The Faerie Pagan Faith
Understanding the Faerie Faith can be very confusing. There are many groups who practice what they term THE Faerie Faith. The Faerie Faith I practice is a blending of many of these groups and individuals, including Victor Anderson and Kisma Stepanich. I tend to extract that which I feel is most powerful from these Faiths, (attempt to) remove the Wiccan aspects, and add a solid mythological background to my workings. The Faerie Pagan Faith I speak of is based mainly upon the Celtic Lore of the Sidhe, or People of the Mounds, and the Norse Lore of the Alfar, or Elves. I am not overly concerned with the “actual” practices of the ancient Irish Celts and Norse Pagans, rather, I gain insight into their
practices from their myths, legends, and stories. In order to avoid confusion, I term that which I practice the “Faerie Pagan Faith,” or as someone one told me, “A Faerie Faith.”
There are many distinguishing factors of the Faerie Pagan Faith: the use of Faerie Gifts and Faerie Power, achieving ecstatic or alternate states of
consciousness, Faerie (Vision) Questing to the Other Worlds, it is ecstatic/seasonal/cyclic (rather than fertility) oriented, the invocational
nature of the magick, and the inviting of the Faeries to the rites, ritual, and magick.
One of the first things one notices about the Faerie Pagan Faith is the use of the Faerie Gifts: powers bestowed by the Fey (Faeries) upon those who will dance and sing with them. We all have a Faerie Gift buried deep within. That gift may be poetry, clairvoyance, artistic skill, or any number of things. The Gifts of the Fey are great in number. The Faerie Pagan acknowledges this Faerie Power and uses it to achieve ecstatic states, or alternate states of consciousness, when one become “Enchanted.”
There is the understanding that there are many overlapping worlds. this world (Bith, Midgard) and the Other Worlds. That which exists in This World also exists in the Other Worlds. In Faerie Paganism, there are two different cosmological models used to view these Other Worlds: the Celtic World Tree and the Norse Tree Yggdrasil. Upon close inspection it will be noted that these two models compliment, and do not conflict with, each other. There is the emphasis in the Faerie Pagan Faith of the enchanting journeys to the Other Worlds, called Faerie Questing, or Vision Questing. There, one encounters the denizens of the Faerie Realm. A Shadow Self also exists in this other realm: a “negative” of the
self we all know and present to the outer world. This self that exists in the Other World is mutable and thus we have the idea of shape-shifting.
One of the most noticeable differences in the Faerie Pagan Faith (as opposed to other pagan/Wiccan faiths) is that it is ecstatic, rather than fertility, oriented. A great emphasis is placed on sensual experiences, body awareness, and sexual mysticism. There are four main Faerie Days: October 31, February 2, May 30, and August 1. They have different names in the Norse and Celtic tongue but their core meanings remain the same. The Solstices and Equinoxes are sometimes observed as a change from one season to the next. There are also Faerie Times.
time when the reality as we know it is between worlds. This usually occurs when there is a major shift in the environment: dawn, dusk, a rainstorm, an eclipse, etc. Finally, the 13 lunar months are observed.
The magickal practices of the Faerie Pagan Faith rely heavily on invocation and invitation of the Sidhe and Elves. The rites and rituals are full of great poetry, Bardic satire, and Faerie Song. One attempts to increase one’s Faerie Gift to a plateau of consistent power, perform the desired magick, and then release that power out to do its work. It is also important to invite the Fey to the rites, ritual, and magickal workings. This is often overlooked in other forms of paganism, yet it is vital to the Faerie Pagan Faith.