Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Halloween ~ Merry Meet, Blessed Be Besom aka Witches' Broom Chant

Besom aka Witches' Broom
Besom, besom, Lady's broom
Sweep out darkness, sweep out doom
Rid ye Lady's hallowed ground
Of demons, imps and Hell's red hound;
Then set ye down on Her green earth
By running stream or Mistress' hearth,
'Till called once more on Sabbath night
To cleanse once more the dancing site.
~ Author Unknown ~

Besom brooms are the broom traditionally associated with witches and are traditionally made of twigs tied to a larger pole. As a result, the besom is rounded instead of flat. The bristles can be made of many materials including, but not limited to straw, herbs, or twigs. Supposedly, an upward pointed besom (bristles up), especially over or near a doorway, will help protect the house from evil spirits or negative energies.

A besom is one of the tools used in Wicca. A traditional Wiccan besom is an ash stave handle with bristles made from birch twigs. These twigs are tied on using thin pieces of willow wood. It is used to cleanse the ritual area before circle casting.

To cleanse your ritual area, start in the centre and moving deosil (clockwise) sweep the circle from the centre to the outer edges, all the while envisioning and chanting that negativity is being swept out and the circle is being purified.

As a tool, the besom is usually thought of as masculine in nature due to its phallic shape and symbolism. However the besom's components are of both masculine and feminine orientation. The handle, an ash stave, is masculine in nature while the birch used for the bristles is thought of as feminine in nature.

The use of the besom as a tool in witchcraft might have begun when there was much fear and hatred toward witches. A broomstick was a common household item and therefore could not be used as evidence that a person was a witch.

Source: Wikipedia ~ Besom Broom
Wikipedia ~ Samhain Halloween

Monday, May 7, 2007

Puzzle Valentines [circa 19th century]

This wonderful gem titled "The Old Fancy" is by Jessie Shepherd, composed in 1888*. The artwork's medium is pen and ink. The positioning of the text is called "puzzle poetry". This is the verse and the key for reading.

"I am in love as thou mayst see, I love but one and that is thee. Read down and up and thou shall't find the way to read thy valentine."

*Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room, Rights and Restrictions Information:
Publication and other forms of distribution: All information documented by P&P staff regarding publication and/or copyright claimants has been recorded in the catalog record.Published works copyrighted prior to 1923 are in the public domain. Published works copyrighted after 1923 that are still in their original or renewal term of copyright are protected for 95 years from the copyright date. Unpublished works may be protected by copyright for the life of the creator plus 70 years or until the year 2002, whichever is longer.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


right is right
divine destiny
my true love** and i
are meant to be
positive forces

reverie to reality
and i pray
forever take away
and bring light
to me

**if you have someone specific in mind
think of that person's name.
to make the spell more potent,
speak the person's name out loud.

text © sookie 4~18~2007
[the heart image is not my creation. i found the gif on-line many years ago and the artist was not known to me. if anyone can inform me of the artist's identity, i will happily give credit. thanks]

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

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