They aren’t what you think they are.
They’re a motley blend of classical spirits (nymphs, dryads, Sibyls, etc), a few deities (Venus of the Venusberg), and then associated elementals (gnomes, dwarves, etc), not to mention spirits found in folklore.
They were worked with on the popular level - cunning-folk making pacts with fairies for their Art - and in Elite manuscripts (the Sloane manuscripts, Folger VB26), and even a grimoire or two (the Verum has the Sibyls, as I posted yesterday).
People regularly reconciled their folk beliefs with their religious ones, or simply didn’t care about orthodox interpretations, and worked anyway. Even Agrippa discusses fairies.
It’s only modern practitioners that noob up the subject matter.
And it totally pisses me off. Instead of actually making sure they know shit, people quote two or three grimoires and imagine they have the sum total of materials at their disposal and know everything.
There’s a lot of fairy materials. And it takes a very, very long time to pin it all down.
Can you name some titles for me that I could potentially easily download via PDF?
I’d love to look at some. I’ve had one or two run ins with the fae growing up at my parent’s house (which is very countrified and surrounded by farms). I’ve always been interested in them even if they aren’t necessarily important to me/a focal point in my practice.
Yeah. I can even privately link you a couple PDFs. That’ll take a sec.
Since I’ve been ruthlessly citing this shit for a while, I’ll pimp my entries, though:
So, one major Grimoire is the Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, edited by David Rankine and published Avalonia. It contains rituals from Reginald Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft (I’ve already posted the Three Fairy Sisters and the Fairy Sibyllia / Experiment of the Dead rites today), Folger VB26(1), and a few that I’m uncertain of. In Well Met By Daylight I tracked down the sigils of Oberon’s Lieutenants (Scorax, Carmelyon, Caberyon, Seberyon) and restored them to Gauntlet’s transcription. Oberon also appears in the Sloane Manuscripts (published and edited by Rankine via Avalonia again under the title The Book of Treasure Spirits). In A Feast for Dead Kings, I adapted the fairy meal to Thiasos of the Starry Bull Orphic festivals, and posted transcribed instructions for the meal.
Additionally, I posted the Sigils of the Seven Fairy Sisters found in Gauntlet’s grimoire (“To Have Conference with Fairies”), and outlined where they tie in with the Sloane materials (again, see Rankine’s work[s]). I should note that there a quite a few shorter fairy rites, which I have not transcribed yet, and which appear prior to the Pact with the Seven Fairy Sisters and Queen Delfornia (“Inferiors and servants to the Empress and Princess of all fairies, Sibyls, and all amiable creatures delighting in the company of human people, Lady Delforia" - Gauntlet, P. 292).
In Peterson’s Verum translation, Cerberus (who is also, according to Wayer, Neiberos) appears as a Gnome, and I directly quote relevent sections of the Treasure Magic rite in Mournful Cries (at the end). Yesterday, I posted the rite in which the Sibyls are called on - in the Verum - to foretell the future.
Also, forthcoming, is Rankine’s The Book of Oberon, which will apparently be awesome, and probably have a lot of the above.
Finally, Teresa Burns’ paper on the Sibylline and fairy rites is fucking awesome.
In terms of fairies and Cunning Magic - already touched on via Gauntlet (who was a cunning-man) - both Emma Wilby (Cunning Folk and Familiar Spirits) and Owen Davies (Popular Magic) discuss the trials where the issue came up.
that feel when your tarot cards know exactly what’s up and throw like 6 different cards at you for “delays, stagnation, disappointment, frustration, confusion” in one reading with varying additions of “past issues” and “issues ahead.”
and then advise you to seek counsel (when you just recently decided to go back to therapy and have your second appointment in two days).
but they are also indicating the delays & co. are from things outside of my control/bigger than me. which is both comforting (“it’s not my fault then”) and upsetting (“but so i have no power to change it”).
burntumbra said: Good morning! I've sent you payment for a 5 card Lenormand reading. I'm going through a hard time and I'm wondering how I can go about talking to my Mom about it/how she is involved in my troubles, if at all, due to communication problems and complicated history. I'm afraid of how she will react. You can post publically if you like. Thank you so much! Hope you're having a good day :)
For you I drew th Mice, The Whip, The Birds The Lady and the Fox. The Birds represent talking. This is the heart of the matter, communication. To the left, there are mice and the whip. This indicates that whatever yuo have to say to your mother may cause a stressful argument. To the right we have the Lady and The fox. The keyword for the fox is Liar. This represents a woman in your life who is crafty, dishonest and cunning.
I’m sorry, friend, I don’t think the conversation will go well. The conversation may lead to a fight.
Thanks for your purchase. If you have any questions about your reading, please feel free to message me.
XOXO -Seidon Ostara
Ahh, thank you so much for getting to this so quickly! I really appreciate it :). Reblogging to my Pagan blog instead of the main one bc my mom knows about that one.
This is exactly what I thought would happen and why I haven’t brought it up yet. This reading is pretty much 100% accurate to the situation and matches up with some other, related readings. I’ve been getting the 7 of Swords a lot recently which is similar in meaning to the interpretation of the Fox & the Lady here.
However, everything I’ve heard has also told me to communicate even though it will be stressful (and Mercury is about to retrograde its ass through my sign starting tomorrow). Sigh.
If you guys are looking for readings, theunicornlenormand does a fantastic job!
Just as a head’s up, I’m going to likely be purchasing a new camera some time next week.
As such, if you still want to throw your name into the raffle for a free piece of jewelry - and it would be very appreciated, as I am still $40 short of my goal, so anything you can give will lessen the financial impact of this purchase - feel free to do so here!
Thank you all again, so much!
Yay goal reached now! Always glad to see someone get the help they need.
Anonymous said: how does non-reconstructionist hellenic stuff work? all the info i can find is on reconstructionist stuff.
I actually don’t know anyone else who doesn’t just identify it as eclectic that does non-reconstructionist work. But what I do, is mostly, rather than re-create the traditional means of worship in a modern setting, I simply make modern means of worship. I can’t spend a week throwing parties and going to sporting and theater events for the Great Dionysia. I don’t even try to recontruct that. Instead I throw a party, with the full intention of everyone being able to stay the night, and I serve food that I feel is appropriate, I pull out games, we tell stories, dance, and enjoy life.
I appreciate the history and everything in re-constructionist work. It’s amazing, the level of work people put into learning and practicing as closely as possible to the original ways. I just take my knowledge of the Gods, and create my own ways of worshiping them in a modern world and a modern way. The means of celebration and worship aren’t even necessarily related, other than there are elements that still honor that Deity.
I’m sort of the same! I have an interest in reconstructionist rituals, but I’m also just starting out and currently living in a college dorm, so it would be impractical for me to try to be reconstructionist. I am happy with my own practice as of now.
I think that’s the important part, being happy with your practice and making it fit your life style :)
thebacchichuntress once described herself as a revivalist rather than a reconstructionist when I asked her this question, with the same sort of answer—looking at the history and recon stuff but modernizing it :)