Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fairy Cakes

In many spells, rituals and other actions involving fae and fairy magick the offering of fairy cakes is often mentioned as a gift of thanks to those lovely spirits and beings that have helped.
Fairy cakes can be offering cakes, mini cupcakes or it could be in reference to a poisonous mushroom, Hebeloma crustuliniforme aka poison pie.

This post is about the offering cakes both edible and non-edible.
Here are some shops that sell fairy cakes and some fairy cake recipes for you to use in your magical workings.

MoonlitHerbals on Etsy sells an Herbal Offering of Fairy Cakes that is made of all natural (though not edible) ingredients of rose buds, lavender, glittery mica and more that can be left in nature and will return to the earth without harm to the environment or animals.

Here is a recipe for a lavender rose angel food cake that would be perfect as an offering cake to fairies in its sweetness and herbs.

The recipe for Leibkuchen (Honey Cakes) as an offering is available Here.
Another Honey cake recipe is available Here - I've placed both because honey is a beloved by the fae and even a simple offering of honey mixed in warm or fresh milk is perfect for them.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Could you be a Fae?

Fairies walk among us in the guise of humans. This has been a fact for many of us who study the fae. Usually we think its the fae putting on a glamour (a form of magic that makes those around them see what the fae wants them to see). But could the fae have reincarnated into a human form?

Doreen Virtue, in her book Earth Angels, writes about Reincarnated Elementals (or Fae). She explains how these people feel, what they look like, their personalities and even gives them a little advice on how to better adjust to this new body and to the world on this side of the veil.

My husband and I took her quizzes and confirmed that he is a reincarnated Fae (which we already suspected) and I might be a reincarnated Wise One (witch, wizard, sorcerer, etc). I loved this book and by reading some of the other sections also learned how to help and better interact with some of my friends (who are StarPeople or Walk-ins) and to better understand some of the things my husband does that drives me crazy (especially our feat and famine finances).

If you feel you might be a fae or simply want to get an idea of some of the questions this book asks - Take my new quiz! Are you a Reincarnated Fairy?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fairies Oracle Giveaway

For those of you who read my Brian Froud Fairies' Oracle review and wanted that deck for yourself, be sure to check out Rue & Hyssop's March Madness Give-a-way! They are giving away this fairy oracle deck to celebrate spring in Rue's Fairy Garden.
All you have to do is be a friend of the blog in some way - Follow Rue & Hyssop on Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, by email, or by RSS feed. Don't miss your chance to win this wonderful oracle ^_^

Thursday, March 22, 2012

How to see the Fae

By far the most common question I see asked about the wee folk is not 'do they exist' but 'How do I see one?'
I've been asked this question on forums, chats, emails, instant messenger, in witchcraft group meetings that discussed fairies, by friends and even some family. They all want to know how to see one. They all want to see one.

So then I start discussing with them how and I usually get some agitated response, which startles me. Turns out, the majority of the people who ask me how to see a fairy want some super quick answer - what I call a Staples Button solution. It just doesn't work that way. I can't blend up a potion for you to drop into your eyes and magically you can see creatures and places beyond your previous scope of vision. Sure I can give you all kinds of supplies and instructions, but it still depends on you as to whether or not you're going to see one.

I have also found that some of these people don't believe in fairies but just want to try out what I say for a matter of seconds and when nothing happens, they feel that they've debunked my advice somehow. To this I just shake my head and move on because no matter what they do, it all comes down to wanting to see them in the first place.

So, I'm stepping off my soap box and I will give you some ADVICE on how to see the fae. These instructions are by NO MEANS an immediate answer. You will have to WORK AT IT, you will have to BELIEVE, and you will have to TRULY WANT IT.

Step 1. The most important thing about seeing fairies is that you must BELIEVE in them! 

Believe in fairies. That's it.
Ont of my mottos is the Latin phrase Credendo Vides - By Believing One Sees (sort of the opposite of the skeptic's motto seeing is believing). I believe that once I or you or anyone decides to believe in something, whether its God, fairies, themselves, their ability to do something, anything, once they believe in it, it's perfectly possible to see that it exists or is true.
I believe that once a person decides not to believe in something, that door is closed to them. They won't ever see it.
So if you want to see a fairy, Believe in them! Believe you will be able to see one! It sounds simple but its a lot of work if you're starting out in a state of disbelief.

Step 2. Relate to the Fairies.
Now that you believe in fairies, think about how you believe they will look like or act or feel.
I think fairies are whimsical, child-like, mischievous, earth-loving, magical, and natural. I mean, sure there's as many different kinds of fairy as there are kinds of people, but in all I think the so called bad ones can be child-like, even if its a temper tantrum and the so-called good or light fairies are even mischievous at times.
Now that I have a pretty good concept of what I think the fae are like, I try and relate to that.

How to relate? 

One way is to get in touch with your inner-child. If fae are child-like and I want to be around them, I need to be child-like too. So I do things that help me connect with my inner-child like coloring in a coloring book, wear pretty pink glittery clothes, snuggle a teddy bear, fix my doll's hair in a braid, watch a Disney movie, etc. These all put me in kid-head-space.

Another way is to add a touch of whimsy to your life. Decorate your living space with artwork that makes your think of fae (which will relate to a step later on). Eat your cake before your dinner. Buy a pair of ruby slippers instead of sensible black heels. Look in the mirror and say "Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" And KNOW the answer is YOU!

Be mischievous if it's in your nature to be. Pull SAFE pranks on friends or family. Watch comedies and laugh out loud! Play 'Got your Nose' with the young children around you.

Step 3. Spend time in Nature
Most people believe the fae reside in natural environments like meadows, woods, forests, caves, gardens and places like that. So, the rational thing to do when looking for a fae is to go out into nature to look for them, not an office cubicle or a yoga studio or a library or a classroom. OUTSIDE is where they will be and where you need to be if you're looking for them.

Go on a hike. Meditate in the park. Play in the garden. Do something outside.
Some fae believers and seers say that the best way to see a fae for the first time is to go out into the woods, sit at the base of a great big tree, and wait. Meditate if you must but wait. This may take a few tries and even some long hours of sitting and watching but once the fae see that 1 you aren't going away 2 you have the patience and eagerness to see them and 3 you are disturbing anything by just sitting there...they will deign to make themselves known.

Step 4. Music
Many tales and fae believers say that the fae are drawn to music. The simply love it. So sing, place a song on an instrument, or even a cd of melodious tunes could draw them out. I would suggest old Celtic songs, soft music, or simply instrumental stuff - nothing too thrashy or harsh on delicate ears like metal, rock, rap, techno, dance, etc.
Singing or humming I'm told is best and works great for me. My husband finds playing his guitar and singing or, at times, just whistling works for him.

Step 5. Make a Fairy Space
By making a space in or outside your home, you are welcoming the fae to come into your life and your vision. There are so many ways to do this and many fae believers have become very creative in their space-making techniques.
My 3 favorite ways are Fairy Gardens, Fae Houses, and Fae Altars. (See also How to Attract Fairies to the Home post)

The Fairy Garden
This can be done in 2 ways. You can make a whole garden dedicated to fairies...or you can mark off a section of your garden for the fae specifically.
There are so many lists of flowers, herbs and other plants out there that relate to fae. Whatever you choose, know that most fae, especially wild or garden fae, prefer a cottage-style garden - meaning not too neat and well-trimmed but leave a few "weeds" here and there, let things overgrow a bit, let it get a little wild.
If you're marking off a place for the Fae, try and do so with stones or a statue of a fairy. If you can, try and get large pieces of quartz or stones with quartz in them to mark it off at it gives off great energy.

The Fae Houses
These are so beautiful. They rang in size from the palm of my hand to one I've seen was big enough to be a garden shed. Most are made from twigs, scraps of wood or even reclaimed wood. Others are made from re-purposed tea kettles, boots, doll houses, tree stumps, and so on. The decoration is just as varied. I recommend adding pieces of flourite stone as it is a rock that attracts fae. If its inside, add fresh cut flowers inside or beside the house and maybe some sweet-smelling incense. If outside, plant some flowers around it. Hang wind chimes, crystals, small mirrors, anything shiny.

Fae Altars
This is a great way to make a fae space if you don't have a lot of room - say living in an apartment or sharing the house. The easiest and space-saving-est way to do this, I've found, is to clear off a shelf in the book shelf that gets the most light.
Lay out a piece of sparkly fabric or merely green, purple, rose or white fabric. Try and stay away from pure white or black unless its sparkly gauze. Prints should be natural in theme like flowers or leaves.
On the altar place flourite or quartz crystals (moonstone or lepidolite works good too). Put an image of the fae, and anything else you think will draw them. Sweet-smelling incense, a small glass of absinthe, cut flowers, vials of glitter, etc. Anything you think will draw them in.
Perhaps make an offering of ginger or milk and honey here as well.

There are many other pieces of advice online, if you're open minded and feel like looking.
I hope this little article helps you make many fae friends!

Friday, March 16, 2012

One View on Dragons

I was given this article on Dragons by my dear friend Heaven's Divinity

original version published on  Saturday, 26 November 2011 at 11:50.
(This may not hold truth for everyone who has had dragon experiences, but it holds truth for me, from my experiences. Also the information may not be perfect as I’m only human.)

 For those of you who don't know, I work with dragons. They live in their own dimension and they visit me astrally or I visit them astrally in meditation. Some people work with spirits, angels, and elves. etc. I get the chance to work with dragons for about five years now. I even get to call them my brothers. My brothers have agreed that I can share some info on their way of life, although not much, but it is something.

I wouldn't recommend befriending a dragon right off the bat, not all dragons are good, not all dragons have good intentions. "Good” vs.”evil” is more complex than we naturally would think as there are countless spectrum’s of colors involved from that aspect.Even when they are good their intentions aren't always that clear. They always have an ace up their sleeve so to speak, for their intelligence surpasses the human race. One has to be very careful with working with mystical beings. Unless you have a well established bond of many years for they will only tell you half truths of what suites them the best. Even if one does have a well established bond of many decades with a mystical. One still has to be careful and clear on what they want from a mystical one. Don't take what they say blindly, often times its what they don't say is what is important. Don't get me wrong my tribe has been nothing but good to me and have yet to do anything horrid, its just one has to always keep guard up when dealing with any other worldly beings. Even though they are not a higer race, like elves, fae, etc, are not higher beiings, (some would like you to think otherwise. ) Respect is still a given when working with mystical ones, especially dragon. One does not want to get on a dragons bad side. They are not adoptable pets and treating them as such will anger them.

“Bad” Dragons you can literally tell form the energy they give off and the color black. Call me biased but that’s what I observed from the dragon race. The red ones can be temperamental. The darker colored dragons are considered more dangerous like a very dark green the same for alll colors etc The grey ones are also not the friendlily types, just from personal experiences. The "bad"dragons can creat earthquakes in this realm,(not too sure of this.)

With that said, lets get to the good information. Dragons are a very secretive race they mostly keep to themselves.   They are in small groups, families, tribes etc. My tribe has many members, a lot. They come in many colors (some colors  that we can't imagine.), shapes, and sizes. They have rankings and leaderships. How dragons succeed leaderships if the former leader dies etc. It rarely happens since dragons live for many millenniums, however they can die from a mortal wound as other beings know their weaknesses and hunt them, that’s why long ago most left the mortal realm.

The dragon race is carnivorous, they eat big animals like fish etc.

Also when dragons mate they mate for life. Female dragons can bare a few eggs at a time, the tribes fiercely protect their families.

They are very hygienic as they are an intellectual race. Their scales are sacred magic that gives them knowledge on everything around them. Basically they know all about you before you can utter a hello, obviously proficient masters in magic. They can speak telepathically though never tried that. The reasonthey breath fire it's because a type of chemical in their body.

To my knowledge they can't shapeshift. I've never seen this, so I can't say. (I'm open to the posability though since they are masters of magic.)

Falling in love with mortals is taboo for them that just doesn't happen to my knowledge but strangely taboo to speak of. (So, I don't know.)

Dragons are fiercely territorial and will protect their land and tribe at all cost. One thing that dragons do practice when enemy tribes attack is cannibalism. Its an old ritual of sorts. Its either they eat them or be eaten. When dragons fight they fight to the death no prisoners. That’s who they are and I accept that both “good” and “bad” tribes practice this ancient ritual.

One time me and my perfect timing I was looking for my dragons in meditation. When I found them my tribe was attacked by black dragons and it was a bloody thing and brought sadness to me, when my buddy noticed me he pushed me back into this realm. Which stunned me because I was still debating during that time if they were real or not.

 Furthermore dragons do have caves of countless treasures books included but they keep treasures to hide them away from the mortal race as greed can consume us much. I was lucky to be able to visit such a cave and I never want to again because their guards are scary.

 Their heat and scales are healing. The dragons are often sought after for advice, although the dragon tribe rarely gives opinion or advise on mortal matters unless asked. The don't like to be involved in things outside their tribe or family. Being able to fly with them in meditation is a powerful and amazing experience, it's also an entitlement. So, don't go asking a dragon you just meet or your toast or better yet they won't communicte with you anymore. To them I think it would be a lack of respect, if you ask a dragon that you just meet to ride them.

           Their protection and knowledge on the divine is great, as well.

I hope this information pleases.

Please don't copy and paste anywhere else, unless you have permission. Please link where you found this information or something.
For all I know all this could be part of my delusional mind and ego take what I say with a grain of salt