What is Fairycraft, Part II
Last week, I shared the beginning of my journey following the path of the fairy witches. Please read Part I HERE.
This week, I’ll continue to share more of the concepts and beliefs found in the fairy faith.
The book, “Fairycraft ~ Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft,” by Morgan Daimler, has figured prominently in my understanding of the fairy faith. I’ve quoted several passages from the book for convenience.
According to Daimler,
“A Fairy Witch is someone who has nurtured a relationship with fairy beings, who uses herbs magically, who uses divination, and who can identify and deal with different magical problems, whether they are caused by fairies or other magical people.”
“Fairy Witchcraft is largely a solitary practice, something that an individual does alone because it is built on a person’s unique connections to the Otherworld and spirits. Although group work is possible in small tight-knit groups or with family members, the majority of the Fairy Witches’ practices will end up being done alone and the connections and relationships the Fairy Witch forms with the Gentry will be unique to that person.”
Fairycraft practitioners trust in the old superstitions or practices based on folk methods handed down from the ancients. It’s a belief system where sometimes the rationality behind why something works, is founded on the knowledge that these methods work because they’ve been tested and used over many lifetimes.
The unusual blend of beliefs and practices make this path different. It’s not that I just believe in the fairy folk, I actually try to associate with them and honor them. I feel like my personal power is linked to my belief in magic. The more confidence I have in myself and my beliefs, the more I’m able to “feel” my personal power grow.
Daimler describes the fairy-faith belief in the spirit this way:
“As an animistic faith, we believe that all physical things have a spirit, which can with training or an innate gift be perceived and communicated with. This applies to both natural things like animals, plants, stones, and places as well as created things like cars, houses, and swords. These spirits are the same as a human soul, in that as our soul is tied to our body during life, these spirits are tied to the physical thing that they are part of.”
Most of the aspects of the Fairy Witchcraft is based on Irish and Celtic philosophies. The Celts believed that the soul was immortal and that after death, the soul was reborn into the Otherworld where it waited to be reborn again.
This matches my belief in reincarnation found in my Buddhist teachings. The whole idea of a soul existing and living many lives until reaching enlightenment makes total sense to me and something I’ve believed for many years.
Of personal interest to me was the idea of a fetch or spiritual double who becomes a spiritual guide. A fetch is a part of the fairy witch’s spirit and can manifest in human or animal form. Usually, they appear in the opposite gender of the witch giving guidance and good luck.
This summer, I noticed a crow hanging around my yard. I wasn’t really surprised because we live near the open prairie. Not far from my home we can see antelope grazing in the fields. We have many birds and normally there is a hawk or two flying above.
When I went on vacation, I also noticed the crows everywhere I went. Even my husband commented on their presence. When I returned home, there was Crow, waiting for me in my front yard. This led me to consider the possibility that “Crow” has become my fetch. I’ve always been drawn to birds so this seemed logical to me.
“…the fetch is that part of ourselves which is most strongly tied to the Otherworld. In some stories, the fetch/fylgja is directly connected to the person’s destiny and may send an animal to lead the person to them in order to guide the person into the fulfillment of their potential.”
In the fairy faith, there are other concepts that must be addressed when following this path. It is believed that fate is influenced by two things: the Anglo-Saxon concepts of orlog and wyrd and the Irish concept of dán. (Daimler)
Wyrd means, “to come to pass or becoming,” where orlog means “from the law.” Orlog is what we inherit at birth and represents our past actions making orlog something fixed and inevitable. So, wyrd is the fate we create with our own choices. All of our actions are based on our wyrd and orlog creates the wyrd we live with. Our choices shape our wyrd and our wyrd creates orlog, which directs our lives. (Daimler)
These are similar concepts to my belief in Karma, which is part of my Buddhist faith. Yet, some think of orlog as being born with the original sins, a Christian belief.
Daimler explains the concept of Dán:
“Dán is an Irish word that translates as ‘fate’ – and also as a gift, offering, craft, calling, and poem (O Donaill, 1977). It is a complex term but is often understood as the fate or destiny that a person is born with.
There is a saying that goes, ‘A man won’t drown whose dán is to hang’, that illustrates this idea that dán is inexorable and inescapable. Dán is our destiny and it is also the gifts and abilities we have to reach that destiny.
In Fairy Witchcraft we see these two concepts interwoven. Fate is something that is both fixed and fluid because we have certain things in our lives that are predestined, but we also have much that is influenced by free will.”
The most common divination methods used are tarot, ogham, runes, and general scrying. Fairy witches use what best works for them. It’s up to the person to find their perfect fit. I’ve been reading Rune Stones which gives me the balance and direction, I need.
Directionality and movement represent energy in the fairy faith. For example, one should move with the sun (clockwise) when blessing, while counterclockwise movement represents the opposite reaction and should be used when cursing. This is another carryover belief from Celtic culture.
Many folk tenets stress that clockwise movement draws positive energy, while counterclockwise movement produced negative energies, with the possibility that this movement also could undo any positive energies.
It is always best to go in the direction of the sun to bring good luck and blessings. Do this when you walk around a sacred place or even when you stir the food you are cooking. Positive magic is done by circling to the right, and curses by moving to the left. (Daimler)
Next week, we’ll discuss the Otherworld. Are you excited? Crow is! ❤
See you next week! ❤
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