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

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.

 

 

OakBear

The dictionary defines a Sage as a person of profound wisdom.
What I have to expand on that definition and add a bit of faith is: men who reach a certain age become known as “Sage” in the Pagan community for the wisdom that they share with the Tribe. The leaders and the younger set look to them for guidance, teachings and great stories of the past and lessons for the present.
I have known many such men in my life and in the Pagan community. One stands out from the others for his benevolence, for his stories, his humor, and for his dedication to Tribe and his friends.
I immediately felt safe in his presence and learned much from him, as I hope he learned a bit from me as well. I could be the real me, a person of fire and ice, in his presence and he didn’t seem to mind one bit. And if he did, he told me so himself.
He saw something in me (just as he did for others) that no one else could see, or things that others lost sight of.
I will honor him and I will remember him as I move forward in life and here at Twisting Yew. I will remember his lessons and I will remember that he saw value in me and in those around me.
Here, I say goodbye to Daniel Moeller, OakBear; who has left this Earth for his next adventure.
Hail the Traveler!! Hail OakBear!!!
I honor you, I remember you, here and in this life. Let his name be spoken with reverence for the many things he did for our country and for the Pagan community.
~raises horn~
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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.

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.

Twisting Yew Calling

The original idea for this was to develop an alternative to the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. The original which was co-written with a former tribesman actually is an alternative to the LBRTP. However, it has not fit into the energies of the Twisting Yew. I kept tweaking and experimenting until I found what works. That is what I present to you today.

 

Twisting Yew Calling

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This ritual is a preparatory step to any work within the Twisting Yew.

To Call Twisting Yew one must begin to pull in energy from the Web of Connectedness through their root system to the root that is planted in Twisting Yew. As the Web travels through you, you begin to feel more closely, the galaxy. Once you are attuned with the galaxy, you call the Twisting Yew.

Begin with this visualization:
Close your eyes and visualize a forest imagine yourself as a seed in the ground. Feel the dampness see the darkness. Begin to emerge, begin to grow, and feel the Sun, the breeze hear the other trees, grow taller feel your roots holding. Grower to the stars, see the Earth surrounded by your roots you are now the center of the universe with roots planted. Above your head and all around is energy pulsing with a purple color. Extend a root to tap into the color. Once the root is connected, feel the energy, the web of connectedness. You are now ready to travel your root system to The Twisting Yew and begin the Calling.

 

Face North and say “Eihwaz I am part of you, you are part of me come forth and share in this journey.” When you are done speaking this, draw Eihwaz in front of you using the color of the web of connectedness. Remember you are connected and will feel when Eihwaz has answered the call and can continue
Face East and say “Algiz I am part of you, you are part of me. Come forth and share this journey.” When you are done speaking this, draw Algiz in front of you using the color of the web of connectedness. Remember that you are connected and will feel when Algiz has answered the call and can continue
Face South and say “ Kenaz I am part of you, you are part of me. Come forth and share this journey.” When you are done speaking this, draw Kenaz in front of you using the color of the web of connectedness. Remember you are connected and will feel when Kenaz has answered the call and can continue.
Face West and say “Laguz I am part of you, you are part of me. Come forth and share this journey.” When you are done speaking this,  draw Laguz in front of you using the color of the web of connectedness. Remember you are connected and will feel when Laguz has answered the call and can continue.
Look above and say “Twisting Yew I am a part of you, you are a part of me. Come forth and share in this journey.”.
You are ready to work within and as the Twisting Yew.

When you are done working within and as Twisting Yew, begin with thanking Eihwaz, Algiz, Kenaz, and Laguz. While thanking them see the color leave the Runes as it returns its roots. Slowly feel yourself returning down the twisting yew from the galaxy, through the solar system into the Earth’s atmosphere, down back to a seed in the black dirt. when you are ready to open your eyes go ahead. Eat or drink if it is necessary to be here, be here now.