In This Issue:
Out on a Limb: Editorial - Muirghein uí Dhún Aonghasa
From Other Traditions: The Three Worlds of the O¡de, Part III - Adrian Loaghrian
Ghost Story: The Bridge at Kinawley - David Sparenberg
Runes: Birth Runes, October/November - Stormy
Poetry: Ancient Sister - Lee Webb
Through the Seasons - Muirghein uí Dhún Aonghasa (Linda Kerr)
Reflections on a Life's Journey: How Young is Too Young?
Myth: Why Trees Bow - Annie
Poetry: Queen Mab's Child - David Sparenberg
Cherokee Wicca, Anyone? - Chrisailes
Aromatherapy: Rosemary - Avalon
Poetry: Oh Pilgrim - Lark
Faerie Faith 101: Touching the Earth - Muirghein uí Dhún Aonghasa (Linda Kerr)
Journeys on the Red Road: Shamanic Visions - White Bear
Witch - Angel Tide
Night Stalking: Star Watching - Stormy
Notice: Coalition for Pagan Religious Rights
Ankh (Cross)-Word Puzzle - Sherlock
Letters to the Editor
About Our Contributors
Bubbles From the Cauldron - book reviews, etc.
Editor & Layout, Publisher: Muirghein uí Dhún Aonghasa (Linda Kerr)
Staff Writer: Brighid MoonFire
Staff Writer: Imré K. Rainey
Staff Writer & Artist: Stormy
Poetry Editor: Lark
Contributors: Angel Tide, Avalon, Chrisailes, Coll, Annie, Adrian Loaghrian, Nion, Nancy Passmore (The Lunar Calendar), Sherlock, David Sparenberg, White Bear, Lee Webb. Cover art by Baxter.
THE HAZEL NUT, Issue 17, Copyright © 1995. October/November 1995,
THE HAZEL NUT is published six times a year.
In Our Modern Lives
What Drives Us to Rebel?
How We React To Our New Awareness
How To Reach the Threshold
Part IV: Our Perceptions of Dark and Light
This month's article includes the Birth Runes for October and November, which are as follows:
Time: 6:31-7:30 pm
Month: October 1-15
Color: Pink, blue
Gemstone: Pink quartz, tourmaline, opal
Symbol: Gifts, a kiss
Time: 7:31-8:30 pm
Month: October 16-31
Color: Aqua blue
Gemstone: Aqua aura, celestite, diamond
Symbol: Laughter (smiley face)
Time: 8:30-9:30 pm
Month: November 1-15
Color: Heliotrope, black, red
Gemstone: Anything with a phantom in it, also onyx
Tree: Live oak, witch hazel
Symbol: Fire and ice
Time: 9:30-10:30 pm
Month: Novembr 16-30
Color: Black, white
Gemstone: Black or white pearl, lapis lazuli
Upon a thousand moonlit hills I remember her,
Four hundred midnight meetings and one hundred pre-dawn wakings,
I've seen my sister forever.
In every place I've been I remember her,
The Moon as her presence graces the sky...
THROUGH THE SEASONS
by Linda Kerr
1 Gibbons, Euell. Stalking the Wild Asparagus. 1962. Alan C. Hood,
Publisher, Putney, VT, pg.
2 Ibid, pg. 215.
3 Ibid, pg. 217.
4 Hunt, David, editor. Native Indian Wild Game Fish & Wild Foods Cookbook. 1992. Fox Chapel Publishing, Lancaster, PA, pg. 263.
5 Ibid, pg. 262.
6 Gibbons, pg. 26.
Have you seen the moth?
She is Queen Mab's child.
Her small, light feathers
are white and brown.
And the color of fawns.
Her mystic eyes dance
through the trance of a
All evening long, she clings
patiently to the side
of a spellbound wall.
By new morning,
she is gone. Having
transformed into the night
She is no more
than a footstep, or a note.
Mere trace of a note
from an ancient melody.
And now, in the dawn,
in the soft, rising sun
she has flown away.
CHEROKEE WICCA, ANYONE?
Oh, pilgrim, gather your faith.
I am a prophet new inspired.
I will be your holy bastion,
Your safe haven, your paradise found.
The salt for your victuals
The blood in your veins.
I will create new stars in your name,
And be an astrolabe
to chart your soul's direction.
Come, pilgrim, baptize in this new wine.
I am your candle to burn,
Your cross to wear,
A pentagram to possess,
An ankh to bear.
The lines spell my name in your palm,
And each card bears my likeness.
Let me be your Mecca,
Your Lourdes, your Jerusalem,
A light unto your darkness
A pathway for your feet.
I will be your new religion.
FAERIE FAITH 101: TOUCHING THE EARTH
by Linda Kerr
This is a series of articles designed to teach the basic premises of the Faerie Faith in an understandable method. If you have questions or topic suggestions, let me know, and I'll address them in a future article. If you enjoy the series, and find that the articles make sense to you and help you, let me know -- it's good to know if I'm taking the right approach.
Before there were books,
before there were tools,
before there were movies
to defame us and clergy to disarm us,
there were Witches.
I am a Witch.
NIGHT STALKING: STAR-WATCHING
Cassiopia is an 'M' this time of year and she is in a position to get dumped out of her throne! Cassiopia, you should have been nicer to your beautiful daughter, Andromeda.
The Big Dipper has just finished making a Summer dip and is now full of liquid. None will be spilt until Winter!
5 3-5 drops in the bath is an excellent calming remedy.
6 The most beautiful flower on earth.
8 The Hindu god Shiva's wife.
9 Woden's day, in honor of Odin.
10 Holly is to Tinne as Hazel is to ________.
11 On page 36 of Issue #16, the word plants should have been _________.
12 An unofficial star group or constellation.
13 This kind of gardening puts you in touch with the earth.
1 If you pay by October 1st it is only $15 for this festival.
2 A _______ person is one who is of spirit or one who is of the life principle.
3 The guides of the souls in the eyes of a Celtic shaman.
4 This flower blooms in the summer and is eaten as a vegetable in the Orient.
7 These berries, which come from one of the Lunar trees, can be made into either wine or jelly.
COALITION FOR PAGAN RELIGIOUS RIGHTS RAISES $2300 TO DEFEND FLORIDA WICCANS
Angel Tide studies paganism as well as comparative religions, and is working toward a degree in Literature. Her main focus is on Beat writers, such as Kerouac. She is married, with one child and a cat.
Avalon (Carole Backman) is a musician and a research associate who once lived in a commune. She collects quartz crystals and tarot cards, studies Arthurian legend, archetypal theory and this Fall starts classes in computer science. She has recently started a home business in Aromatherapy called Avalon Aromatics.
Miriam Carroll has been writing since 1980 and has had the good luck to be published in several small journals as well as anthologies. As a good Aquarian, her interest in the Occult began as she matured at 40.
Chrisailes is a solitary, eclectic Witch living in the enchanted backwoods of Alabama. He has been practicing Wicca for a little over ten years and enjoys runes, crystals, and anything remotely Celtic.
Coll is Druid of Church of Rhiannon (COR) in middle Georgia, which follows the Beth-Luis-Fearn tree calendar system. He teaches middle school, is a licensed minister, and has been in the Craft for many years. He is also a regular attendee at Moondance and FallFling.
Annie says: "On a dark and stormy night, 13 years ago, a female Mark Twain was born (that's me, Annie)." Annie lives in Auburn, Alabama, and goes to school at Auburn Jr. High. She loves acting, swimming, and most of all, day dreaming. Seven words: today The Hazel Nut, tomorrow the world!
Nion (Don Mikovitz) is 47, has been married 23 years to a devout Christian, and has 2 kids, 18 and 21. He works as a Registered Pulmonary Function Technician at the local community hospital. Nion was brought up as Catholic, but has always been pagan at heart. A member of the Church of Rhiannon (COR) since June 1994, he is their official "Green Man." He's also a 1st degree Gardnarian witch since May 1995.
Sherlock, otherwise known as Sherry Holmes, lives and works in Auburn, Alabama, where she also studies Wildlife Biology. She is a beginner student of the Faerie Faith, and runs a Samhain festival called FallFling.
David Sparenberg teaches classes and workshops in mythology and writing, shamanism and tribal spiritualities. His literary work has been published in over 80 periodicals and he is currently seeking a book publisher for a collection of short stories and visualization exercises, entitled Verbal Alchemy.
White Bear is also known as Patrick Stephenson, and has followed the Red Road for a few years, after wandering through other paths. He lives in Auburn, Alabama, and presently manages a New Age gift shop. He says if you really want to know about him you can come to FallFling and talk to him, as that is one of his favorite things to do!
The '96 Lunar Calendar: Dedicated to the Goddess in Her Many Guises by Nancy
Passmore (editor and publisher). 1995. Luna Press, Boston, MA. 8½" x 11", $20.00.
- Reviewed by Linda Kerr
Understanding RUNES, Their Origins and Magical Power, by Michael Howard,
Aquarian Press, The Thorsons Publishing Group, Northamptonshire, England. Softcover,
144 pp. $6.95.
- Reviewed by Stormy