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The Witches’ Stang

By Glaux

The stang is the central tool and main altar of our tradition. A stang, in its most basic form is simply a forked stick set with its long end into the ground. It acts as an axis on which magic can turn, and as a pole that can be “ridden” by the shaman or witch into different realms. Its forks represent the horns of the Witch Lord.

Any wood is suitable for use as a stang, although ash, with its connections to Yggdrasill, the tree on which Odin was hung shaman-like for nine days, is a popular choice. Our own stang is based on Him that we honor as the Witch Lord, T’Qain. It is therefore represented by a ram’s skull. It represents both His presence and the Spiral Castle.

Read the original article at: American Folkloric Witchcraft

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