Ros an Bucca
Kord hag Olas, Onen hag Oll

Ros an Bucca (Cornish – Circle of the Bucca) is a small traditionalist witch circle and kord (clan) working in the countryside of Cornwall’s West Penwith region. The kord operates within the ‘Pellar Current’; home to the old artes of the ‘double ways’ witch and Wise-woman/Cunning-man, drawing upon the streams of gnosis arising from the preserved corpus of witch-lore, and folk-ceremonial magical traditions of Cornwall and the West Country. The Old Craft of the Pellar employs a rich and varied methodology inclusive of ‘simple’ folk-magical practice to ‘higher’ ceremonial occultism. The working focus of the kord is at once ‘operative’ or ‘results based’ and spiritual in nature. The workings, be they for any such needs as healing, good fortune, vision, or, when the need is great, to work against those who do wrong, is achieved via the aid of spirits, the virtues of place and union with the Old One; and such union or oneness is where the old path of the witch leads, and has its old symbols in such things as the fire at the centre of the circle and the candle fixed between the horns.

‘Old Master Bucca’, the tutelary deity of the kord is a West Country name for the Old Horned One of opposing twin aspects/selves – the ‘black spirit’, Bucca Dhu who, for the witch, presides over the dark of the year, and the ‘white spirit’, Bucca Gwidder; presiding over the light of the year. The Bucca is a deity much misunderstood and surrounded in great mystery and multiple theories. To many within the Pellar Current, The Bucca has been revealed as a deity of the seasonal tides, and of the forces of the weather - revealing the true reason for The Bucca’s traditional importance to both fishermen and farmers in Cornwall and the West Country. As a deity also of balance and an embodiment and resolver of all opposites, The Bucca is for the witch the vessel of the life and death tides of the land, and the very initiator of the Pellar Way. Both the black and white aspects of The Bucca are seen to possess mischievous qualities, this is unsurprising given the associations The Bucca has with the weather – foul or fair; the weather in Cornwall always has surprises to throw up when least expected! To the double ways witch of the West Country, The Bucca reveals the wisdom that arises from the resolving of opposites, thus The Bucca is often lovingly depicted or represented in rites by the candle affixed between the horns, representing the light of wisdom that arises at the meeting of the horns, or pillars, of oppose; at the point of true equipoise – ‘all is one’.

The old deities change and evolve, and The Bucca is a particularly mysterious and difficult to define deity who’s spirit, like other old deities, may manifest in different ways, to different peoples at different times; this is part of The Bucca’s magic.

Preference is always given to outdoor working, at times at some of the various places of potency and virtue within the West Cornish landscape, in such circumstance the site chosen will always depend upon the nature of the work to be done. However, for the most part, work takes place at a far more private location, unknown to others, affording utter privacy and the necessary ‘tacere’; concealment and secrecy of the work.

Wherever the work takes place, the kord seek, at the opening of the ways, to imbibe of the total experience of the working location, the chthonic force, the ‘sprowl’, the virtues and presences conjured, and ultimately, of divine force. In moving about the ‘Compass’, the body and being of the witch becomes a conduit, mediator, vehicle and vessel for these forces. The family of the circle, its egregore, the forces, virtues, atavistic presences and witch divinity become reified in the harmonious coordination of form and force as a holistic entity, 'all in one' -symbolised, again, by the ‘hood fire’ at the centre of the circle, thus do the experiences encountered within the ‘Circle of the Wise’ become ‘bone wisdom’.

Always maintained is the contact and relationship with the world of spirits and the ancestors, who speak and convey vision through the presence of the old skull, or through the flames, smoke and vapours of the witch circle, wherein the bonds between the living and the spirit world are confirmed and celebrated with joyous communion.

Ros an Bucca is currently served by Gemma Gary as Dyawles/Magistra




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