Mountain Magic

I saw two wild hares, a large black bear, a kingfisher, stellar jays, ravens, fish of all sizes, small red squirrels, dancing dragonflies, and a large female hummingbird who flew right up to me and sweetie’s faces for a minute as if to say hello (or possibly to warn of the deer flies who ate us alive a few moments later…). I found a collection of berries believed to be the food of local forest spirits: Twinberry (aka raven’s food or monster’s food), the three-striped berries of False Solomon’s Seal used for magic, a blue “wolfberry” from the Queen’s Cup lily, two ripening choke cherries, and one Baneberry. There was also plenty of Devil’s Club full of poisonous berries covered in spider webs.

devil's club Carving Elder wood Modern technology meets ancient literature

I carved Elder wood and he caught up on Pagan podcasts and a little ancient literature. One evening we sat by Birkenhead Lake long after all the other people and their dogs left and noticed how all the flies and mosquitoes gathered around the surface of the lake and how the fish took advantage of this jumping to the surface to eat the insects with the dragonflies following close behind. Then the osprey and kingfishers took also advantage and caught and ate the fish.

And then it was time to go home.

Driving by mountains


4 Responses to “Mountain Magic”

  1. J. says:

    Sounds like a perfectly magical weekend away. :)

  2. swynwraig says:

    I wish I was there – hares and ravens and hummingbirds, oh my!

  3. Kim says:

    Thank you very much for showing some of the plants and berries on your site. I now Know what those berries are- the Devil’s Claw, and yesterday when I was out walking with my son we saw the False Solomon Seal is in berry and I couldn’t remember if it is used in magic or not. We are blackberry picking recently and I am trying to teach him the idea that not all berries are for people to eat. He is only 3 ,but its very important for him to learn as we currently live in the woods and on a lake and there are poison berries everywhere. This Thursday we are moving to the edge of town and the backyard is fenced in but beyond the trees the fence is just covered with Bittersweet Nightshade. Also the bugs on the Lakes like the mosquitos-they often follow a temp line in the water you can see it if you look closely at the water the colors will be different almost as if someone drew a line in the water-when the water is calm and the bugs are out-such as Mayflies the fishing is poor because the fish are eating the bugs and won’t care much for bait or lures. If you can see the line but the water is crashing about wildly but there isn’t much of a wind yet-it isn’t wise to go out in the water because a storm is coming-soon winds will whip up and dark clouds will roll in.

  4. Nix says:

    Sounds like a great trip, Sarah! Thank you again for sharing!

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