THE BASICS OF FAERIE VISIONS QUESTING
One of the first abilities of the Faerie Shaman is the ability to easily pass
between Worlds. A Vision Quest is a journey into the Other Worlds. This can be seen in the light of astral travel, meditation, searching the inner unconscious, or, as the Faerie Shamans see it, as a journey to the Faerie Realm (“fairyland”). No matter how the individual thinks about the Vision Quest, once he or she enters this other world, the results are the same.
During a Vision Quest, the Faerie Shaman enters a meditative state, and then passes through the crystal barrier between this world and the Other Worlds. There, the Shaman encounters all of the denizens of the Faerie Realm. from the most beautiful of nymphs, to the wisest of dragons, to the most horrific of beasts. In the Realm, there are great mystical castles, vast powerful plains, oceans of enchantment, mountains beckoning glory, and every place the imagination can conjure. There can even be a special place created for the Shaman. a personal Faerie/Astral temple, cottage, castle etc.. a place for the Faerie Shaman to go to when healing and peace is needed.
The goal to the Quest is the gaining of knowledge, healing, divination, or
communion with divinities and the inhabitants of the Realm. One can search for and recover Shattered Parts of the Soul, confront the Shadow Self, heal illnesses (physical, emotional, spiritual). One learns about oneself, one’s environment, one’s true goals and desires, and one’s spiritual foundations. One can look deep into the depths of the past and gain the insight needed to peer into the vast future. all the while analyzing the present in order to make it a more fulfilling experience.
It is important not to take any negative energy into the Realm. There, all
boundaries between thought, desire, and “reality” are broken down. Dark desires become the cruelest of trolls. light blessings become faerie guides. warm memories become magickal weapons and tools, personality strengths become animal allies. Imagination, desire, and inner passions are the tools by which the Realm are created. Therefore it is good to perform some type of cleansing rite before entering the Realm.
Basic Vision Quest: The Clearing Pools
Close your eyes and enter a meditative state. Play soft music. or a steady drum beat. or listen to the sound of your own heart-beat. or see the darkness when you close your eyes melt into a warm, embracing light.
You find yourself standing on the plains of Faerie Realm. To the North, tall, ice-capped mountains line the horizon. a cool, dark lake lies to the west. a vast, open plain lies to the east. and a barren, volcanic landscape lies to your south. This is the elemental portal into the realm of the Faerie.
Before you is a great Oak Tree. Its branches spread into the heights to the sky, its strong trunk stands above the ground, and its roots are buried deep within the soil. This is the World Tree that is the bridge between the Realms.
In front of the Oak there are four deeps pools of water. The first is muddy, the second deep, the third crystal clear, and the fourth is steaming with warmth. Look to the ground and pick up four stones.
Into the first stone, send all of your material troubles: checkbooks, money, physical illnesses, etc. Imagine them leaving your body, soul, and spirit, and entering the stone. Drop the stone into the first pool.
Into the second stone, send all of your emotional troubles: false desires, past emotional pain, lust, etc. Imagine them leaving your body, soul, and spirit, and entering the stone. Drop the stone into the second pool.
Into the third stone, send all of your mental/intellectual troubles: problems, worries, irrational fears, etc. Imagine them leaving your body, soul, and spirit, and entering the stone. Drop the stone into the third pool.
Into the fourth stone, send all of your creative troubles: inhibitions, self
doubt, lack of energy, etc. Imagine them leaving your body, soul, and spirit, and entering the stone. Drop the stone into the fourth pool.
The Rite is now over and you can do one of three things:
1)continue the Vision Quest into Faerie Land now that you have cleared yourself of negativity,
2) Sit before the pools and meditate on what has transpired,
3) Exit the Threshold to the Faerie Realm.