Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
I found this bit of faery lore while going through some old articles of mine and thought, since MidSummer is almost upon us, a time when the faery world seems to be more open to us, I would share it. The information is gleaned from various sources, some unknown, and my personal experiences.
Come faeries, take me out of this dull world,
for I would rife with you upon the wind and dance
upon the mountains like a flame..
- W. B. Yeats -
Faeries have their own honor and ethics, therefore, when asking the assistance of the Fae, be sure you work within a sacred circle for protection, or wear a protective charm to keep yourself safe. Be sure to bring them offerings and give thanks appropriately to avoid insults. Be sure to use tools and wear charms made of silver, copper, iron, or wood held sacred by the Fae; Oak is a good choice; flint a protective stone. Not all faerie beings are friendly, some seriously dislike humans. Think carefully before calling them.
How to meet faeries:
Sit beside a pond or stream where the water is still and clear, or anywhere else you sense them. Be quiet and patient. Look for faery rings, sit and wait, but never step within. Tinkle small bells or wind chimes; play a wind instrument such as a recorder, flute or penny whistle while in a meditative state. Anoint your eyelids with a bit of an infusion of elderberries, elecampane (AKA elfwort), and thyme, again, you must wait patiently.
When suffering from a headache or other body aches, sit beneath a willow and allow yourself to release pain to the tree's roots and the earth beneath. The Fae can assist with healing.
When troubled by emotional concerns, sit near or beneath an evergreen of some sort. Allow yourself to release to the tree's roots and the earth, all feelings that distress you.
Learn the lore of flowers, plants and trees and you will know which ones to use for specific purposes. Each plant has its own spirit, these spirits can be the Fae.
Where to find faeries:
The Fae can be found almost anywhere - in flowers and plants, trees and stones, hearths and hills, forests and lakes, streams and meadows, gardens and barns, your home - every place has its spirits, its Fae.
Quartz - clear, rose and blue (celestite); selenite, amethyst, amber, flint.
Earth Spirits: an element most dense, represented by the Night and Winter, the Hag. Found in either the North or South, depending on craft tradition. Goblins, trolls, gnomes and Ladies. A green and receptive energy, but very strong and dominant.
Air Spirits: Intelligence, represented by Dawn and the season of Spring. Generally found in the east or north, again, depending on craft tradition. Sylphs and the Wind. A translucent light yellow, the scent of rain or a pond.
Fire Spirits: unpredictable, both creative and destructive, represented by daylight and the Summer. Found in the South in many traditions, but also in the North as well as the East - where the sun rises. Salamanders and dragons. Courage and imagination. A projective and dominant element, red/orange and the scent of burning wood or herbs.
Water Spirits: Healing, transformation, represented by Sunset and Autumn. Found in the West. Nymphs, Nereid, undines, water goblins, these spirits are found in the seas, rivers, lakes, brooks, ponds, the rain. Blue, aqua and teal, receptive.
Old Fairy Dust Recipe
Contents of three ripe foxglove seed pods
pinch of stone from volcanic granite (Rhyolite)
pinch of pollen
seven vervain blossoms
pinch of lavender blossoms
pinch of sand (west shore)
On the night of the full moon, mix the foxglove sees with the sandand the Rhyolite grains. Then sprinkle the tiny vervain and lavender blossoms over the mixture. It is now ready.
by Raven Grimassi
What if you'd rather not encounter the Fae? Here are some protection charms:
Turn your clothing inside out
A piece of cold, pure iron, supposedly because it is said to represent movement away from nature.
Rowan & red thread
Oak, Ash, and Hawthorn twigs tied together
A sprinkling of fax seeds on the floor of your home
An infusion of clover and holy water is thought to break the glamour
The Song of The Queen Of The Meadow Fairy
Queen of the Meadow
where small streams are flowing,
What is your kingdom
and whom do you rule?
"Mine are the places
where wet grass is growing,
Mine are the people
of marshland and pool.
are mine one and all;
Little frog-servants who
wait round me, dutiful,
Hop on my errands
and come when I call."
Gentle Queen Meadowsweet,
served with such loyalty,
Have you no crown to wear?
"Nothing I need
for a sign of my royalty,
Nothing at all
But my own fluffy hair!"
~Cicely Mary Barker
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Temple of Black Obsidian, The Dark Healing Chamber
-from The Isis Oracle by Alana Fairchild-
The Temple of Black Obsidian is a ruthlessly honest place of raw love and healing. Deep relief and transformation can occur here... if we are willing to go within. Protective as well as healing, it will prevent harm from external and internal forces. It reveals that which has been lurking within the shadows of ourselves, trying to avoid being brought out into the open for fear of condemnation.
When we, the Initiates, are invited by Isis into the Temple of Black Obsidian, we enter our own shadows. We must confront the parts of our own egos that we have been denying. In doing so, we will gain freedom, come to know ourselves more completely, thereby opening the gateways to those places we have not been able to reach before - breakthroughs, experiences, opportunitties. Isis will assist us if we simply call upon Her.
To safely enter the Dark Chamber and be healed, we must give ourselves unconditional love. We must recognize the judgements we hold against ourselves, not as truths, but as old patterning. Witness the feelings that arise with kindness and acceptance; do not allow them to overwhelm or crush us. Instead, let them come, acknowledge, do not stuff them down, and then release. We have already been through the trauma that caused them and we are still here! With the help of Isis, we witness those feeling with kindness and acceptance. We are then able to release and move forward.
Peace from pain, self-critisism, self-doubt, fear, and self-judgement will be our reward. There is no light without darkness, therefore this is a necessary initiation for healing.
Blessings dark and deep, brilliant and bright!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
I hear the Goddess
when the Full Moon dances in my eyes.
... She is here, whispering my name.
Cast the circle,
let the world stay out,
my spirit is in ecstasy:
a world within, a world without.
Mother, be Thou adored.
My Lady, I am in Your womb of flower,
Connected to Your mysteries and sacredness.
Mother, be Thou adored.
I am one with the Divine,
I am stardust.
I shall eternally be Your daughter.
Mother, be Thou adored.
(excerpt from Mother Be Thou Adored by Karla Bardanza)
Blessings full and bright!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Charge of the Dark Goddess
by E. A. Kaufman
She is stillness and silence.
Her voice older than time, yet young and sweet.
She is knowledge of the ages and Mother of Rebirth.
She is the heart at its deepest core,
and desire and need.
She is the the Dark Lady, the Dark Goddess,
the Darkest Mother of the Seed.
She is who we long for, never truly understanding,
Yet full to overflowing with need and fear all at once.
Listen to Her speak, hear Her words,
Let them seep into you like the night,
The night that spills and stains the day.
I am the darkness and shadow beneath the night sky.
I am the absence of awareness in your deepest sleep.
I am the Ending and the Beginning,
the decay that feeds and enriches.
I am the endless cave, the hidden hollow, the moon unseen.
I am all that is hidden, dark, and deep.
Yet, I am the key, the torch, the lost dream remembered.
Come, be with Me on the night of the Dark Moon.
Walk with Me along the Ghost Roads,
Know that which is seen, See that which is unseen.
Face your fears and know that you are not alone.
Walk to me through the blackest night,
to the center of My Mysteries,
I will hold the torch and light your path.
Find your way to Me through those fears,
and yours will be the understanding of My Mysteries.
Think of Me and know that I am the shadow at your back.
And at the time that is proper and right,
When you have accomplished the tasks I have set for you,
Then shall we meet at the Crossroads betwixt and between,
and then, shall we begin again.
copyright E A Kaufman, 2014
Blessings dark and deep!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Tears wash me as they spill from Her eyes.
Breezes waft scent over me from Her blossoming meadow.
The Earth supports me when my feet touch Her skin.
Leaves on Her branches whisper Her name in my ear.
Stones in my pathway direct me to Her.
The nectar in Her blossoms nourishes my spirit.
Rings in Her trees count ages of living.
Feathers from Her birds drift earthward around me.
Gardens erupt wherever She walks;
Clouds above obscure my blunders.
Moss on Her soil softens my steps;
Oil from Her center anoints me.
Plants in Her garden feed me;
Hair from Her beasts weaves clothes for me.
Waves in Her ocean dance for me.
The Goddess Book of Psalms
(available at Amazon - click here)
This is a very favorite goddess prayer from a favorite book. When I speak this psalm, it touches me deep in my heart's core. I can feel the breezes, hear the whispers of branches, feel the moss beneath my feet. But most of all, I am utterly connected to the goddesses and know, beyond doubt, that They are there, speaking to me with every bit of the Mother's body, the Earth. All things are signs, messages that They send.
There is a place I pass regularly, a parking lot, and from the cracks in the pavement, and even the cement parking bumpers, wild flowers grow. They strive upwards in abundance and I look at them and think, how wonderful is Mama Earth that even here She shows Her beauty. I make offerings right over the parking bumpers; I give the flowers water; I scatter seeds for the birds and ducks. Even this place, paved over, is Her sacred space. Indeed, gardens erupt wherever She walks.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
A Witch's New Year Blessing
I weave for you a magick charm,
That this new year brings you no harm.
Love, good health, and an abundance of money,
Happiness, joy, and laughter a-plenty.
Peace in the world,
Time to do what you love,
All that you need, may it rain down from above.
These wishes I send with the best intentions,
Happy New Year, my dears, and the Goddesses' blessings!
(copyright 2014 E A Kaufman)
The Witch of Stitches
Thursday, December 26, 2013
My Solstice shrine 2013
Christmas Eve and Christmas day... quiet, just the two of us at Toadstool Condo, a lovely holiday. We ate lasagna for dinner and it was SO good, followed by some sweets and eggnog. We took a portion of the lasagna to a friend who isn't feeling well and that was the only time we left the apartment. Just lazed around and enjoyed the day.
I had a private little ritual for Mother Night on Christmas Eve, lighting candles and making offerings of incense, shortbread, and spiced wine. I recited invocations and prayers to various mother goddesses. It was a lovely little ritual.
Some goodies, including a bunch of Krampus stuff and a beautiful quartz crystal, from friends. Looking forward to browsing through the Krampus collection.
More goodies, including a new teapot for my collection! My favorite perfume from my consort, which I wore for the first time on our very first date; I've been wearing it ever since.
Also from my DH, a lovely little citrine heart and a natural citrine pendant, which matches a pair of earrings I have. I don't think one can have too much citrine, it is such a positive energy crystal. All citrine that has that lovely golden yellow color is heated after mining, but the natural citrine is not, it is left as it comes out of Mama Earth. It is not golden, but has a very intense energy.
We shall indulge in the left over lasagna for a couple of days along with the other goodies. It is also time to consider goals for 2014 - no resolutions, just some ideas for improvement of... whatever that may be, and plans for the apprentices and Divine Feminine group as well as my personal workings.
I hope your Christmas was grand!
Blessings dark and deep!