When evoked in a ritual setting, often referred to as “opening,” Oudeira manifests as the ubiquitous World Tree: a sacred eidolon, spirit road / gate, axis mundi, and manifest emanation of the crossroads itself. The great tree acts as a stalwart guardian, ritual pivot point, and open path into the otherworld, for all who stand within the compass.
To a member of the Wandering Coterie, the evoked Great Tree is an arboreal giant towering over the witch’s rite. Overhead Oudeira’s canopy is thick with branches penetrating deep into the night sky. Between them stars are cradled like ripe fruit, with each forking pathway of Oudeira’s crown leading to the stellar realm. Beneath the compass gargantuan roots burrow through rock and bone; holy roads to the dead and tendrils woven through the past. The trunk - erupting from strong roots and supporting wide branches - may appear imperceivably thin, or unbelievably gargantuan.
Oudeira’s manifestation also flows and changes, appearing with startling variation in different ecosystems. Oudeira evoked upon a desert plateau will manifest very differently than when ze is called within a tropical jungle. Additionally, as Oudeira shares as a strong connection to Ka’anin Vaesh, ze will occasionally serve as an eidolon for the combined energies of the compass’s surrounding flora.
Oudeira’s presence will often serve as the center point for a rite. As the Great Tree manifests as the axis mundi, it is often seen as the pivot point upon which an entire rite will revolve. It is this very significance which causes witches to place ritual items at zer base, amongst zer roots, or hanging from zer branches.
The Great Tree’s massive reach allows it to touch innumerable locations within the otherworld, acting as a path upon which the witch, spirits, and deities can travel. This ability to ‘ride’ Oudeira both into, and out of, the compass is why ze is sometimes referred to as ‘the Horse.’ The ability to travel along zer roots & branches allows Oudeira to serve as a guardian for the space. Ze can decide which entities are allowed to manifest within a rite, and also supporting the witch who might travel along zer to eldritch locations.
Beyond its arboreal manifestation, the witch is encourage to contemplate upon Oudeira as an entity which exists across the infinity of spacetime. Beneath the witch the Great Tree’s roots dig into the ancestral realm: all the choices which have led to one’s current cosmos. Overhead, zer branches reach into the stellar realm: the innumerable potential futures of the witch. Circumambulating the trunk can even take a witch to lands similar, but different. While the witch might perhaps see Oudeira as naught but a witching tree, ze is - in truth - much stranger and beautiful.
Oudeira’s has a strong connection with the witch’s stang. For many, the stang manifests as a wooden staff that is approximately as tall as the witch who wields it. One end contains a “Y” fork, formed either from an arbor with opposing buds, or from a sapling with twin roots. These tines are typically trimmed to approximately 15cm in length. Within a ritual setting the stang can often be found wholly nude, but at times it may have a single candle placed between the tines, and / or a mask hung from beneath it’s fork.
Whether held in the hand, planted in the ground, or supported via other means, the stang often acts as a physical reliquary for the Great Tree. The stang can therein serve as a focal point for the witch’s energies, a gateway and seat of manifestation for spirits, a pathway for the witch to travel into the Otherworld upon / with, and more. Additionally, a candle betwixt the tines can serve as the witch’s First Flame; acting as a beacon to call entities to a rite, a guide to help a witch return safely home during fetch flight, as offertory energy to spirits & gods, and more.
Masks within the Stardust Compass often serve as reliquaries, allowing an entity to reside within them (temporarily or long term) and serving as a point of interaction for the witch. Additionally, an enchanted mask can be worn to enhance possessory work with the selfsame entity.
Oudeira’s connection to the Otherworld allows for spirits and deities to travel to and fro with ease, and when a mask is hung from the Great Tree it can become a powerful home for any entity that Oudeira allows through.
While a mask is not required, utilizing one can create a stronger focal point for both witch and entity. It can even serve as a point of communion betwixt witch and entity, becoming a seat whereby the entity can oversee the rite.
The witch might also find that entities occasionally step forward, entering the rite from the mask upon the stang. This could occur as evocation, or possessory work (for those witches who feel compelled to wear the mask and manifest the entity in form as well as spirit).
Bringing Oudeira into a ritual space can be as simplistic as calling to zer through an arbor or stang, though many witches may find benefit with the incorporation of ecstatic techniques to their evocations. This could involve holy seething, erratic circumambulation, ensorceled tongues, or something stranger.
Oudeira’s manifestations need not always remain anchored within the compass. The witch can choose to manifest Oudeira into a staff; taking physical walks which also serve to move zer betwixt the worlds. The witch can move the stang from one spot in the compass to another, shifting a ritual’s intention mid-working. Ze can even use the stang to mix, stir, and weave energies together within a rite.
It should be noted that Oudeira’s placement within the compass can also influence the energies which manifest. A stang which is erected at the edge of the compass might find itself drawing in the forces from that direction (both natural and otherworldly), whereas Ouderia’s evocation within the center of the plot might instead vivify the entities of the rite itself. The stang can also be used as a marker for the Holy Day, making its way ‘round the perimeter of the compass based on the season (typically starting in North for Winter Solstice, and moving dextral).
The witch can circumambulate Oudeira with ecstatic intent as an act of traveling the Great Tree’s infinite roads. The witch may hold the stang / arbor in zer hand while ze circles it; or, alternatively, can extend one’s hand outwards towards a freestanding Oudeira during zer revolutions. For many, sinistral movements will feel as though one is peeling away the mundane world and further enhancing one’s connection to the land beyond, with dextral movements being used in acts of returning.
The witch may feel zerself walking “up” as ze ascends Oudeira and moves into the celestial realm, “down” and into the land beneath to commune with land spirits or ancestral forces, or even “sideways” as ze shifts deeper into the Otherworld of the space in and around zer compass. However, no matter what perception the witch conjures ze will certainly emerge somewhere different than ze began. With each revolution the land will change, as will the witch zerself.
At some point during the witch’s circumambulations ze may choose to slow down, speed up, jump, duck, weave, sit, or even lie down. The way each witch finds zer gnosis when working with Oudeira will be unique - allow it to manifest naturally. Gnosis should guide the witch as ze moves further into the Otherworld via the Great Tree’s paths, knowing Oudeira - and the path back home - is immediately within reach.
Arte of the Distant Road
Utilizing Oudeira’s reach within the otherworld, the witch evokes the stang at a distant location and then flies their fetch to it.
- Wand (optional)
Any location will suffice, with the unlit stang placed nearby (either free standing, leaning, or lying upon the ground). The witch might find benefit in performing this arte while the stang rests within a threshold or crossroad space - but it’s not necessary.
- Arte of Prime
- Arte of the First Flame
Relax. Sit or stand as feels appropriate.
Perform the Arte of the Forged Threshold with the stang in the center. However, instead of focusing on the evocation of an entity, focus on the evocation of a place within the arte’s threshold. Be it standing among the beloved dead, leaning against a celestial cart, deep in the forest of the fae, or even simply an eldritch version of the compass plot.
After the arte has been turned the stang will exist deep, deep within the otherworld - even if, in reality, it lies just within reach. Once the witch is prepared to fly, ze should breathe in and hold zer lungs full while focusing on the vivified stang in its Otherworld location, before them.
To fly, the witch should grab the stang and breathe out sharply - simultaneously pushing zerself towards the destination while ze is also being pulled to it. The witch might feel zerself swiftly fly through the otherworld to their destination, appear in a blink, or even temporarily perceive themselves stretched across aeons of space / time before they arrive an instant later.
Once the witch has arrived at zer destination, light the candle. From there, ze can continue to hold the stang, or release it, as ze so chooses. The stang can even act as walking stick and lamp if taken with the witch upon the next leg of zer journey.
Occasionally the witch may turn this arte and discover that they are still a vast distance from their intended location. Destinations aren’t always each to reach, especially those the witch is unfamiliar with. Additionally, sometimes the journey is what provides, not the destination.
There are numerous methods a witch can use to return home, of which ze is encouraged to determine before traveling - ideally with the consultation of Oudeira zerself.
Some witches will release the stang upon arrival in the Otherworld, believing that the next touch will take them home. Others will clutch the stang with persistence, using their touch upon Oudeira’s flesh as a key to remain in distant lands, and releasing the stang to return back home. Others might do neither, simply asking Oudeira to guide them back when they are ready.
Lastly, the witch should take stock of what energies they have returned with, performing Arte of Prime as necessary.
Arte of the Luminous Fruit
To manifest a star within the compass by bringing its light betwixt the tines of the stang.
- Stang with black taper candle (unlit)
- Wand (optional)
- Shew stone, black mirror, or other divinatory tool (optional)
- Arte of Prime
- Arte of the First Flame
Hold the stang, with the unlit candle mounted betwixt the tines. If it is easy to remove and replace, the candle itself can be held instead.
Regardless of whether the stars surrounding the witch can be directly observed or not, ze should allow themselves to sensate the celestial globe which encloses them. Observe that every star feels different, each one blooming into a different potential future. Those stars, those futures, might come to the witch as visions, physical sensations, gnosis, or something stranger. Observe without judgement, utilizing divination as needed. The witch may find zerself drawn to one or more stars as gnosis blooms, feeling empowered to manifest that energy within their compass rite.
If the witch has found a star to manifest within their compass, ze should hold the candle so that it’s unlit wick occludes the star completely. Feel the star’s light cascading into the wick, forming a bond between the present moment and this potential future. Pulling the candle away, the star might still hang in the sky, or it could have vanished completely - having wholly moved into the unlit flame.
Circumambulate the space as the unlit candle guides the way. The witch should prepare to manifest the star / future into the compass / now. Vivify then ignite the candle from the First Flame, feeling the star erupt into being within the compass itself. If the candle was separate from the stang, return it there now.
The stang’s physical form can be seen to represent the binary choice of life itself. The ability to pick between yes or no, left or right, 1 or 0, etc. However, with the star hanging betwixt its tines the stang now represents three choices. A third option, a third future which didn’t exist before, now burns just within reach. To seize this future the witch must cross the void (the black candle), plant the star within zerself, and allow it to bloom. A journey which can take innumerable forms, oft guided by Ka’herin Ta’al and Ka’braeh Zet.
Some witches will take the star within using journeying, scrying, automatic writing, and more. Others might simply let the candle burn to completion, resting within its radiance to manifest it in their lives. Witches may also use its light to ignite petitions or other sundry combustibles, guide them in Otherworldly travels to the Celestial Realm and beyond, or even simply make a wish while blowing it out.
- In the event that a witch can’t find a star unto which they are drawn, ze can always create one as dictated by gnosis. Some witches might even prefer this method to seeking out an extant star.
- The wand can be a powerful tool to work with a star, both before and after the candle’s flame has ignited, as dictated by gnosis. The witch might find themselves using the wand to connect a star to the unlit candle, directing the energies of a star that has manifested within the compass, or something stranger.
- Some witches will view the star as a luminous fruit held betwixt the branches of Oudeira. This can be especially powerful in rites where the star is drawn into a piece of fruit, rather than a candle’s flame. This offering can be vivified, then devoured, by the witch seeking to manifest those stellar energies within their lives.
It is recommended to always light the stang’s candle from the First Flame. This allows the sacred fire to cleanse the unlit candle as it is lit, and ensures that the vivified luminance of the First Flame is transferred onward to other lights within the compass.
Some witches find value in replacing the stang’s candle at Yule, bringing new light into their world on this sacred night.
The dripping wax from the stang’s candle can be a powerful witching tool. It can be read as omens where it lands, gathered for later magics, and much more. Some witches will even hold the stang in their hands, allowing the wax to fall upon their bare flesh - further elucidating any visions they are having with punctuated moments of wax-inspired intensity.
A lit candle can be extinguished within the ritual space, but left burning within the otherworld, to act as a beacon to be sought during fetch flight.
Oudeira spans the reaches of the witch’s world: from lands close to home, to those in far away worlds; from times long since past, to the far distant future. Ze can be seen as an ancient arboreal giant, a towering axis mundi, a bundle of pathways betwixt past and future, and more. The witch can utilize its many roots and branches to journey into the strange and beautiful realms of the otherworld, manifest spirits within the compass, and even wish upon the stars.
Image: “Beyond” by Alistair Nicol (CC: BY, NC, ND)