanders that the Mediaeval churchmen have inflicted on this poor ravaged planet and its deluded inhabitants.

Imhotep, I think you might have difficulty locating the Garden of Eden as a physical place on this planet. Of the four rivers that supposedly flow out of it, one is the Euphrates which rises in the Caucasus, the Pishon has been identified as the Ganges with its source in the Himalayas, and the Gihon or Geon is supposed to be the Nile!!! Hundreds of explorers have gone searching for the Garden for thousands of years, so far without success. The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge is not identified in the Book of Genesis specifically as an apple; apples, in mythology, tend to have ambiguous associations. One remembers the three apples that the athlete Hippomenes used to cheat Atalanta out of her victory in their foot race, and the Apple of Discord inscribed "kallisti" ("for the fairest one") which the Goddess Eris, miffed that she hadn't been invited, threw into Zeus's celebration; the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it, a spat which led eventually to the Trojan War.

A merry tale, if true, one must agree. Blessed Be everyone,


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