Good Morning from the BWC Planning Retreat on a mountain in somewhere . We have so many wishes, plans and blessings coming up this year and we are too excited to let you all in on it. Until then, here’s the latest post from my apprentice Jenise. Enjoy!
A Magic Broom
Arriving at Keesha’s home, she greeted me with a beer in hand. At first, the thirst in me was ecstatic to imagine we would be drinking and working. Yet this was not the plan. We took the beer out to the four-corner intersection outside of Keesha’s house. It was noon and the sun was bright out. Keesha explained that giving praise at the corners is to honor where you have come from and where you are going. To greet Eleggua and to ask that doors be open and closed accordingly to your desires. We each spilled beer and recited prayers and gratitude. Because it was daylight, it seemed weird and out of place to be throwing beer and palm oil out in the corners; but I remembered why I was here and that my magic no longer occupies spaces of shame.
This week’s session focused on bessom making.
Before Monday I had no idea what a bessom was, but Keesha explained to me the purpose of the bessom to the witch. A bessom or a broom is a tool to increase her/his/their magic. The significance of the besom is for protection in casting and conjuring spell work. Your besom serves as a tool in which to project and strengthen the energies. In the crafting of your bessom you should utilize materials of the earth found in your immediate surroundings. This increases the Ashe… or power.
We gathered herbs and plants from Keesha garden and begin to find proper leafs in order to construct the broom. We gathered pine and a vine that grew abundantly along the fence of the yard. The pine and the plants of the vine where to serve as the base of the broom, while we chose sturdy branches for the handle. When we where satisfied that we had gathered all and only what we needed, Keesha left chosen objects in the earth.
Only take what you need and if you take you must replace.
As we began to work I had no idea what this would look like, Keesha’s vision or how it would all come together. Immediately the angst filled me and I was fearful of the unknown or the outcome. The constructing of the broom took all morning and it was as I began to trust and work with my hands in complete trust that I was able to slowly let the release of fear move through and out.
Their was also a point of reservation, about using the time to make the bessoms that I did not first understand as time worth investing in something where I did not see any immediate benefit to me. It was somewhat of a challenge to move from a place of scarcity and to a place of giving and creating with out expecting to receive anything in return. This is skill that must be cultivated in a culture that teaches us to always expect something. A culture that perpetuates models that are bodies, minds, and spirits are continuous capital that can be turned for profit.
In completing the bessom’s I was overtaken with pure comfort and joy that we had created two beautiful brooms. Looking over the besom’s over and over again…. all I could think was wow…. I crafted that.