Rae Beth Welcomes you to the Web Domain of Hedge Witchcraft
At this dark time, let's cast our spells to keep the green thread of life vibrant for everyone's sake. In fact, keep weaving with every bright thread and magical life will prevail.
Dance with the elves!
Published by Hale - an inprint of The Crowood Press
Published in paperback, February 2018 - hurray!
Please note. Although it has a new cover, the text is identical to the hardback.
Unless you are a avid/spealcist collector, don't pay the ridiculuous prices being asked for the hardback by some sellers.
Buy the paperback for £9.99 (from February 2018).
Rae Beth, best selling author of Hedge Witch, here blends the ancient traditions of hedge witchcraft with our modern concerns for the natural world. Working in liminal places and with wild spirits, she shows how we can both help to heal the human relationship with the natural world and cast spells of increase for threatened species. The Green Hedge Witch is based on the knowledge that we are part of nature, not apart from Her and that this gives us our power and potential as well as our responsibilities. And therefore, by the rise of rites, spirit journeys and elven help, we can work heartfelt healing magic. This is a book for the budding spellcaster as well as the experienced hedge witch.
Rae Beth is a hedge witch and fay with many lifetimes of magical experience behind her. She writes books and poems, and gives talks on magical subjects. Her aim is to assist people to meet with the land spirits and with those from Faerie. Her bestselling works include Hedge Witch, The Hedge Witch’s Way and Spellcraft For Hedge Witches.
I asked the faerie woman who teaches me whether she had anything to say for the Yule season. She gave me this:
At Yule, there is a turning
from dark to light.
We who are fate weavers
by vision and deed,
we who can chant the spell
by which all begins
to be newly well,
we know the darkest night,
brings the true renewal
by which life is freed.
In the Faerie Queen's cauldron
deep in the Hill
is the fire that brings life
to the Halls of the Dead.
By this, we dance and enchant
that justice and harmony,
peace and beauty and joy
shall return even to the living world
and for all creatures.
And so may it be.
This is done. It is said.
Rae will be speaking at the 2018 conference of Pagan Federation, Devon, Cornwall and Isles.
February 6th 2017
Published by Hale - an inprint of The Crowood Press
The spirituality of a fey person may be quite anarchic and entirely private, having no basis in any organised religion. So it can be a secret spirituality that informs the fey type and this may be largely experiential. It has often been perceived as a threat by people who like ideas to be tied down and under control, and by the organisations that such people have created. Meanwhile, in much of today's world, fey people have been thoroughly marginalized.
In this book, Rae Beth suggests ways in which we might understand Otherworldy realities without abandoning common sense. Drawing upon her knowledge of traditional faerie lore, she shows how fae perceptions and psychic skills can serve and enhance life.
Publication date February 6th 2017
A Talk on The Otherworld (again) 20th July 2017
Rae Beth, author of the successful 'Hedge Witch' series, will be giving a talk about The Realm Of The Fae and The Ancestors, the subject of her new book 'THE WAY INTO FAERIE. There will be time for questions and discussions.
Drawing upon Faerie tradition, research by folklorists and the beliefs of traditional witches, as well as on personal experience, Rae has made a lifelong study of Otherworldly realities.
Everyone welcome at Labyrinth Bookshop, High Street, Glastonbury BA6 9DU on 20th July at 6.30pm.
Light refreshment. Free admission.
Past News and Events
A Talk on The Otherworld 11th May 2017
Though references to this place abound in folk and faerie lore and in literature, it is experience which can make it real to us.
Drawing upon her experience and upon the beliefs of traditional witches and faerie seers, Rae will explain some ideas about this parallel dimension – and invite questions.
Thursday 11th May 2017
Wellspring: Rode Chapel, High Street, Rode, Frome, Somerset BA11 6PA
£5 admission including light refreshments
Devon, Cornwall & Channel Isles
Spring Conference - 8th March 2014
I will be a presenter at the 2014 Spring Conference of the Pagan Federation Devon, Cornwall and Channel Isles at Penscrowe Manor, Bude, on Saturday 8th March 2014.
My fellow speakers include Christina Harrington, Greywolf Phillip Smallcross and Al Cutting.
Advance tickets £18 for PF members, £22 for non members. Late tickets £25.
More information at www.paganfederationdevonandcornwall.co.uk
Hi everybody, long time no speak - again. You may have wondered whether Rae Beth was there anymore – or anywhere. Well, I have been trudging through another initiation into Pagan spirituality, faery lore and hedge magic. It has been, as they say, challenging but rewarding. I have learned so much! And I am delighted to announce that I am writing a new book, provisionally scheduled for publication by Robert Hale in 2014. Watch this space.
2013 QUEST CONFERENCE
I gave a presentation at the 2013 Quest Annual Conference on "Witchcraft And The Otherworld.
The 46th Annual Quest Conference:
Saturday 9th March 2013
10.30am to 5.30pm
The Southville Centre
Bristol BS3 1QG
Quest's conference is the world's oldest continuous, open meeting on the Western Mysteries, Magic and Witchcraft. This year's event will include presentations from Rae Beth on Witchcraft And The Otherworld and Dr Philip West on Paganism In The Bible.
The Green Hedge Witch
This book explores the roots of Hedge Witchcraft (forgive the pun) and is about magic upon the edge (or within the symbolic hedge) between our human world and the realms of wild nature spirits, elves and mystery.
It is full of suggestions for how we hedgewitches can help to heal the human relationship with nature and cast spells for the abundance and harmony of the natural world. A joyful book in spite of the very serious issues explored within it. And a brand new vision of the hedge witch's work.
There is actually nothing new in these ideas. They are based on the work of the ancient Northern European Hagazissa, the 'Hedge-sitter', one who worked on the boundary between the human community and that of spirits to promote a good balance between wild spirit lands (such as a forest) and human areas such as the farmland, so that each could be sound and healthy. And it does not take a very bright person to work out the implications for us now at this point in history.
More details in the News Section
I help you to be still yet to cast your spells
To have power of blood and hair,
Your own to do your work with.
Between us, there is love and need.
My spirit is composed of the language of mist in the woodland.
It is the foresight of rivers.
But I can speak as an animal
or bird or fish.
I change my shape, to meet in secret
Without you, I have no host in houses of the mortal.
Without me, you've no power to bring healing to the ill.
Your being beyond words has obtained my conversation.
I am of Earth's unearthliness.