Pagan Portals - Living Fairy
Calling the Othercrowd back through active practice and holy days based on the Pleiades.
The human world and the Otherworld have always been intrinsically connected just as the beings within them are, but these connections have been strained in the Western world over the last millenia. Cultural and religious shifts have pushed the Other to the fringes and centred humanity in the world and in many spiritual frameworks. As we move into the 21st century the Othercrowd is pushing back, seeking a return to their place in things. Many witches are feeling this shift.
Living Fairy is a look at ways to deepen your practice of fairy witchcraft by actively calling the Good Neighbours back, and connecting to them more experientially. It emphasizes older ways of relating to them within a modern framework, while acknowledging the good and the bad that comes with this work. There is also an emphasis on moving away from solar and lunar holy days into a system focused on the stars, which may perhaps be an older way to relate to both the fairies and our spirituality.
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Stars and fairies are a bit of an odd mix. I'm sure most of us, if not all, will agree on that, but only a scholar such as Morgan would find enough material to prove there's a connection between both and develop a practice to include the Pleiades and Fair Folk. Intriguing to say the least! I didn't know there would be so so many connections and reasons to include them in your practice, and Morgan gives a really good introduction on the subject of the Pleiades for those unfamiliar with them. Astrology and everything concerning the sky is kind of a heavy subject for me, so I may need to re read some parts, but I got almost all of it in the first reading! Being a new system, with four new holidays to include in your celebrations, you won't get much of a practical information besides the basic framework and some personal associations and experiences, which, and I agree with Morgan on this, makes this a work in progress with many surprises in the future. After the Daimler-athon I had, the first two chapters, that summarize some basic information about fairies, were a bit slow for me, but after the book is out you'll definitely need to refresh some aspects. I really liked how innovative, creative and solid this book is. With Pagan Portals - Living Fairy: Fairy Witchcraft and Star Worship, You get the 101 to get started, take Fairy Witchcraft to the next level, and also discover new Liminal Gods; particularly fond on that trickster God, and I'm eager to connect with him. Morgan did it again. Another great book to your shelves! ~ Kyler B. Warhol
The experience of reading Daimler's book is rather like being taken firmly by the hand and danced through a whirlwind tour of both historical fairylore and the author's own lived experiences and hard-won gnosis. From academic perspectives and informed theories to pragmatic advice and practical rituals, Pagan Portals: Living Fairy provides a desperately-needed guidebook to the realities of working with the Good People, written by one of the foremost modern practitioners at the intersection of witchcraft and the Fairy Faith. ~ Misha Magdalene, author of Outside the Charmed Circle: Exploring Gender & Sexuality in Magical Practice
There’s a big movement toward the re-wilding of the natural environment these days. In Pagan Portals: Living Fairy, Morgan Daimler aims to re-wild the spiritual world as well. From historical sources to personal experience to detailed rituals, Daimler offers tools for calling the Fairy Folk and related beings back into our world. This is not a book of twee fairies with shimmering wands and sparkling dust, but a deep exploration of ancient Powers that were once part of our world but were driven out by religious and cultural forces. This book aims to help them return to their rightful place. ~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne's Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in Our Modern Lives and founder of Modern Minoan Paganism
Daimler’s upcoming book ‘Pagan Portals: Living Fairy isn’t just a book, it’s a damn manifesto and I AM HERE FOR IT! I encourage you all to get it because I think it’s going to be one of the most necessary witchcraft reads of the year - easily. Restoration, the Othercrowd, and wonderfully wild and visceral rites under night skies. What more could you ask for? ~ Seo Helrune, blogger and author of Essays from the Crossroads
Brilliant! Morgan Daimler once again brings us back to the magick of the Faeries. She takes us deeper into the practice of Faery Witchcraft that connects us to the Otherworld and the power of the stars. Through her practice and experience, she weaves the magical thread that connects us to Faery magick of the past with the the celestial fabric of the Pleiades in the night sky. This book is a fantastic tome that teaches how to connect with the Faery powers in a deep and meaningful way. This is a must have for anyone seeking to build their relationship with the Faeries and develop their spiritual practice. ~ Chris Allaun, author of Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land
While I'm an initiate of a different fairy witchcraft tradition...Anderson Faery...and I'm not any kind of Irish Pagan or Heathen, some of what is said about the Pleiades here resonates with lore passed down to me as part of that tradition, and much of it parallels my own simplified but deepening practice. It echoes as well my long-held convictions that the Otherworld used to be more in alignment with ours, that it has fallen out of that alignment, and that the shift back into balance is both something that is happening and needs to be encouraged to happen. Where will it all lead? I don't know. But I find the fact that Morgan Daimler and I, as well as some others, seem to be converging on something from different directions both exciting and faintly alarming. Which is usually what happens when Those Folks are involved. If you're interested in wild, old, deep things, and can handle the feeling you get when you suddenly realize you're no longer sure where you are, read this book. And then go time your witchcraft by the stars. ~ Sara Amis, author of A Word to the Witch and columnist for Witches & Pagans magazine