Yesternight I went into the forest in search of a new staff. I found this. A beautiful birch branch with a perfect fork on the end. Birch is one of the world trees. Sorcerers would climb the fungus “steps” to reach the heavens. I felt it was the perfect staff. However, later in the walk I came across, randomly, a full deer skeleton.
I said a prayer for the doe’s spirit to go to the underworld in peace, and left it there to return later. And return I did.
As of this writing I have just returned with my friend Heather. Recently she has been having some bone collecting dreams so I thought it was fitting to have her tag along. We walked in the moonlight most of the way, which was very nice.
Eventually we came upon the skeleton, as I had taken the same path. I lit a candle and laid down sacred space to give us some privacy as we tended to the dead. We uttered a prayer over its body, and set to the task of taking what was given to us.
We left offerings of ale and blood, and finished our work, returning to the path. In the stream we washed our hands, and stood in quiet mourning for our new friend. As we walked back to find the main trail, I sang the “Wassail Song”, as I am wont to do when returning from an offering.
I could feel as we walked a spirit with us. Heather said that she could feel it as well. It’s always nice to have confirmation so you don’t feel Woo-Woo.
As of this writing, we are letting the bones soak in some hot water. We sang over them, and burned some Rosemary. In a moment we will be burying them to let some Land energy sink into them, and further purge them of any potentially negative energies.
As for my carving, my wand is coming along nicely. I added three nodes, as it traditional. The wand has a nice spiral that I fleshed out. I found it with some ivy wrapped around it. I will be soaking this to loosen it a bit, and then rewrap it, covering it with leather to keep it in place. In the butt of the wand I’ll be hiding some blood and hair, and capping it with some crystal. It will be my first hand-carved wand, and I’m very excited.
The natural spiral is indicative of the serpentine energies of the Land. The Rowan wood is a traditional wand wood, and will also protect the holder from baneful faery influence. According to the Witch of Forest Grove, it can also be used to open doors in the Otherworld.
I’ve been also crafting up a storm in terms of incense and powders. I’m selling them at the local occult shop, which is a lot of fun. I have a feeling that some of my more nefarious…. items will not sell well. There are a lot of more “light side” pagans in the valley, if you will. So, I do not expect my Crow Smoke to sell well, for example. Not a lot of necromancers around here, I suspect, hehe.