Wisdom

Welcome to our Wisdom Pages

The HedgeWitch Cooks wants to get back to the old wisdom our grandparents knew and lived by, presenting simple household ideas that can enrich your lives. We think it’s important to help preserve this knowledge – which is literally dying out – for the next generation. So over the coming weeks and months we will be adding new content to our wisdom pages.

WHEEL OF THE YEAR:

In this section of the website we’ll focus on the changing seasons and give ideas to stay in harmony with the year. In the Hedgewitch year, the months are divided into eight seasonal festivals, which can provide a perfect space for celebrating, cooking and making things that can all enhance our day-to-day lives.

To find out more about the seasons and the “Wheel Of The Year” click on the seasons below.

British Folk Lore

We will explore some of the old folk lore traditions of the land, things that were once common place and many traditions that still exist today.  Village fairs and events that mark the turning of the year such as the maypole dancing in spring, halloween in autumn the true meaning behind Christmas, which is the winter solstice.

Some thought these traditions were dying out, but in recent years they’ve had a resurgence as a new generation re-discover and re-claim them for their own.


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The Wisdom of The Craft

Witchcraft For a New Generation. We are living in a very different world to the one Gerald Gardner, the founder of modern Wicca grew up in and much has changed since the emergence of Witchcraft beliefs.

Keep Reading February 9th 2014

Ritual Tools of The Craft

The Ritual Tools of The Craft are symbolic of energies in the universe, they sit on the altar or shrine as a way of connecting the practitioner to these forces.

Keep Reading November 13th 2013


Halloween Blessing

Hail to the hordes that ride the sky This Halloween night when the winds do cry Dressed in a cloak with horns on his head The wild king is here and he’s waking the dead Within the blackness shrouded by clouds The dark goddess stands surrounded by hounds For she is the wisdom this pitch […]

Keep Reading October 24th 2013

Halloween Apple Lore

Apples have always been the fruit of Halloween, they are covered in toffee, they are used in the games such as bobbing for apples and they are traditionally cut in half and placed on the witches altar as a symbol of the pentacle, rejuvenation and rebirth.

Keep Reading October 21st 2013

Hedgewitch Cooks Workshops for 2014

Weekend Workshops near Avebury for 2014 We’re pleased to announce the dates for our programme of weekend workshops for 2014.  These two-day workshops will be held in the Coronation Hall, Alton Barnes in Wiltshire. It’s in a beautiful location a couple of miles from the stones at Avebury and close to sacred springs, ancient yew […]

Keep Reading October 20th 2013

Punkies & Spunkies for Halloween

Punkies (or Spunkies as they were called in the north of England) were protective devices, items long associated with Halloween and Samhain traditions. They served to defend those unfortunate enough to be out after dark from the perceived threat of the Otherworld.

Keep Reading October 16th 2013

The Dumb Supper

The Dumb supper is an honouring of the ancestors with a ritual silent meal; this was traditionally done around Halloween / Samhain time in both Ireland and some parts of Britain.

Keep Reading October 14th 2013

Vintage Halloween Traditions

The mass Irish immigration to the United States saw a plethora of indigenous Celtic traditions imprinted onto the New World.


The Cailleach Bheur / The Blue-Faced Hag of Winter

It is said in Scottish/Celtic mythology that the Cailleach Bhuer is reborn on the 31st October. She is the one who brings the snow and harsh winter and from her apron great boulders of ice and stone fall upon the land forming mountain ranges.

Keep Reading October 1st 2013

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