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The Apple Branch

A Dianic Tradition

“And the blessed wild apple,

Laughing for pride.

The tree most likely

To smile from the rock beside!”

“I am a lure from paradise” 

 

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Witches and Ban-Draoithe

 

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 all things".

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 all.

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. 

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