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.
The clue to the secret of the apple is to be found hidden within the
apple. When the apple was cut cross-wise by Cuchulain's sword, "night
fell". For when the apple is cut cross-wise each half shows a five
pointed star in the center, emblem of immortality, which represents the
Goddess in Her five stations from birth to death and back to birth
"I am a lure from paradise"
The popular conception of a grove is a collection of exceptionally
well-formed trees set in a place of outstanding natural beauty. Under
the friendly sheltering boughs of these arboreal sanctuaries our
forebears were inspired to contemplate the wonders of the universe,
particularly the countryside in which they themselves lived, and perhaps
were prompted to first ask the question, "who created such beauty?"
Members of the Apple Branch identify as both Witches
and as Druids, practicing Druidism in a modern sense, following in the steps of those
long ago. We use the Sacred Tree Alphabet 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 others. When coming to the Apple Branch, one may choose our
Ogham based path of study or choose a Feminist Dianic focus in service to
Our approach to our magic is to remove the focus from the cerebral ~ to
bring the energy down into the body ~ thereby removing barriers and
limits to personal ecstasy and fulfillment. This is not always an easy
approach, but in the long run becomes a full experience of the whole
self, embodying all of our personal magic into an ecstatic experience.We
consider our work to be shamanic.
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.
For more information about some of what we study see my website,
Roebuck. If you are planning to study with us - this sight
has information on the Ogham.
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