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    Striding the hedge, portals and stuff

    Post  norseman on Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:39 pm

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    [An explanation that I put together some time back]

    Striding the Hedge .
     
    Journeying or striding across the hedge describes passing from one realm to another. This could be a mundane journey across a county or national border or it could be a journey in spirit from one realm of being to another. The former being a physical journey, the latter a journey in spirit but there are similarities. A journey of both kinds involves passing through a “border” of some sort and, in the case of an international journey, there are certain formalities and permissions that must be sought. This holds for both types of journey.
     
    The realms in question in this instance are The Heavens, Middle Earth, and Underworld – the homes of the Ascended, the physical life forms, and the spirits of Nature/Ancestors. To achieve ascension to the Heavens is an aim, a desire, a target which we might achieve momentarily in our lives where the striving is as important as the achievement. However, the journey I want to talk about is the journey across the hedge between Middle Earth and Underworld. 



    The crossing places or “border posts” are special places in the hedge which we call portals or doorways where passage is possible with suitable experience and AGREEMENT from the other side. These crossing places or portals could be roughly described as “places between places” or “times between times”. Some examples – caves – a place between above and below ground : waterfalls – a place between air and water : [my favourite] the strand of a beach between high and low tide marks. Times : midnight – a time between times : Solstices : “special days such as Samhain – many more examples. However, there is a particular “hedge” and portal which most people have crossed involuntarily without knowing or even trying, and that is the passage from consciousness to the dream state. With suitable talents, this passage can be prolonged and we call this Lucid Dreaming.
     
    The state I am talking about is different. It is crossing over to seek advice from the Ancestors – again, I must stress these are ancestral in relation to our species, not your family. One major rule. When undertaking this type of journey, it is wise to have someone guarding you while you “travel” and to provide an anchor to guide your spirit back to your body. There are certain times when the hedge or veil is thin and passage is so easy that a temptation is there. At that time it is ESSENTIAL to have back-up. In the pagan year, the most powerful time is Samhain – a major Celtic festival.
     
    What I wanted to give is an impression of what it is like to journey with the proviso that it is different for everybody. Think of this when you examine the many photos displayed in this forum, we all see something different – well this is the same. When you first journey, it will be hard to see anything different around you. The first thing you will experience is peace and quiet. As you gain experience and confidence, you will notice differences between the mundane world and where you are at that moment. Let me tell you about the first time I noticed this. In my “special place” [which has a portal –surprise, surprise !], I was experiencing peace and calm, and just watching the deer grazing near to me. One looked up and stared at me, then I noticed it had human eyes – just for a short time but that was all I needed to know I had been somewhere else. More and more, I began to see differences like hawks hovering above my head and perfumes of flowers where there were none.
    What I am saying is don’t go looking for major changes while you build up experience, and don’t force things – just enjoy the gifts you are given.
     
    I think there needs to a tighter definition of "portal" as I have seen postings concerning creating “portals”. In my path, they are doorways to the Spirit Realm, home to ancestral spirits and spirits of Nature [although they may prove to one and the same]. They are features of nature and have always existed. "Striding the hedge" is an integral part of the Cunning Path and it's modern interpretation, Hedge Witchery. A basic requirement of this talent is an intimate knowledge of nature and your Land, and the goodwill of the spirits of Nature - the Green Spirits. I studied my Land for over thirty years to gain this talent. But there is another way of looking at this - the Spirits of Nature had over thirty years to study ME and come to a conclusion regarding what is in my heart and soul i.e. to grant the approval of the Spirits.
    Recently, I have been thinking that the "lock" on the doorway is on the other side and the rituals that you use are to seek permission from the Spirits to enter their realm.
    What happened Samhain last year is that I prepared my ritual but did not actually carry it out when the doorway was opened for me.  I do now think that I have a presence on both sides of the "hedge".  I would be interested in the thoughts of others on this.

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    Re: Striding the hedge, portals and stuff

    Post  frisky fox on Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:29 pm

    SpiritVoices wrote:Our friend has a way with him.   A true countryman at heart.

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    he sounds like a dear fellow
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    Re: Striding the hedge, portals and stuff

    Post  norseman on Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:28 am

    frisky fox wrote:is it not dangerous, to stride the hedge and travel into the portals ?

    frisky fox
    It is not to be undertaken lightly for sure. There are safeguards or "rules" to be followed.

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    Re: Striding the hedge, portals and stuff

    Post  frisky fox on Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:25 am

    norseman wrote:
    frisky fox wrote:is it not dangerous, to stride the hedge and travel into the portals ?

    frisky fox
    It is not to be undertaken lightly for sure. There are safeguards or "rules" to be followed.
    this is good to know, travel safely

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