195 – Stick: Stang

Physical description:
Light coloured long forked stick.
Museum classification:
Working Tools
Size:
1400 mm long
Information:
Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'In these days you think of long y-forked sticks as being what the boy scouts use. In bygone times, and even today, witches and warlocks in the south west place great store in these 'talking sticks'. To use them this is very briefly what you do. Dig the end into the earth. Then angle, the stick so that each branch of the forked end goes either side of the bridge of your nose to gently rest against your closed eyelid. Then you concentrate on the earth pulse. Soon one will sense the beat. This rhythm then leads on to the opening of your third eye - the one which sees things past, the present and the things yet to come.'
Resource:
Object
Materials:
Wood
Copyright ownership:
Copyright to The Museum of Witchcraft Ltd.
Original text by Cecil Williamson: 'In these days you think of long y-forked sticks as being what the boy scouts use. In bygone times, and even today, witches and warlocks in the south west place great store in these 'talking sticks'. To use them this is very briefly what you do. Dig the end into the earth. Then angle, the stick so that each branch of the forked end goes either side of the bridge of your nose to gently rest against your closed eyelid. Then you concentrate on the earth pulse. Soon one will sense the beat. This rhythm then leads on to the opening of your third eye - the one which sees things past, the present and the things yet to come.'