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The tall princesses in the willow tree
They move their lazy, lovely heads about,
They wave their arms, their hair goes stream-
ing out,
Their rustling dresses shimmer like the sea.
But presently they cease to sway and swing
And stand quite still, and whisper gentle

words,

Quietly calling to the little birds
To perch upon their pretty hands and sing
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Witchin up the garden

spiritscraft:

Once you have the basics of green thumbry down. You might want to add some magic to your gardening:

+ Get a farmers almanac and plant according to the moon phases and astrological signs.

  • Moonrise occurring in the evening brings fair weather, says one proverb, harking back to the belief that the waning Moon (full and last quarter, which rise in the evening) is dry.
  • The New Moon and first quarter, or waxing phases, are considered fertile and wet.
  • The new and first-quarter phases, known as the light of the Moon, are considered good for planting above-ground crops, putting down sod, grafting trees, and transplanting.
  • From full Moon through the last quarter, or the dark of the Moon, is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.
  • The time just before the full Moon is considered particularly wet, and is best for planting during drought conditions.
  • http://www.almanac.com/content/farming-moon

+ Sing traditional songs while gathering or planting the herbs:

The Consecration of the Seed (Carmina Gadelica)

I WILL go out to sow the seed,
In name of Him who gave it growth;
I will place my front in the wind,
And throw a gracious handful on high.
Should a grain fall on a bare rock,
It shall have no soil in which to grow;
As much as falls into the earth,
The dew will make it to be full.

Friday, day auspicious,
The dew will come down to welcome
Every seed that lay in sleep
Since the coming of cold without mercy;
Every seed will take root in the earth,
As the King of the elements desired,
The braird will come forth with the dew,
It will inhale life from the soft wind.

I will come round with my step,
I will go rightways with the sun,
In name of Ariel and the angels nine,
In name of Gabriel and the Apostles kind.

Father, Son, and Spirit Holy,
Be giving growth and kindly substance
To every thing that is in my ground,
Till the day of gladness shall come.

The Feast day of Michael, day beneficent,
I will put my sickle round about
The root of my corn as was wont;
I will lift the first cut quickly;
I will put it three turns round
My head, saying my rune the while,
My back to the airt of the north;
My face to the fair sun of power.

I shall throw the handful far from me,
I shall close my two eyes twice,
Should it fall in one bunch
My stacks will be productive and lasting;
No Carlin will come with bad times
To ask a palm bannock from us,
What time rough storms come with frowns
Nor stint nor hardship shall be on us.

The Fairy Wort (Carmina Gadelica)

PLUCK will I the fairy wort,
With expectation from the fairy bower,
To overcome every oppression,
As long as it be fairy wort.

Fairy wort, fairy wort,
I envy the one who has thee,
There is nothing the sun encircles,
But is to her a sure victory.

Pluck will I mine honoured plant
Plucked by the great Mary, helpful Mother of the people,
To cast off’ me every tale of scandal and flippancy,
Ill-life, ill-love, ill-luck,
Hatred, falsity, fraud and vexation,
Till I go in the cold grave beneath the sod.

+ Sex magic for fertility

Make love in the garden on the full moon or during a spring or summer quarter or cross quarter holiday

Create fertilizer from healthy sexual or menstrual fluids mixed with water. (only good for plants that need fertilized and not on seeds or baby plants)

Use symbolic sex magic like plunging a wand gently into a cauldron of soil or fertilizer to manifest virile and fertile planting.

Along the same vein, dances like the Maypole dance, Hobby Horse and Morris dancing are also good for manifesting fecundity.

+Create a fairy garden at the bottom of the garden:

Plant wildflowers, mushrooms and herbs that attract fairies, bees, and put gazing balls and fairy lanterns out there for the fairies. Let that part of the garden grow wild and weedy. Leave offerings for the fairies there too :) The well known wisewoman of Clare, Biddy Early spent much of her childhood at the bottom of the garden talking to the fairies. Maybe if you do likewise you will grow up to be as great a witch as her.

The witch’s garden

spiritscraft:

Starting a witch garden can be intimidating. Many friends tell me, I have a black thumb, I can’t even keep basil alive. Mistake one, basil doesn’t stay alive! There are some saints who can keep a basil plant going forever, but for most people its an annual that grows for a month or two, flowers, seeds, and dies to come up again next year if the conditions are right.

Begin, by managing your expectations. First, is it a plant that is known to be easy to grow from seed like mint, or difficult like lavender? Is it a variety that needs shade or sun, moist soil or dry soil, a heavy feeder (needs fertilized often) or likes waste spaces (don’t fertilize it).

Does it come up right away like, or take weeks? Does it need frost to come up? or will frost kill it? How many seeds can you expect to come up? Does it need thinned? Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t! Pick one or two easy to grow herbs and just learn what those ones like. Then after you have those two down, add a couple more next year.

If you are going to grow a garden from seed, begin the seeds several months before your area’s last frost. And don’t put the baby plants out too early, no matter how nice it is outside. I always think, oh its been sunny for two weeks, and I am just itchy to put my plants out. But wiser friends tell me to wait til Mother’s day. They are right, for my area, you just have to wait past Beltane to put the plants out. Find out from experienced gardeners in your area when its danger of frost is past.

But you can start your plants inside very early. Anytime after Yule is okay for me to start seeds. But I usually don’t get round to it till March. But the earlier the better and the healthier the plants I put out will be. But even now isn’t too late to start some seeds.

So along with picking out your Yule presents, check out your favorite seed catalog, and plan what you will buy. Go in with friends, because you rarely need all the seeds in a pack just for yourself and to save on shipping.

Get some peat moss or some planting soil and put them in whatever small containers you have around. Yogurt cups, toilet paper rolls, anything. You can poke a small hole in the bottom of the container and set it in a bigger container or on a plate and then keep them moist until the plants are standing well on their own. Don’t pour water over the top of very thin baby plants, pour water into the plate or container under your little pots so they can soak the water up.

If a bunch of little plants come up right next to each other, thin them out by carefully pulling some of them apart. You can replant them if you have more pots, or just put them in compost. Do this very carefully as to not damage the plants you are keeping.

When the stems are nice and strong and the plant looks happy and stable, you can carefully pull the dirt out of the pot, including the plant. And put it in a bigger pot or in the ground.

A few good starter from seed plants for new gardeners:

Mint, oregano, thyme, lemon balm, clary sage, mullien, valerian, and mugwort.

A few good ones to buy starts of:

Lavender and rosemary

Get Gardening!

ceremonialmagic101:

The Realms of Being
One of the core teachings of the western magical tradition is this: “The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.”
In a lot of modern magical writing, you will find lengthy discussions of the physical plane, the ethereal or etheric plane, the astral plane, the mental plane, and the spiritual plane.  While there are considerably more planes of existence than these five, these provide a convenient shorthand for driving home an essential point, one that magicians, witches, wizards, and all sorts of practitioners would do well to understand:
The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.
The realms overlap one another, and to some degree interact with one another. But they are separate ‘places’ (insofar as they are understood to be places), and you can’t get there from here no matter how far you travel nor how fast.  
It is as though one takes two triangular pieces of cardboard of the same shape, and overlay them on top of one another in opposite directions. In some places they barely touch, and the connection is tenuous.  In other places, they are in close contact with multiple points of co-relationship. But they are still two things, and no amount of duct tape or glue or dog slobber or any other solvent or adhesive will make them otherwise.
the ‘lowest’ realm is the Physical which is the world of matter and energy explored by science in great detail.  This is the world of rocks and trees, of planets and atoms, and of molecular chemistry and mountain ranges.  To call it the ‘lowest’ is a convenient shorthand, but if the name for this convenient collection of molecules is “angry bear”, it can still kill you.
The Etheric Realm is next up, and although we call it a ‘higher’ world it is difficult to say that it is higher or lower, or to the left or right — for the realms of being are discrete and not continuous. “Left and right”, and “higher and lower” are descriptives of the physical realm, not of the etheric. This is the realm of thoughts and images, of emotions and reactions, of fleeting notions and continuing moods.  It is often described as fluid, or impermanent.  To compare the physical and the etheric realms, is to compare a DVD of a film with the impressions of the film in your mind.  The one is a solid object; the other is a combination of memory of previews of the film, anticipations to see the film, and the observations of the film (and the excitement it generates, the anxiety, and the delight).  
This isn’t to say that the physical and the etheric don’t have anything to do with one another. Physically moving muscles can produce a bit of etheric ephemera called a “runner’s high”, an etheric “good mood” can become a bit of physical movement called a “dance”. Still, the realms of being are discrete and not continuous.  Don’t confuse one with the other.
The next ‘highest’ realm is the Astral.  So much blather has been written about the Astral that it is difficult to say what is true of it, and what is not.  It appears to be a realm of even more abstract and precise thought than the realms of thoughts and emotions that is the etheric.  It appears to be half-ourselves, and half- the thought forms of our species and our planet. It is akin to the Force of “Star Wars”: throughout all things, penetrating all things, permeating all things, directing our actions, obedient to our deeds.  To be able to see the astral realm (not with eyes, precisely, for those are physical organs), and to affect it, is to be capable of implementing long-range changes… somewhere. somehow.  Exactly how, is difficult to determine: for the realms of being are discrete and not continuous.  Build a pyramid in the astral realms if you must, but do not expect another pyramid to be built (immediately) in the physical realms.
The mental realm is most rarefied, most refined.  If we required lungs to visit it, we would not be able to breathe, for things are thin “up” here: mere wireframes rather than fully fleshed identities.  Things are more perfect around here — closer by far to the perfect realm of Spirit, here all justice and all law is perfectly executed and perfectly implemented.  Pi is a rational number here, for a circle here is not drawn in physical matter but in the stuff of ideals.  But a circle cannot be drawn in the realms of physical matter or even in etheric realms without encountering imperfection and irrationality.  The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.
"Finally," comes "Spirit" at the "highest" level.  Just as a photon has zero mass, so does Spirit have 0 interaction with physical matter.  They are not the same; the spiritual realms are realms of light and perfection and unity; while the physical realms are realms of shadow and imperfection and diversity.  The polarity of the spirit and the physical, and the vibration between them, is the means by which all manifestation takes place.   But we are never wholly in one or wholly in the other. We can touch spirit only tenuously, through careful approach along pathways that thread through the intermediate realms of symbol and idea and emotion, rather than directly.  The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.
One of the purposes of ceremonial magic is to learn to thread this conch of Daedalus; to learn to walk the labyrinth and slay (or befriend) the minotaur or the God at the center.  We do so knowing that there is no physical passport which will admit us to the astral realms, no etheric visa which will buy our way into the mental realms, and that there is no souvenir from the realms of spirit that can physically sit on a shelf for all our friends and relations to see.

The realms of being are not continuous. Nothing can be brought back from one, nor taken to another, without changing their representation and their presentation into the stuff from which that realm is formed. This is the magician’s work. Discretion is advised.

—ABWatt

ceremonialmagic101:

The Realms of Being

One of the core teachings of the western magical tradition is this: “The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.”

In a lot of modern magical writing, you will find lengthy discussions of the physical plane, the ethereal or etheric plane, the astral plane, the mental plane, and the spiritual plane.  While there are considerably more planes of existence than these five, these provide a convenient shorthand for driving home an essential point, one that magicians, witches, wizards, and all sorts of practitioners would do well to understand:

The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.

The realms overlap one another, and to some degree interact with one another. But they are separate ‘places’ (insofar as they are understood to be places), and you can’t get there from here no matter how far you travel nor how fast.  

It is as though one takes two triangular pieces of cardboard of the same shape, and overlay them on top of one another in opposite directions. In some places they barely touch, and the connection is tenuous.  In other places, they are in close contact with multiple points of co-relationship. But they are still two things, and no amount of duct tape or glue or dog slobber or any other solvent or adhesive will make them otherwise.

the ‘lowest’ realm is the Physical which is the world of matter and energy explored by science in great detail.  This is the world of rocks and trees, of planets and atoms, and of molecular chemistry and mountain ranges.  To call it the ‘lowest’ is a convenient shorthand, but if the name for this convenient collection of molecules is “angry bear”, it can still kill you.

The Etheric Realm is next up, and although we call it a ‘higher’ world it is difficult to say that it is higher or lower, or to the left or right — for the realms of being are discrete and not continuous. “Left and right”, and “higher and lower” are descriptives of the physical realm, not of the etheric. This is the realm of thoughts and images, of emotions and reactions, of fleeting notions and continuing moods.  It is often described as fluid, or impermanent.  To compare the physical and the etheric realms, is to compare a DVD of a film with the impressions of the film in your mind.  The one is a solid object; the other is a combination of memory of previews of the film, anticipations to see the film, and the observations of the film (and the excitement it generates, the anxiety, and the delight).  

This isn’t to say that the physical and the etheric don’t have anything to do with one another. Physically moving muscles can produce a bit of etheric ephemera called a “runner’s high”, an etheric “good mood” can become a bit of physical movement called a “dance”. Still, the realms of being are discrete and not continuous.  Don’t confuse one with the other.

The next ‘highest’ realm is the Astral.  So much blather has been written about the Astral that it is difficult to say what is true of it, and what is not.  It appears to be a realm of even more abstract and precise thought than the realms of thoughts and emotions that is the etheric.  It appears to be half-ourselves, and half- the thought forms of our species and our planet. It is akin to the Force of “Star Wars”: throughout all things, penetrating all things, permeating all things, directing our actions, obedient to our deeds.  To be able to see the astral realm (not with eyes, precisely, for those are physical organs), and to affect it, is to be capable of implementing long-range changes… somewhere. somehow.  Exactly how, is difficult to determine: for the realms of being are discrete and not continuous.  Build a pyramid in the astral realms if you must, but do not expect another pyramid to be built (immediately) in the physical realms.

The mental realm is most rarefied, most refined.  If we required lungs to visit it, we would not be able to breathe, for things are thin “up” here: mere wireframes rather than fully fleshed identities.  Things are more perfect around here — closer by far to the perfect realm of Spirit, here all justice and all law is perfectly executed and perfectly implemented.  Pi is a rational number here, for a circle here is not drawn in physical matter but in the stuff of ideals.  But a circle cannot be drawn in the realms of physical matter or even in etheric realms without encountering imperfection and irrationality.  The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.

"Finally," comes "Spirit" at the "highest" level.  Just as a photon has zero mass, so does Spirit have 0 interaction with physical matter.  They are not the same; the spiritual realms are realms of light and perfection and unity; while the physical realms are realms of shadow and imperfection and diversity.  The polarity of the spirit and the physical, and the vibration between them, is the means by which all manifestation takes place.   But we are never wholly in one or wholly in the other. We can touch spirit only tenuously, through careful approach along pathways that thread through the intermediate realms of symbol and idea and emotion, rather than directly.  The realms of being are discrete and not continuous.

One of the purposes of ceremonial magic is to learn to thread this conch of Daedalus; to learn to walk the labyrinth and slay (or befriend) the minotaur or the God at the center.  We do so knowing that there is no physical passport which will admit us to the astral realms, no etheric visa which will buy our way into the mental realms, and that there is no souvenir from the realms of spirit that can physically sit on a shelf for all our friends and relations to see.

The realms of being are not continuous. Nothing can be brought back from one, nor taken to another, without changing their representation and their presentation into the stuff from which that realm is formed. This is the magician’s work. Discretion is advised.

—ABWatt

Faerie101: Part 1 What are Faeries?

gardenofthequeen:

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fairy (also fay, fae; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural….” -Wiki

The word Faerie (fairy as spelt in America) is a word that originates from    the 16th century. They may also be referred to by many names within various folklores such as “Wee Folk”, “Fair Folk”, “Little People”, and so on. “Faeries” are found within almost every European mythology ranging from Scandinavian to French folklore. Within a lot of European folklore, the term “faerie” is used as an umbrella term for various non-human entities and spirits. This includes, but not limited to, brownies, trolls, banshees, cait sith, goblins, gnomes, and so on (a list of faeries). There are even some folklore, fairy tales, and stories that include entities like griffins, dragons, and unicorns as “faeries”. 

" Faeries, also known as Fairies or Fey, is a term used by both themselves and Humans to describe any magical creature that lives in the Invisible World. “Faerie” could also be another name for the Invisible World itself,”  -Spiderwick Chronicles 
The meaning of the word has changed over the years. There are in fact various different meanings for the one word Faerie (as well as many different ways of spelling it).
  • "(in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutivehuman form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs, “Dictionary.com
  • "an imaginary supernatural being, usually represented in diminutive human form and characterized asclever, playful, and having magical powers,” -Dictionary.com
  • "a small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, esp. a female one," Google Dictionary
  • "They are nature sprits/beings found on Earth and beings from another realm, known as Faerie. With a myriad of appearances and personalities like anyone else, fae are the universes’ beloved contradictions rolled up into a ball of different life," faeriepedie
  •  ”…the fae are anthropomorphic personifications of nature. Nature, when looked at realistically, is hardly fluffy. When it is, it can still usually sting, claw, bite, burn, prick, or at very least tickle you in sometimes-uncomfortable places,” -anderen-faq
Many definitions consider faeries as “invisible beings” or “Spirits of nature”, but it changes depending on the certain tradition, lore, cultural, or personal background. 
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Now, I’m sure quite a few of you picture fairy as the pictures above. A small humanoid being (usually female) with butterfly wings or various other insect like wings. 
This “definition” of fairy became very popular during the Victorian era (mid to late 19th century). The genre of faeries and fairy tales was quite popular during this era .
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-The Captive Robin by John Anster Fitzgerald

What really are Faeries? The most consistent definition is “Non-human” and “Supernatural”.

They are non-human beings from folkore, fairy tales, myths, and legends; however, many agree that things like gods, angels, demons, and ect are not faeries…or are they?

From post-Christian ideology to faery lore, it was believed that fae are magical creatures without souls and because people believed that they had no doubt in their right minds that fae must be in the pay of the Devil. One belief to this cause was that the children that Eve hid from Yahweh…” 

One popular story held that when the angels revolted, God ordered the gates shut; those still in heaven remained angels, those in hell became devils, and those caught in between became fairies…”

A fourth belief was the faeries were demons entirely. This belief became much more popular with the growth of Puritanism. The hobgoblin, once a friendly household spirit, became a wicked goblin…”

-faeriepedia 

It is also noted that some believe the Faerie to be the gods of old. The gods that have been forgotten.

What do I think faeries are?


Now, we are venturing into the area of my own personal belief (UPG).

Faeries  are the beings from the realm next door. They are entities born from the dreams of the gods (and some even the collective dreams of mankind). The word “Faerie” is used to describe these creatures that originated from that land, the Faelands (Feylands, Faylands, Farielands). 

They possess “supernatural” abilities and have an ability towards magic. 

Various UPG names that I call them

  • The Dreaming People
  • Arcadians
  • The Fair

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-Brian Froud

The word “Faerie” or “Fae”, as I use it, is an umbrella term for many different beings from the Faelands. If it originates from the faelands, then I typically consider it a faerie.

They are, and should be considered individually, beings of various backgrounds, personalities, “morals”, appearance, and so on. Faeries are both beautiful and grotesque. They are both powerful and feeble. They are both wise and foolish. They are beings that should be considered as individuals, even though they do have a “group” mentality at times. 

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Next: The whats, hows, and whys behind Faeries

ack, I should hop off

I am getting grumpy :’D because I am hungry

What makes fae's different from us? Im sorry for the ignorance on the subject and im sorry if the question seems stupid i just have no clue about this stuff. I'm simply just a witchy pagan, i dont work with faeries. :P
Anonymous

its all good. It was honestly just bad timing :’D People were being butts, but you’re ok <3

fairy (also fay, fae; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural….” -Wiki

A fairy is many different things 

Faeries cannot be pinned down to a page, a list, a single definition. To grasp their elusive nature requires direct experience, personal engagement.

-Brian Froud  

Some believe fairies to be angels, others believe them to be spirits of nature, some of them believe to be any non-human beings 

They are a race of beings born from the dreams of the gods

What do I mean by that? Well, there was a time when the gods physically lived in our realm, and they could create almost anything they desired.

Arcadia (Faelands) was created from their dreams, and the first and oldest of the Fae were born.

The first and oldest of faeries were born from specific dreams, and from these first the rest of the fae were “born” into existence. 

They are any being that came from those first. A huge list of faeries from folklore to look at. There are many faeries that are not written about within folklore. What of them? Why are they not included? There are many that rarely or never left Arcadia, so they were never written of. It is also important to note that some never ventured near human settlements. It could also be that what ever knowledge of them was destroyed or lost because of time. Its hard to exactly pin point the various reasons for there are many.

Faeries vs Nature Spirits

I thought it was important to put this here because I do firmly believe the two are different. 

Nature spirits encompass this world. They are the very embodiment of nature come to life.

Faeries are from another place. They came to this world from there, and though they do tend to enjoy and admire nature they are not directly linked to it. They are separate and not dependent upon our world itself.

who's the lady on the side of your blog, the one with the blue skin and the hair made of starlight?
Anonymous

A fairy I honor within my religious practices and beliefs 

the Blue Queen, also known as the Blue Fairy, the Fairy Godmother, The Turquoise Fairy, Tera’Sargain, etc

She appears in such tales as: Cinderella and Pinocchio

morgandria:

'Red Moon' - Full Lunar Eclipse, April 2014.
Carnelian, garnet, jet, obsidian, black tourmaline, raw copper. (I devote lunar eclipses to The Morrigan.)

morgandria:

'Red Moon' - Full Lunar Eclipse, April 2014.

Carnelian, garnet, jet, obsidian, black tourmaline, raw copper. (I devote lunar eclipses to The Morrigan.)

wait so faeries are real? im so confused.
Anonymous

yeah

Fairy - The Legend Of Zelda