Birch … Bel’s Epiphany: The first of the Ogham tree-letters (“Beth” for “B”), the Birch here marks the North-Northeast point of the East Pentacle: Late Winter, ca. January 8-10, the Solar Angel of the Golden Gate: Epiphany of the Bel the Yellow Creator (Converse Calendar), and crowning of Lugh the Violet Smith (Inverse Calendar).
Cauldrons: For the allotment of nine days per cauldron, compare also the old nursery-rhyme, “Pease-porridge hot, pease-porridge cold; pease-porridge in the pot, nine days old.” These three repetitions of “pease-porridge” may well evoke the three separate cauldrons of Knowledge, Vocation, and Warming.
Feet … Hel: The root or feet chakra (Laughter of Laughter, Body of Body) corresponds to the Norse Niflheim or Hel (realm of the Dead), the Elemental Realm of Humility or Obedience. The root chakra is considered the radiant Sun at the center of the Earth, associated with the sense of rootedness and belonging, and with the elemental kingdom, administered by the Servants, exemplars of Humility or Obedience and of Coma Consciousness.
Terpsichore: “Rejoicing in the Dance,” the Muse of Dance and Dramatic Poetry, ruling the first three days (days 1-3) of the 27-day Lunar Calendar of Ascension.
Silver Fir … Brigit’s birth: The first of the Ogham tree-vowels (“Ailm” for “A”), the Silver Fir here marks the Northeast point of the South Pentacle: Early Imbolc, ca. January 29-31: the Solar Angel of the Rowan: Crowning of Sulevia or Sylvia the Magenta Forester (Converse Calendar), or Hazel/Silver Fir: Birth of Brigit the Yellow-Green Enchantress (Inverse Calendar).
Maiden: First of the three forms (Maiden, Mother, Crone) of the Triple Goddess, here seen as tending the Cauldron of Warming, the Vessel of the Body. The Maiden rules the first nine days of the 27-day Lunar Calendar (New Moon to Waxing Gibbous moon). This corresponds to the first four months of the Solar Calendar, from Mid-Winter Solstice to New May (Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, and Taurus in the Taurus-Equinox system), and the first eight hours of the day, from Midnight, or “Full Tenebrae,” to 8:00 A.M. or “New Lauds.”
Loosely: A pun on “Luis,” for Rowan; see next footnote.
Rowan-crowned: The second of the Ogham tree-consonants (“Luis” for “L”), Rowan here marks the Northeast point of the West Pentacle: Late Imbolc, ca. February 12-14: the Solar Angel of the Hazel/Silver Fir: Epiphany of Brigit the Yellow-Green Enchantress, (Converse Calendar), or Rowan: Crowning of Sylvia the Magenta Forester (Inverse Calendar).
Nidavellir: The Norse Nidavellir, realm of the Dwarves, corrresponds to the base chakra’s Physical Realm (Light of Laughter, or Soul of Body). The base chakra is considered the place of Inner Earth, associated with the sense of smell, and with the mineral kingdom. This is the Archangels’ realm of Existence, Being, and Physical Establishment, administered by the Artisans (Smiths and Masons), exemplars of Prudence and of Sleeping Consciousness.
Euterpe: “Rejoicing Well,” the Muse of Dionysiac Music. She rules the second three days (days 4-6) of the 27-day Lunar Calendar of Ascension.
Alder: The third of the Ogham tree-consonants (“Fearn” for “F”), Alder here marks the East-Northeast point of the North Pentacle: Early Spring, ca. March 4-6: the Solar Angel of the Ram: Accession of Arawn (or Cernunnos) the Red Hunter (Converse Calendar), or Wolf-Dog: Birth of Nuadha the Green Cleric (Inverse Calendar). The Alder produces dyes of red, green, and brown; it is used for making flutes, and it burns very hotly.
Prudent: Prudence or Providence is the virtue of the Archangels, overseers of the base chakra and the mineral kingdom, administered by the Artisans, exemplars of Prudent Sleeping Consciousness.
Willow: The fourth of the Ogham tree-consonants (“Saille” for “S”), Willow here marks the Eastern point of the East Pentacle: the week of Mid-Spring Equinox, with its North Pillar at ca. March 19-21: the Solar Angel of the Wolf: Epiphany of Nuadha the Green Cleric (Converse Calendar), or Ram: Crowning of Arawn the Red Hunter (Inverse Calendar); and its South Pillar at ca. March 24-26: the Solar Angel of the Vessel: Death of Rhiannon the Turquoise Fowler (Converse Calendar), or Chessboard: Accession of Tara the Rosy Abbess (Inverse Calendar). Included between these two Pillars is the actual Equinox or Cross of ca. March 22-23: the Solar Angel of the Triple Ring: Betrothal of Nuadha the Green Cleric (Converse Calendar), or the Horned Altar: Death of Arawn the Red Hunter (Inverse Calendar).
Swartalfheim: The Norse Svartalfheim, realm of the Dark Elves, corresponds to the sex chakra’s Astral Realm (Love of Laughter, or Spirit of Body). The sex chakra is considered the place of Inner Water, associated with the sense of taste, and with the plant kingdom. This is the Angelic Virtues’ realm of Life Force and Sexual Reproduction, administered by the Planters, exemplars of Temperance and of Dreaming Consciousness.
Thalia:”Festive,” she is the Muse of Comedy and Pastoral Poetry. She rules the third three days (days 7-9, including First Quarter Moon) of the 27-day Lunar Calendar of Ascension.