Seducing virgins, preying upon hapless travelers, luring mortals toward madness and death . . . What are faeries really like?
Contrary to today’s sanitized depictions, the hobgoblins, imps, sprites, elves, and other magical creatures embodied in folklore can be quite nasty. Kenny Klein draws on folkloric record—ancient songs, stories of forest and field, legends, myths, and sagas—to reveal faeries’ true nature: where they live; what they do; their desires, fears, powers, proclivities, and enchantments.
Entertaining and enlightening, this unique guide explores human interactions with Mab the Faerie Queen, Puck the prankster, Reynardine the fox man, Jenny Green Teeth, and an array of other legendary fey. It includes rituals and spells for faerie protection, tells the reader how to enlist faerie help in finding lost objects or gaining inspiration, and offers practical tips for those who dare to venture into the world of the Faerie.
Praise: “Think you know faeries? This well-researched, compelling book will have you looking twice at shadows and tying bits of red thread around your bedposts for protection.”—Jennifer McMahon, author of Promise Not to Tell
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.
What are the characteristics of faeries? The many things learned from folklore include: The Faeries, or Fey, live close to nature. Their homes are often hollow hills or mounds, and they dance in rings of mushrooms or stones. They haunt overgrown ruins (Carter Hall) and tangled green places (Huntley Bank, the forests of old New York). The desecration of nature can summon them; the plucking...
When it comes to communication with spirits from other planes, witches have an edge. Witches generally have better-evolved senses of perception, are more open to phenomena that others might attribute to an over-active imagination and are more in ...
The sands of time cannot erase the ancient ways of the Middle East. Generations of selective history and the destruction of sacred sites cannot destroy them. Elusive, like shimmering heat from a sun-warmed mudbrick, the magic endures. Cast your eyes over the ruins glittering in the golden sun and embrace their foundation. The sun set on the... read this article