Fairy tales. We have known these stories since we were young, likely so young we cannot remember the first time we heard them. These stories did more than entertain us; they were our constant companions. They helped us define who we were. They molded us into the person we would someday become. Kenny Klein, author of Through the Faerie Glass and the new Fairy Tale Rituals, explains how these tales have remained for centuries, changing and inspiring us.
Pagan festival season is almost upon us. Many Pagans spend a portion of each summer enjoying the community, the openness, and the freedom of Pagan festivals. Many others are simply not aware of these events, or are only aware of Pagan gatherings in their own backyard. Some may have heard about large-scale Pagan fests, but have wondered, "Will I fit in? Will others have more knowledge and...
In the days of my childhood
Of a forest creature I learned
A man with beastly antlers
Who goes by the name of Herne
(“Herne,” Kenny Klein,
Meet Me In The Shade of the Maple Tree, CD, 2008)
Through a clearing in tall trees you first see him. Standing tall, dark-skinned and muscular, against the verdant foliage of Great Windsor Park. On his head a rack of seven-tine antlers, either...
Puck, aka Robin Goodfellow, is a well-known star of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. But why did Shakespeare, the majority of whose work recounts the deeds and tragedies of kings, princes, and emperors, choose to write about the denizens of the Faerie world? Kenny Klein, author of Through the Faerie Glass, recounts Shakespeare's upbringing, rife with Faerie lore, and the five faeries of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.