I hate too but….

I didn’t realize it was getting this late or that there was so many pages to Crick’s lessons. At least, I have two up and there are just 54 more to go. The two that are up contains some information that will keep you busy for a while. I had forgotten I had to run to town today or I would have waited and posted these lessons tomorrow. When I get home tonight I will finish up the lessons then. I just want the people who asked for information about faeries to know I do keep my word. The lessons to come do continue names of the fae and information on each of them. I think you will find it interested. If you read through these two lessons and want more, I have posted a link to the lessons and will do so again here.

I am sorry. I do have to run but I will put up the rest of the lessons tonight. Till then, my sweets….

Love ya,

Lady A

 

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Whispering Woods Faery Lore Course: Lesson Two – Faery Fauna

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Lesson Two

Faery Fauna

 

There are of course far too many faery related fauna to list in this lesson. However we hope to give enough examples to help you familiarize yourself with the more common plants.

Ash:

(Fraxinus spp.)

The planting of Ash trees is said to protect ones home and livestock from mischievous faeries. It is said that placing ash buds on the cradle will prevent faeries from taking a child and leaving a changeling in its place. In Scandinavian lore, the first man “Askr” was made from Ash. And in some beliefs the Ash is the “axis mundi” or “World Tree”. In yet other belief systems it was from the Ash that “Yggdrasil” was created by Odin. Ash trees are believed to provide protection from fairies, which are said to be unable to harm anyone standing in the shadow of an ash tree.

 

Birch:

(Betula spp.)

It is said that if the spirit of the Birch tree (called the One with the White Hand) touches someone on the head, and it leaves a white mark, then that person will go insane. If this spirit touches the heart, then that person will die.

 

Bluebells:

(Hyacinthoides non-scripta)

Fairies are summoned to their midnight gatherings by the ringing of these tiny flowers, which are reputed to be the most potent of all fairy floras. Legend has it that children who venture into bluebell glades will be held captive, while adults will be enchanted, until met by another mortal and guided out. It is said that wearing a ring of Blue Bells around the ankle at Beltain will attract the attention of faeries to you.

Plant some bluebells in your garden in order to attract fairies.

 

Clover:

(Trifolium spp.)

A four-leafed clover is famous for bringing luck and it gives a person the power to break fairy spells and see through their magic. Shamrock is known as Leprechaun clover. The ancient Druids honored Clover as a sacred plant. They believed that the shamrock had the power to avert evil spirits.

 

Cowslip:

(Primula veris)

Grace and Pensiveness Cowslips are an invaluable fairy flower, for their blossoms provide shelter from the rain. In England they are known as the Culver’s Keys, for their heads resemble a bunch of keys and these are said to hold the power to unlock the way to fairy treasure. To invite the fairy folk to visit your home, hang a spray of Cowslip on your door. Cowslips help to find hidden faery gold. They are loved and protected by the faeries. Dried cowslip flowers are considered to be a favorite hiding place of certain fairies that are known to ride bats. On Beltane, Irish farmers would crush cowslip leaves and put the juice on their cow’s udders to protect them throughout the year and to ensure that the cows’ milk would not be stolen by faeries.

 

Daisy:

(Chrysanthemum maximum)

Putting a daisy chain on a child is said to prevent fairies from beguiling the child and carrying them away. It is thought that the daisy is the favorite flower of woodland nymphs.

 

Elder:

(Sambucus spp.)

Elder trees and bushes are said to offer protection to fairies. It was a British belief that placing a child in an elder wood cradle could cause it to be pinched black and blue by the fairies within the Elm. Elderberry wine is considered fairy wine. Drinking it is said to enable you to see fairies. Add dried elderberries to an incense mixture that you burn to attract fairies to a gathering. The Elder is sometimes called the “death tree”, it represents the Thirteenth month on the Celtic Tree Calendar. This is the time of Samhain. It is said that cutting down an Elder will antagonize the Dryad residing within.

 

Foxglove:

(Digitalis purpurea)

The flower derives its name from little Folks-glove, since it is believed that the florets are worn by fairies, sometimes as bonnets, sometimes as gloves. The flower has many folk names, such as Fairy Weed, Dead Men’s Bellows, Bloody Man’s Fingers and Witch’s Thimble. According to Irish lore, the juice of ten foxglove leaves will cure a fairy-struck child. The juice is also an ingredient used by witches in the potion that helps one to fly. The little flecks on the flowers are said to be the faeries fingerprints. In Gaelic Foxglove is called “miaran nan cailleacha sith” (Thimble of the old faery women)

 

Hawthorn:

(Crataegus monogyna)

Hawthorn is well known as the “witch’s tree” for it is thought that Hawthorn is actually witches who have shape-shifted. It is also known as the Faery tree, as it is very sacred to the fae folk. In Ireland, it is referred to as “gentle bushes” after the custom of not naming faeries directly out of respect. Solitary thorns were known as the faeries’ Trysting Trees. The hawthorn is considered a sacred meeting place for fairies. Hawthorn is the Thorn, in the phrase “Oak, Ash and Thorn”.

 

Oak:

(Quercus) (Lithocarpus)

Faerie Folks are said to live in old oaks. Most notable are the “Wood Wives” of Germany, the “Oak Men in England, and of course many others, such as the Dryads and the Devas. This is why the druids have such a high respect for the oaks. They are known to contain faerie magic! Such trees are called “bull oaks” in England, and “bell oak” in Scotland and Ireland. One is supposed to turn one’s coat or cloak inside out to neutralize their magic. The fruit of the oak tree, acorns, can be made into faerie talismans if found and gathered by the light of the full moon.

 

Pansies

(Viola tricolor)

This flower was thought to have been used by the faery king, Oberon, to make a love potion. It is said that humans should never pick a pansy with dew on it as it is said to cause the death of a loved one. And if you pick one on a fine day you will invite it to storm.

 

Peach Blossom:

(Prunus persica)

The peach tree, also called the Tree of the Fairy Fruit. Branches of the peach tree are used to drive off evil spirits in China, and also to root out illnesses. Children in China wear a peach pit suspended about the neck to keep demons away. The peach often plays an important part in Chinese tradition and is symbolic of long life. The Japanese use the peach to increase fertility, and branches of the tree are utilized as divining and magickal wands.

 

Primrose

(Oenothera lamarckiana)

The flowering herb primrose is thought to be the source of the faeries’ invisibility (when this herb was brewed and drunk as a tea, it was found to open human eyes to the astral plane). If you lay a little posy upon your doorstep, fairies will cross your threshold as you sleep, to bless your home. In Ireland, primroses are scattered before the house door to ward off the fairies, who are not supposed to be able to pass them.

 

Thyme

(Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme is associated with fairies. Wearing a sprig of wild thyme, or essential oil of thyme, is said to help one to see fairies. If you place springs of thyme on your closed eyes and sleep upon a fairy mound, this will aid you in seeing fairies. Dried, powdered thyme, sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills, is an invitation to faeries to enter your home. Wild thyme, gathered from the side of a fairy mound, is especially potent for use in fairy magic.

 

Toadstool

(Amanita muscaria)

The Fairy Ring Mushroom is the one which grows in a circular formation, marking the boundary of the fairies favorite dancing places. The enchanting timbre of the fairies’ music and revelry can lure mortal passers-by inexorably into the ring for what may seem like minutes but is actually years. The most familiar cause of a fairy ring is the toadstool (Marasmius oreades). Some names of Toadstools are; Slender Elf cap, Dryad’s Saddle, Yellow Fairy club and Dune Pixie Hood. In English folklore, fairy rings were said to be caused by fairies dancing in a ring while wearing down the grass beneath their feet. Toads would afterwards sit on the mushrooms poisoning them and thus the name “Toadstool”. In some parts of England it was thought that fairies would steal and then ride horses into the rings.

 

 

Quiz:

1. The spirit of the Birch tree is called ___ ___ ____ ___ _____ ______.

2. In England Cowslip is known as _______ _____.

3. The juice of ten _________ leaves will cure a fairy-struck child.

4. _______ was thought to have been used by the faery king, Oberon.

5. The ancient Druids believed that the _________ had the power to avert evil spirits.

6. Ash trees is said to protect ones home and _________.

7. The little flecks on the flowers of Foxglove are said to be the faeries ___________.

 

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Whispering Woods Coven Faery Lore course: Lesson One – Faery Associations

Whispering Woods Coven Faery Lore course

Lesson One

Faery Associations

 

“Remember when doing outside rituals to leave a libation for the wee folk. Milk and bread or cookies is fine.”

The Irish were known to have made knives of flint to protect against mischievous faeries. Small holes were drilled into the handle and the knife was hung by the door to keep out unwanted or undesirable faeries. By the same token arrow heads made out of flint were referred to as Elf -shot, Elf -arrow, or Faery-shot. It is thought that elves would hurl these arrow heads at mortals who then carried them off to their realm. In the victims place was left a changeling (Sithbheire) that was left to sicken and die.

It is from this that we get the term “Elf-stroke” or just “Stroke for short. These Elf-bolts are known as “Saighead sith”. And it is considered to be lucky if one finds one. Once found it should never be allowed to touch the ground. And they should be buried with its owner upon their passing.

Iron protects against all types of Faeries. It is thought that a horseshoe nailed to the bottom of the churn prevents butter from being meddled with by faeries. Another custom is when a child is thought to be a changeling (Sithbheire), it is placed upon an iron shovel over the fire, the changeling would go shrieking up the chimney, and the real human child would be restored.

To keep a human child from being stolen by faeries it is customary to hang a pair of iron scissors above the crib.

A horseshoe hung upright so that its magick doesn’t pour out, serves as a charm against faeries.

It is said that if you find a grove of Oak, Ash, and Mistletoe, that you will encounter faeries. This particular triad of growth is considered to be very sacred to faeries. Especially to the Dryads, whom it is thought, instructed the Druids in the use of sacred tree magick.

It is said that cats are a mortal enemy of all small faeries. Cats are said to have the ability to readily see faeries.

Cramps are said to be punishment for annoying faeries and unexplained bruises are said to be caused by pinching faeries.

One of the most well known places to find the Fae Folk is within a natural mushroom ring at sunset or full moonlight. There are a variety of mushrooms that may form these enchanted rings. However one would do well to be cautious upon entering these rings as the association of time differs greatly with that of the mundane human realm.

It is said that a one can simply look through a stone with an opening, or a hole. This is called a Faery stone, holey stone or “men-an-tol, an-cloc cosanta” (drilled stones). They are usually found near running water or by the sea. It is thought that they present a doorway into the realm of fae. And that it gives one physic sight when peering through this stone.

Faeries are said to have “white” blood. And when one spots splotches of a white material on the ground it is from opposing troops of faeries who had fought the night before.

The term “Fair folk” came about to appease the faeries because it was thought unlucky to speak ill of them, for if they felt criticized in any manner, they would take revenge.

It is said that when one is walking along and then feels a cold blast of air that you have crossed over an area associated with faeries. This is called the “Gaoth Shee” (Fairy Wind). By the same token if you were walking along a familiar stretch of land and become temporarily confused or lost, you have encountered what is known as “the stray sod”. This is also an area associated with faery activity.

Within the Christian faith it is thought that faeries are actually fallen angels who followed Satan out of their heaven. In some Christian beliefs it is thought that faeries are the spirits of un-baptized children who have been stolen by faeries.

It is said that owls are actually faeries that have shape-shifted.

Within the Celtic beliefs it is thought that faeries are descended from the mystic race known as the Tuatha De Danann.

When one sees a host of faeries trooping by (Especially at Samhain) if one throws the dust from a footprint at them, it will compel them to release any human captives that they may have with them.

The best day of the week for faeries is Wednesday; the worst day of the week is Thursday.

It is said that if one sprinkles their clothes with oatmeal or carries it in their pocket, that no faery will approach them.

To prevent faeries from entering one’s home through a chimney, hang a besom over the hearth.

To keep faeries out of one’s bedroom, you but need to spread some flax around the floor.

At Beltain, when the faeries are quite active, adorn your children with daisy garlands to keep them from being kidnapped by faeries.

 

Quiz:

1. A Gaoth shee is a _____ _____.

2. Faeries have ______ blood.

3. What three trees are sacred to faeries? _______, _________ and _________.

4. ___ protects against all faeries.

5. Hang a horseshoe upright to keep its ______ from pouring out.

6. The Celtic word for changeling is _________.

7. The best day of the week for faeries is ________.

 

 

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Whispering Woods Faery Lore Course

I had a member ask me yesterday for some information on the Fae and some of their names. I didn’t want him to think I had forgotten him just my lunar activities had messed up my day time activities. I apologize for this and I remember Crick having an excellent course on the Fae. I use his information quite often and have permission to use his lessons. Some of his material is starting to disappear on Homestead and that is a terrible shame. He has done some wonderful research and is a valuable asset to the Pagan community.

I hope this gives those interested in the Fae some insight into them. Crick has several other courses that others might find of interest, you can check them out at Crick’s Free Pagan oriented courses.

 

Whispering Woods Faery Lore Course

This course is dedicated to Faeries, Gnomes, Sprites, Dryads and all of the mystical beings that make up the special fabric of our world. I personally grew up in an Irish family that held a solid belief in such wonderful creatures. And such memories will remain with me throughout my life. And so it is our hope that you will come away with a belief and indeed a respect for the denizens of other worldly realms. They are there waiting for us to shed centuries old and misguided beliefs about their existence.

We are truly blessed to have such gifted and magickal beings living amongst us. They have many lessons just waiting to be imparted to those who are open to such communication.

This course can’t possibly cover all of the numerous and various types of faeries and such creatures in the world. But we hope to give you a broad exposure to the many types of such mystical beings that share this world with us humans…

A Little Humor for Your Day – Signs that Your Child Might Be A Witch

Signs That Your Child Might Be A Witch

1. Your child asks to use the broom to cleanse, I mean clean, their room.
2. There is always a steak knife missing.
3. Your smallest pan keeps disappearing and reappearing, and always smells like ashes and potpourri.
4. All your candle holders are missing.
5. They now enjoy going to the fabric store with you and they want thread, ribbon and cloth of every color of the rainbow.
6. Their Christmas and Birthday wish lists consist of: a white or black full length bathrobe, blank journal books, window box herb gardens and a box of candles in assorted colors.
7. You just figured out that every full or new moon your child asks to have 3 friends spend the night; & strangely they are very quiet all night.
8. Your child now says “Merry Meet Again” every morning to you & whenever they leave they say “Merry Part”.
9. Your recipe cards are disappearing & when you do find them you can’t make sense of the recipe since it doesn’t require any actual cooking.
10. Your child has a new ID bracelet that reads something like “RavenMoon” “StarWolf” or “SunDragon”.
11. Your child asks you one day for a compass, four pails of paint; blue, green, red, & yellow, so that they can paint their room correctly.
12. They insist that their first car be the color brown and have a license plate that says BROOM.
13. Their pillows are now filled with all your potpourri.
14. You ask your child to rake up the autumn leaves in the yard, and they come back with a small stick and a large stick; which you later find to have shiny objects on them and unidentifiable etchings.
15. Once a jar gets emptied in your house it ends up in your child’s room filled with various objects like pins, needles, hair, honey, paper, and soil.

Astronomy Picture of the Day – An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2016 January 27

An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky
Image Credit & Copyright: Dave Lane; Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

 

Explanation: Why would the sky look like a giant fan? Airglow. The featured intermittent green glow appeared to rise from a lake through the arch of our Milky Way Galaxy, as captured last summer next to Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA. The unusual pattern was created by atmospheric gravity waves, ripples of alternating air pressure that can grow with height as the air thins, in this case about 90 kilometers up. Unlike auroras powered by collisions with energetic charged particles and seen at high latitudes, airglow is due to chemiluminescence, the production of light in a chemical reaction. More typically seen near the horizon, airglow keeps the night sky from ever being completely dark.

Earth Sky News for Jan. 27: Moon and Jupiter closest January 27

Earth Sky News for Jan. 27th: Moon and Jupiter closest January 27

Tonight – January 27, 2016 – as seen from around the world, the waning gibbous moon will shine closer to the giant planet Jupiter that it did last night. Watch these two bright beauties climb over the eastern horizon a few to several hours after sunset!

Once the moon and Jupiter rise, they’ll be out for rest of the night. You can’t miss them. Jupiter is the brightest starlike object up there until Venus, the sky’s brightest planet, makes her appearance in the eastern sky during the predawn hours.

In fact, you can view all five visible planets in the predawn/dawn sky from now until about February 20, 2016! The moon will be sweeping past all of these planets in the days ahead. Let the moon lead you to sure identifications of the planets.

Jupiter appears starlike to the eye, and the moon looks bigger than Jupiter. But, of course, Jupiter is much larger than the moon and only appears star-like to our eyes because it is so much farther away – over 1,700 times farther away than tonight’s moon. The moon lies about 1.35 light-seconds from Earth at present. In stark contrast, Jupiter looms about 39 light-minutes away.

If the giant planet Jupiter were at the same distance from us as our moon, it’d take about 40 moons lined up side by side to equal the diameter of Jupiter. More amazing, perhaps, Jupiter’s disk would exceed the lunar disk by some 1,600 times.

It’s with good reason that Jupiter enjoys the king planet status. Watch the moon and Jupiter shine together from early-to-mid evening until dawn!

By the way, if you’re interested, look back at our January 26 post to know why the moon and Jupiter are pairing up more closely tonight than they were last night.

Bottom line: Let the moon be your guide to Jupiter, the fifth planet outward from the sun and the king of the planets, on the night of January 27, 2016! Then watch in the early morning sky as the moon sweeps past the five planets now visible there

 

 

Earth Sky News for Jan. 26th:  Moon moving toward Jupiter January 26

Tonight – January 26, 2016 – the dazzling star-like object close to the moon is the giant planet Jupiter. No matter where you are on Earth, you’ll see Jupiter near the moon not just tonight, but for the next few late evenings and early mornings. After Jupiter … the moon will pass Mars, Saturn, Venus, Mercury! You can see all five of these bright worlds before dawn. It’s the first time we’ve seen them together since 2005.

The January 26 moon rises approximately 3 hours after sunset, and Jupiter follows the moon into the sky roughly an hour later. The exact rising times for the moon and Jupiter vary around the world, but you can’t miss this pair in clear skies by mid-evening tonight – that is, by about midway between your local sunset and midnight – no matter where you are on Earth.

Jupiter and the moon will be even closer together on January 27.

What motions of the moon and Jupiter cause them to come together this way in our sky? There are several motions to notice. First, the moon’s orbital motion carries it near Jupiter each month. Earth’s spin under the sky causes the moon and Jupiter to move westward in the course of a single night. And Jupiter is moving, too, in front of the stars.

Notice the moon’s orbital motion. It’s easy. Just look at the moon and Jupiter tonight (Tuesday night or Wednesday morning). Then notice them again tomorrow night (Wednesday night or Thursday morning). You’ll see that – from one evening to the next – the moon has moved closer to Jupiter on the sky’s dome. That change is due to a true motion of the moon itself, its motion through space in orbit around Earth.

Due to its orbital motion, the moon travels about 13o eastward in front of the backdrop stars every day. For reference, the moon’s diameter equals one-half degree.

Notice Earth’s spin under the sky. Meanwhile, in course of a single night, the moon and Jupiter go westward across our sky. They do so for the same reason that the sun goes westward during the day … because the Earth rotates from west-to-east on its axis. Earth’s spin causes the sun, moon, planets and stars to appear to move from east to west on a daily basis.

So watch for Jupiter this evening or tomorrow evening. They will be in the east. Then, if you’re up early tomorrow morning (Wednesday) or the following morning (Thursday), look for the moon and Jupiter in the west before sunrise.

This motion in the course of one night is due to Earth’s spin

Jupiter is moving, too. Jupiter’s own motion in orbit around our local star, the sun, causes this world to change its position in front of the background stars as seen from Earth. In contrast to our nearby moon, Jupiter moves at a snail’s pace in front of the stars. Sometimes, it seems to move erratically, a fact that baffled the ancient stargazers.

It moves more slowly than our moon in front of the stars because it is much farther from us than the moon.

It moves erratically because we view Jupiter from the platform of a moving Earth. Our motion in orbit causes Jupiter to appear to move backwards (westward, or retrograde) in its orbit for about four months every year. Really, this backwards motion is an illusion. It happens because Earth moves faster than Jupiter in orbit. It’s like we’re in a fast car, passing a slower car on the highway. For a time, the slower car appears to move backwards in front of the distant landscape. That’s the case with Jupiter now. Jupiter has been moving in a retrograde fashion – westward in front of the stars – since January 8, 2016.

We’ll pass between the sun and Jupiter on March 8, 2016.

Jupiter will end its retrograde motion, and begin moving eastward in front of the stars again, on May 9, 2016.

Bottom line: The moon is edging toward Jupiter on January 26, 2016 and is even closer on January 27. No matter where you are on Earth, you’ll see Jupiter near the moon the next few mid-evenings to early mornings. After Jupiter … the moon will sweep past Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury! Use the moon to identify these planets.

 

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Bruce McClure