Sennight Spellings

Welcome to the Stillroom

Of old, the stillroom was the place in the manor where herbs were dried, stored, distilled (hence the name), and transfigured into condiments, medications, potions, and perfumes. The stillroom in the Cottage inspires and enables the Witch to create both Craft-related products (the Sennight selections) and life-related products (the Healing Herbals).

Seven Stars in the Sky

What is your seven-o?
Green grow the rushes, oh!
Seven for the seven stars in the sky…

—Green grow the rushes, oh! traditional English counting folk song

Those seven stars (planetes, in the original Greek of Ptolemy) rule the days of the week, once known as a sennight or seven-night. Lunar reckoning followed the moon, and four sennights made a month (monath in Old English).

Sennight selections

Tools useful to the Wicca often focus on those seven-fold deific archetypes:

Sennight Seeing…

Ptolemy‘s Tetrabiblios documents “prescience by astronomy”—what we call astrology—as it existed approximately 2,000 years ago. In the simplest of explanations, astrology examines the position of the seven “wandering stars” (from which Greek phrase aster planetes we derive our word planets) against the annually rotating night sky of “fixed stars”—those celestial objects visible with the naked eye in a world void of significant light pollution. These “seven stars in the sky” in simple terms, are the distinct seven symbols scattered on a night sky of interlocking networked images equally symbolic—with positions and relationships all interpreted by the human observers.

These seven wandering stars, planets, are the rune-stones scattered across the starscape of the night skyI like to call it naked-eye astrology, with its seven wandering stars falling hither-thither against the celestial sea of fixed stars. Divination, at its root, is any means that we humans use to connect with conscious universe we inhabit, and how better than to gaze into a sky full of stars? Human eyes find patterns in everything; with practice, those patterns busy our bright eyes sufficiently to enable us also to perceive with our spirits—which is the essence of divination.

 

Healing Herbals

In about 2003, K.C. asked me a crucial question concerning the topical healing herbals that I make, “Why do you want to keep making them?” He pressed the matter, and finally I blurted out, “The herbs want to help.” I remember that whenever I find myself frustrated with some aspect of the ongoing cycle: growing, harvesting, drying, storing, making, bottling, labelling, marketing, selling, shipping….

“Herbs want to help.”

And that is the raison d’être for three quarters of the herbal products I make and sell. Watch the shop front (home page) for opportunities to buy these healing herbals:

  • Green Comfort™ salve

  • HerbaLiniment™ rub

  • UnBurn Gold™ spray

  • MindSoothe™ balm