We of the Apple Branch identify as
both Witches and as Druids. We believe that much of what we do was done by our ancestors
the Celtic people aa well as the Volva’s of Northern Europe.
As such, we are creating a sacred life
based on nature as did those ancestors.
They began in a time when men and
women were equal in all ways. Certain distinctions in societal
roles between men and women, did of course
exist, but they were not prohibitive. They could often be reversed
from the norm without stigma.
We incorporate a way of life that is based on the beliefs and practices
of our ancestors. Our teachings evolved from the animistic philosophies
of the early people who merged to form the Celts and other European
cultures. Thus, our ways are deeply rooted in the Ways of Nature and the
Otherworld, a belief structure centered around the concept of "balance
in all things".
The cosmos is made up of three interconnected realms...Land, Sea and Sky interwoven with the Sacred Fire, the Divine Spark within all living and non-living beings. A woman of the Apple Branch follows the Lunar Cycles applying her knowledge of the Ogham as her guide. Work is done on the 13 New Moons, as well as on the Full and Dark Moons. She keeps the Cycle of the Year, that Great Spiral that guides her in her daily life. The pantheon followed is her personal choice. She believes that "like attracts like" thus, she works with the female divinities to allow for greater focus.
The Apple Branch opens their practices to
welcome deities from all cultures, so long as the practice is in keeping
with a nature based philosophy.
Service to the Goddess and to humanity is an
important part of our life and character. We believe that there are many
paths to enlightenment and to truth...no one path is "better" than
another. All have validity. As such women of the Apple Branch serve in a
variety of ways.
All are trained to assist others in
There are those who specialize in the
They may be teachers, counselors and
There are those who serve as "edge
walkers" and who specialize in the awareness of and use of energy.
Regardless of the specialty, all work
with the natural order of life, in balance and harmony with all.
Magic is viewed as a potential for creation, a potential that exists
within all things... living and non-living. We draw upon this energy and
the energy within ourselves to bring into manifestation that which is
needed for the highest good of all. We give thanks and offerings
respectfully as we know that we still have much to learn.
Specialties may include, but are not limited to: Ritual Priest/ess,
Druid Priest/essGuardian Priestess, Healer Priestess, Temple Priestess, Creative
Priestess (writing and the arts), Eco-Spiritual Priest/ess
All will follow the prescribed course for Apple Branch Priest/ess
Mentoring as well as chose a specialty for focus studies. She may have
more than one focus area if she chooses.
Overview of the possible components of the studies