Pagan Portals - Aos Sidhe
Everything you ever wanted to know about Irish fairies
An introduction to the Aos Sidhe, the People of the fairy mounds, and to Irish fairy beliefs, this book takes readers on a journey to understand the place that fairies have had in Ireland across the millennia and into today. These beings can be found playing roles both significant and subtle in folk belief and their stories are part of the land itself, making them an intrinsic aspect of Ireland. And yet for those who haven't grown up with these beliefs there can be many misunderstandings and confusion surrounding who they are, and what they can do. /Pagan Portals - Aos Sidhe/ will help people new to the subject, as well as those with a wider knowledge, to understand the range and depth of the folk beliefs. Covering everything from myth and folklore to modern anecdotes and specific types of Irish fairies, this book provides a solid understanding of what can be a difficult subject.
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"Surprising exactly nobody who knows me, or my own work, I absolutely loved this book. For those who don't know me, I'm an Irish author with multiple books on my own native spiritual traditions, run the Irish Pagan School, and I'm now pursuing an MA in Irish Regional History. With that context in place, and understanding that I don't usually see a lot to recommend in non Irish authors writing from outside the culture... buy this book. Daimler's latest work will bring you on an easily digestible guided tour of the Irish Fairy Faith traditions, laying the beliefs and best scholarship out exactly as it is, from who and what They are to how to deal with Them as safely as possible. They even get into busting some horribly common misconceptions that you do NOT want to fall prey to, if you have a genuine interest or belief in the Irish Sidhe. Seriously. Buy this book." ~ The Irish Pagan School
Daimler (Pagan Portals—Raven Goddess) delivers a handy reference guide to Irish fairies. Mining the Irish folklore collection at University College Dublin, Daimler explores the myths surrounding the “people of the fairy hills” known as aos sidhe who, according to Irish legends dating back to the ninth century, are short, humanoid creatures who come from the “Otherworld” and dress in antiquated fashion. The author describes common motifs in aos sidhe stories, and notes that the beings are said to be visible only to a select few humans and can cause mysterious illnesses with a power called the “fairy stroke.” She furnishes recommendations for engaging with fairies and suggests readers respect fairies’ privacy, refrain from bragging about being blessed by fairies at risk of losing the blessing, and decline any offers of fairy food, which would prevent one from returning to the mortal world. A comprehensive reading list provides resources for those who want to dig deeper. Daimler makes for an enjoyable tour guide through the realm of the aos sidhe, moving briskly through the legends around the fairies without sacrificing thoroughness. Readers of magic and the esoteric should take note. ~ Publishers Weekly
I'm sure everyone expects me to be hyped in every sense of the word because of this book, and I am. It's hard to say anything negative about Morgan's work, what they've done, they write, and how the present all the information. Being an expert in the field, you can't not expect perfection coming from them, and that's exactly what you get in this book. Although brief, Pagan Portals - Aos Sidhe: Meeting the Irish Fair Folk is a book that summarizes pretty much what you need to keep in mind if you want to start working with the Aos Sidhe. From etiquette to folklore, types, protections, associations, and even some history regarding their accounts. I would say my favorite part was the one about misconceptions. Morgan debunked a lot of them with ease, and I can only wonder the amount of work it should have taken to do it. For those who've read Morgan Daimler's previous books, there won't be much new information. Maybe a few more bits and pieces of information that will come at handy, new explanations, resource, etc. However, I do think it will be useful for many to have this introduction at hand with the most essential and most of the basics covered. All in all, Pagan Portals - Aos Sidhe: Meeting the Irish Fair Folk will be an instant favorite for those interested in Irish folklore and mythology. Far from being exhaustive, it serves as an excellent introduction with a solid foundation, and easy-to-follow style that could serve as a starting point for newcomers interested in Daimler's work. As a side note, if interested in knowing more after reading this book, I would recommend reading A New Dictionary of Fairies and their Fairy Witchcraft trilogy (Pagan Portals - Fairy Witchcraft; Fairycraft; Travelling the Fairy Path; Pagan Portals - Living Fairy). ~ Kyler B. Warhol
"Pagan Portals Aos Sidhe- Meeting the Fairy Folk of Ireland, by Morgan Daimler is a refreshingly reliable read in a field rife with misunderstanding. Daimler's solid research concisely covers both types of fairies as found in Irish folklore and mythology and the wider fairy traditions of Ireland with insight and clarity. A great introduction and resource." ~ , Danu Forest MA Celtic scholar and traditional wisewoman, author of Wild Magic- Celtic folk traditions for the solitary practitioner .
"An excellent overview of the Aos Sidhe and their place in Irish culture through time. The strength of Morgan's work is its sound foundation in the Irish source material which she clearly references and encourages and inspires the reader to dig deeper into this facinating topic. This book is a great resource from soneone who has researched the topic indepth and who seeks to ensure a strong introduction to help clarify what is from the original culture and belief and what are later add ons. Another gem from an important author who can take the diverse and hard to find strands scattered through our medieval texts and present them in a concise, lucid and educational way. I consider Morgan a National Treasure of Ireland for her work in service to promoting indigenous Irish spirituality." ~ John-Paul Patton, author of The Poet's Ogam and Lightning Bolts and Dew Drops: a Cauldron of Poesy
Daimler has once again produced an invaluable resource. This book is for individuals who believe in, or want to believe in, the Fairy Folk and is an essential read for all of the above; a work that is intellectual, accessible, and absolutely un-put-downable. It was a literal cover-to-cover experience for me and I’m going to read it again as soon as I finish typing this sentence. ~ ~Courtney Weber, author of Brigid: History, Mystery and Magick of the Celtic Goddess and The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might.
In her book Pagon Portals: Aos Sidhe, Morgan Daimler shares with us magical lore and as well as how to work with these enchanting fairy beings. She also dispels many of the misconceptions of these magical folk that have crept into our modern storytelling so that we may have a more accurate idea of who the Aos Sidhe really are. This wonderful book takes you into the liminal space between magick and history revealing the enchantment of the Aos Sidhe. ~ Chris Allaun author of Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchraft for the Spirits of the Land and A Guide of Spirits: A Psychopomp’s Manel for Transitioning the D
'Our best short book on the Aos Sidhe: Morgan writes elegantly, humbly and wittily about Ireland's oldest community.' ~ Simon Young, folklorist
Once again, Morgan Daimler delights us with an exceedingly informative and useful guide to an aspect of Irish folk belief. This book is the perfect introduction to the Aos Sidhe, and guides the reader through many of the initial questions one might have when beginning to delve into this topic. As always, Daimler’s writing is accessible and approachable, and this book will delight complete beginners to the subject of Celtic fairy lore, or those hoping to expand their knowledge. Daimler provides a wealth of knowledge within such a small book. I truly believe that this book will act as a leaping board for many who wish to delve into the world of the Aos Sidhe for years to come. Dispelling misconceptions, and tackling the most frequently asked questions, this book is a treat from beginning to end. ~ Mhara Starling, author of Welsh Witchcraft: A Guide to the Spirits, Lore, and Magic of Wales
Pagan Portals Aos Sidhe by Morgan Daimler is a well-researched and timeless guide to understanding the Aos Sidhe, stripping away the modern folklore of common parlance to find the rubies and emeralds within. Daimler’s respected research and voice has borne fruit yet again. Sure to be referenced in future works for years to come. ~ Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic and Blackthorn’s Protection Magic
This handbook is essential for anyone looking to dip their toes in the ocean that is Irish fairy lore and for those wanting to lay the groundwork for their studies into genuine Irish fairy lore. It is no easy feat to condense the vast corpus of Irish fairy lore into a book of this size, but this treatise neatly ties the older material into modern folk belief and serves as an excellent introductory volume on the subject. This book also gives the reader the tools to further their research and importantly differentiates between good and bad sources pertaining to the subject. ~ Shane Broderick, folklorist