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From the Branch Priestess Mentoring ~ On-Line
Age Range/Type: Adult
Located in: Austin, Texas
Key Contact: Bendis
Spiritual Path: Druidic/Witchcraft
Status: Established Group
Community Support: Open Circles... Legal Clergy... Teaching Available
Group Overview: “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?"
From the Branch is the study group of the Apple Branch and is for women who wish to serve as priestesses. It is an outreach program with 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.
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.
We ask for a $30 monthly fee to be paid as ‘candle fees’. That is, we must pay for our web access and for some of the programs you will be given as part of your training. Money, however, is not the reason we teach the class and no applicant will be turned down for a lack of financial resources. There are other ways of contributing to the program.
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