I've been reading about hedgecraft for a good three or so months, now, or at least attempting to read. My only available source is the internet, and websites on witchcraft can be...dubious to say the least, let alone when informing on specific paths. I did dig into this forum on the subject, but the threads here on it are limited.
The only things I've been able to distinguish on hedgecraft so far are(and correct me if I'm wrong!) that it is a semi-Shamanic form of witchcraft and focuses mainly on 'hedge-crossing', evidently a form of astral projection, into the Otherworld/Underworld/Weird/et cetera. Potent ingredients are used in flying ointments(which I've experimented with...) to induce trances, as are other techniques such as meditation.
Hedgecraft seems to be often mistaken for a synonym to Green Witchcraft and Kitchen Witchcraft.
From what I've read, crossing the hedge is downright terrifying and not for the faint of heart.
I've drawn a few connections between hedge witchery and the diabolic witchcraft of the Inquisition(ex. flying ointments, casting out the spirit, consorting with demons, etc.)
I'm unclear on who the original practitioners of Hedgecraft were; I'm guessing Anglo-Saxon, seeing as that's where the term originated("haegtessa".) However, I suspect the practice evolved over time with the invasion of the Romans into Britain and the later Christianization of Europe.
Is anyone willing to share some information about this path? Things I'm especially curious about are the roles of divinity in hedgecraft(if any), if there are roles, what deities are most common, potential ethical codes(I've read "know thyself" is popular), the cultural context it was practiced in and how it survives today.
Any information would be helpful! Thanks in advance
I tried to post this thread once a few days ago, but either my internet failed me or an admin took it down for whatever reason. Please forgive any mistakes! I'm still trying to get the hang of this forum.