The Roebuck hides in the thicket and the cuckoo utters, "where?" The
Roebuck hides at the apple tree - the noblest tree of all, it is the
tree of immortality through wisdom, the wild apple tree of the Sacred
Thicket, the tree that hides the Roebuck.
"I am a lure from paradise"
Members of the Apple Branch identify as both witches as well as feeling
connected to Druidism in a modern sense, following in the steps of those
long ago. We use the Sacred Tree Alphabet in all three programs as a
model of continuity of the energies of both the lunar and solar year
combined with a great deal of practical experience in all areas of
service to The Goddess.
We recognize that men and women bring many talents and abilities to their practice and that some will wish to have a certain "specialty" that they brings to their practice that is uniquely their own. We honor this diversity by allowing students to create "specialties" in their training with us.
Specialties may include, but are not limited to: Ritual Priestess, Green Man, Guardian Priestess, Healer Priestess, Temple Priestess, Creative Priestess (writing and the arts), Eco-Spiritual Priestsess (environmental), etc. We offer two separate study groups, one for women only and one for both men and women combined. Monthly Candle Fees apply. See below.
All students will follow the prescribed course for Apple Branch Mentoring as well as chose a specialty for focus studies. They may have more than one focus area if they choose.
Students being mentored in the Apple Branch may also apply for admission to Ocean Seminary College where they will take their Ogham studies for the first year as well as other recommended and optional courses recommended by their mentor. A special portal for admittance will be provided.
The quest for wisdom was realized by pursuing the white doe (as the blue roebuck) under a wild Apple tree
In the Welsh Câd Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees), the Apple is described as the noblest tree of them all, the tree that symbolized poetic immortality.
The Apple Tree is closely linked to Druids, in their aspect as magicians and shamans."In Druid lore, the essence of three sacred apples growing on the Tree of Knowledge came from three drops that fell from Cerridwen's cauldron, which correspond with the Druid's most holy symbol, the Three Rays of Light."
Bards (poets) and Ovates (shamans) carried apple branches, (with bronze, silver, or gold bells), called the Craobh Ciuil (Branch of Reason) as symbols of their office.
Pulling the Ogham stave Quert is a mandate to rest and heal yourself from strife, illness, fatigue, or injury. It is an invitation to regain your sense of wholeness and connection with nature. Associated with the holy isle of Avalon, the apple represents rest and healing, recovery, and a peaceful relaxing Otherworld journey to the magical isle.
Within the Apple Branch you are invited to work with "the divine madness of the shaman." It calls you to journey to the Otherworld by its many names - Avalon, Avallach, Tir na Og, Eamhain Abhlach. Apple also represents the spiritual warrior who fears not to travel beyond the mortal realm to face death, sacrifice, and hardship, in order to benefit his or her tribe. The apple branch represents shelter and protection on these intense shamanic journeys. Apple invites you to dare to be different in order to discover your own truth. The apple offers protection, strength, comfort, and respite for your ordeal.
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