A Ban-Draoithe is a female Druid. Legends tell us that
many women were indeed Druids. They began in a time
when men and women were equal in all ways.
Certain distinctions, did of course exist, but were
not prohibitive. Today, women claim the same
equality. The women of the Apple Branch
identify as Witches but we believe that much of what
we do was done by the ancient Ban-Draoithe. As
such, we are creating a sacred life based on nature
as did those ancestors.
We incorporate a way of life that is based on the
beliefs and practices of the ancient Celtic people.
Our teachings evolved from the Shamanistic
philosophies of the early people who merged to form
the Celts. Thus, our ways are deeply rooted in the
Ways of Nature and the Otherworld, a belief
structure centered around the concept of "balance in
The Apple Branch opens their practices to welcome
deities from all cultures, so long as the practice
is in keeping with a nature based philosophy.
Service to the Goddess and to humanity is an
important part of a priestess's life and character.
We believe that there are many paths to
enlightenment and to truth...no one path is "better"
than the another. All have validity. As such women
of the Apple Branch serve in a variety of ways.
All are trained to assist others in life passages.
There are those who specialize in the healing arts.
They may be teachers, counselors and artists.
There are those who serve as "edge walkers" and who
specialize in the awareness of and use of energy.
Regardless of the specialty, all work with the
natural order of life, in balance and harmony with
Magic is viewed as a potential for creation. A
potential that exists within all things...living and
non-living. We draw upon this energy and the energy
within ourselves to bring into manifestation that
which is needed for the highest good of self and
others. We give thanks and offerings respectfully as
we knows we still have much to learn.
Our cosmos is made up of three interconnected
realms...Land, Sea and Sky interwoven with the
Sacred Fire, the Divine Spark within all living and
non-living beings. The women of the Apple Branch
follow the Lunar Cycles applying their knowledge of
the Ogham as their guide. Work is done on the 13 New
Moons, as well as on the Full and Dark Moons. We
keep the Cycle of the Year, that Great Spiral that
guides us in our daily life. The pantheon followed
is a personal choice. We believe that "like attracts
like" thus, we work with the feminine energies to
allow for greater focus.