Mermaid of Zennor

I have felt a close connection with Zennor from the first occasion Cassandra took me to visit Zennor Hill in 2009. We were there for the specific reason of my spiritual connection with the land. Whilst exploring the hill I was drawn energetically to the village of Zennor that was visible below the hill.
I then learnt about the legend of the Mermaid of Zennor and have already written about on this site. See Mermaid of Zennor
It was a delight to see the mermaid carving upon the side of the pew within St Senara’s church in Zennor.

The worn pew is tucked away in a side-aisle and shows the scars of over 500 years  constant use.

The curious carving of the mermaid has many interpretations from its medieval worshipers. Mermaids were a symbol of Aphrodite Goddess of love and the sea who held a love apple in one hand and a comb in the other. the quince (love apple) was later changed to a mirror which is a symbol of heartlessness and vanity. Medieval Christians viewed her as a symbol of the ‘sins of the flesh’. She was used to illustrate the two natures of Christ in the seafaring community as she was half fish and half human symbolizing that the Christ could be both divine and human. This resonated with the inhabitants of the region as their lives were intertwined with and dependent on the sea.
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Recently I visited The Healing Star in Penzance where they displayed a plaster cast of the Mermaid of Zennor by Rory Te Tigo. He left it in the shop hoping they could sell it for him. Each time I visited I was entranced by it, especially as there is little memorabilia of this particular mermaid. When I eventually decided to purchase it, Rory had collected the mermaid as he planned to display her at an event.  I contacted him and he kindly offered to make another for me over a period of three weeks.

Rory had the marvelous idea of producing a casting of the mermaid carving displayed in the Tinner’s Arms at Zennor and creates replicas of it using this method.
I am now the proud owner of a Mermaid of Zennor which is about the same size as the one in the church. Rory described in great detail how he created her, as you can see by John Isaac’s wonderful photographs Rory works with precision and achieves wonderful results. Her powerful presence graces our home and brings with her the blessings of the sea.

 

To see more of Rory Te Tigo’s work visit his website
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Sea Witchery Workshop June 2017

We had a wonderful time on our June Sea Magic workshop. Three adorable people attended who had been to previous workshops. The glorious weather enhanced the powerful energies we experienced that weekend.
During out introduction evening, members of our workshop discussed their personal  spiritual journeys and as always, some interesting subjects were raised for discussion.
On Saturday afternoon Cassandra spoke about divination methods: Tarot, Astrology and Dowsing. It was enlightening to hear experiences from the group of various results they achieved by utilising these methods.

I spoke about the history of sea witchery, the local legends, sea spirits and using various objects: sea shells, coral, pearls, sea pods and mermaid’s purses.

Our visit to Sennen Cove was welcomed by the group after an intense afternoon of taking in so much information.

Morvargh’s presence was requested by one person and her energy blended well within our Sea Magic Workshop.

I later guided our group members to an area of the beach with fewer people, to connect with the spirits and cast spells that were prepared at the cottage.

It was then time for relaxation and contemplation by a small fire while watching the sun descend. How sublime!

It was a fabulous workshop indeed, with wonderful people and perfect weather.

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Feedback “It went too quickly….so much, and so many treasure chambers to explore.
The sea spell was the highlight, both the preparation and the casting. I felt free, not bound in any way. For me it was important the next day to sit for a while in a stone circle to come back to earth. The magic of the sea as a child returned and made much more sense.I would have loved to have spent more time on the tarot and astrology, but next time eh.
Enjoyed the saffron cake thank you very much.” A
“”Had a very interesting and informative weekend with Cassandra and Tia and two great people who attended the workshop. Cassandra went through Astrology which I am very interested in and tarot her knowledge is amazing. Then Tia explained about sea magic and the spirits of the sea and how to use shells in spells. The icing on the cake was going to the beach and releasing the spells into the sea and watching the sunset was Magical I highly recommend Cassandra and Tia’s workshop it’s not to be missed ” N

 

Swiss Sea Witchery Workshop

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Our 2017 spring and summer Working On the Wild Side Workshops began with a workshop for twelve Swiss Pagans. As we were unable to fit them into Cassandra’s tiny cottage, we used the small room at the St Buryan village hall.

Wicca, a lovely woman who runs the Swiss Museum of Witchcraft, arranged for her group to meet with us and translated the relevant information. Cassandra gave a talk on her life and work as a Wise Woman and I spoke about sea spirits, mermaid legends, elemental work and uses for seaweed, sand and other materials found on beaches.  I also explained the magical properties of various sea shells, sea beans and mermaids purses.

Cassandra was asked to construct a few protection charms that the group could purchase at the workshop.

After allowing time for questions from the group, we provided various materials for them to construct personal charms. The unique designs they created and the type of materials they chose, gave us insight of their individual personalities.

After blessing these charms we visited Boscawen-un Stone Circle to charge them with meditation and energy raising dance to the beat of a drum.

We visited Sennen Beach and watched the deep red sphere in the sky as the sun descended over the sea. The group members live inland and sadly do not get a chance to experience the wonderful energies from the sea in Switzerland.

Cassandra built a fire and we sat around it discussing the local folklore.

 

We sang chants by the shore to invoke the sea spirits and raise energy for casting spells with sea shells. When this was done we returned to the fire for Cornish blackberry mead and saffron cake.
A wonderful workshop with a group of fabulous people and despite the difference in language the sister and brotherhood of the Craft deeply connected us all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handfasting Celebrant Memories

Cassandra and I have been celebrants for many Hand-fastings since 2009.
We do our utmost to provide couples with the ceremony they desire and work closely with them leading up to the event.
We conducted a Handfasting ceremony for a young couple at St Loy woods. It was important to the bride that the bluebells were in bloom as it marked a special time of the year for them.
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Ceremonies can vary in size and location, some couple invited many guests and others prefer a more intimate occasion with only themselves or they invite a few close friends.  The ceremonies held in public locations understandably attract ‘on-lookers’ whether it be the creatures of the wild or the ancient spirits of  land and sea, also in human form with passers by. The ceremonial training I have had within the Alexandrian tradition is useful when setting up the sacred space to perform these rites.

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The image above is from one of our first Handfasting ceremonies at the Merry Maidens stone circle.  Only the couple and their family members were present as it was requested at short notice, but it still resulted in a wonderful event for them. Chinese tourists passed the site during the ceremony on an open top bus and captured images of the occasion.

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Cassandra and I performed this Handfasting ceremony ( image above) in the grounds of a Mill house which was our place of residence in 2010. It was a wonderful warm October day amongst the trees beside a small stream and the ceremony was magical.

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This ceremony (see image above) had a medieval theme and the venue chosen by the couple was King Arthur’s castle in Tintagel. There were a few rain showers but it did not dampen the celebrations at this ancient site. We were invited to a hog roast buffet in the King Arthur’s Arms, so we joined them in their celebrations and had a wonderful time.

 

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This ceremony (see images above) was held at Prussia Cove the location where the couple first met.  We had warm sunshine that day and working magically close to the sea was an extra special experience.  A friendship developed with the couple after the ceremony, we visit them often and they now have two adorable children.

 

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Boscawen-un stone circle is a popular site for Handfasting ceremonies. We will always remember this particular one as our ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll made an appearance and performed with her Teazers from Boekka.

 

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Madron Baptistry was the venue for this Handfasting (see images above). A couple had traveled from France accompanied by their family. They stayed at Godolphin House where we later joined them for a sumptuous medieval wedding feast with copious amounts of champagne held in the fabulous dining room.

 

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A couple from overseas had their ceremony at Sancreed Holy Well. They requested we purchase and decorate their broomstick in order to infuse it with fertile energy. Six weeks after the event they informed us that they had conceived and now have a beautiful daughter!

 

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This ceremony ( see images above) was performed at the Sennen Coastguard look-out on a cold, wild and windy day! We attempted to place the altar accoutrements upon the table but they would not remain upright. The bride’s veil attached to her hat was vertical most of the time and the guests were huddled behind the building to shelter from the force of the wind.  We were determined to continue and the wedding party took it all in good humour. We were all appreciative of the warm open fire in the First and Last public house after the ceremony.

 

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This Hand-fasting ceremony was held in the beautiful Carn Glaze Caverns. It was for a couple who had invited a small family group.  The acoustics in the Caverns were wonderful when Cassandra used her bull roarer and hearing the echoes of the marriage vows beside a fabulous blue lake.
We conducted another Hand-fasting at this venue for a jolly couple. Their laughter is infectious to all who know them. They also requested a performance by our ‘Obby ‘Oss Penkevyll and Boekka during their feast in the caves, along with a fire display team. (See video footage below)

 

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We were delighted to receive a visit from them recently and were pleased to hear that they are both well and happy together.
These are just a few of the Handfastings we have been Celebrants for. Each and every occasion is special and unique in its own way.
If you wish to make enquiries about a Handfasting ceremony visit my contact page.

 

 

Sea Beans

Exotic to the eye, drift seeds, or “sea–beans” are actually seeds from common trees and vines that grow in the tropics. The beans fall from the parent plant, into streams and rivers, to drift with the ocean’s currents until being washed onto a shore thousands of miles from where they once grew. Floating in the sea by the thousands, only the hardiest endure long voyages on ocean currents which may finally bring them to rest on foreign shores. Sea–beans are known as symbols of good luck and longevity.
We provide polished (and occasionally unpolished) sea–beans to jewelry designers, collectors and beach-enthusiasts around the world. They are undrilled and not sold for growing purposes.

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts

Sea Hearts are produced in huge, hanging bean pods, up to six feet long. Sometimes they are found with imprints and lacerations, caused by the teeth of fish and mammals during their voyage. They are impervious to salt water, even after floating in the ocean for several years.
These beans have been fashioned into all sorts of trinkets and useful objects. Sailors carried sea hearts as good luck charms to protect them from sickness and to ward off the evil eye. Seeds were sometimes cut in half, the contents removed and the woody seed coats hinged together. Hollowed out seeds were commonly used in Norway and Northern Europe for snuff boxes, match boxes and lockets. It is said that a sea heart (also known as fava de Colom) inspired Christopher Columbus to set out in search of lands to the west.
Quantity polished purchases will be matched for size and color when possible.
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 Otherworld Apocethary

Saddle Beans

Magical Symbolism and Uses

Sea Beans

Exotic to the eye, drift seeds, or “sea–beans” are actually seeds from common trees and vines that grow in the tropics. The beans fall from the parent plant, into streams and rivers, to drift with the ocean’s currents until being washed onto a shore thousands of miles from where they once grew. Floating in the sea by the thousands, only the hardiest endure long voyages on ocean currents which may finally bring them to rest on foreign shores. Sea–beans are known as symbols of good luck and longevity.
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Bean Magic and Lore

Working On The Wild Side Workshops 2014 to 2016

This was a photo taken at our first Working On the Wild Side Workshop (Sea Magic) in 2014….how time flies!!

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We had a wonderful time in 2016 on our workshops. We met some wonderful people, had thought provoking discussions and profound experiences during our work.

May 2016 Workshop 1-Working On the Land

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June 2016 Workshop 2- Sea Magic

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July 2016 Workshop 3 – Spirits of Land, Sea and Otherworldly

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August 2016 Workshop 2 – Sea Workings

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Working with Beach Sand

Working magically on a beach is wonderful. The tides remind you of the changing, but constant nature of life. The old is always washed away, but new things are brought in, along with fresh beginnings and a stiff breeze of energy. Beach sand is the perfect representation of that, along with sea water. Use it for cleansing, and encouraging new growth and changes.
– The beach is a place where all elements meet. The sun, the wind, the earth, the ocean; you can use beach sand to represent the elements, or a specific one by magically charging it, or channeling energy into it.

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Most people consider the beach as a peaceful place. Use beach sand in relaxation and peace charms, and possibly to bring sleep, and within sleep magical work.
It’s been touched by the ocean over and over. This would imbue it with the element of water, and properties of salt. Use beach sand to help one achieve stability through change. It can combine strength and emotion, and help keep one level-headed through overwhelming and stressful events.
You could probably use it in relation to time. Longevity, resilience, and long-lasting ties all come to mind when you consider the ageless sand.
Consider the area when collecting things from nature. If you’re into asking nature, elements, or local spirits for permission, do it. If you’re into just going from intuition, and collecting things only when it feels right, then do it. Keep in mind that some places don’t like people taking natural things from the area.
Sand, shells, drift wood, and items found at the beach are good for offerings to certain deities and spirits, depending on what they prefer.
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Witchcraft and Spiritual
Before the crowds arrive, when the morning is still new, go for a walk on the sand at sunrise. Take a small bottle or bag with you, fill it with sand, and bring it back home for magical workings that incorporate all four elements. Do the same with a bottle of ocean water. You can also use your bag of sand to cast a circle once you get back home, or as a substitute for graveyard dirt in workings.
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