Life in the city can be difficult

I love living in the Seattle area; however, I now live in an apartment at a busy section. I don’t have the space or quiet I once had back in Wyoming. Then again, its something that was a given in a place with a very tiny population. The antelope out numbered the people.

Anyways, I suppose I’ve adapted to this life rather well. For starters, I now have ear plugs and bluetooth ear-buds, so I can keep focused during my magical works. Its also really difficult not having the freedom to have outside shrines for fairies. Luckily, I’ve found a pagan church that allows people to have and maintain their own personal shrines on their properties, but it is a 30 minute drive away to their property, and at this time I can’t go there whenever I please. I have gotten a bit more creative with my altars though~ (below is the current altar I have)

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In the spring, I plan on growing and maintaining a small potted plant on my altar to help tie it to the wilds that I crave.

Also at this time, I am moving to the larger master bedroom now that the previous occupant will be moving out soon to live at the apartment next door. I am definitely looking forward to more space for sure.

I also plan on sewing a circle piece of cloth that I can use in rituals and to mark my sacred space.

a witch’s altar

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I thought some of you would be interested in seeing my altar! The two top pictures are of my current altar, and the bottom are of the previous set up.

I painted that cabinet myself with chalkboard paint. It peels off a bit, which is a huge bummer; however, the places it works are AWESOME. I can doodle sigils and magical charms onto it with chalk ha!

The Fairy Doctors

If a healthy child suddenly droops and withers, that child is fairy-struck, and a fairy doctor must be at once called in. Young girls also, who fall into rapid decline, are said to be fairy-struck; for they are wanted in Fairy-land as brides for some chief or prince, and so they pine away without visible cause till they die.

The other malign influences that act fatally on life are the Wind and the Evil Eye. The evil power of the Wind is called a fairy-blast; while, of one suffering from the Evil Eye, they say he has been “overlooked.”

The fairy doctor must pronounce from which of these three causes the patient is suffering. The fairy-stroke, or the fairy-bleat, or the Evil Eye…

-Source

Who are the Fairy Doctors?

“A Fairy doctor- is someone that has within them the ability to communicate with the fairy folk.  People would often enlist the help of a fairy doctor when they suspected they were having difficulties with their Good Neighbors.  The fairy doctor would tell them how to appease the fairies,”-X

They are those that receive power and guidance from fairies, in which they use to aid those in the affairs of fairies. Typically, it was used for healing. They dealt with three main ailments: fairy-struck, fairy-blast, or the Evil Eye.

  • Fairy-struck: when someone is struck by an unknown fatigue, illness, or distance. It is said that they are fading from our world, “ for they are wanted in Fairy-land as brides for some chief or prince, and so they pine away without visible cause till they die,” (X)
  • Fairy-blast: It is described as “The evil power of the wind”- “prescribe for the “fairy blast” (when the fairy strikes anyone a tumour rises, or they become paralysed. This is called a “fairy blast” or a “fairy stroke”),” -X
  • The Evil Eye: “they say he has been ‘overlooked’,” (X). A malevolent look that is believe to be able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed at. In this case, it means “Evil Eye” as in from fairies.

The fairy doctors are generally females. Old women, especially, are considered to have peculiar mystic and supernatural power. They cure chiefly by charms and incantations, transmitted by tradition through many generations; and by herbs, of which they have a surprising knowledge.

-Source

They were healers that were approached to help when one was believed to be suffering from the act of the fair folk. It is also noted that they also aid in advice giving for those wishing to deal or interact with fairies as well.

“Witches and fairy doctors receive their power from opposite dynasties; the witch from evil spirits and her own malignant will; the fairy doctor from the fairies„ and a something—a temperament—that is born with him or her. The first is always feared and hated. The second is gone to for advice, and is never worse than mischievous,” -(X).

There are also interesting notes and quotes from the various sources about how they were “repaid” for their services

  • “…he must take no money for the opinion given. He is paid in some other way; by free gracious offerings in gratitude for help given,”– X (similar to how brownies act)
  • “If a potion is made up of herbs it must be paid for in silver; but charms and incantations are never paid for, or they would lose their power. A present, however, may be accepted as an offering of gratitude,” – X
  • A deal or trade is made (much like the fair folk do)
  • A favor is owed in exchange for their services

From what I’ve seen, it depends on what sort of fairies the fairy doctor works most closely to.

If the said doctor works closely to various house fairies like brownies or hobgoblins, they will desire gifts instead of payments, “Typically, brownies prefer to not be paid for tending to their homes. They like being given gifts and treated as fellow members of the home,” (X)

Fairy Doctors and Witches

Witches and fairy doctors receive their power from opposite dynasties; the witch from evil spirits and her own malignant will; the fairy doctor from the fairies„ and a something—a temperament—that is born with him or her. The first is always feared and hated. The second is gone to for advice, and is never worse than mischievous…

Great is their knowledge of herbs and spells. These doctors, when the butter will not come on the milk, or the milk will not come from the cow, will be sent for to find out if the cause be in the course of common nature or if there has been witchcraft. Perhaps some old hag in the shape of a hare has been milking the cattle. Perhaps some user of “the dead hand” has drawn away the butter to her own chum. Whatever it be, there is the counter-charm. They will give advice, too, in cases of suspected changelings, and prescribe for the “fairy blast”

-Source

It seems fairy doctors are closely related to witches when it comes to their practices.

From this, I believe that fairy doctors are fellow practicers of witchcraft (much like the Cunning folk).

They’re painted in brighter colors compared to witches (at least within the articles I read), “All these things go on merrily. The spirit of the age laughs in vain, and is itself only a ripple to pass, or already passing away.

The spells of the witch are altogether different; they smell of the grave. One of the most powerful is the charm of the dead hand. With a hand cut from a corpse they, muttering words of power, will stir a well and skim from its surface a neighbor’s butter,” (X)

Compared to witches, fairy doctors are more fairy oriented, and they focus more on the interactions and dealing of fairies, while witches focus on more general witchcraft meant to aid in what they desire.

Fairy Doctors and Religion

It is noted throughout a few of the different sources that they often pray. I believe that a fair portion of them were Christian, especially considering the time the particular fairy doctor was alive (or when the piece was written).

However, I also noted that a few of them didn’t specify their religious beliefs and practices. Thought that was interesting to point out.

It makes me believe that fairy doctors could follow any particular belief they chose.

Stories and famous Fairy doctors 

Hakushaku to Yōsei (伯爵と妖精?, “Earl and Fairy”)

  • a series of novels (there is a manga and an anime too!) about “the adventures of 17-year old Lydia Carlton, nicknamed the “Fairy Doctor” due to her interest and understanding of fairies. Her life takes a 180-degree turn when she meets Edgar J.C Ashenbert, the “Legendary Blue Knight Earl” and his crew on a sea voyage to London. Edgar hires her as an advisor during his quest to obtain a treasured sword that was supposed to be handed down to him by his family,” -Wiki

Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

  • Gathered by the renowned Irish poet, playwright, and essayist William Butler Yeats, the sixty-five tales and poems in this delightful collection uniquely capture the rich heritage of the Celtic imagination. Filled with legends of village ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests, and saints, these stories evoke both tender pathos and lighthearted mirth and embody what Yeats describes as “the very voice of the people, the very pulse of life.”

    “The impact of these tales doesn’t stop with Yeats, or Joyce, or Oscar Wilde,” writes Paul Muldoon in his Foreword, “for generations of readers in Ireland and throughout the world have found them flourishing like those persistent fairy thorns.” -Google books

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland: By Lady Francesca Wilde

  • a nice book that contains a bit of information on fairy folklore and fairy doctors as well

Ancient Cures, Charms, and Usages of Ireland by Lady Wilde 

  • This book talks about various charms and cures used by fairy doctors of Ireland.

Biddy Early, of County Clare in the west of Ireland

  • one of the most famous and well-known fairy doctors, “Biddy Early (c. 1798 – 1874) was a traditional Irish healer who helped peasants. She acted against the wishes of the local tenant farmer landlords and Catholic priests and was accused of witchcraft,” –Wiki
  • Do you remember the time John Kevin beyond went to see Biddy Early, for his wife, she was sick at the time. And Biddy Early knew everything, and that there was a forth behind her house, and she said, “Your wife is too fond of going out late at night.” – Source

I had written this a while ago, but I wanted to add it to this blog in case anyone is curious about what exactly a fairy doctor is.

Mira Mira

wise and beautiful

Mira Mira

grand and mystical.

I am thankful to be guided

through these troubled times.

A helping hand that is delighted,

allowing me to make sense of the signs.

You are the goddess of the sun,

symbolized by the yellow sunflower.

Long brunette hair in a decorated bun,

only I shall ever know of your power.

Fire so bright and purple so dark,

a keeper of secrets you are.

My heart and passion are your spark

my light and guiding star.

I pray to thee continue to watch over,

may I stay on the right path.

With my life’s pain let me find closure,

and none shall know my hidden wrath.

I pray to thee.

I had written this poem a few years ago about a “deity” that I had encountered through various experiences during meditation and astral travel. I haven’t thought about her in a long time. Its only now when I am seeking to deepen my practices and truly find myself as a witch that I am remembering her.

Its strange~

also “Mira mira” totally sounds like mirror mirror

Witch Bottles

Knot Magick

Witch bottles are often discussed in my circle however I was recently asked for some advice so I thought it time to publish this post on Witch bottles.

Witch bottles are familiar in concept to many pagans, representing a “bottled spell” with the tradition originating as far back as the 1500’s in British folklore. Most often they are found hidden in the fabric of buildings, in liminal locations such as under doorsteps and stairs and in chimneys. They form part of the hidden assemblage, also including shoes and dedicated cats, which are an example of witchcraft prevention in action.

Bottles are most often found unsealed, due to their age and the depredations of time. This means that some of the contents missing, particularly liquid components such as urine. Although testing often shows that urine was at one time present it can provide little information.

An exception was a sealed bottle…

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I love the Washington area, and I feel welcomed here; however…its hard to be gone from the spirits and beings that I knew back in Wyoming.

One of the things I miss most is the welcoming feeling I got from the mountains that bordered the small town. I felt like I could enter into their realm anytime I desired. I felt honored and familiar. Some of my most profound and mystical experiences came from being there.

I remember the gifts that were given to me, and the spirits that communed with me.

It might just be me being homesick, but I really felt the need to post this and get my feelings out….

Becoming the spirit

By definition, invoke means “to call forth or upon [a spirit] by incantation,” (source). The act of invoking a spirit is the process of calling it to take vessel in your body. It is a type of “Horsing”. A way to look at it is that you are allowing a spirit to take hold of them. Horsing means, at least according to the dictionary, “something on which a person rides, sits, or exercises, as if astride the back of such an animal,” (source).  A famous example is the ritual of “Drawing down the Moon”. In which, the priestess invokes the representation of the moon (typically it is a goddess of the moon, but sometimes it is a spirit too) and becomes the moon itself. She basically takes it inside of herself and becomes it.

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The purposes of such a ritual can vary from it being purely a religious ceremonial act or a ritual meant to empower the practitioner’s power in the hopes of gaining their desire. A ritual of invoking the spirit usually, but not always, include such steps as cleansing of self, cleansing of space, calling of the spirit, invoking the spirit into your self, performing the task when the spirit is inside you, dismissing the spirit from yourself, closing of the ritual, cleansing of space and self.

Some examples of rituals involving invocations of spirits/deities

I have yet to truly invoke a spirit, but I certainly have many thoughts and ideas when it comes to the ritual layout itself. The idea of using masks for ritual work and magic fascinates me so much! So, its no surprise that I want to use masks when I want to invoke a certain spirit. It can be used as a tool to help you connect with the spirit even more. You look more like it, and thus you become more like it. It certainly would make a more interesting ritual too.

anyways that is enough of my rambles…

Flameshift because I feel like it and someone I love needs it somewhere

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

Every day and every night that I say the geneology of Brighid
I shall not be killed
I shall not be harmed
I shall not be put into a cell
I shall not be wounded

No fire, no sun, no moon shall burn me
No lake, no water, no sea shall drown me.

For I am the child of Poetry,
Poetry, child of Reflection,
Reflection, child of Meditation,
Meditation, child of Lore,
Lore, child of Research,
Research, child of Great Knowledge,
Great Knowledge, child of Intelligence,
Intelligence, child of Comprehension,
Comprehension, child of Wisdom,
Wisdom, child of Brighid.
Carmina Gaedelica edited by Lunea Weatherstone

May my words be as considered as poetry,
May I reflect on all I do or say,
May I meditate on those things important spiritually
May I seek to know more of the lore
May I research what I am curious about and what will enable…

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