In Part 1 of Diana’s Moon Rays I explore the goddess Diana’s importance in Italian witchcraft, and her place in Charles G. Leland’s 1899 The Aradia. Read Part 1 first <
This article was first published in 2013 in the anthology The Faerie Queens. I am currently revisiting some of my research on Diana, the influences on her cult and the influences her cult had on subsequent Western occultism.
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If you have entered this enchanted world, I may assume that you are somehow called to the secret realms of Fairy Magic. Something of their mystical song has touched your ears, or your heart, or a hidden place of sub-conscious imaginings. And perhaps you have been led to believe (by parents, or teachers in school) that the world of Fairy is nothing more than imaginings – the whimsical flight of folly that children’s minds may fall prey to. But you are older now, and surely wiser. And here you sit, looking out into the veil of ether for that which your heart still longs for: the realm in which all your imaginings may at last be brought to light! This sacred place of Self is where we shall begin…the part of you that still believes! To enter the world of Fairy magic, you must believe that there is more to this universe than what can be seen by human eyes. You must believe in the hidden, the shadowed, and the obscure. You must begin to search with your inner eyes for that which lies beyond the mists, for it is there that you will find the first thresholds of Fey! These thresholds will open up into vast worlds, as diverse and complex as our own. The Realm of Fairy magic is not a place of fluttering tiny beings that delight only in tickling our upturned human noses. It is an entire dimension – richly inhabited by many races, species and beings.
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Fairies like all “mythical” creatures found a home on or in Mother Earth before us as humans spread across her vast wilderness. We invaded their homes, sacred forests. caves. mountains, and waterways to spread what we now call for civilization and chased them out. When you think about it we as humans have been encroaching on there right to live the life the built for themselves for centuries. We have polluted the land and waterways. We have caused many species of animals and being to go extinct or close to becoming extinct. We have cut down trees for homes and warmth not caring if it was someone or some creatures home. We have take noisy boats that spew pollutant into the waterways for our enjoyment. Hunted not to use the game as it should be for food, clothing, candling making but just to say we killed whatever creature it was. (I am a hunter but was taught by my father as a child to use every bit of my kill for some purpose. An example is putting the entrails and deer antlers back into the forest for other animals to feed upon when the weather makes finding food to nourish themselves. We made dipped candles out of the deer fat/talon and slippers out of the hides.) By the way, fish heads and bones make an excellent addition to a compost heap or just buried right into your gardens – vegetable or flowers.
We as witches and/or pagans are the keepers of Mother Earth. It is up to us to set the example to others to live as “green” as we can. Recycle whatever you can. Reuse for the same or another purpose anything you can. y husband and I have 1 – 33-gallon bag of garbage that needs to be taken to a landfill every other week, while our large recycle can on wheels go out weekly. I am not trying to brag I am just asking you to think before you throw something in the garbage if it could be recycled or reused instead. I love used glassed jars after they are washed and rinsed and very thoroughly to keep dried herbs and other “witchy” things in. It saves me money by not buying jars, makes it easy to see what is inside of them, and I label them with a piece of masking tape with one end slightly folded under for ease of removal when the jar is empty and can be used for something else.
Blessed be keepers of Mother Earth