The Kelpie is a water spirit that primarily resides in the depths of Scottish waters. Kelpies are usually depicted as small black horses, but there have been accounts of green and white ones as well. They also possess the ability to manifest a human appearance.
While Kelpies appear benevolent, they are actually malicious spirits who carry off and drown anyone who tries to mount them. They are also known to steal young women away from their homes. In one story, a male Kelpie steals away a woman and forces her to live with him and bear a child. Years later, she manages to leave the Kelpie and their young child, and she escapes to her human family onshore. She thinks she is safe, but the angry Kelpie wreaks havoc that night by creating a storm that nearly destroys her family’s town. The following morning brings a clear sky and she assumes the worst is over, but she opens the door to find her child’s severed head on the front porch.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”—Rachel Carson (via evanescentlove)
One final source for Sybil's eight tenets is "Pagan Ways" by Gwydion O'Hara. He claims to have been a friend of Sybil's and her mother, Louise. He maps the eight tenets on an eight-spoked kolovrat, and calls it the "Wheel of Virtue." I'm uncertain whether this was his innovation, but Sybil does not call it that in her book.
I don't know which edition of Sybil's CAOW you have, but here are the page #s of first mention of her eight tenets: Tenet of the Balanced Life (chapter 7, p. 110), Tenet of Harmony (chapter 8, p. 125), Tenet of Trust (chapter 8, p. 125), Tenet of Love (chapter 8, p. 126), Tenet of Humility (chapter 8, p. 126), Tenet of Tolerance (chapter 8, p. 127), Tenet of Learning (chapter 8, p. 128), Tenet of Reincarnation (chapter 8, p. 131).
“The amount of silly dabbling in the occult that goes on today scares me. These people think they’re doing something terribly clever and terribly with it and it’s all great fun, and what they don’t understand is that they’re invoking forces which they can’t fathom. And they’re making themselves a channel by which those forces can come through into the world.”—Doreen Valiente (via kalskeep)
Regarding Sybil's Six Tenets, she actually taught eight tenets. She enumerates all eight in her classic book _The Complete Art of Witchcraft_. Unfortunately, many bloggers and other online writers frequently make the error of omitting one or two tenets.
Thanks. I have a copy of that exact book on-hand, so I’ll double-check and correct the omission… :)
Latin name: Weeping Willow: salix babylonica; black Willow: salix nigra Celtic name: Saille (Sahl’ yeh) Folk or Common names: Willow, Witch’s Tree, Pussy Willow, Salicyn Willow, Saille, Sally, Withe, Withy, Witches’ Aspirin, Tree of Enchantment, Osier, Tarvos Tree, and Sough Tree. The Anglo-Saxon ‘welig’ from where the name ‘willow’ is derived, means ‘pliancy’.
Parts Used: Bark, sap, twigs, branches, wood. Herbal usage:- The bark of the Willow has been used as a pain killer… the bark contains a glusoside called salicin that forms salicylylous acid which is the ‘active ingredient’ in aspirin. The bark has astringic qualities and can be used for rheumatic conditions, heartburn and as a diuretic. The sap gathered from the tree when it is flowering can be used to treat facial blemishes and dandruff. Magical History & Associations:- The bird associated with this month is the hawk, the color is haze, and the gemstone is blood-red carbuncle. The Willow, a Feminine herb, is associated with water, and is an herb of the moon. The bird associated with this month is the hawk, the color is haze, and the gemstone is blood-red carbuncle. The Willow is associated with water, and is an herb of the moon. Willow wood is one of the nine traditional fire woods to be added to the Belfire that is burned at Beltane – as the tree of death that is Sacred to Hecate, Willow is added to the fire as a celebration of death. The Willow is sacred to Minerva who invented numbers and also to Artemis, Ceres, Persephone, Brigid, Hera, Helice, Mercury, Belili, and Circe. The Sumerian goddess Belili was a goddess of trees, and Willows in particular. The Willow is also associated with Orpheus, regarded by the Greeks as the most celebrated of poets. It is said that Orpheus received his gifts of eloquence and communication by carrying Willow branches on his journey through the Underworld. A bas-relief in a temple at Delphi portrays Orpheus leaning against a Willow tree, touching its branches. Pagan associations with the Willow have always been strong, for they are often revered as trees of the Moon Goddess, she who reflects her moon magic upon the waters of Earth. Willow was often the tree most sought by the village wise-woman, since it has so many medicinal properties, and eventually the Willow’s healing and religious qualities became one and the tree became called ‘witch’s tree’. The Willow is also associated with the fey. The wind in the Willows is the whisperings of a fairy in the ear of a poet. It is also said that Willow trees can uproot themselves and stalk travelers at night, muttering at them.
Magical usage:- The Willow has applications in magic done for enchantment, wishing, romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magic for women, death, femininity, love, divination, friendship, joy, love, and peace. Placed in homes, Willow branches protect against evil and malign sorcery. Carried, Willow wood will give bravery, dexterity, and help one overcome the fear of death. If you knock on a Willow tree (knock on wood) this will avert evil. A Willow tree growing near a home will protect it from danger (I know this to be true. When the tornado hit our farm, the only reason we only lost part of the roof, rather than the whole house, was because the grove of Willows around the house protected us. Our poor Willows got pretty battered by the storm, lost most of their leaves and quite a few branches, but have recovered fully now!). Willows are also a good tree to plant around cemeteries and also for lining burial graves for its symbolism of death and protection. Willows can be used in rituals for intuition, knowledge, gentle nurturing, and will elucidate the feminine qualities of both men and women. If a person needs to get something off their chest or to share a secret, if they confess to a Willow, their secret will be trapped. Also, wishes are granted by a Willow tree if they are asked for in the correct manner. Willow leaves, bark and wood add energy to healing magic, and burning a mix of Willow bark and sandalwood during the waning moon can help to conjure spirits. Uses of Willow in love talismans include using the leaves to attract love. Willow leaves or twigs can also be used in spells to create loyalty, make friendship pacts, treaties, or alliances. A rejected lover can wear Willow as a charm to win back the love. To determine if you will be married in the new year:- ”Throw your shoe high up into the branches of a Willow tree, If the branches catch and hold the shoe, you soon will married be.”
Willows have many uses to Witches, the most common is that the wood is used to make wands for moon magic. Willow wands can also be used to dowse for water (underground), earth energies, and buried objects. (The Witch should be careful to ask for the tree’s blessings before taking a branch to make a wand.) The supple long ending branches of the Willow make good weaving materials to use to weave circlets and wreaths. Willow wood is good for making magical harps.