Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by John T. Kruse, author of the new Faery.
The line in this title comes from Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors (Act I, scene 2). To many people, it may sound like a contradiction in terms: how can faeries be compared to demons? Faeries are gentle and feminine; devils are vicious and cruel.
There was obviously no contradiction for Shakespeare when he wrote the lines, nor should there be any for us today if we examine the folklore evidence for the nature of our Good Neighbours. What the playwright learned from birth is what British fairy-lore has maintained consistently for centuries—both before and since his time. The Good Folk can be
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Storm Faerywolf, author of Betwixt & Between and the new Forbidden Mysteries of Witchcraft
The magic of the Faery tradition is—first and foremost—primal. Far removed from the glittery fantasies of winged sprites granting wishes to good children, the real face of faery is far more potent…and far more dangerous. Looking back to old folktales, we see much in the way of charms and spells designed not to put us in touch with the faeries, but instead to protect from them.
The word "faery" originally meant, "things of magic and enchantment." This we must keep in mind when reading the old stories, lest we unnecessarily pigeon-hole the
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Cassandra Eason, author of Angel Magic and the new Magick of Faeries.
The superstitious belief that Witches made pacts with the Devil was well documented during the Witchcraft trials of the late fifteenth to seventeenth centuries in Western Europe and Scandinavia. A number of Witchcraft trials, particularly in Scotland in the late 1500s and 1600s, also implicated faeries as both servants of the devil and teaching Witches (mainly women) their magical arts. To the clergy, both Witches and faeries were equally associated with demonology and thus considered evil.
Isobel Gowdie, The Faery’s Friend
In 1662, Isobel Gowdie from Nairn, in the
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Emily Carding, author Faery Craft.
I am not long back from the most wonderful trip, leaving my beloved Cornwall behind for a short few weeks to explore Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. My family and I witnessed stunning primal landscapes; saw bears, orcas, and bald eagles in the wild for the first time; and admired the beautiful carvings of the First Nation tribes. We took a walk through a rainforest, flew over a majestic glacier in a sea-plane, and marveled at the incredible beauty of what seemed an almost unspoilt landscape. Forests stretched on as far as the eye could see, and the peaks of snow-topped mountains disappeared into