Pagan Portals - Fairy Queens
A guide to meeting and respectfully connecting to the powerful, mysterious Queens of Fairy.
Mysterious and intriguing, the Queens of Fairy have been intertwined with mortal lives and imaginations for as long as we have had myth and folklore. Goddesses to some, fictional characters to others, these powerful Queens are bound up in the history of witchcraft and still have a role to play today. This book takes a look at who the Fairy Queens are, explores some of their individual stories, and considers how we can still connect to them and honor them in the world today.
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I got to read a complete draft of Morgan Daimler's Pagan Portals - Fairy Queens: Meeting the Queens of the Otherworld, which has appeared in chapter-long chunks on Moon Books' blog. Some of the material covered in Chapter 8, on the Fairy Queens in popular culture, was also covered in Morgan's Mystic South 2018 PAPERS presentation which I attended. The style is straightforward, accessible and informative. As an introduction to working with Fairy Queens for a reader who wants something that is grounded in both solid research on traditional lore and personal experience, that is useful and practical without a lot of fluff or obfuscation, it is excellent. Her descriptions of what it's like to deal with the Good People ring more true to my own experiences than I am used to finding in print, both in terms of details of how those experiences tend to go and the potential joys and pitfalls. If you are interested in approaching the Fairy Queens as part of your practice, this book will be a useful addition to your library that will get you started and guide you on the path towards learning more. While Daimler discusses fairies in literature and pop culture, she draws a clear distinction between them and the older traditional beliefs. There's a whole lot of nonsense floating around out there about fairies...the actual traditions are generally more complex, genuine, and deep. What could potentially be a wellspring of healing for our culture and the world gets poisoned with the same old plastic. Books like this are the antidote. ~ Sara Amis
Pagan Portals - Fairy Queens is more than the title might indicate. It is not only a look at the better known Fairy Queens, but also a practical system for maintaining fairy contacts, as well as concise, practical information on Fairy society, mores, and how best to work with this powerful, mercurial race. The first chapter is a look at the essentials of the Fairy realm, including certain aspects of its physical nature, the strange properties of time within it, and aspects of its social organization, including the nature of hierarchy and courts among the Fairies. This chapter finishes with two introductory meditations which are worth the price of admission in themselves, providing the reader with a practical method for entering Fairy and exploring it with a guide. Chapters two through seven give the essential information on five different Fairy Queens: the Queen of Elfland, Nicnevin, Áine, Aoibheall, Cliodhna, and Una. The chapters are each informed by a strong sense of place, emphasizing the links between each Queen and particular places or regions. To me, this is a convincing and enriching expansion of a theme Morgan has explored in her earlier work, the links between Irish Fairylore and the mythology of the Tuatha De Danann, allowing readers to integrate the two in a single harmonious and relatively logical worldview. Each chapter includes a meditation to contact each Queen, as well as plenty of information allowing the reader to deal as effectively as possible with them. Chapter eight is on Fairy Queens in popular culture, including literature over the last several centuries. This chapter contains excellent advice for working with such figures as safely and effectively as possible. The final chapter gives advice on how best to deal with Fairy Queens, including the pros and cons of different levels of contact, as well as how to deal with problems should they arise. Pagan Portals - Fairy Queens contains all those typical Morgan Daimler hallmarks; impeccable scholarship, accessibility, excellent writing, and practicality. Readers can be sure, when they work with this book, that they are getting the best information available, that it will be clear, well-organized, easy to understand, and doable by the average person. In short, I recommend this book very highly. Those seeking after the Fairy path need this book, and will gain much from it. ~ Segomâros Widugeni, author of Ancient Fire an Introduction to Gaulish Polytheism
"An absolutely fascinating read and deep delve into the folklore of the Fairy Queens of Ireland and Scotland. Expertly researched and documented, Daimler clearly writes from a position not only rooted in solid academic study of the subject, but also a rich experiential perspective. Beyond the folkloric aspect, Daimler also offers inspired guided meditations and hands-on ways to work with the various Fairy Queens through honoring each according to their specifics. A must read for anyone interested in working with the Good Neighbors". ~ Danielle Blackwood, author of The Twelve faces of the Goddess: Transform Your Life with Astrology, Magick and the Sacred Feminine
If I was a complete beginner at working with the Fairies, and I discovered this book on the Fairy Queens, it would be an absolutely wonderful place to start. Don't be fooled, however, by the short-and-sweet length of this book. Morgan has packed every micro-inch with seemingly unending depth! And yet, here I was, reading along, easily accessing the material; able to immediately apply the lore-sourced recommended approach, demeanor, and excellent meditations. The deep-dive fairy folklore is absent from nearly all beginner books, and yet presented as joyous and interesting rather than academic and dry. It feels like Morgan is literally your cheerleader, all the while imparting a proper level of precaution that together creates a spark of inspiration and a deep well of confidence to meet your fairy guide, then to meet the majestic queens of the fairy realm! I regard Morgan, not lightly, as THE fairy expert of choice for the 21st century, and because of that, this book is quite fitting for even those advanced in this work. Well-done Morgan! ~ Lisa Allen (Calantirniel), author of the Moon Sign Book, Herbal Almanac, Magical Almanac and Witches' Companion, co-Founder of ElvenSpirituality.com
Morgan has created a guide filled with practical information and personal insights to help both the curious scholar and the dedicated spiritual student. Her information is presented in an engaging style for easy reading, and yet contains well-researched, intriguing details. I highly recommend her books, and this book in particular, for those interested in learning more about Celtic spirituality and history. ~ Christy Nicholas, author of The Druid’s Brooch Series
Morgan Daimler’s Fairy Queens is succinct introduction to these fairy monarchs. Packed with historical evidence and personal experiences, this book is the perfect stepping stone for anyone seeking to forge a deeper relationship with these enigmatic figures. ~ Nicholas Pearson, author of Stones of the Goddess and The Seven Archetypal Stones
Daimler has taken some of the most interesting figures throughout fairy-lore and given them front and center space in the pagan community. This book gives a concise introduction to some of the most fierce members of the Fair Folk and gives the reader not only historical but also practical magical knowledge on each of these Queens. Daimler has a way with combing academia with modern spiritual experiences in a way that allows the reader to form their own well-rounded experience of these figures. This book is informative, practical, and a fantastic glimpse into the upper echelon of the Good Neighbors. ~ Aaron Oberon, author of Southern Cunning: Folkloric Witchcraft in the American South
If you are interested in connecting with the Queens of Faerie, this book is for you! Morgan gives thoughtful, hands-on techniques on working with The Good Folk, in an easy-to-read, conversational style. An absolute MUST HAVE for all those interested in learning about Faerie and connecting, on a deeper level, with the Faerie Queens! I love this book! ~ Michelle Skye, high priestess of the craft, women's empowerment facilitator, author of Goddess Alive!, Goddess Afoot!, and Goddess Aloud!
In the latest book in the Pagan Portals series, Fairy Queens by Morgan Daimler, Morgan has created an incredible resource on not only the personalities of the different courts, but details for working with, journeying to and developing a personal working relationship with them while maintaining respectful boundaries. It’s a must have for best practices of anyone seeking out the Good Neighbors. ~ Amy Blackthorn, author of Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic, and Creator of Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends