In This Issue:
Out on a Limb: Editorial - Linda Kerr
From Other Traditions: The Three Worlds of the Oide, Part V - Adrian Loaghrian
Poetry: Lady Moon - Cathy Lawrence
Kundalini: The Serpent Power - Coll
Aromatherapy: Peppermint - Avalon
It's Time for a New Olympics - Erik van Lennep
Poetry: The Darkness of Daylight - Sherlock
Along the Scenic Route - Chrisailes
Reflections on a Life's Journey: Who Rules the Religious Roost? - Nion
Fiction: Their Garden - Michael Deakins
The Glyphs of the Lunar Tree Calendar: Rowan, Ash & Alder - Linda Kerr
Faerie Faith 101: Water Sharing - Linda Kerr
Journeys on the Red Road - White Bear
Poetry: Moon Song - Susan Jackson
Into the Light: Meditation - Marilyn Windle
Runes: Birth Runes, February-April - Stormy
Myth: Rainbow Maker - Annie
Poetry: Mantle Green - David Sparenberg
Ankh (Cross)-Word Puzzle - Sherlock
Sherlock's Word Puzzle
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: Imré K. Rainey
Staff Writer & Artist: Stormy
Poetry Editor: Lark
Avalon, Susan Baxter, Chrisailes, Coll, Annie, Michael Deakins, Susan Jackson, Cathy Lawrence, Adrian Loaghrian, Nion, Nancy Passmore (The Lunar Calendar), Sherlock, David Sparenberg, Erik van Lennep, White Bear, Marilyn Windle. Cover art by Stormy.
THE HAZEL NUT, Issue 19, Copyright © 1996. Imbolc 1996, Rowan/Ash/ Alder
THE HAZEL NUT is published four times a year.
How beautiful Thou art
My Pristine Lady Moon
Whether it be dark December
Or the growing time of June
So hauntingly mysterious
With clouds veiling your face
Or Blade sharp in crescent form,
Inspired Celestial Grace
True Mother's love you bear us
Conceived with passionate joy
A world of wonders you gave us
To live, to love, and enjoy
Our freedom of choice is far reaching
'An it harm none' be your will
Gentle and soft your Earth teaching
Take care, but do as ye will.
Your children you shower with blessings
Bright gems falling soft in the night
Many thanks, Bright Lady of Wisdom
For all of your Pearls of White Light.
IT'S TIME FOR A NEW OLYMPICS
- Rather than playing the Games in the city most successful at luring their business, we will hold them in the wilds most needing repair. Tree People in Los Angeles, set a terrific precedent by organizing the planting of a million trees in the city, prior to the Olympics (if only they could have killed a million automobiles at the same time...). We will extend the idea through environmental restoration and reforestation. There will be tree planting events at the games, as well as events for audience participation in restoration work. The preparation and cleanup will also be heavily weighted toward ecosystem renewal. Rather than leaving behind an olympic city, we will leave behind forests, wetlands, watersheds, salt marshes, and prairies, where before there was degraded land.
- Participants as well as hosts, will be encouraged to represent ethnic and cultural nations currently within the political confines of more aggressive nations, as well as from those political states currently recognized. Thus, we would see individuals and teams from Shoshone, Apache, Abenaki, Kung, Juaroni, Asmat, Basque, Wales, Estonia, Cataluna, Tibet, Pitjantjatjara, etc.
- The Games themselves will eschew the aggressive and competitive "sports" in favor of those which cultivate and demonstrate individual bodily training, cooperative efforts toward common goals, and skills necessary for healing the world. A tree planting event, for instance, would enable everybody to celebrate victory, and the gold might be in the blossoms. There would also be demonstration and teaching of games specific to the hosting culture.
- Children, as rightful world citizens, and the inheritors of our collective injustices to the planet and its people have a very high stake in planetary healing. They will play an integral part in the Games, from tree planting, and teamwork, to individual skill demonstrations, and taking part in the governing council.
- Audience participation will be encouraged in many events, weaning us all away from passivity as spectators, and the consumption of other peoples' bodies rather than celebration of our own. Obviously, there will also be individual demonstrations of skill, where the audience watches and appreciates.
- As originally practiced, the Games should be played nude, weather and climate permitting, to return both audience and athletes to a respect for the physical gifts celebrated at the event. This will also help break down the walls fabricated between ourselves and the rest of Nature, while addressing the skewed values which foster public consumption of violence and bloodshed, but promote fear of our own bodies. It will also be more fun.
- Media attention will be encouraged, providing opportunities to demonstrate to the world that positive efforts on a large scale are feasible, that constructive change in attitudes is attainable.
- The group which meets to facilitate the creation and functioning of the games will be a council, and operate by consensus. It will be structured in such a manner as to encourage a maximum cross cultural exchange of ideas.
- The Games should be scheduled for a time when they can receive maximum attention. Unlike the many shadow conferences planned as concurrent with the events they seek to influence, the Earth Olympics would take place during the Olympiad, the interval between the commercialized Olympics.
Erik van Lennep
Earth Olympics Project
Strafford, VT 05072
There is a haze that covers everything alive
Like a soft silk web woven by a thousand diligent night spiders
Which was then spread like a sheet to cover all
It appears for a short time
Between the Dawn and the day
Until it is obscured by the darkness of daylight
I wonder...can it be touched
I dare not disturb it
Perhaps it is the last of the moonlight lingering
For the too long lingering spirits of the night
To find their way about
In the darkness of daylight.
Next issue: In the conclusion of "Their Garden," Justin Thyme meets Korangar
THE GLYPHS OF
ROWAN, ASH & ALDER
THE GLYPHS OF
|I am a stag of seven tines,||Birch||Beth|
|I am a wide flood on a plain,||Rowan||Luis|
|I am a wind on the deep waters||Ash||Nion|
|I am a shining tear of the sun||Alder||Fearn|
|I am a hawk on a cliff||Willow||Saille|
|I am fair among flowers||Hawthorn||Uath|
|I am a god who sets the head afire with smoke||Oak||Duir|
|I am a battle-waging spear||Holly||Tinne|
|I am a salmon in the pool||Hazel||Coll|
|I am a hill of poetry||Vine||Muin|
|I am a ruthless boar||Ivy||Gort|
|I am a threatening noise of the sea||Reed||Ngetal|
|I am a wave of the sea||Elder||Ruis|
|Who but I knows the secrets of the unhewn dolmen?||Winter Solstice|
Rowan/Luis: I am a wide flood on a plain - for extent
Ash/Nion: I am a wind on the deep waters - for depth
Alder/Fearn: I am a shining tear of the sun - for purity
1 Graves, Robert. The White Goddess. 1948. The Noonday Press, New
York, NY, pg. 205.
2 Ibid, pg. 207.
3 Ibid, pg. 211.
4 Ibid, pg. 208-209.
5 Ibid, pg. 213.
6 Walker, Barbara. The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. 1983. Harper & Row, San Francisco, CA, pg. 315.
7 Ibid, pg. 316.
8 Ibid, pg. 160.
9 Graves, pg. 249.
10 Walker, pg. 270.
11 Graves, pg. 249.
12 Ibid, pg. 439.
FAERIE FAITH 101: WATER SHARING
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.
"Thus water becomes an image of the stream of time itself, permeated with the rhythms of the starry world. All the creatures of the earth live in this stream of time, it flows within them, and, as long as it flows, sustains them in the stream of life7."
1 Epona, The Faerie Faith.
2 Schwenk, Theodor. Sensitive Chaos. (Published in mid-1960's.) Schocken Books, New York, NY, pg. 68.
3 Long, Max Freedom. The Secret Science at Work. 1953. DeVorss & Co., Publishers, Marina del Rey, CA, pg. 11.
4 Markale, Jean. Women of the Celts. 1972. Inner Traditions International, Ltd., Rochester, VT, pg. 43-44.
5 Schwenk, pg. 98.
6 Ibid, pg. 99.
7 Ibid, pg. 68.
JOURNEYS ON THE RED ROAD: MY BELIEFS
by White Bear
1. Everything is composed of constantly changing energy.
2. You and I are not separate from the universe around us.
3. Everything (and I mean just that -- everything) has consciousness.
1. Everything is energy
2. We are not separate from the universe around us
3. Everything has consciousness
She hangs majestic in the sky
Spinning her silvery threads of light
Her song is warm and seductive
It pulses all through the night.
The melody will entice you
Can't you hear her inviting song?
Feel the rhythm of your heartbeat
And know that you belong.
Do not fight what you are feeling
For the spell is already cast
My sister, this is your future
But know it is also your past.
The melody, it will grip you
Your very soul will feel torn
Step out into her light, my friend
Meaning: Protection, caution
Time: 2:30-3:30 am
Month: February 1-15
Color: Red, yellow, orange, lavender
Gemstone: Aquamarine, Amethyst
Tree: Poplar, Rowan
Symbol: Elk horns
Meaning: Positive energy, healing
Time: 3:30-4:30 am
Month: February 16-29
Color: Yellow, gold, orange
Tree: Mistletoe, juniper
Symbol: The Sun
Time: 4:30-5:30 am
Month: March 1-15
Gemstone: Tiger eye, coral
Meaning: New starts, beginnings
Time: 5:30-6:30 am
Month: March 16-31
Color: White, black, red
Gemstone: Moonstone, corundum, ruby
Symbol: Birch tree
Meaning: Conveyance, a short trip
Time: 6:30-7:30 am
Month: April 1-15
Gemstone: Iceland spar, diamond
Symbol: Horse drawn chariot
Meaning: Self and relationship to others
Time: 7:30-8:30 am
Month: April 16-30
Color: Red and white
is a living weave;
is a mantle green.
is a liquid net;
is a fluid breath.
is transparent urgency;
is ethereal design.
is a song forbidden.
is a song forlorn.
with the moon, the stars.
with the hawk, the bear.
is transparent urgency;
is a mantle green.
2 The Earth plane.
4 Not in the same moral category as theft and murder.
5 It requires 100 lbs. of this blossom to produce 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 lbs. essential oil.
6 You can't become one of these without serious study.
10 I am a hill of poetry.
11 Bean Sidhe.
12 "Into the Light" by Marilyn Windle describes 3 ways to _______.
1 With ______ eyes we begin to perceive the presence of many worlds that are entwined with our own.
3 The Tuatha de Danan are the Children of what goddess?
7 Lord of the wind: symbolized by the woodpecker.
8 How many years old must a stag be to be considered royal?
9 The collective living power generated by a natural force.
1. The 2nd letter of 2 across
2. The last letter of 9 down
3. The 2nd leter of 8 down
4. The 1st letter of 4 across
5. The 4th letter of 1 down
6. The 1st letter of 7 down
7. The 1st letter of 3 down
8. The 1st letter of 11 across
9. The last letter of 10 across
__ __ __ __ __ __ __
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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!
Michael Deakins is a southern California boy who got displaced and wandered the U.S. for a while, till he wound up near Atlanta. He has designed satellite components, arranged flowers, and been a veterinary technician, and generally is a jack of all trades. He is also a singer, composer, and woodworker. And he does love to talk to trees.
Susan Jackson is a single mother of two. She is involved with the state of Georgia working with male juvenile delinquents. In the last six months she has been introduced and awakened to the Craft, and is finding out what it really means to her to be a woman.
Cathy Lawrence lives near Atlanta with her husband, 15-year-old cat, and 2 birds. Her Craft is a blend of Native American shamanism and Wicca, which usually comes out in her music and chanting, and lends itself to her gift of healing.
Adrian Loaghrian, now 44 yrs of age, was initiated into a hereditary Rosicrusion tradition at age 13. He's into studying other religions of the world, including Christianity, Judaism, etc., and has 12 years service in a public Wiccan coven. He previously studied ceremonial magic and finally formed this particular tradition in 1990, based on ancient and modern Irish folklore and Irish-Scottish folklore and literature.
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 has the official capacity of the "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.
Erik van Lennep is a co-founder of the international Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco, and founding director of the New England Tropical Forest Project and the Arctic to Amazonia Alliance (an organization comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples). He has served as a consultant to Senator Leahy's 1989 Global Warming Legislation, and has advised The Nature Conservancy on Ring Mountain. He took part in the First Intercontinental Congress of Indian Peoples in July, 1990, in Quito, Ecuador, and co-produced the film "Columbus Didn't Discover Us."
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 Moondance, Earthdance, or FallFling and talk to him, as that is one of his favorite things to do!
Marilyn Windle is a professional writer, with her first book being published next October. She started studying the occult when she was 13 years old, beginning with Edgar Cayce, and has been a practicing psychic for 23 years.
Music Review: On a Misty Winter's Night by Ossian Gillebert. Produced by Jeff
Wagner/WSI Productions. 1995. Ossianic Productions Ltd.
- Reviewed by Lark
American Druidism - A Guide to American Druid Groups by Daniel Hansen, Msc.
Peanut Butter Publishing, Seattle, WA. 177 pp. Softcover, $14.95.
- Reviewed by Linda Kerr
Greenfire - Making Love With the Goddess by Sirona Knight. 1995. Llewellyn
Publications, St. Paul, MN. 212 pp. Softcover, $14.95 US, $20.50 Can.
- Reviewed by Stormy
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Balantine Books, New York,
- Reviewed by Imré