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The Apple Branch
Crafted From: Austin, Texas
Vox Acct.: 185996
Link ID: 23271
Website Profile: The Apple Branch has a heavy focus on Ogham studies. In our women only circles we also honor Women's Mysteries as a part of our calendar year. We are Goddess based in our focus, honoring Goddess as the One Source of all life - all things emanating from Her. We love exploring Her in all Her guises around the world.
“And the blessed wild apple, laughing for pride. The tree most likely To smile from the rock beside!”“I am a lure from paradise”
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 Muses promise to the poet is
… “Seek patiently, and you shall find.” 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”
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?"
We also have an on-line study program, From the Branch for those who wish to study on-line in a correspondence program. 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 The Goddess. We also offer Guardian and Greenman mentoring.
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.
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