Servitude

Down through the darkness
into the light
Run away
Crossroads here
Snake skins there
deception
lies
hurt
Venom in the blood
No marks
Torch light ahead
Turn to the left
Cloudy night
I stand alone
Make my own way
Speaking a sword of truth
No apologies for your cuts
No joy in your blood
Life in service
Is true solitude

Walking

Loki
Honored one
I hear you call
I see your actions
Your message I know not.
The path is here
The foundation you  have built
The steps were mine
The steps are mine
The storms rage all around
I still see
I still walk
I may not be me when I’m done
Written by
Kaylus the Grey

Another chance.

Hello. This is a quick little post today. Pictured above is another round of candle glass, and a wine bottle getting ready to be cleaned for reuse. All of the candle jars were on my altars. they have collected energy. I have found that reusing them in spells adds to the overall effectiveness. So I take the extra half over or so to bake and then wash them out.  ‘Till we next meet again; May your Roots never rot, and your growing never stop.

 

 

Goodbye, Hello

It is with heavy heart I write this. One of the great Pagans in the greater Wisconsin is walking his final steps. He is an Elder to many here at Twisting Yew. They would tell you epic stories of how he keep other Pagan organizations alive, how he would always pass pentacles to any new pagan he would meet, about his great sense of humor, or how he would care for stray, and injured animals. He is a part of us in ways he could not imagine.
Hail Elder Oak Bear!
Mighty in stature.
Gregarious, generous, adventurous in life.
Friend to animals,
We speak to you!
Though you have lost this battle, It is your strength, and your passion in your life, your beliefs that will linger on through the many strings in the web of your life. From your child, through your militarily career, your life as a husband, you enormous support to the many pagan organization and pagan individuals you have touch many, and fostered a community of great love and friendship. Reach out onto that web and feel the love and support for you during you final journey in this life.
You spent a life of service, to this country, to your family, to your community, we are now in service to you in your final steps. We will be in service to learn from you what could not be taught in this mortal path, as you spend time with the Ancestors.
The Roots of Twisting Yew have opened a space for you when you are ready to join the Ancestors. Walk bravely and may Awen be ever stronger for you in your new journey.

Midsummer Ritual

 Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew,  We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

 Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

  Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 Hail Twisting Yew, the fuel for our internal fires, the revealer of knowledge, the guide to the Gods. We honor you and welcome your energy into our daily life.

  The Quarters are called sacred space is brought forth to this land once more. Mind your thoughts, your feelings, and your emotions, for today we call to the most ancient, the most prolific in myth, the most wise, the most common transcultural Deities. Today we call Dragons! Creatures of fire, immense emotions, and endless wisdom.

  O’ Great Adroka, Queen of the Stars and Moon, and knowledge long forgotten.
O’ Shinning Pearl One, hear our prayers, and add your blessings to our Fires! We honor you and welcome you!

 O’ Great Maruk, Lord of the Sun, Fields, and knowledge not yet known. O’ Mighty Dark One, hear our prayers, and add your blessings to our fires! We honor and welcome you!

  In your presence we are not alone. In your presence we accept all of our self, the light, the dark, it is us. It is you. Without one we become unbalanced, stagnant. As we walk through these Midsummer Fires we are at this one moment whole. Any separation we might have felt, any denial we might have had is no longer stopping us. We now see our shadow mask illuminated by the long daylight hours, by the Sacred Fires,  By Adroka, By Maruk. ( As the participants pass through the fires, they may add herbs for offerings, or offerings of pain, hurt, or non-beneficial trait to be assimilated and no longer separate. Each participant is to take a white and a black stone/bead from the bowls next to each fire as representation in this physical world of this moment of balance. )

  In the midst of Summer you have grown tall, strong and abundant plants, flowers, trees, and roots. Now is the time to start to see what can be harvested soon and what needs some work before it will ready to harvest. Take the time to look at your garden. (soft drumming for a few minutes. Drumming gets louder and picks up beat until a full drum circle has emerged.)

 In honor of you Adroka, and Maruk we drum and we dance!
(​When the celebration reaches its peak, a Guardian shall lead the participants back to circle form, as the drumming recedes.)
   Drink from the horn! Eat from the plates! Know now that you have honored Dragons and lived to tell about it. Now take your experience and leave your fear but still keep your caution.
Once again we thank you O’ Great Adroka and O’ Mighty Maruk. Stay if you will, Go if you must!

 Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Thank you for sharing your grounding energy in our ritual.

 Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. We thank you for sharing your moving energy into our ritual.

 Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. We thank you for sharing your searing energy in our ritual.

 Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. We thank you for sharing your cyclic energy into our ritual.
To Twisting Yew, Teacher, Wander, stripper of false. We thank you and for sharing your blessings upon our ritual.


Written by Kaylus the Grey

Beltane Ritual

Here is the Beltane ritual for 2018.

 

 

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew,  We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail Twisting Yew, the fuel for our internal fires, the revealer of knowledge, the guide to the Gods. We honor you and welcome your energy into our daily life.

 Welcome.  Have you felt the fire?  Have you felt the rain? Have you touched the mud? Have you smelled the incense? Can you see the change? Can you feel her presence walking in the woods? Look, there She stands.  The Forest Protector Artemis! Hail Artemis Protector of the forest and animals. We offer you ___ to protect our animals, our forests. We offer you __ in thanks and in honor for what you do.  Participants walk under the path of arrows shot from Artemis’s Bow. When all have been blessed return to circle center.

Have you felt the sun? Have you seen the buds? Have you smelled the earth? Have you touched the air? Can you see the change? Can you feel his presence among the fields, among the roots?  Look, There He stands. The Golden God, riding on his mighty boar, Gold-Bristled! We offer you __ to pass on fertility and prosperity to our fields and to us. We offer you ___ in thanks and honor of what you do. Participants walk past Freyr as he throws seeds/grains over them. When all have been blessed return to circle center.

Now is the time to put affirmative intent into the seeds that you have planted last we were together. Accept the energetic blessings of Artemis to protect your will. Accept the energetic blessings of Freyr to grow your will. Accept the energetic blessings of the essence of Fire, of Loki, to allow the necessary change within ourselves. When all have fortified their intentions begin the closing.

 Your intents have been reinforced, it is up to you now to make them manifest. Once more feel the energies, merge with the energies present. Honor them and thank them. Our time in this sacred space is coming to an end. The influence remains. Let us depart with what we needed. Sound the Horn.

To West

To South

To East

And

To North,

Thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

Written by Kaylus the Grey

Spring has turned the tide.

 

 

With Winter finally receding and Spring throwing down it’s rains, I figured it is a good time to post an update of what has been going here in Twisting Yew. We have had several good rituals Ostara and Beltane. I will be posting the Beltane ritual soon. We have also had a lot closed rituals for healing requested by members.

I personally have been working on setting up a local Pagan 101 class, and possibly a group class for learning Runes. With the nice weather beginning to be the norm, weekly fireside chats are a possibility as well.

March and April are personally busy months for me in my professional life. That translate to not having as much time as I would like to produce content.  One of the other Guardians has also shown some interest in posting here. I will be setting up them to do so very shortly here, schedules permitting.

Until next time, May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.

 

 

Ritual for Ostara

Hail North, the keeper of the dark, the land of the deep thicket, creeping vines, and the land of the Dwarves. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew,  We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

Hail East, the keeper of whispers, the bearer of messages, the land of the mist, the talking leaves, the howling Night, and the land of the Fae. Awaken this day to the wanderers of Twisting Yew, and those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

Hail South, the keeper of flames, the land smoldering ash, burning truth, building creativity, land of the Salamanders. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew, and to those of us who are Guardians of the Roots. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

Hail West, the keeper of the ponds, the land of the Underworld, land of emotions, land of the Nymphs. Awaken this day to the wanderers Twisting Yew. We honor you and welcome your energy into our ritual.

 

Hail Twisting Yew, the landscape beneath our paths, the revealer of knowledge, the guide to the Gods. We honor you and welcome your energy into our daily life.

 

  Today we gather to acknowledge the changing of the seasons.This is the time we say goodbye to the still of a snow covered forest in the deep night.  This is the time we remember the beauty of the Sun bouncing off of the snow-covered ground, and the pristine awe of virgin snow. The first cranes have returned, skunks have been spotted, the ice is thinning, the snows are receding. We have survived another Winter and all the harshness.  

 

 To The Morrigan, We honor your lessons of Sovereignty that allows us a better chance of survival during the Winter. Their harshness is of winter and therefore familiar, allowing us a template in which we are able to guide our journey. Thank you.  

(Pour honey or mead into the cup for The Morrigan)

 

Hail Thor!

Your Hammer mighty Mjolnir has broken up the rime crusted ice! We honor you and your protection, thank you.

(Set offerings of Beer and Meat for Thor.)

 

Ostara! Ostara! Hear us, the ice is thinning, the animals are awakening. Return, Return and bring the Spring, Bring the greens!  We offer you these colored eggs for your enjoyment.

( Set down a basket of colored eggs as an offering.)

 

The Gods have been honored. Ostara has been asked to continue her blessing of life. Now is the time focus on your roots and how you will grow them in the seasons ahead to show your appreciation of the Gods and their blessings in your life. In your hands are your root seeds. They may be financial plans, family plans, spiritual plans, hopes or long-held dreams. Whatever they may be, own them, own yourself. Take those first steps down the path of the seeds becoming roots. Roots strong enough to weather the harshest winter, strong enough the stand against the hurricane. Roots deep enough to touch your Ancestors. See your journey, see your goal. Now grow! Once you feel that your seed root is infused with your journey, your goal, you may plant them.

 

As the last seed is planted it is time to leave this sacred time but never the sacred space.

 

To the Gods, thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

 

To West

To South

To East

And

To North,

Thank you for sharing this time and space with us. Leave if you must but know that you are welcome always to stay.

 

Written by Kaylus the Grey

Loki’s Prayer

Loki’s Prayer

Hail Loki,
Full of Fire,
I am with Thee;
Blessed art thou amongst the liminal,
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Sleipnir
Father of Hel, Be with us dedicants, now and at the hour of our death.
Amen

Announcing Formal Formation of Twisting Yew Church.

I am happy to announce the earlier today the Twisting Yew become an official Church, and started the process of becoming an official Church/501c3 in the eyes of the Law. I would Like to present the Board of Directors:

SueEllen Lamb (Kaylus the Grey): Spirit Warden

Kirk Anderson: Gold Warden

Tonya Millet: Scribe Warden

Terry Hoover: General Warden

Brain Hoover (Freek): General Warden

I would like to Present Guardians of the Root:

SueEllen Lamb (Kaylus the Grey)

Tonya Millet

Terry Hoover.

Guardians are the Ministers/Clergy/Preist/Priestess/Gothi of Twisting Yew. Foundational documents will be available in the future.

Until next time, May your Roots never rot, and May your growing never stop.