Tenth Anniversary as an Old Craft Initiate.

The full moon of 28th March 2021, marked 10 years since my initiation into the Old Craft by Cassandra Latham Jones.
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For me, learning the Old Ways was much more intensive than for members within a group situation as I have lived with my teacher and we were rarely apart, therefore the tuition and discussions were constant. The last ten years may have had many challenges and hard lessons, however they included a multitude of wonderful moments that made it all worthwhile.
To mark this special anniversary Cassandra decided it was time for me to receive my final initiation, an equivalent to a 3rd degree within the Wiccan path.

On February’s full moon, I visited Men an Tol, where once again, I was observed by a bright full Moon. I performed a ritual of passing significant items through the holed stone a certain number of times to energise them while Cassandra observed nearby. I also spent a considerable amount of time standing in the moon’s energy, while expressing my devotion.
From that moment on, Cassandra instructed me to record my dreams and sent me on four Quests to locations of my choice.
Lamorna Cove
Barnoon Cemetery St Ives
Carn Euny
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Crean Valley Woodland
I collected an item from each location and on the final Quest, I realized that each one related to the elements, water, air, earth and fire. Cassandra added that the directions were also significant on these Quests.
The requirement of a ‘fast’ for a period of time was undertaken abstaining from stimulants, plus an added habitual action that I would find challenging.
During the weekend of my initiation, Cassandra instructed me to create a magical item related to all the locations I visited. There is a specific ritual connected to the creation of it that I followed during a designated planetary hour. I also combined a blend of corresponding oils and herbs, placing them in a muslin bath pouch for my ritual bath. I then cleansed and blessed all items that would be utilised for the ceremony.
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On the evening of the initiation, we left home at 8pm to visit Boscawen-un stone circle where the first part of my initiation rite would take place, just as it had ten years before. The difference on this occasion was the invisibility of the Moon that was shrouded in dark clouds. The evening was dry, accompanied by a forceful breeze. This did not surprise me as Cassandra informed me it would be a ‘dark’ ceremony, therefore the absence of moonlight had great significance. I attempted to wear a hat that evening, however after the wind repeatedly removed it I accepted that it was not required.
Cassandra and I used our bull roarers to call the spirits of place, she then instructed me to repeat a statement at each stone until I completed the circle. Cassandra stood by the Elder tree to observe and I slowly made my way around the circle laying my hands upon each stone, repeating the words, then moving on in the darkness, carefully making my way over the tussocks and uneven ground. When I completed the circle, I turned to walk towards the King stone at the centre and in the darkness it had transformed into what appeared to be a tall hooded figure. I approached it and as I did so it reverted back to its original form and I rested my forehead against it, connecting with the energies of the site. After a while, I laid against the incline of the King stone feeling the breeze that rushed over my body and pressed me against the granite.
On our return to the cottage, Cassandra prepared the hearth and surrounding area, while I had my ritual bath in candlelight. I reclined in the water and contemplated on the impressions I received at the stone circle and the step I was about to take.
After dressing in my robe, I awaited Cassandra’s call.
The initiation ritual was a wonderful experience and the initiatory words had such potency. Even though my familiar Clutterbuck had entered the spirit world only 5 weeks previously,
Image – John Isaac
I felt his presence with us as did not fail to join us for celebrations in the physical world and I knew he would not miss this one.
When the initiation ritual was over, Cassandra hugged me and commented that her job was done. We celebrated with good old Cornish mead. Never before had she taught anyone as intensively over this amount of time.
We have both worked well together over the years and will continue to do so.
I would like to express my gratitude to Cassandra for being such a caring, understanding and patient tutor. She has taught me invaluable skills and assisted me in developing a deep connection not only with Cornwall but also with the place and community of my birth.
Whatever the future holds and wherever life takes me, her teachings will remain and are now a strong aspect of who I am.
Feedback from Cassandra Latham Jones: “Congratulations Laetitia! A worthy, hard working and now fully fledged wisewoman. You have remarkable psychic abilities – that definitely is your forte”.

Walk with Wise Women August 2018

Today Cassandra and I had the pleasure of escorting a lovely couple and their two dogs on a Wise Woman Walk. They had been Handfasted and are going to have their legal ceremony while they are in Cornwall.
We began by visiting Alsia Well:
This delightful spring is situated on Lower Alsia Farm near St Buryan. It is at the lower end of a field, in a hedge, a short distance south-west of a public right of way from Alsia to Bosfranken – the old church path to St Buryan.
The well is enclosed behind metal railings and consists of a small stone-lined recess in the hedge with a granite capstone, and a copious supply of clear, cool water. Adjacent is a slate slab with the words ‘Alsia Well’ carved on it. Although by no means impressive, this is a charming little well, especially when seen in Spring or early Summer when surrounded by wild flowers.
A cross is supposed to have once stood nearby and the water is reputed to have cured rickets, particularly in children. It has also been used as a divining well by girls, the number of bubbles rising from a pebble or pin when dropped in signifying the number of years before a lover would be found.

Mayze the dog sensed the spirit energy at the well. The air was still and the site had a peaceful ambience.

 

 

Shaun was interested in historical places and archaeology so we thought he would also enjoy visiting Carn Euny:
Among the best-preserved ancient villages in South West England, Carn Euny was occupied from the Iron Age until late Roman times. It includes the foundations of stone houses from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD, with walls up to a metre high in places. At the heart of the village is its most intriguing feature – a stone-walled underground passage known as a fogou. This mysterious type of Iron Age monument is found only in the far west of Cornwall.  The earliest houses on the site were Iron Age ‘round houses’, probably built of timber and turf sometime between 500 and 400 BC. These were replaced with stone houses probably between about 50 BC and AD 100.
The last phase of settlement, between the 2nd and 4th centuries AD, saw several earlier buildings replaced with larger, stone ‘courtyard’ houses. The visible ruins above ground mark the remains of these later houses.
Old field boundaries nearby show that the inhabitants farmed some 40 acres of land around the village. They grew oats, barley and rye and kept animals such as sheep or goats and probably cattle. The villagers are likely to have been traders, perhaps dealing in local tin.
The village appears to have been abandoned in about AD 400, although we do not know why.

Shaun and Dawn were fascinated by the fogou.

They also marveled at the phosphorescent moss on the stone walls.

We gave them time to explore the site alone before moving on.

Our final visit was to Boscawenun Stone Circle as Shaun wished to visit a place that has ley lines:
The stone circle at Boscawen-ûn is considered to be one of Cornwall’s most popular prehistoric ceremonial centres as well as one of extreme aesthetic beauty. It lies beneath the southern slopes of Creeg Tol, enclosed by a later raised circular bank which, built-in the 19th century to replace an earlier boundary that went straight through the circle, is an early example of archaeological conservation. The circle appears to have been carefully positioned within the landscape in such a way as to relate with key prehistoric landmarks, both natural and contemporary. The circle is slightly oval in shape and consists of nineteen large upright stones, all of granite except for one of quartz. Just off-centre within the circle lies a tall stone said to resemble an axe cutting into the earth with two axe carvings of low relief on its north-east face. These carvings are the only known examples of stone axe carvings in Britain and the closest parallel for them lies in the Neolithic ritual sites of Brittany which suggests that the central stone at Boscawen-ûn predated the circle and was erected as a monument for axe-related ritual; possibly in conjunction with woodland clearance. The stone leans towards the north-east sector of the circle where an arrangement of stones may represent an earlier, possibly contemporary cairn or cist. That this feature also pre-dates the circle is apparent in the spacing of the circle uprights at this point. When the circle itself was erected, the quartz stone was placed on the south-west side of the circle in alignment with the central stone and the cairn-like structure to the north-east. It is thought by some that the central stone with its axe carvings represents the phallic masculine whilst the quartz stone represents the feminine powers of the ring. The south-west position of the quartz stone also marks the direction of the full moon during mid-summer.

Beside the stone circle stands a magnificent Elder tree. Cassandra advises people to use a chant whenever they take anything from it.
“Lady Elder
Give me of thy wood
And I will give thee of mine
When I too become a tree.”
It was an enjoyable afternoon and hope that the newlywed couple have a wonderful future together.
Feedback: Thankyou very much for a fantastic afternoon spent with you both the dogs enjoyed their walk too. It is difficult to pick a favourite site but I think Alsia well was really special and Mayze found it interesting too!

An Afternoon Walk with Wise Women 2016

Our afternoon walks were varied this year. Clients come to see the popular sacred sites, but as each person is unique with varied reasons for their choices. visiting the same site each afternoon would bring something new.
This year we met a group of people from the U.S. They experienced a walk with Cassandra a few years ago and were eager to see her again.  We visited Boscawen-un stone circle and Men an Tol. The weather was a mix of sunshine and showers, but they were well equipped.

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I do not tire of hearing the folklore of each site as repetition helps the information to stay with you.  Some clients bring us small gifts and we are touched by their heartfelt gestures.
A young man also visited us from the U.S and attended one of our workshops before his walk. We took him to Merry Maidens, Sancreed Holy Well and Carn Euny where he took the opportunity to bless an important item he carried.

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A lady also visited from the U.S.  requesting that Cassandra sign her book and wanted to spend time with her on a walk. Her husband bought this as a honeymoon present for her as they had been Hand-fasted at Stonehenge a few days previously.

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We would love to meet you also and take you on a spiritual journey to the beautiful local sites. Come and spend time with us!