Book Release! Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500 AD to the Present

Delighted that the book Mark Norman and I contributed to, has been published to rave reviews and is available from Amazon or by contacting me directly.

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500AD to the Present, is a collection of fairylore and fairy sightings from around Britain and Ireland.  Our Devon chapter offering features two modern sightings and the fantastic response to our research largely gave birth to my ongoing project, Modern Fairy Sightings.

The book’s creator and editor, Simon Young of the Fairy Investigation Society had also undertaken a fairy census from 2014-2017, the results of which are available on their website.  The Fairy Investigation itself also released Seeing Fairies, formerly unpublished accounts of fairy experiences collected by Marjorie T. Johnson of the Fairy Investigation Society which Young resurrected in 2013.

Much of our research took place at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic library and many of our interviews and material will be released in due course.

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Here are references and links to some of the reviews:

strangeco.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/the-road-to-fair-elfland-review-of.html book review 21 May

timeshighereducation.com/books/review-other-worlds-christopher-g-white-harvard-university-press#survey-answer book credit 9 Apr

reddirtreport.com/rustys-reads/magical-folk-highlights-1500-year-history-fairies-british-isles 27 Feb

IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY MoreBooks review ‘Away with the fairies’ 25 Feb

NEWS AND STAR (Cumbria) ‘Some people died because of fairies’ pp 18-19 20 Feb

LITERARY REVIEW  ‘In the Court of the Seelie King’ pp20-21 14 Feb

YORKSHIRE POST ‘The Fairy hoax that enchanted the world a century ago.’ 14 Feb

pelicanist.blogspot.co.uk/2018/02/fairyland-revisited.html (Magonia) review 7 Feb

reddirtreport.com/dust-devil-dreams/fairy-tales-and-mermaid-tails-cascading-through-our-consciousness review 3 Feb

FORTEAN TIMES (Feb) column Fairies, Folklore and Forteana, book plug 2 Feb

FORTEAN TIMES (Jan) 5 Jan, Front cover lead, Column Fairies, Folklore and Forteana, book plug, 3-page bookreview

MAIL ON SUNDAY review ‘Away with the fairies’ 31 Dec

REDDITCH STANDARD – interview, book plug redditchstandard.co.uk/news/redditch-author-tells-tales-of-mystical-magic-goblins-and-fairies/ news 29 Dec

(Wales,Northern) leaderlive.co.uk/lifestyle/2017/12/29/gallery/is-it-safe-to-have-a-welsh-fairy-on-your-tree-103010/

GLASGOW HERALD review ‘A big insight into the lives of little people.’ 23 Dec

somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/erotically-charged-sex-fairies-spotted-952971 20 Dec

NEW SCIENTIST Feedback column 18 Dec

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH  – On the Shelf, lead review ‘Britain once teemed with fairies.’ Four stars 17 Dec

INDEPENDENT – ‘Something wicked this way comes.’ 14 Dec

DAILY TELEGRAPH – Sacred Mysteries ‘Three kinds of fairies.’ p33 book feature 9 Dec

cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/cornwall-named-fairy-hotbed-new-898715 9 Dec

lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/local-news/lincolnshire-named-one-best-places-899283 9 Dec

FORTEAN TIMES (Dec) ‘Fairies, folklore, forteana.’ Away with the fairies’ book feature 7 Dec

THE SUN  ‘Away with the fairies’ book feature 6 Dec

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5156475/Fairies-them.html ‘Fairies and where to find them’ book feature  6 Dec

mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/erotically-charged-sex-fairies-spotted-11641116 ‘Erotically charged’ sex fairies spotted trying to join in on human romps.’ book feature  6 Dec

metro.co.uk/2017/12/06/people-sex-outdoors-joined-sexy-fairies-magical-dogging-7136692/ ‘People having sex outdoors are joined by sexy fairies’  6 Dec

 

DIY Ritual

I’ve been interested in ritual and the ideas of magic since attending Roman Catholic school as a small child. Each festival, I watched our classroom transform into a place of ritual worship. Immaculate white tablecloths covered the teacher’s desk, adorned with polished gold chalice and magical paraphernalia, crucifixes and candelabra. As we sat, hushed and waiting, our senses filled with Frankincense, the gentle priest would enter. Familiar in his white robes and jewel coloured stole, he’d stand before us at our newly created altar.

This was my introduction to ritual and I soaked it up, giddy with incense and absolute recognition that higher forces were being invoked.

When the opportunity arose, I recreated this enchantment for myself at home. Having managed to dodge church on a Sunday morning due to sickness, I assured my dad that I’d watch a televised service. When he’d driven off, I asked my mother for the folding table and her best tablecloth then keenly searched our home for the correct utensils.

I held my very own ritual that day with the TV mass muted. I was in my element. A biscuit and goblet of Ribena before me and surrounded by carefully chosen symbols, I uttered my own incantation. It was instinctive and meaningful. I was around nine or ten years old and I felt wholly accomplished.

When my father returned and berated me for blasphemy, I was shocked. His reaction didn’t make sense to me. At my core, I knew that ritual is an innately human compulsion. I remained sure of this and would continue to meddle privately in my own ways.

Over the years, the most powerful rituals I have taken part in are the ones I’ve conducted alone. I adore joining with others in mutual intention, sharing of occasion and the wonderment of experiencing ritual translated through others’ perspectives. Yet, when I’m presented with undisturbed time and space to explore ritual using familiar objects in my own home, the effect is exceptionally potent.

People often avoid creating their own ritual for fear of getting something wrong. I say resist your mind and listen to your heart. What do you feel impelled to say thank you for, release from your life, protect, or honour? Go with that. Which gods and goddesses, Lords and Ladies, angels or elementals are you drawn to? Don’t depend on A-Zs or Google. If a sacred name occurs to you then use it. There are no mistakes, simply trust your own truth.

Let choosing your implements be a playful and revealing process in itself. By using your imagination you can create anything you need. You don’t need to be an artist to roughly sketch a representation of anything you wish to draw upon. Everyday objects contain a particular potency because they directly resonate with your life – employ them! Trust yourself to instinctively use what you have to hand and avoid the distraction of restrictive dogma.

Within your home you will most certainly find practical objects: string, ribbon, paper, figurines, candles, incense and cooking utensils. Whether you live in a bustling city or a secluded valley, you only need to step outside your door to find leaves, flowers, herbs, stones, wood and feathers. Add a pinch of playing cards in lieu of tarot, a sprinkling of photos, snippets of words and pictures from newspapers and magazines, and a personal trinket or two.

Or use none of those things…as you wish. Choose what you will, because it makes sense to you and for no other reason.

A focused intention is the most important ingredient. So it’s useful to make a few notes in the hours or days leading up to your ritual. You’ll have been weaving ideas naturally as you go about your daily business, but the simple act of writing them down can be their first real invitation into existence.

Once you’ve set up with clear intent and applied protection in a style that feels right to you (circle casting, white light or your own means) give yourself time to enjoy each moment. You may find you’re stirred to sing, dance or move. There’s no performance, just an exploration, so let the occasion unfurl and allow yourself to be guided by it.

Knowing that you will not be disturbed is paramount. There’s nothing worse than having to clock watch if you’ve only one toe in the earthly realm. Equally, you will eventually feel the ritual flowing towards its natural end. Be grateful for your time and accept that your workings will continue to reverberate in the hours, days and weeks after the ritual.

Five years ago, I applied the DIY ritual concept on a most important occasion. My husband and I were hand-fasted on a beach just after the turn of the tide. The symbolism and words were created just for us. Witnessed by a small group of loved ones, the person that most remarked on its beauty and real sense of meaning was my dad. He’d felt it, that same awareness I’d experienced as a child. I think we both knew that he always had.

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Interested in developing your own toolkit for effective ritual?
Upcoming workshop: Ritual and Magic with Marian Green
Saturday 8th July 2017, Southville Centre, Bristol.
Limited spaces. Contact: scarlettofthefae@gmail.com

 

Image: Thanks to Peter Hall Studio

 

 

Fáilte (Welcome)

‘Scarlett of the Fae’ is born out of a love and curiosity of all things Fae and Otherwordly.

If your inquisitive spirit has led you here, then perhaps you have a tale to tell…or maybe you sense that there is more to this world than what we ordinarily perceive as ‘physical reality’.

Many individuals have experienced the Fae and remain silent, for fear of ridicule or misunderstanding.  Yet, fairy sightings continue to occur all over the world.

Our research project ‘Modern Fairy Sightings‘ collects and preserves these experiences for future generations and aims to break the resistant taboo around fairy sightings.

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