In This Issue:
Out on a Limb: Editorial - Imré K. Rainey & Linda Kerr
Marked by Distinction - Hazel
Yeats and the Faern - David Sparenberg
Faerie Faith 101: Not Just a Name - Linda Kerr
Lunar Energies and Esoteria - Imré K. Rainey
Silly Spells - Lark
Poetry: Silver Wheel Turning - Stormcrow
An Abbreviated View of Irish Colonization Via Mythology - Nicole Smith
Poetry: Morning Prayer - Ivey Brown
Poetry: As Eve Late at Night: A Study in Alchemy - Lea Stone
Alfalfa: Medicago sativa - Paul Beryl
Ankh (Cross)-Word Puzzle - Sherlock
About Our Staff & Contributors
Bubbles From the Cauldron - book reviews, etc.
Editor & Publisher: Imré K. Rainey
WebMaster & Co-Publisher: Paul Enloe
Poetry Editor: Lark
Staff Writer & Artist: Linda Kerr
Nancy Passmore (The Lunar Calendar), Hazel, Nicole Smith, Paul Beryl, David Sparenberg, Ivey Brown, Lea Stone, Stormcrow, Linda Kerr, Lark, Epona, and Imré K. Rainey.
THE HAZEL NUT, Issue 25, Copyright © 1998. 1998, Beth, Luis, and Nion
HAZEL NUT is published four times a year.
A few words from Linda:
A few more words form Imré...
MARKED BY DISTINCTION: HAZEL
FAERIE FAITH 101: NOT JUST A NAME
by Linda Kerr
LUNAR ENERGIES AND ESOTERICA
by Imré K. Rainey
Linda and I have been working on this magazine for over four years now, and, to our surprise, we have come to realize that a lot of readers have not yet grasped the physical effects of the lunars and their respective trees - to say nothing about the esoterica associated with each. So, in an effort to alleviate this problem, I have decided to tell the story of Janine, an ordinary person, living an ordinary life, in an ordinary city, in our time. It is my hope that once the physical effects of the moons are depicted in a manner resembling everyday living, they will become clearer to everyone. Keep in mind that I am trying to make this clear, so the issues will become more complicated with time, not right off the bat. Let me know what you think!
( ...to be continued in Issue #26)
Silver wheel is turning
Weaving threads that have no end
Meeting in a spiral that doubles back again
Bright fire of the sunrise
Rises reborn in the East
And as the twilight fades to purple
In the West He seeks release
Silver loom is weaving
Binding cords that join us all
Trace of destinies forgotten
Echo in the Mother's call
Aged eyes are closing
As the Wheel completes a turn
Faery-fire surrounds the death-bed
And beyond, forever bums.
AN ABBREVIATED VIEW OF IRISH MYTHOLOGY
by Nicole Smith
How majestic your face.
How powerful your warmth,
As you shine in our reverent face.
Hear our fervent cries.
As before your strength
Our Earth-borne hearts open to your love.
Send us your power,
Your guiding white beacons,
As we set our feet upon our Paths.
Pierce through the darkness,
Fill us with Hope,
That our divine being eternally shares with you.
Our grateful hearts praise.
Our empty souls fill.
And we would know that you and we are One.
Embrace us with Light:
Lift us with Love.
May we love you with the strength that we are.
As Eve late at night
I was out walking
to elude human spheres
and penetrate earth wisdom
I came upon a grove
of Bacchanalians dancing
in livery of jade green
and swords dangling bright
"All hail!" they cried
and goblets they raised;
"To Queen of Night;
yon woman we praise."
I stood but a moment
considered their ways
then slipped through the moonbeams
and deep fire haze
Startled, they rose
and swords they drew
for, One had escaped
In her place grew the Yew
Deep went it roots
and long breathed its leaves
beyond man time
when none are left to grieve
In that place rose the source
It shone like ruby fire
In water it flamed
and flickered blue light
The vessel lay broken
The stone did ignite
As Eve late at night
I am out walking:
"Come close," I cry,
"Taste the ripe berries of my laughter
the sweet salt of my tears
Fear not, my power."
ALFALFA: Medicm sativa
by Paul Beryl
1 Daniel Mowery, PhD., The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine,
1 Chief Of the Bards.
4 The Battle of the Trees.
5 Hidden in Gwion's poem.
8 The moon of Gestation.
10 Brought the Faerie Faith to the United States.
12 Pearl of Beauty.
14 End of the year.
16 One month in the Celtic Tree Calendar.
17 Ogham for "Hazel."
1 The house of Donn, where the dead feast.
2 Author of "The Golden Ass."
3 Lark's personal spirit revealer.
6 Creator of the "The Lunar Calendar: Dedicated to the Goddesss in Her Many Guises."
9 Urtica urens.
11 Linda's baby.
12 In conjuring warts "...concentrate on your enemy, stick a needle through the ______ then hide the impaled creature."
13 Gaelic name for the moon of Gestation.
15 The Hazel Nut's Web-Master.
The solutions to this crossword puzzle can be found
in the Lammas 1997 (Issue #24) of
The Hazel Nut. I took the questions from last issue's articles, so you'll have to read
answer this crossword. Oh, and don't throw away this issue; its articles contain the answers to the
next puzzle. Have fun!!!
Paul Enloe (aka Oracle) is the webmaster and co-publisher of The Hazel Nut. Paul was brought up as a Christian but always held a deep interest in all things metaphysical. As a teenager he decided Christianity was not the path that he would have chosen for himself so he began looking elsewhere. He finds himself drawn towards Eastern philosophy and mysticism, as well as Celtic tradition. He is a practitioner of Wing Chun and a member of the Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis. Write to him c/o The Hazel Nut, or email to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Linda Kerr was the editor and the publisher of The Hazel Nut from 1993 to 1997. She is a High Priestess of the Faerie Faith and the founder of The Church of the Spiral Tree, as well as a mother. She organizes and runs a festival every May called Moondance; this is its 7th year. Other things competing for her time are Buckskinning (pre- I 840's historical re-enactment), teaching and competing in Scottish Highland Dance, and river canoeing. Write to her c/o The Hazel Nut, or email to: <email@example.com>.
Lark (Poetry Editor) has been a solitary pagan for many years. She spent a decadent youth on the road as a rockand-roll singer, and is still a professional photographer and musician. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Archival Sciences, and enjoys Civil War re-enacting with her daughter. Write to her c/o The Hazel Nut, or email to: <Lark@mindspring.com>.
Luna Press has been publishing The Lunar Calendar: Dedicated to the Goddess in Her Many Guises for twenty-two years. The calendar depicts the lunar year as it was explained by Robert Graves his work entitled The White Goddess. Contact Luna Press by calling (617) 4279846 or writing to P.O. Box 15511, Kenmore Station, Boston, MA 02215-0009 USA.
Hazel - I am 28, currently living in Georgia (& desperately trying to get back home to Oklahoma). With the hope of becoming an illustrator for the Pagan community & children's books, I am finishing up my graduate thesis with the Savannah College of Art&Design. I consider myself a student of Kitchen Witchery, and live with a wonderful man & 2 cats who are the lucky recipients of my "studies."
Nicole Smith is an anthropology major with a vested interest in all things Celtic. She is also very fond of kitty cats. Write to her c/o The Hazel Nut, or email to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ivey Brown has walked a spiritual path all her life, but it wasn't until later years that she felt the light of spirit longing to reveal itself. Tripping down that shining path, she touched on a little of this, a dab of that, and finally realized that heartfelt loving guidance was her forte. An artist and graphic designer by trade, a writer, poet and lyricist by avocation, she reveals her heart in her words. As she is wont to say, "The spirit writes the words, I just hold the pen." Email Ivey at <Nutmeggal@mindspring.com>.
Lea Stone lives in an Oak forest in Michigan. She writes fiction, poetry, and essays and homeschools her two sons She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is the founder of Acorn Enterprises, a consulting business that teaches stress management and accessing personal creativity. Her poetry has appeared in Pen and Ink and in The Writing Self. Her essay "Mastery; or, Where Does True Wisdom Lie?" will appear in the first issue of the Journal for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.Write to her at: P.O. Box 368, Manchester, MI 48158.
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. Write to him at: 1713 14th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 323-2115.
Stormcrow, a.k.a Clay Gilbert, lives in Auburn, Alabama, with his wife. He is currently completing his Master's degree in English and hopes to graduate sometime this lifetime. He has been a practicing Witch fo eleven years and is currently the High Priest of Cerridwen's Grove in Auburn. In addition to poetry, he is also currently working on a novel about multiple personality disorder entitled The Ghosts That Haunt Me. He also plays keyboards in an improvisational electronic-meditational-music duo called Gilbert and Green, with whom he plans to release an album sometime before the end of this lifetime.
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