The Four Fairy Shaman Gifts

When the Great Tuatha de Dannan came to the shores of this reality, they brought with them four Fairy Gifts. These gifts were used in the Creation Battle to dispel the workers of darkness.

The Dagda, the great Father Lord, brought with him the Cauldron (chalice, emotional power). It would produce food for all who needed it, and any weapon dipped in its waters was immediately repaired.

Nuada, the Silver Armed, brought the Sword (athame, intellectual power). No enemy it was turned upon would succeed in battle.

Lugh brought the Spear (wand, creative power). When thrown, it would never miss its target and it would always return to the hand of the thrower.

The final was the Stone of Faal, or Stone of Destiny (pentacle, material power). It was the solid foundation upon which this reality was built.

The Tuatha de Dannan won the battle and peace and tranquility reigned for hundreds of years. Then the Milesians (humankind) came, and the Tuatha knew that their time was over. Until this point, the spiritual world and physical world existed on the same plane. Rather than fight the Milesians, who were born pure of heart, the Great Fairies decided to rip the worlds asunder and split the Spiritual Plane (Astral) from the Physical Plane. But they knew that one plane fed upon the other and needed it for existence. So they created many doorways between the worlds. The "Keys" to these doors are the Four Great Fairy Gifts. They placed the energies of the four keys in the hearts of the Milesian to be drawn upon to enter the Gates to the Other Worlds.

The Spear of Lugh represents the urge to explore one's spirituality. It also represents one's creative urges, inspiration, and young fragile ideas.

The Cauldron of the Dagda represents ones emotional health, relationships, and the need to connect with others.

The Sword of Nuada is the intellectual curiosity inherent in humankind; the need to learn, explore, and communicate with others.

Finally, the Stone of Faal represents the ability to keep one's material life stable; this includes physical health, as well as achieving the means to support and sustain oneself.

The Fairy Gifts are a way to balance one's life to meet the many needs of the soul, mind, body and spirit. It is vital that the four Fairy Gifts remain balanced in the soul. No one gift should be sacrificed for the other three. For example, one should never explore the spirit realms while ignoring the material level. One should never throw oneself into a relationship at the expense of intellectual exploration. Strive always to maintain this balance.

When all Fairy Gifts are tended to, one can achieve a sense of Spiritual, Emotional, Intellectual, and Physical health.

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