Monday, 28 April 2014

Henbane


Henbane

I shall look for henbane
In the darker places,
Where nature’s graces grow pale
And the frail root is white
And writhing like a worm
Smoked from an aching tooth.

I shall say sooth, I shall fly
By horse and hattock
Through the sabbat-black sky.

The flower like veined flesh,
Its purpled pulse corpse cold,
And pistil like a licking tongue,
The leaves haired and viscid,
Flower heads funnelled and drooping
With their own deep narcotic.

Into hot water, this herb I hurl,
Raise a storm, and stew
My ointment while the winds whirl.

Some shall I save, to burn
With frankincense and fennel,
Cassia and coriander,
With black candles on a stump
In a dim wood,
When the darkling birds take flight.

Spirits of the night shall rise
Where henbane burns, dimly,
Like the smouldering in their eyes.

Giles Watson
Copyright 2002

Sunday, 13 April 2014

I've Not Disappeared, I Swear!

I've been pretty quiet on the blog front I know. It's not been deliberate, I've just had so many things going on. My only brother - well only sibling really, had his first child so I've been down to Adelaide to visit him - and he is adorable. Seriously my nephew is the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. Those of you who are personal friends of mine on Facebook would have seen me posting mad cute photos of him. I've also furiously been working on a book, a small introduction to magical herbalism. I'm up to the last chapter so once I've got that out of the way and started on my Cert 2 Horticulture I'll feel a little bit like I've caught up and got time to do things.

I'm trying to get things done so when Easter comes around I can devote it to my witchcraft and have those days full of workings, making charms with crow's feet and fox bones, key charms, herbal remedies and just centering myself spiritually for a bit. I'm not going anywhere for Easter so its the perfect time to step away from the mundane matters of life and give myself over to my practice for a bit. As this time of the year comes around, I always feel myself internalising a bit, it's a good time to make plans, figure things out and see where I'm at and where I need to go.

So while I may be quiet for a little bit longer, I'll soon be back posting and sharing the things I've been up to.