Welcome to the Apple Branch

apple2There are several branches in our Apple Tree. One branch leads you into what we call Dianic FaerieCraft,  a nice blending of Dianic Witchcraft and the old traditional teachings of theBandrui of the Celtic people.

The second branch is the foundation of our tradition, Feminist Dianic Wicca, where we explore our Women’s Mysteries, the Goddess and ourselves.We do this through Hekate’s Sanctuary where women are also invited to explore Hekatean Mysteries (optional).

Operating independently (other than access to our Seminary) is Iseum Benedictus, an Iseum of the Fellowship of Isis where we offer those rites and mysteries.

Other programs available are the Wisdom Path, Ancient Priestessing for a Modern Age, and the Faerie Faith. You will find a complete description of all of our programs in the menus under Our Programs.

Here is a little of the old teachings ….

roebuck_adultThe 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 again.

“I am a lure from paradise”

applestarThe 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?”