Merging and Mingling:
The Witching Art of Drifting, Shifting and Lifting Shape
The relationship between witches, animal and plant spirits and the exchange of power and knowledge gained when the witch flies or "Drifts" into the essence of other is infamous. This is often referred to as shape-shifting, quiting shape, misting and other old-craft terms. We have many records of this archaic practice in old lore such as that of the famed Scottish Witch, Isobel Gowdie, when at her confessions in 1662 she reported:
To Shift: “I shall go into a hare, With sorrow and sych and meickle care; And I shall go in the Devil’s name, Ay while I come home again”
To change back: “Hare, hare, God send thee care.I am in a hare’s likeness now, But I shall be in a woman’s likeness even now.”
Of course, the Devil means something very different to the traditional witch for it is not the adversarial Christian spirit but the Old One who stands at the threshold between seen and unseen, human and other. Orion will be sharing old charms, trance techniques, lore and some direct shifting experiences with some of the old animal and plant spirits of the Craft including, the Hare, Wolf, Bat, Toad, Owl, Cat, Mandrake, Datura, Hawthorne, Oak and Serpent. It is advised that attendees come ready to not only hear of the old shifting practices but to experience them.