The Apple Branch is an English Shamanic tradition. We provided an introductory correspondence course for the first time in 2010, and have now included this and more advanced material in an updated book.
Do I need to have done any shamanism before?
No. The book is suitable for people who have never explored shamanism, as well as already experienced practitioners who want to explore a path centred around the countryside and woodland of England.
What is in the book?
Chapter One: Discovering the Forest
Chapter Two: Doorways and Crossing
Chapter Three: Animals and Shapeshifting
Chapter Four: The Elements
Chapter Five: Shamanic Tasks, Tools and Magic
Chapter Six: The Spirit Year
Chapter Seven: The Eight Roads
Chapter Eight: Walking the Track
Chapter Nine: Advanced Elemental Work
Chapter Ten: Life in the tumble - Inner peace, Ethics, and why you should care
Chapter Eleven: Confronting Fear
Chapter Twelve: Advanced Trance Work
Chapter Thirteen: Calling the Spirits
Chapter Fourteen: Items of Power
Chapter Fifteen: English Weather Lore
Chapter Sixteen: Speaking to the River - Divination from the Heart
Chapter Seventeen: The Forest Vigil
So you're Shamans?
Yes and no. While we're happy to say that what we do is "shamanism" (the word is well-known enough that it doesn't only apply to the Evenk of the Tungska region of Siberia anymore), "Shaman" is still a very specific title in some cultures. Even if you did exactly the same training as they do, you wouldn't be one. We use many other titles in our tradition instead: "spirit-speaker", "journeyer", "walker", "seer" and others.
So why share it at all?
To be clear: our members have a lot of respect for Native American and South American cultures, as well as the many others which enrich the modern shamanism movement. That is precisely why we do not borrow from them. Appropriating from the sacred rites of other cultures can be disrespectful as well as ineffective.
Do I have to be English to do it?
Can I become a member of the Apple Branch?
How much is the book?
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