How Much Viking Lore Is True?

A great article about one of my favorite myths: The Vikings and Norse Gods. ❤

Archaeologists have confirmed key details in Norse oral histories (but not the dragons, elves, and trolls).

Source: How Much Viking Lore Is True?

Irish Mythology | Friday 13th… Unlucky for Some?

Excellent information about Friday the 13th! Are you scared yet?

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There is a deep-rooted fear in many cultures that Friday 13th is a very unlucky day, yet no one knows where this superstition has come from, or why it is so widespread.

It is certainly true that some pretty rotten things have happened in the past on this day, which have earned it such a terrible reputation. For example, on Friday 13th October 1307, hundreds of Knights Templar were rounded up and put to death in France.

In the Bible, Judas was the thirteenth person present at the Last Supper. Jesus was crucified the very next day, which was a Friday.

In numerology, the number 12 is considered to…

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The Faery Godmother

Excellent advice! Worth a read! ❤

Archangel Oracle ~ Divine Guidance

The Faery Godmother, from The Faeries' Oracle, by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth The Faery Godmother, from The Faeries’ Oracle, by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth

Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Faery Godmother, from The Faeries’ Oracle, by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth

The Faery Godmother: “Gifts, Talents, Grace, Helpful Lessons”

“One morning recently, I was having breakfast at the local cafe and my favorite waitress, Peggy, stopped by my table and asked what I was working on. I showed her my scribbled in copy of Good Faeries/Bad Faeries and explained that I was “choosing” the cards for an oracle deck. (Of course, the faeries were choosing them, but didn’t necessarily want to explain that to the whole cafe.) Peggy had been having a bad morning with difficult customers, and she had reached the stress point where she was dropping and spilling things, which only made matters worse. I encouraged her to pause for a bit, since the cafe wasn’t really busy, and…

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Ruminations of a Remembrancer: The Valley of the White Bear: No. 5 in my New Series of Mythmaker Posts

I have been reading about Lorinda Taylor’s Mythmaker Series. This is an amazing author and you will want to check out her blog even if it is on Blogger. You can follow her by subscribing to her newsletter which is found on her blog. ❤

Source: Ruminations of a Remembrancer: The Valley of the White Bear: No. 5 in my New Series of Mythmaker Posts

Samhain, Fairies, and Symbolism in Your Writing

With the Samhain (Halloween) celebration just around the corner, I wanted to gaze back into the past to see how this ancient festival evolved and became the holiday we celebrate today. Besides, if you write fairy fantasy, you’ll want to incorporate some of the ancient myths and other such symbolism into your work. It is important to make a connection to our ancient past and long held beliefs. It gives your work a realistic touch.

Samhain (pronounced: “sowin”) is from the Gaelic for “Sam,” which meant “summer,” and “fuin,” which meant “end,” giving us the definition of “summer’s end.”

mysticalmind.com also shares the fact that the Irish separated the year into two halves to represent the seasons. Summer occurred from May 1st – November 1st, while Winter was from November 1st – May 1st. Samhain marked the beginning of Winter. Samhain Eve, (Halloween) became the night to celebrate before the first day of winter began.

So what does Samhain have to do with fairies? Plenty. The Irish believed that during the celebration of Samhain Eve, the portals into the Otherworld swung open allowing the fairies and supernatural beings to roam the earth. Now, it is easy to make the connection as to how our Halloween traditions evolved into what they are today. I came to the conclusion that Halloween was invented by the Irish!

Even more interesting is how the Irish interpreted what the fairies were. There was a belief that the fairies were angels who were not good enough to be saved nor bad enough to be lost. mysticalmind.com also shares: “The ancient Irish Book of Armagh calls them, the gods of the earth.”

Magickalenenchantments.blogspot.com shares:

“Possessing the power to bewitch or bedevil humans with their illusions, known as glamours, fairies gradually found their way into the myth and folklore of many European cultures.”

“Glamours,” used in the sentence above was a new definition for me, and I had to look it up!

Glamour originally was a term applied to a magical-occult spell that was cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wished them to see when in fact it was not what it seemed to be.” Glamour-wikipedia.com

Even more interesting, was the widely held belief that on Samhain night, when the fairies freely roamed the earth, they grabbed unsuspecting humans and placed them under a permanently enchanted status. This bewitching was said to cause people to go mad, or to die from some strange incurable illness. I couldn’t help but think what a great way that was to explain a medical condition that didn’t have a cure.

The legend also specified that every seven years the fairy beings captured babies or small children which they would then sacrifice to their god.

The number seven is significant in early folklore and Christianity. Seven was creatively used in many myths and fairy stories.

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Seven circles intertwine to form the symbol called “The Seed of Life.” The Seed of Life symbolizes the six days of creation. The central circle symbolizes the day of rest.

Seven also represents the seven colors of the rainbow. Isaac Newton classified the seven colors of the rainbow as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. (ROYGBIV).

My research has played a huge part in the writing of my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy. I believe that sharing some of the old myths in new ways in our writing gives our story credence, even though it is a fantasy.

The use of symbolism in our writing gives our readers a way to relate to our story by creating a deeper meaning to our words.

WritersHelpingWriters has an excellent article entitled, “Five Important Ways to Use Symbolism in Your Story.” Click the highlighted link to the site above to read the blog post.

So tell me all you fantasy writers out there. How do you incorporate symbolism into your novel writing? Do you look to holiday celebrations for inspiration? Inquiring minds what to know!

 TO SEE YOU ALL. Thanks for stopping by. ❤

Elemental Beings

There are four elements in nature: fire, air, earth, and water. In fact, our ancient astrological signs are based on these four elements.

The three fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The three air signs are Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini. The three earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. And lastly, the three water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Even ancient humans recognized the power of the elements. Antiquity is filled with the myths and stories of the elementals.

Each element has a spiritual energy attached to it. This spiritual energy, in my humble opinion, is what the fairies are composed of. Many take the form of birds, animals, or even insects for protection from human intervention. They consist of cosmic energy and inhabit a parallel plane of existence. When they do show us their true forms they resemble Gnomes (earth), Salamanders (Fire), Sylphs (Air), and Undines (water).

The gnomes are the nature spirits belonging to the earth. There is a subgroup listed as well. They are Brownies, Dryads, Durdalis, Earth spirits, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.

The Salamanders are the ancient beings that are fire. We can’t live without them, as ancient man found out. These are the most powerful of the elementals and ruled by Djinn. They resemble balls of fire or lizard-like creatures almost a foot in length.

The Sylphs are air spirits said to live at the highest peaks of the mountains. They are the rulers of the winds and have a temperamental nature.

The Undines control the waters of the earth. They live within the water atoms and cannot be seen with normal vision. There is a subgroup of Undines which are Limoniades, Mermaids, Naiads, Oceanid, Oreads, Potamides, Sea Maids, and Water Spirits.

The Undines are what I based my Naiad fairy nymphs off of in my debut novel. That is why I portrayed my swamp fairy to be green-skinned; resembling the water of the swamp she inhabits.

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Each elemental being is unique to their environment and they mirror that existence on earth. I believe they can understand our human thoughts. However, they are not individualized beings. They belong to a collective consciousness that lives on a separate plane from us. I often describe them as bees belonging to a hive, communicating for the collective good of the particular hive, or clan.

The elementals are not immortal and cannot be destroyed by the four elements because they are etheric and part of the four elements of nature. Nature takes care of their own, although elementals cannot change their element. They can’t start out as a Salamander and switch to an Undine, for example.

It is not surprising then when my research on the elementals revealed that when their time on earth is finished, they are absorbed back into the collective consciousness of the elemental realm. I feel they are reborn or reincarnated when their expertise is called upon to aid humanity once more.

The Elementals answer only to the Devas.

Wikipedia shares:

“A deva (देव Sanskrit and Pāli) in Buddhism is one of many different types of non-human beings who share the godlike characteristics of being more powerful, longer-lived, and, in general, much happier than humans, although the same level of veneration is not paid to them as to Buddha’s.”

Summitlighthouse.org
is a great place to learn more about the elementals.

Thanks for stopping by to learn about the elementals with me. ❤

Photographer John Rutledge captures images of what appear to be fairies | Daily Mail Online

Check out these amazing photos and video of what may be actual fairies! I believe… DO YOU?  Click the highlighted link below to see for yourself. ❤

John Rutledge, a rapper in the Welsh band also known as ‘GLC’, was walking in a field near Newbridge, Wales – and now claims to have photographic proof fairies exist.

Source: Photographer John Rutledge captures images of what appear to be fairies | Daily Mail Online

PROOF! The 1917 Fairy Photos

In my journey reading through fairy and nymph research for my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, I discovered a fascinating story about a couple of young cousins, Elsie Wright (1900-88) and Frances Griffiths (1907-86) who lived in Cottingley, Yorkshire, England. All five photos are from an article on Wikipedia.

In 1917, these two young women shocked the world with photos of fairies they took using their father’s camera. The media were in an uproar over the photos and at the time, spiritualist and writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle even used them to illustrate an article he wrote about fairies. It had to be true if the author of Sherlock Holmes believed it, right?

Public reaction to the photos was always mixed. Some people believed the photos were real while others thought they were faked. At the beginning of the 1980’s both Elsie and Frances admitted they had faked the photos. However, Frances said that the fifth and final photograph was the real deal.

Here are the five photos. I found it interesting that if the girls did fake the images they were excellent artists. One article I read said the girls used hat pins to balance the cutouts in their photos so they would not topple over.

The first of the five photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the alleged fairies.

The second of the five photographs, showing Elsie with a winged gnome.

Frances and the Leaping Fairy, the third photograph.

The fourth photograph, Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie.


Fairies and Their Sun-Bath, the fifth and last photograph of the Cottingley Fairies

The key to discovering that the first four images are not real can be found in the first photograph. In the left-hand corner is a waterfall. The photos were taken with a camera that did not have high speeds like they do today. It took about 10 seconds to snap that photograph. That is why the waterfall is blurred. If you apply the same logic to the fairies then, we should not be able to see their wings as they would be beating rapidly. Their wings should be blurred.

The fifth photograph is the one that seems authentic to me. The fairy figures have a mystical almost transparent look to them. The tiny flowers in the image seem to be in scale in relation to the fairy figures. The irony of the whole situation is that the girls faked the first four photos and then possibly stumbled upon the real thing by accident. Who would believe them?

You must remember that in the 1920’s photographs were still a relatively new advancement in culture. People believed what they saw in photos. By the 1980’s people became much more questioning and cynical. Here is a video where Frances’ daughter appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show. This is a keen look into the dynamics of the photos.

I think that is why fairy lore beckons to us. We all want so badly to believe in the magic and wonder as seen through the eyes of a child again. The fairy tale takes us on a journey to “happily ever after,” a place that does not exist for many people in real life. The battle of good vs. evil, with good triumphing, in the end, makes us feel hope that our circumstances are only temporary. Hope is a powerful mechanism in believing in positive outcomes in our lives. Hope allows us to keep moving forward in life.

Always remember. Magic appears when you least expect it!

I believe in fairies, do you?

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Dragons, aliens, bugs? Scientists may have solved the mystery of the desert’s ‘fairy circles’

The formation of fairy circles continues to confound scientists… now they “think” they have an answer. ❤

The same scientific principle that causes zebra stripes and market economies may be behind these enigmatic circles in the desert sand.

Source: Dragons, aliens, bugs? Scientists may have solved the mystery of the desert’s ‘fairy circles’

FairySource | Your Source for All Things Faery

In case you see fairies like I do, just know you are not alone… ❤

Your Source for All Things Faery

Source: FairySource | Your Source for All Things Faery

The LUCKY 777 Writing Challenge

Silver wins big with the 777 Writing Challenge!

I have been tagged by Michelle Rene, of Book Cover Design and Illustration by Michelle Rene to participate in the 777 Writing Challenge. If you are looking for a book cover design or an illustrator for your book, you will want to check out her blog!

The rules of the 777 Writing Challenge are as follows:

‘The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 sentences in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.

Without further ado… here is a portion of my WIP book – “The Swamp Fairy,” per the rules:

… Abby stood there, her mouth agape, with a silly grin plastered on her face. She was dumbfounded. There were fairies living in the swamp, wondered Abby? Pictures flashed rapidly into her mind, of the road she walked each morning to catch the school bus. She could see the swamp, split in two by Lillian Road, all wild and natural, filling both sides of the road with bushes and trees hanging with vines.

Savanna Brooks is my best friend, Abby reasoned quickly in her thoughts. Her father was a building contractor, and he was building a new housing area right where the swamp fairy had said. How could the swamp fairy know this, she mused?

I would like to nominate: Ronovan Writes, Lisa Morrow Books, Pearls Before Swine, Teagan’s Books, John W. Howell, Thoughts By Mello-Ello, and last, by not least, Melissa Barker-Simpson.

Thanks to all my nominees! I can’t wait to read what you are going to write!

Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait until I see you all again!

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