As you can tell from the date of my last post, I haven’t been writing here much. Instead, I’ve been studying like a demon. And yes, I can easily envision a demon studying. It looks something like this:
I’m up to my elbows in books and practica. And I’m loving every brain-sweat-filled moment.
A fellow on the internet recently shared a link to Seahenge gives up its secrets. A newly-found archeological site containing 55 wooden posts surrounding an upturned oak were exposed when winter storms washed away a sand dune in Norfolk.
And now, finally, to the point. Quoting from the article:“Dr Francis Pryor, President of the Council for British Archaeology, believes the symbolism of the upside-down oak tree is very important to understanding the Bronze Age mind.”We often find everyday objects deliberately turned upside down at Bronze Age sites. The inverted oak is a very complex statement. It is the world turned upside down, just as death is an inversion of life.”From a ritual point of view it symbolises taking objects out of this world and placing them in the next.” .
Most of us are nodding about now. Makes perfect sense. In several cultures, the world tree is shown as inverted; Yggdrasil and Klipoth to name two.
I all but heard the popping sound of a lightbulb on going off. A new layer of symbol and meaning I can add to how I make offerings. Indoors, even in the presence of Aunt Albie, I can place offerings in a teacup, then turn cup over onto saucer with a murmer. Turning the offerings “on their head” to send them on to the otherworld, along with my spoken words.
My outdoor offerings also take on new layers of meaning, as I now see that pouring out an offering inverts the contents. (All you who already knew this can stop chuckling now.)
There are days I truly love witchcraft. And this is one of them!