The Fairy Pagan Faith

Understanding the Fairy Faith can be very confusing. There are many groups who practice what they term The Fairy Faith. The Fairy Faith I practice is a blending of many of these groups and individuals, including Victor Anderson and Kisma Stepanich. I tend to extract that which I feel is most powerful from these Faiths, (attempt to) remove the Wiccan aspects, and add a solid mythological background to my workings. The Fairy Pagan Faith I speak of is based mainly upon the Celtic Lore of the Sidhe, or People of the Mounds, and the Norse Lore of the Alfar, or Elves. I am not overly concerned with the "actual" practices of the ancient Irish Celts and Norse Pagans, rather, I gain insight into their practices from their myths, legends, and stories. In order to avoid confusion, I term that which I practice the "Fairy Pagan Faith," or as someone one told me, "A Fairy Faith."

There are many distinguishing factors of the Fairy Pagan Faith: the use of Fairy Gifts and Fairy Power, achieving ecstatic or alternate states of consciousness, Fairy (Vision) Questing to the Other Worlds, it is ecstatic/seasonal/cyclic (rather than fertility) oriented, the invocational nature of the magick, and the inviting of the Fairies to the rites, ritual, and magick.

One of the first things one notices about the Fairy Pagan Faith is the use of the Fairy Gifts: powers bestowed by the Fey (Fairies) upon those who will dance and sing with them. We all have a Fairy Gift buried deep within. That gift may be poetry, clairvoyance, artistic skill, or any number of things. The Gifts of the Fey are great in number. The Fairy Pagan acknowledges this Fairy Power and uses it to achieve ecstatic states, or alternate states of consciousness, when one becomes "Enchanted."

There is the understanding that there are many overlapping worlds, this world (Bith, Midgard) and the Other Worlds. That which exists in This World also exists in the Other Worlds. In Fairy Paganism, there are two different cosmological models used to view these Other Worlds: the Celtic World Tree and the Norse Tree Yggdrasil. Upon close inspection it will be noted that these two models compliment, and do not conflict with, each other. There is the emphasis in the Fairy Pagan Faith of the enchanting journeys to the Other Worlds, called Fairy Questing, or Vision Questing. There, one encounters the denizens of the Fairy Realm. A Shadow Self also exists in this other realm: a "negative" of the self we all know and present to the outer world. This self that exists in the Other World is mutable and thus we have the idea of shape-shifting.

One of the most noticeable differences in the Fairy Pagan Faith (as opposed to other pagan/Wiccan faiths) is that it is ecstatic, rather than fertility, oriented. A great emphasis is placed on sensual experiences, body awareness, and sexual mysticism. There are four main Fairy Days: October 31, February 2, May 30, and August 1. They have different names in the Norse and Celtic tongue but their core meanings remain the same. The Solstices and Equinoxes are sometimes observed as a change from one season to the next. There are also Fairy Times. time when the reality as we know it is between worlds. This usually occurs when there is a major shift in the environment: dawn, dusk, a rainstorm, an eclipse, etc. Finally, the 13 lunar months are observed.

The magickal practices of the Fairy Pagan Faith rely heavily on invocation and invitation of the Sidhe and Elves. The rites and rituals are full of great poetry, Bardic satire, and Fairy Song. One attempts to increase one's Fairy Gift to a plateau of consistent power, perform the desired magick, and then release that power out to do its work. It is also important to invite the Fey to the rites, ritual, and magickal workings. This is often overlooked in other forms of paganism, yet it is vital to the Fairy Pagan Faith.

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