A fascinating little video about the “Whispering Witches” of Poland. Their work seems very similar to that of the English Cunning Folk. I am glad to see their practices are being preserved.
I don’t know very much about those hill-forts or the land of Dobunni. However, connecting with the ancient workings of the land you live on is always an experience. Especially when this expedition is conducted respectfully. If you have read a few works on the area and its people, in visiting the place you should know what to do, what it offers, what secrets it wants to reveal. This should come intuitively. Find out how the old people used the place. The dolmens hold great power from the underworld, and enable greater contact with the ancestors because they held burial significance, just like chamber cairns and some other standing stones. Some enable contact with the other world and the piskies or faeries. Others with the gods, etc it just depends. But so many things from the ancient world can be used for magical or pagan purposes, and the land has a memory greater than most. So take a trip out there, see what the land and the spirits tell you and act accordingly, with respect to the people and the history.
Of course, it can just be a spirit house for a magestellus or thought form you create. It’s not necessary that it’s a cow’s spirit. Especially hung up facing the front of the house it will be a great spirit vessel for protection.
It’s common to jump to the trials of Salem Village (actually modern Danvers, not modern Salem as is popularly thought) Massachusetts when imagining the witch trials of North America. However, the list of those accused, tried, and executed for witchcraft extends far beyond the 28 who were killed there.
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