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Those within the Apple Branch identify as Dianic Witches. Many of us follow a course of study heavily based on Driuidic lore. As such, we are creating a sacred life based on the ancient wisdom of our ancestors that includes being at one with nature. How can one be Diainc and Druidic?  There is nothing in Druidic teachings that tells the followers what to believe.  The Celtic people were a collection of tribes held loosely together by a common language.  They shared similar beliefs but their deities were local to them. That is becasue their deities and sacred traditions forcused on the Land, Sea and Sky right where they lived. They were the center of their own  Universe. Many of them held a belief in One Source as the Giver of Life while at the same time saw many sources as sacred and deified them as well. 

Dianics hold a belief in One Source, as well as honoring many deities, just as there are many creatures all birthed from that One Source.  We choose to call that Source, Goddess - a Mother - a Giver of Life. You might say that it is even a political statement.  The energy of who a mother is and what she feels for her children, how she loves, unconditionally.  We believe that this is the enegy needed in our world today. 

Dianic does not mean "only for women."  There are many men who also think and feel this way. Some Dianic women have claimed this term and have decided for themselves that Dianic is for women only - but that simply is not so.  There are traditions all over the world who hold true to a Female Source of Life.

We incorporate a way of life that is based on the beliefs and practices of the ancient Celtic people. Our teachings evolved from the Shamanistic philosophies of the early people who merged to form the Celts. 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 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 Goddess and to the Land is an important part of our focus. We believe that there are many paths to enlightenment and to truth ... no one path is "better" than another. All have validity. As such those of the Apple Branch serve in a variety of ways.  All are trained to assist others in life passages.  There are those who specialize in the healing arts.  They may be teachers, counselors and artists.  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 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 self and others. We give thanks and offerings respectfully as we knows we still have much to learn.

Our 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. Some in the Apple Branch follow the Lunar Cycles applying their knowledge of the Ogham as their guide. Work is done on the 13 New Moons, as well as on the Full and Dark Moons. Some follow the thirteen lunar cycles with their focus on Goddesses from all over the world. We keep the Cycle of the Year, that Great Spiral that guides us in our daily life. Family is important to us. Our Tribe is important to us.  Our values are important to us. Wisdom is a worthy goal!

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