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Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk

Magic, or better said, the universe, is such a curious thing. I had been thinking for a long while about fairies, their world, their legend, and Celtic folklore has been an intermittent interest in my mind since I was a kid, one I had been recovering these days. It was a curious surprise that I had the chance to read and review “Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk,” a juicy book by Morgan Daimler.

Despite the fact that I always try to have no expectations and an open mind when I start reading a new book, especially and even more when it’s about a subject I know nothing about, which was the case in here, I certainly didn’t expect this to be such an academic, yet interesting text to put my hands in.

I came across Daimler’s name some time in the past while I was searching for something different to learn about, and I immediately thought she could be a very trustworthy author when I decided to start learning about the Celts and the Gentry, she seemed to be an expert in my eyes, and man I was right.

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It doesn’t matter how complicated the subject can be or how hard to explain could be a point, the author’s style is direct, easy to follow and to understand. She doesn’t hesitate when she has to extend herself, explaining the same thing under different lenses with the support of many, many references, making this a highly summarized book of different myths, legends and lore surrounding the Fair People in Celtic mythology.

Daimler has done an exhaustive research on the subject, which could be hard for some to follow if they’re unfamiliar with academic works, but it becomes so easy after a couple of pages that you have no problem on forgetting the hard work done for this compromised encyclopedia as it becomes more like a tale, a light yet complete class on a topic you fall in love with page by page.

Despite Fairies explains explicitly the dangers, the harm and problems that could be caused by the Gentry, and trust me on this as Daimler has no problem including some of the incidents she herself, her family and friends went through because of them, it also includes how to deal with them and be protected against the most troublesome.

Besides, it includes a lot of useful information about them, their politics, their world, even some kind of ‘character profile,’ turning it into a useful book if you’re totally new to Fairycraft, want to understand more about it or simple feel genuinely curious about the myths that have found their own way into this world we live in nowadays.

The lack of illustrations was somewhat disappointing, I must say, as they would have given an interesting insight into how Themselves looked like for those who believed in them long ago. It’s not a big flaw, doesn’t create any problem in the reading process, but it’s undeniable that it would have made it way much better, maybe more appealing for the general audience.

However, I wouldn’t mind re reading Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk for future works. It made me fall in love with a subject I will explore once again, if possible, by the hand of Morgan Daimler.

Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk
Print Length: 265 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (December 8, 2017)
Publication Date: December 8, 2017

About the Author

Morgan Daimler teaches classes and writes about Irish myth and magical practices, fairies, and related subjects. Morgan’s writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies including By Blood, Bone, and Blade: A Tribute to the Morrigan and Naming the Goddess. Morgan is also the author of a variety of fiction and non-fiction books including the urban fantasy/paranormal romance series Between the Worlds, and through Moon Books Where the Hawthorn Grows, Fairy Witchcraft, Pagan Portals: The Morrigan, Pagan Portals: Brigid, Fairycraft, and Pagan Portals Gods and Goddesses of Ireland. Morgan blogs regularly at Living Liminally.

About the reviewer

Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.

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Why I Believe in Fairies

by Robert Scheer

Cottingley_Fairies_1_articleMaybe it’s Shakespeare’s fault, or perhaps the brothers Grimm are to blame, but fairies – like witches – have an image problem. Just as many people falsely associate witchcraft with evil and ugliness, many of us assume fairies aren’t real. I confess I was a bit doubtful about the little people until my eyes and mind were opened by several good books.

Fairies are one of more than a dozen varieties of elemental beings who are usually invisible to most humans. Peter Tompkins, author of The Secret Life of Plants, details the differences between gnomes, brownies, elves, nymphs, dryads, sprites, leprechauns, devas, nature spirits, angels, cherubim, seraphim and other hidden beings in his book The Secret Life of Nature (Thorsons, 1997.) Tompkins shows that today’s quantum physicists are only beginning to comprehend the realities of other dimensions that were discovered and written about by theosophists Annie Besant and Charles Leadbeater in 1895.

Pick up any book about the amazing accomplishments of the Findhorn community and you’ll read that plant devas played an important role in growing luxuriant gardens in some of Scotland’s coldest and most infertile soil.

Tanis Helliwell, M.Ed., is a consultant to corporations, universities and governments, including the Alberta Medical Association, IBM and the World Business Academy. She is also the author of Summer with the Leprechauns (Blue Dolphin, 1997) a true story about her encounter with a leprechaun in a rented cottage on Achill Island on the west coast of Ireland. Helliwell offers ten guidelines for humans who want to make contact with elemental beings. These include “Go to healthy places in nature as often as possible. Walk in forests, along the seashore, lie in a meadow, listen to birds, sit by a brook. Enter into the right vibration of the Earth and listen to what she wants. Humans will purify their vibrations if they do these things.”

In Power Trips magazine, Helliwell wrote about meeting small beings known as “Children of the Mist” in Abel Tasman Park on the South Island of New Zealand. They stood about two and a half feet tall and demonstrated their powers by manifesting a dramatic array of forest mushrooms for a group of attendees to a Festival of Sharing conference.

Related to New Zealand’s elementals are tiny folk who Helliwell met on the other side of the Pacific in British Columbia. In the old growth forests of Haida Gwaii island, she spoke with a group of creatures ranging in height from eight inches to about two feet. One of them told her that many races of elemental beings have died out because humans have lost belief in them. They are also unhappy that logging is destroying too many forests.

Even more colorful elemental beings are said to live in Japan. The Tengu are fierce, goblin-like creatures with long noses, red faces, wings and sharp claws, who dwell in forests on sacred mountains, including Kurama near Kyoto. Japanese legends tell of Tengu stealing children from their homes at night and taking them on tours of the countryside. The children are returned unharmed, but some have been given psychic abilities. One traveler said he encountered a group of Tengu on a mountain top south of Kyoto near Nara. They captured him, tied a rope around his waist and dangled him over a cliff until he promised to love, respect and protect Mother Earth.

Anthropologist and photographer Martin Gray has probably spent more time on pilgrimages and has visited more sacred sites than anyone on Earth. In Places of Peace and Power (www.sacredsites.com) he describes experiencing nature spirits known as Kami at the ancient Shinto shrine of Izumo Taisha on Honshu island. Late every autumn after the leaves have fallen, Shinto myths say, Kami spirits leave their homes and gather for a festival at the shrine. Gray attended this festival in 1985, and found himself among thousands of pilgrims waiting on the seashore for the Kami to arrive. The crowd, including priests in white robes, waited for hours in the darkness, illuminated by bonfires on the sand. Suddenly, Gray says, “Everyone could feel it coming. Almost explosively a presence came in from the sea, swept over the beach and surged into the crowd. The feeling, the power, the vibration was undeniable. The Kami had come.”

Have you noticed a common denominator? All these encounters with elemental beings took place in forests on islands. Nature spirits seem to prefer living away from cities and surrounded by trees and water. In my opinion, that shows how intelligent these creatures really are.

If you’ve had any experiences with fairies or other elemental beings, I hope you’ll share your story with me. And as soon as I see one in person, you can be sure I’ll let you know.

 About the author

Robert Scheer is a travel writer, marketing consultant, and the editor of NewAgeJournal.com. His website is http://pilgrimageplaces.com/

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May Message from the Faeries

by Diomira D’Agostino

I hope this message finds you all cheerful and filled with radiant health! Spring is finally here albeit oscillating in nature. I attempted to send this message last week, as I had it all written up and ready to go. I am finally aware why I may have been delayed in sending our message. For it is only now that I am able to share with you this magical piece of heaven that Johnny and I have stumbled upon. It is nestled in the panhandle of Florida in a tiny town called Mexico Beach. The town itself is not noteworthy apart from the white sandy beaches and blue waters, which can be found in many places on the Gulf side of Florida. The jewel of Mexico Beach to which I am referring is called Driftwood Inn. It is a medium sized Inn seated on the water. As I soak in my surroundings I see a menagerie filled with magical gardens that could only have been designed with the help of the faeries. There are literally dozens of bird feeders that attract hundreds of birds. A large dog bigger than me (it is probably in the horse family) roams the premises. Cats stroll around and stretch in the warm sun. The gardens are exquisite and filled with geraniums, roses, petunias, sunflowers, daisies, gladiolas of pinks and reds and blues and purples and oranges. Sprinkled in throughout the gardens are palm trees that rustle in the breeze. There are fountains that bubble up out of nowhere, having been carefully placed in tiny, forgotten corners. The ponds peek out from the center of the flower beds. And as I gaze out ahead, I see the sapphire waves crashing onto the sugar white sand, which is dotted by the myriad flower blossoms that rise up to meet it. I hope you have the opportunity to visit this blessed place. The faeries are everywhere!

Anyway, I believe that is a great segue into the message that I wish to share with you today. It takes place within an experience I had in a meditation some days ago. It is a powerful and timely message and I was in awe of the clarity with which this Devic presence communicated with me. I have written it in the present tense because that is how I experienced it:

The Dimensional Doorways

The chakras, or energy wheels, are an integral part of our energy body. There is much to be said about them, and volumes can be written on their meanings alone. One of their many functions is that of a portal, or dimensional doorway.

As I sit in an evening meditation, I see the heart chakra begin to open. Light is beaming forth, rushing like a torrential downpour, a rushing river. As the energy flows I see a glimpse of a space. The veil is lifted. The space is a land where mountains hover in expansive blue skies, and birds soar. There is a lush green valley, and a river can be seen that runs through it. The heart chakra holds the door open to this land.

Enter the Faery Garden:

I am riding on the back of a giant bumblebee. We swoop through emerald blades of grass and into the Faery Garden. I know it is the Faery Garden because the bee tells me. Only she does not use words, but I understand her. We swirl and buzz toward a sea of brightly colored flowers. They look like multicolored ballerinas pirouetting in the breeze. Bits of sweet fragrance delight my senses. The blossoming flowers are Spring’s warm hello. We make a swan dive for a gorgeous lady slipper the color of a pale pink powder puff. The bumblebee hovers so gracefully over the delicate one, which gives me a chance to alight and Viennese waltz with the flower’s soft and dainty petals. I slide down the giant stem like Jack as he moves down his Beanstalk. I do not stop where the stem meets the ground, but instead continue my descent deep into the Earth. I stop just before reaches through to the earth’s mantle, and rest here. I am nestled in the Great Mother’s warm embrace. I feel a presence – the faeries are here. Have I entered a secret faery mound below the magical garden? I sit for a moment and attune to my environment. Then I hear a voice speak to me:

“Hello Dear One. We are glad you have come. So many seek to change their outer. They do not think to make the journey within – the perfect starting point. I am here with you now to show you how comforting going within can be. You believe you have entered another world by going through the garden and deep into the Earth. Aye you have entered another world indeed – ’tis the world of your own heart; and what a magnificent world it is. This space is connected to every living creature on the beautifully verdant planet you call home. It is also connected to the Cosmos through the Great Central Sun that sits at the center of this galaxy. I want you to feel this union between Earth and Sky, and feel HOME. As you attune to this energy you become receptive to receive light frequencies that are encoded with the vibrational keys for ascension. Your sun is acting like a great satellite both receiving and transmitting these frequencies to you all now. It is good to be present during this process. Surrender and open yourself up to receive. You need only prepare your hearts with love, open wide and BE. Breathe. Allow for the transmission of light codes to activate your light bodies. We are your brothers and sisters and we love you.

The Deva of Ladyslipper

*I would invite you to try this meditation of the Faery Garden. Ladyslipper has much more to share with us. She wishes to impart her wisdom as well as her medicine. See if you can hear her words. Or perhaps you gravitate to another flower…

I would love to hear the messages they share with you. Feel free to post them on my Faery Light Facebook page for all to enjoy. You could also email them to me and I can share them in next month’s faery message. The messages from the plant devas are very timely indeed and they have much to give.

In love and faery light,

Diomira and the Faeries

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February Message from the Faeries

by Diomira D’Agostino

This month marks the one year anniversary of our Faery Messages, and so it is a sort of homecoming. I want to thank you for being open and willing to receive. These messages have been a blessing to many including me. Oftentimes I, too, have something to learn from the message the faeries share with us. Even if it is some subject matter I think I already know, I realize there are always deeper levels to understand. So again my gratitude goes out to all of you for being willing to open your hearts and allow for an exploration of co-creative partnership with Nature.

The message that they share this month is very interesting. Several years ago I learned a beautiful healing technique called Rebirthing or Sacred Breathwork. It is only now after hearing their message that I see that even this beautiful modality is in alignment with Faery Light, and what we do here. I am again inspired in seeing another way in which everything is really connected, and working together for good.

Breathing with the Faeries

During the month of February romantic images tend to well up from deep within, and one tends to relish matters of the heart. Regardless of how commercial Valentine’s Day is, we can all agree that any amount of time dedicated to contemplation of the heart can’t be all bad. Last February was our first faery message and the faeries spoke about the heart being the ultimate ‘tween place because it is where spirit and matter merge into oneness. The heart is the home of heaven on earth, as it is the meeting place of the lower and upper chakras.

The faeries explain that the heart is an important focus and so this month we shall be reminded of that through working with the breath. The breath and the heart are one. The breath connects the inner to the outer. The focus should always begin within, but we cannot forget the outer. If we were only meant to interact with the inner planes of light we would not have embodied after all. We are meant to integrate the two, and revel in oneness. When we create we should start within the heart instead of reaching outside of ourselves. This is why a God that only exists outside of us feels incomplete. We must start to come into relationship with the God within, and only then can we truly know ourselves. The faeries know this at the core of their being. They walk in this interconnected way – knowing that every aspect of themselves is connected to everything else.

The Breath is living energy that moves through all life. Through the breath we can connect our inner and outer worlds. Through the breath we can move into our hearts. The breath is manifold. It acts in many ways. It is a purification process whereby we may cleanse and clear all that no longer serves us. In this way we may create space for the light to enter in and fill us. Light activates the heart. The breath connects the inner and the outer, but it also connects us one to the other. It connects us to all of creation, for all of creation is BREATHING. We need only to breathe together. Even nonphysical beings and advanced beings breathe. They may not have need of breathing oxygen, but they breathe life force or pranic energy. The faeries breathe, and they would like us to breathe with them.

Breathwork Meditation:

Close your eyes. Begin to breathe rhythmically. Bring your attention to your heart. As you inhale see or feel the breath moving into your heart like a stream of light. As you exhale, see a stream of love-light moving out to share with the world. Continue with this process for several breaths. Your heart is breathing, and connecting you with the universe. Notice as you breathe out, the exhaled light becomes more and more concentrated until it enshrouds you like a mist. As the mist subsides you see you are in a sacred oak grove. Around you there appear to be a group of beings seated in a circle, of which you are a part. These are the faeries of this sacred grove, and they have welcomed you. Take your attention back to your heart, and to the breath that it breathes. Notice that through this breath you are connected heart to heart to each and every faery here. What’s more is that you realize you are connected to every living thing within this grove through the breath – the trees, the grass, the flowers, the rocks. With intention feel yourself breathing in harmony with the faeries. Feel yourself breathing in harmony with the trees. You are all breathing, one breath, one heart. Living light. With love and gratitude the grove begins to fade. Feel yourself coming back to your space back in the chair or on the floor, wherever you began.

Through the breath, you can connect to all of life. Through the heart we are all One.

Upcoming Events and more…

Storytelling Evening
Saturday, March 16th – evening (7ish)

I will be hosting a wonderful evening of Storytelling with Mary Thompson at my home. She has been performing since 1994, and has been featured at Celtic festivals, schools, private gatherings, and even business conventions throughout the country. She has 2 children’s books that will be out in May of this year.

This is what the evening will hold:

“For St. Patrick’s Day, I would like to tell tales of Enchantment. How the faeries came to be, the story of a bad little faery who had to grow up, my personal encounter with an Elvin Lord, some tales from King Arthur, and perhaps a little bit of nonsense involving a rooster mixed in for good measure.” — M. Thompson

It is going to be wonderful fun. I will announce further details a little closer, but it will be an evening thing. Please RSVP to me and let me know you are interested as space is limited. 404-789-4823

Please bring some snacks to share. I will provide an endless cup of tea. ;-)

Mary will have magical faery dwellings/houses with her that she has handcrafted herself for sale after storytelling.

Upcoming Workshop

TBA – looking like early April. Please let me know if you are interested.

Healings by appointment Mondays and Thursdays:

Faery Light, Breathwork, Inner Light, Reiki.

Call me to schedule: 404-789-4823

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