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I’m not quite sure yet about my belief in the existence of the Fae or Faery folk.  I do understand that there are many out there, pagan and non-pagan alike, that believe in these other realm folk.  I did a bit of internet rummaging yesterday on the subject because I had the strangest thing happen to me the other day which left me looking for an explanation.  There is tons of information out there in regards to the Fae.  Some of the information is more fantasy, while others are almost scholarly in their explanations of the Fae.  The information I gathered appeared to have a general consensus that the Faery folk like to play games with us in this realm.  Examples of Faery hiding items from sight, to leave us looking all over, and then that item reappearing right where we left it in the first place are common on the internet.  The other day this prime example happened to me.

I had an incense stick that I had resting on the edge of my kitchen sink about half burnt.  While I was in the kitchen I spilled some water, so as I was grabbing a paper towel I accidentally knocked the incense stick onto the floor.  I saw where the incense landed and made a mental note to pick this up when I was finished cleaning up my spill.  I threw the paper towel into the trash and went to pick up the incense and it was gone.  At first I thought I must have perhaps kicked it under the kitchen mat.  I lifted the mat and it was not there.  I scoured the floor and could not find the incense.

At that point, I called in my fiance and asked her to look on the kitchen floor to find the stick of incense.  So there’s both of us very purposefully looking for the incense stick.  Neither her nor I could find it.  We looked under the oven and in any other crevice that perhaps the incense could have been kicked under.  Nothing.  I finally started to think that maybe I did throw it away when I tossed the paper towel into the trash.  I looked in the trash can and no incense stick.  I was completely and utterly confused.

Where did the incense stick go?!  After a few minutes we finally gave up looking and just assumed that it was buried in the trash.  I told my fiance there is no way it’s buried in the trash.  I would have just tossed it in the trash, and as a result, it would be lying on top of anything in the trash can.  We both decided to call off the search and just assume it was in the trash since it could not be found on the floor.

Yeah this became the obsession of our lives for at least ten to fifteen minutes. You should have seen us; it was a literal head-scratcher!

We both go back into the living room to watch television.  A couple minutes later, I get up to get a drink of water from the kitchen.  It’s then and there that I find the incense stick lying on the kitchen floor in the exact spot I remember seeing it when it fell on the floor.  I called my fiance into the kitchen and said, Look! I asked her if there was any way in the world she would have missed this when looking.  She said no chance it was plain as day.  I thought, exactly, there is no way that two of us very purposefully looking for the incense would have had any chance of missing that.  The incense could not have been any more in plain sight.  We were literally on our hands and knees looking on the floor not more than fifteen minutes ago.

My fiance instantly chalked it up to the Fae without a doubt in her mind.  She is a green witch and also believes in the realm of the Fae.  She stated that this is a very common prank that the Faery like to play on humans. For some reason, they have graced us with their presence, and this is their way of making it known.

I have always been one to view this realm with a bit more skepticism.  However, two nights ago, I began to question my view of this realm.  Could this realm actually exist?  Should I welcome the Fae into my home?  If I don’t acknowledge their presence will their pranks just keep on coming?  After the events of two nights ago I am left pondering that this realm, in fact, could be as real as ours. I have questions.

What do you think? Do you believe in the realm of the Fae?  Have you had similar experiences that you knew for sure was the Fae playing a prank?

Comments welcome!

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Recently I have had a particular drawing to dragons.  I can’t really explain why either.  I know dragons are very powerful symbols in Celtic myth and legend; I knew this a few years ago.  However, a few years ago, I didn’t feel drawn to dragons.  I can deduct certain reasons why dragons have decided to grace me with their presence.   I’m glad they decided to enter my life.  I take this as a symbol of my spiritual development.  The dragons were only going to come into my life when I was ready for their presence.  I consider dragons a very real Otherworldly being; like the Sidhe.  As for this blog post, I decided to give you some insight into dragons from the Celtic perspective.

There is some debate as to when dragons appeared in Celtic myth.  Some believe that dragons didn’t make an appearance until early Christian times.  An important thing to remember here is that the Christians were very maticulous in developing written records.  Celtic society passed traditions orally.  Thus, it makes it a bit more difficult to fully know the exact influence dragons had on Celtic society apart from Christian documentation.  Christians changed the role of the dragon for their benefit; depicting the dragon as a symbol of evil or the devil.

The dragon was, arguably, the most powerful of all Celtic symbols.  It has been said that the Druids believed the Earth was like the body of a dragon, in which they built sacred stone circles upon the ‘Power Nodes’ of the dragon’s body.  Dragons were revered like Gods, bringing Earthly and Otherworldly forces together.   Dragons influenced the land and were associated with the power of the land.  Areas frequented by dragons were said to yield special powers.

Dragons are said to possess the gifts of wisdom, vision, and prophecy.  Dragons are the guardians of all knowledge and wisdom.  Dragons are the guardian spirits who protect the Earth and all living things.

Those who understand dragons and have knowledge of their ways will be blessed by their presence.  Dragons will protect you for as long as you let them.  Today many Wiccans and Druids bring the spirit of the dragon into their lives.

Below is a picture of my dragons.

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I had a very stressful day at work yesterday.  You know, the kind of day where people should be understanding of uncontrollable circumstances, but because it effects them, rationality is thrown out the window.  Due to such circumstances,  a day where I do everything in my power to support those individuals, but in the end I just can’t make it happen.  Due to such circumstances, a day where the affected individuals choose to take a jab at me via email to my boss while CCing me on that email; rather unfairly.  For the record, my boss was completely understanding because he was firmly ungulfed in the situation from the start.  I am not going to get into any details, but it did get me thinking of my Druid spirituality.  I would take this as the positive of what proved otherwise to be a bad day.

I got to thinking how us Druids don’t see the world through binary glasses.  There is always that third factor; the ternary.  When you take a look at the third factor the answer may lie.  It’s that balance that allows for freedom and flexibility.  Yesterday was a day in which I found it hard to recognize any tertiary factor to help resolve the situation.  Perhaps, there was not a ternary factor hidden from plain view, or perhaps there was and I failed to see it.

The point being is that I tried to look for a third factor.  I know for certain that if I were not a practicing Druid this thought process would never have entered my mind.  Sometimes that third factor isn’t obvious, sometimes it’s as plain as day.  The important lesson I learned from yesterday is to always look for the ternary and not settle on the binary.  If I can’t reveal the ternary factor then so be it; at least I tried to view the situation in this light.  At the very least, I can rest peacefully knowing that I tried everything, but sometimes in the end things don’t work out perfectly.  Or did it because I learned a valuable lesson??  See….

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There are some beginners in the magical arts that think practicing magic will bring them all of their desires at their will. If they do spells for money, love, careers, etc…they will be blessed with all of these gifts. When these things don’t come to the new spell-caster they begin to feel discouraged. It’s usually at this moment in time where beginners lose interest. I will admit when I began dabbling in Wicca some years ago I thought this was true as well. I just needed to train my mind and expose my will to get all that I wanted. It took some teaching to learn that magic just doesn’t work in this manner. Magic works with nature not against nature; and follows the laws of attraction. For example, if you want prosperity you have to think prosperous thoughts. In spell-casting if you simply state “I want to be prosperous” then you’ll get exactly what you asked for. You will always be wanting to be prosperous because this is what you just stated. Your intention has to be crystal-clear or magic can work against you without you perhaps realizing what has happened.

Nwyfre. In Druidry this is the life-force that surrounds, flows through, and penetrates all things and places. Being aware of nwyfre is essential to practicing the art of magic. If you have been practicing magic then you know that real magic is natural, not unnatural. Magic flows from your awareness of nwyfre and follows natural patterns. If you were brought up in Western society you were taught that magic didn’t exist and there was scientific reason surrounding everything. We are so ingrained with this that we become disenchanted and disconnected from nature. It’s tough at first to let go of this thought process, but when you do, you will notice you can pick up on nwyfre. I had one example of this happen to me a couple of days ago.

I was taking a shower getting ready for work; like I do every morning. In my showers I tend to think of what I need to do that day and map it out. For some reason a couple of days ago I had this feeling that their was a fire. The feeling of the fire was so intense that I thought it could be my home that was on fire. I immediately got out of the shower and looked around but no fire. I thought it was a bit strange, but I was thankful there wasn’t a fire. Later that day, on my way home from work I noticed a black smoke blanket the sky a few blocks from my house. At first, I thought it was storm clouds coming over head (that’s how dense the smoke was). I quickly realized that it wasn’t storm clouds but a thick smoke from something burning. It turned out that there was a huge brush fire that spotaneously erupted in a remote section my town due to the dry air. At that moment I thought “holy crap, I picked up on the flow of nwyfre earlier this morning!” I wanted to chalk it up to coincidence, but that was my Western trained mind to think logically about the events that had occured.

The point of all of this is that if we open up our minds and bodies to the flows of nature we will soon learn to communicate and work magically with nature. Either that or I just told a cool little story 🙂

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Been awhile…

Hi everyone.  I know it’s been almost a year since my last post.  There is a good explanation for this I promise.  As you all know I am a member of OBOD (Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids) going through my journey with them.  Their Druid training is intense and sometimes takes a bit of time to be able to fully work with all that is being taught to you.

I needed some extra time away from the online world to build my inner world.  This was an important and necessary step in my spiritual development.  You see, you can’t give yourself freely to the Gods, Nature, etc… without having your inner self figured out.

I took a lot of time working with the legend of Taliesin.  I needed this legend to ring loud and clear inside of me before I was able to press on from that.  That meant the number of distractions in my outer world had to be minimized for the time being.

The legend of Taliesin is a very important story in the workings of a Druid.  It tells a story of life, death, and rebirth.  Of seeing the beauty in ugliness.  To give myself entirely to the path of Druidry I needed to take some time to heal my inner wounds and be reborn again.  So the legend of Taliesin also goes.  And for that matter, most world religions do have a similar story.

So, my humble apologies to you all for taking some time away.  But if you practice Druidry or another Pagan path, then you fully understand why I needed to take almost a year away. The blog posts will start popping up again and I will keep you all updated via Twitter and the such! Thank you for your patience and many blessings under the Oaks /|\

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My Druid studies have taken me to this point; a circle. Looks simple enough, does it not? The one common thing most people will notice is that the circle is not linear. The circle is continuous and never-ending. See what I am getting at? No? Well, let me explain. Once you start looking at your life, nature, seasons, and days, you will soon come to realize that we are not so linear. There is no straight line from birth to death. Everything, and I mean everything, is cylical. Once you see how the circle works in the natural world and in your life you will start to understand that you are an equal part of the natural world; just the same as a squirrel or chipmunk. See, the circle packs quite a punch! When I first discovered this whole idea it really changed the way I looked at the entire natural world and the energies it has to offer. Now it’s time to explain how the circle works; then you will get a broader understanding at the power of the circle.

The Circle as Your Life:

Get a picture of a circle drawn in your mind or draw it on a piece of paper if you need to in order to visualize what I am speaking of. I will use cardinal directions to help explain. At the top (North) of the circle this represents Birth/Death/Re-birth. Now, move clockwise to East. This point in the circle represents Youth/Young Adulthood. Continue now to the South as this represents your Middle Age/Mature period in life. Then move West as this represents the Elder years of your life and preparing for death. Then you arrive back up to the top (North) of the circle where you are re-born again.

Next I’ll explain the fact that this ties directly in with the Seasons, the days, the Sun, and the Moon. See, we are not creatures intended to be disconnected from the Natural World and its energies. Bear with me.

The Seasons:

Winter:
We place this at the top (North) of the circle. Why? Because after the Winter Solstice, which marks the longest night of the year, the new year is being born/re-born. The days are growing with light, the Sun is getting stronger. Druids, in ritual, light a single candle to signify the birth of a year. This also explains why in the 4th century that Christians marked this time as the birth of Jesus; since there was no historical evidence to make such a claim, it makes sense to place his birth at this time.

Spring:
We set this at the East of the circle. The year is starting to bloom and grow. Just as in our life we are blooming and growing during our youth.

Summer:
We set this at the South of the circle. This is when the year is mature and strong. Temperatures are hottest. All blooming and maturation of creatures are complete.

Autumn:
We set this at the West of the circle. We are now reaping the harvest of the year as the natural world is beginning to weaken and prepare for death until the new year is reborn.

We complete this seasonal circle back to the Winter Solstice. See, I don’t see the winter months as cold, dark, and dreary; although perfectly acceptable if you do. I see the winter months as a time for reflection and meditation as energy and light are slowly gaining momentum.

Sun and Days:

Midnight:If the Sun rises in the East and Sets in the West, then we place midnight at the North point of the circle. This is when the Sun has died for the day and is preparing for re-birth.

Dawn: Placed at the East of the circle, as mentioned above, the Sun rises in the East. This is when the day is growing and becoming mature.

Noon-to-Mid Afternoon: Placed at the South of the circle. This is when the day reaches the height of its maturity. The point of the day when the Sun is the strongest.

Dusk: Placed at the West of the circle. The Sun sets in the West. This is the point in the day when its preparing for death (mid-night). The day is old. We prepare for sleep until the birth of a new day.

Up next is the Moon. Many people in the Wiccan and Druid paths use the Moon for its potent energies for use in their magical spells and rituals. Let’s face it; the moon’s energies affects our moods, the tides of our waters, and those of the living World. The Moon is very powerful. Many spells and rituals are created around the phases of the moon. Once you understand the moon’s energies you can then create your own spells and rituals. This is much more powerful than reading spells from a book that may or may not really get to the heart of what you want in your particular spell. When you think of the moon’s phases in terms of a circle, then you can truly understand and harness its energies.

Moon Phases:

New/Dark Moon: Place the New/Dark Moon at the North point of the circle. This is when the moon’s energies die and are being re-born. A lot of people like to use this time to recharge, recoup, or relax. I personally use this time to meditate or take to magical studies in preparation for the next Moon’s energy.

Waxing Moon: Place the Waxing Moon at the East point of the circle. Think of this phase in the same way you think of youth, dawn, and spring. The Moon’s energy is growing and gaining strength by the day. This would be a great time to write or perform spells to bring gains into your life.

Full Moon: Place the Full Moon at the South point of the circle. This phase is just like middle-age, summer, and noon. This is when the Moon’s energy is the strongest. All spells during this phase are in play. Remember, the energy is the strongest, so make sure you choose your spells wisely; they are going to be very potent during this phase.

Waning Moon: Place the Waning Moon at the West point of the circle. This phase is just like elder years, autumn, and dusk. The Moon’s energy is slowly dying. This is a great time for spells that are meant for banishing. However, if you really do need a gain in your life during this phase, just create a spell for its opposite. For example, if you need money and it can’t wait until the Waxing Moon, just create a spell to banish the financial problem you are currently going through. Get it? Good!

We complete the Moon circle back to the Dark/New Moon. Now, when you step outside and look up at the moon you will be able to tell what phase the Moon is in just by looking at it.

Yes, I realize this is a lenghty blog post, but its an important one. I will admit, I used to be one of those people who thought very linearly. But when I decided to look at the World and my life in terms of a circle suddenly this basic shape took on a very powerful meaning. Everything is born, then dies, and is reborn; you become a much more powerful and enlightened person when you realize this. Now you can see why Wiccans and Druids perform rituals in a circle. The circle is constantly flowing with energy. In solitary rituals you stand at the center of your circle, not only for protection, but to represent the Spirit or the Sun (as the Earth revolves around the Sun). A circle can be as big or small as you want. When you are in a group ritual and you open the circle to create a crescent moon shape you are just making the circle bigger to include whatever you may be facing into the circle.

Remember, the circle is powerful. As you begin to harness energies of the Natural World think in terms of a circle to be your guide. Once you realize this you begin to see that you become a very powerful, magical, and wise person. When you step outside your door you realize your toolkit is vast and immense. There is so much at your disposal and suddenly your eyes open to the amazement of what you have to work with to bring betterment to yourself and your community.

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