Nestled in the last pages of The Hedge Witch’s Herbal Grimoire is this very special drawing depicting the nine sacred woods of Beltaine. An ancient Celtic fire festival, Beltaine marked the height of spring and the beginning of the light half of the year. Balefires were kindled with the branches of nine sacred woods in order to cleanse and bless the community and livestock, bringing a prosperous growing season. The Hedge Witch’s Herbal Grimoire is available at PoisonApplePrintshop.com

With a multitude of spring holidays nearly upon us I thought I would share a little secret. Nestled in the last pages of The Hedge Witch’s Herbal Grimoire is this very special drawing depicting the nine sacred woods of Beltaine (the modern equivalent.

Over The Hedge (2006)

Over the Hedge (2006)

Over the Hedge - A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating.and learns a lesson about family himself.

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Laurel HedgeLaurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you don't want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen garden hedge. Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes (4ft, 5ft and 6ft) are bushy and can often create an instant screen if planted close enough.

Laurel HedgeLaurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you dont want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen garden hedge. Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes

I am a hagzissa, a hedge-sitter, a cottage witch. In physical terms, the hedge separated the town from the wilderness. Crossing the hedge was considered dangerous, due to the fact that the forest was regarded as a locus of uncanny happenings, including witchcraft. To the witch, the hedge was not thought to be a physical boundary, but a mental barrier to be crossed in trance work.

A witch’s familiar

Traditionally the belief is that the animal embodies a demonic spirit, an imp or lower demon, that aids a witch in her magic

I count myself lucky to be the new owner of a stately 19th century New England home, complete with butler's pantry and winding stair. The only blight on its historic character? A nasty chain link fence which surrounds the entire yard. And so I've been investigating hedges.

Hornbeam: A Hedge for All Seasons

Hornbeam Hedge in Pennsylvania. A sheared fastigiate European hornbeam hedge (under-planted with liriope) lines a driveway in Villanova, PA. Designer John Shandra of Gale Nurseries wanted to create a sharp, clean line between public and private space.

The integrated breakfast nook offers impressive views of the gardens. It features antique chairs from the couple’s former abode and a new table from Holland & Company. Breakfast room views consist of immaculate gardens, including these ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangeas with a Korean boxwood hedge.

Love hydrangea season and this perfectly manicured hedge frames the garden bed perfectly. Image via Atlanta Homes bloom

The word hedgewitch comes from the Saxon word haegtessa meaning ‘hedge-rider’. The hedge in hedge witchery is not a fence of shrubs and wildlife, but instead represents the border between our material world and the otherworld – the unknown. In trance-work (also called journey-work, journeying or just “travelling”) the hedgewitch crosses this border in order to contact spirits on the other side to learn from them and bring back knowledge to the material world.

The Word Hedgewitch Comes From the Saxon Word Haegtessa Meaning ‘Hedge-rider’…

Illustration for the Jack-by-the-Hedge Fairy from Flower Fairies of the Wayside. A boy fairy stands amongst his plant with his right hand raised in salute.  										   																										Author / Illustrator  								Cicely Mary Barker

Jack-by-the-Hedge Fairy- Cicely Mary Barker - Flower Faries of the Wayside

The Hedge Witch

The Hedge Witch (Witches of the Craft's Blog)

The Hedge Witch’s Herbal Grimoire is now available! There was a brief moment when the site crashed but it is back up and running! Grab your Grimoires now at PoisonApplePrintshop.com...

Mullein // The Hedge Witch's Herbal Grimoire, written by Alison Garber (Native Apothecary) and Adrienne Rozzi (Poison Apple Printshop). Screenprinted and bound by hand, limited edition of (sold out)

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