What is a Faerie?

Is she a species of supernatural creature placed somewhere between humankind and the Divine?  Is she an elemental creature?  Is she and angel, a devil or a fallen Goddess?  Is she willing to help humans or is she indifferent or even unkind to mortals?  Where did she come from?

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Lewis Spence in British Fairy Origins equates Faeries with the dead and brings plenty of evidence to support his theory.  The fairy knolls near churchyards were supposed to be the places where the soul of the dead lodged waiting to rejoin their bodies on the Day of Judgment.  Their small size is accounted for by the primitive idea that the soul is a miniature replica of the person it’s attached to.Ban Sidhs’ are sometimes described as ghosts.  

A less common belief was that the faeries were actually humans,  founded on the memory of a more primitive race driven into hiding by the invaders, lurking in caves or fens. 

Another view held that the fairies were an intelligent species, distinct from humans and angels. In alchemy in particular they were regarded as elementals, such as gnomes and sylphs, as described by Paracelsus. This is uncommon in folklore, but accounts describing the fairies as “spirits of the air” have been found popularly.

Could the Faeries be a class of “demoted” angels?  One popular story held that when the angels revolted, God ordered the gates shut; those still in heaven remained angels, …

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Goddess Aradia

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Aradia was a Moon Goddess from Tuscany, honored by the witches of that region but not well known outside of Italy until in 1899, when the American folklorist Charles Leland published Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches   Leyland claimed the book was the religious text belonging to a group of Tuscan witches who venerated Diana as the Queen of the Witches.  Leyland was both a hero and a learned scholar educated in Germany and America.  He had a knack of being accepted by secret societies and was embraced by the Tuscan witches.  Leyland was given material for his books from a hereditary witch named Maddalena including the Vangelo or Gospel of the Witches.

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Four Books To Learn More About Aradia

There may be no other text more debated or controversial than Aradia, or Gospel of the Witches by Charles Leland, purported to be given to him by an Italian Witch named Maddalena. However, there may be no other text that has been as influential on modern witchcraft and particularly Wicca than Aradia, or Gospel of the Witches.

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/matauryn/2018/06/22/five-books-to-learn-more-about-aradia/

 

 

Who Was Aradia? The History and Development of a Legend

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Aradia is familiar to most contemporary Pagans and Witches as the principal figure in Charles G. Leland’s Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches, first published in 1899. Leland presents her as the daughter of Diana, the goddess of the moon, by her brother Lucifer, “the god of the Sun and of the Moon, the god of Light” (Leland, 1899, 1998:1), who is sent to earth to teach the poor to resist the oppression of the wealthy classes through magic and witchcraft. Through Leland’s work, Aradia’s name and legend became central to the Witchcraft revival. Between 1950 and 1960, “Aradia” was probably the secret name of the Goddess in Gardnerian Craft (it has since been changed), and she has also given her name to numerous contemporary Witchcraft traditions (Clifton, 1998:73).

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Diana’s Moon Rays – Part II

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.

To contunue reading

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adamantinemuse/2017/01/goddess-diana-moon-rays-part-2/

 

Fairy Magic

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.

Read more: https://wiccanspells.info/wiccan-pagan-articles/fairy-magic/

Fairies From all Around the World

Written by Hypatia

For Coven Life

28th April 2018

Over time I have come to understand that we each connect to these beings in such different ways. They are born from the world around us at the time, and connect us to the ethereal.  Some are anthropomorphic, meaning they take human form, some in animal form, some as angels, others take their element form and yet others are all one and the same.

Throughout our childhood they are our spirit guardians and help us see through the veil that has been hung by our modern day adults.

As children we naturally accept what is around us as fact, therefore we engage in play, conversation and even moments of soothing with these beings. In some cultures with ancient origins such beings are encouraged by adults as they sever as protectors for their children. The children then take these guardians into their adult life that protect them till their final days.

As adults in modern day wester cultures we are encouraged to live in what is perceived as “reality”.  A reality that earns money, keeps house, has a family and a solid social network of other people who are also living a reality, that help us keep our reality in check. When someone says to you “Have you done a Reality check lately”? All their trying to say is: are you comparing your life to someone else’s? If it is not on someone else’s track then you better start changing.

This reality which we willingly accept throughout adulthood is what keeps us confined, keeps us chained, keeps us enslaved to this perception of how we need to be, what we need to do and how we need to act.

As soon as an adult experiences moments of visions relating to these beings, modern western society deals with it through medication.  Suppressing their imagination and calling it delusion. In cultures that still hold on to their ancient roots, a child or young adult with such “delusions” would be sent to the local medicine man not to be treated for his illness but to be trained as a Shaman for his gift!

Fairies come into our lives as adults for many reasons. One of the main ones I believe is that they allow us to question what belongs to us and what belongs to someone else. A “Reality Check on the reality check”

In other words are you living your own reality or the reality of everyone else around you?

Fairies encourage you to release your true inner being, your own elemental.

They are your true self as they are made of your very own DNA.

You cannot hide anything from them, lie to them or cheat them because you are doing all that to you. If you do, it manifests as disease, illness of the soul and the mind.

These beings are beloved, feared and revered throughout history and all over the world.

Down here the Indigenous Australians of the North have their fairy beings called Mimi and are displayed in cave paintings from more than 40- 60 thousand years ago!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimi_(folklore)

Below is a link referencing fairies from all around the world, all four corners and from new world to ancient.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_beings_referred_to_as_fairies

 

In Ireland they have my old time favourite the Pooka. This however is not exactly on the cute sweet scale. There is no fairy more feared in Ireland than the Pooka. People’s interpretation of spiritual beings can be varied. Some have the Pooka as a beneficent spirit, one that plays tricks. Take for instance the old classic movie with Jimmy Stewart called “Harvey” in 1950. He befriends with this beneficent spirit that helps him see the true nature of human beings. Meanwhile while Jimmy is very different from the norm, in this movie he is portrayed as crazy because he takes the time to talk to his Pooka. Therefore the Pooka or Pukka is considered to bring both good and bad fortune. It is whatever we perceive it to be. No one can tell us what is real and what isn’t, this is up to us to decide.

In ancient Greece these spirit fairies came as Nymphs. Usually women, very beautiful and ready to draw in any man to them. In fact this is where the word Nymphomaniac came from.

http://www.theoi.com/Nymphe/Nymphai.html

These were elemental beings that were in the water, forest, trees, air, and even fire.

When connecting to your fairy, try connecting to it through a mediation first, indoors, in a forest, in your backyard, anywhere outdoors, with and without music, with dance, instruments, whatever it takes. When you are confident with its presence then begin to research it. In other words allow your inner being to call your Fay in rather than tarnishing your perception of what your fairy is supposed to look like, do and act. Remember they are an extension of you!

Fairies are nothing new, they have been with man since the dawn of time and hold the secrets to the beginning of the universe. Each and every fairy is unique in the most ethereal manner, why because they are part of the universal code, they are a reflection of our very self. We give them the power to appear to us and in return they share the secrets of the universe.

 

 

 

 

A Little History of Wicca and the Relationship to Fairies

The practice of Wicca was popularized by a retired British civil servant, Gerald Gardner in 1954. It is a belief system set in motion by a reverence for the earth and the natural order of the universe and stems from a secret mystery religion that had existed in secret for hundreds of years.

Often misunderstood and highly villianized by Hollywood as Satanists, witches (in the worst sense, or kooks who communicate with the dark side, sacrifice children, and wreck havoc on their neighbors with the help of black cats and faeries. Wicca simply means “to bend”, and these practitioners, whether solitary or part of a group, want only to be let alone to commune with the earth and forces of nature.

Practitioners of Wicca celebrate and acknowledge the passing of the seasons, remembering a time when all that grew and provided sustenance was determined by simple things such as rainfall and the condition of the soil. There is much more to it than that, but for this article we …

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Pagan Portals – Fairy Witchcraft A Neopagan’s Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith

Many neopagans today are drawn to honor the fairies but find that the modern-day path to Fairy is hidden in mist and shadow. Yet the path is still there, waiting for those who are ready to seek it out. This is a guidebook for those seeking a path that combines modern neopagan witchcraft with the older Celtic Fairy Faith. Topics include basic beliefs and practices, holidays, tools, altar set up, and theology, with the intent of giving the seeker a solid grounding in the basics of modern Fairy Witchcraft.

REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

Can you recognize a fairy cat? Morgan Daimler has interacted with Fairies since she was a small child. She views them three-dimensionally, not as the limited New Age/media-interpreted versions that many of us are familiar with. She sees them as they are with their full range of emotions and motivations. Telling it like it is, she recounts her system of Fairy Witchcraft, based on decades of personal experience. She goes back to the roots of Celtic pagan wisdom to put it all into perspective, but it’s clear that the information she conveys is not from “book learning”. It comes from contact with the Fey Folk themselves. This very personal recollection has a special air of enchantment about it. As one reads, it becomes clear that Daimler not only has personal experience with the Wee Folk, she has been completely charmed by them. She has not, however, been deluded by “pixie-led glamour”. She just likes these…

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FAIRIES

The term fairy can be used to describe many types of magical creatures. Most people relate the word fairy to the more ethereal image, the classic fairy with wings and flowing hair. Fairies are human in appearance and they have magical powers, the origin of fairies is the point of much contention as no one can actually say where they originated from.

Fairies are capable of making themselves invisible sometimes, fairies actually fly on the back of birds and they are very in tune with the creatures of the sky. Fairies are very intelligent creatures and their fragility is deceptive, they are actually powerful magicians and very strong mentally and physically.

Children who have imaginary friends are actually talking to fairies, as fairies feel most comfortable with…

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