Is there anything sweeter than a young child tucking a homemade faerie dwelling beneath the shade of an old tree, surrounded by ferns and sweetly scented violets?
This was a past time all three of my children and I took part in every single spring. The bases of our faerie homes began their lives as milk jugs, juice cartons or plastic garden pots- but by the time we were done embellishing these discarded items with forest treasures such as, twigs, moss, leaves, stones, cones and flowers found scattered across our property, they were works of art that were fit for... well, a faerie!
It was my youngest child, Chloe, who wanted to work magickally with the spirits of nature- and she was a natural, so I didn't want to discourage it. But faeries are spirit beings who have a moral code very different from our own, and when offended, can become very, shall we say... mischievous. This can difficult for children to understand, especially for someone (like my daughter), who feels at ease with their particular energy. So, after a bit of research and consultation from a friend who was very experienced with working with the spirits of nature, here is a lists of dos and don'ts for mixing kids with the Fae:
My Faerie Garden Favorites
Honeysuckle: A beautiful climbing plant with trumpeted flowers. Use in spells for prosperity and psychic powers.
Fern: There are thousands of varieties that can grow in many different habitats. They are an enchanting to choice to add charm to your faerie garden. Use in magick for protection, luck, prosperity and rain making.
Columbine: An old-fashioned perennial that is a faerie favorite. In magick, use columbine for love and courage.
Forget-Me-Not: Their ting flowers grow in clusters of blue, white and pink flowers. According to folklore, these flowers have the power to unlock secret treasures guarded by the spirits of nature. Use in magick for love and devotion.
Foxglove: A classic faerie plant that if planted by your door, provides protection. Also use in magick for divination.
Pansies: A merry little flower that will add charm to your faerie garden, and it is said, attracts parades of trooping faeries. Use in magick for love and focus.
Working with the Fae can be rewarding for both you and your children. And remember, if you're lucky enough to wake up one night to the tinkling sound of bells and ethereal voices softly singing, you have pleased the faeries and you are truly blessed.
For more information about raising a magickal family in a modern world, check out: The Magickal Family:Pagan Living in Harmony with Nature.
Be Thankful for Who You Are
"The sun grows weary and autumn's chill breath clings to the alder and maple. Children chase tumbling leaves under a Harvest Moon as the last canned goods are stored. The hearth calls to me... Time to rest." (The Magickal Family)
Autumn equinox (or Mabon) is upon us. During this time, day and night are once again equal, and we (as Pagans), celebrate the second harvest (or the Witch's Thanksgiving). For most of us who work the land, this marks the end of our harvest season- and with all of the labor done, it's time to celebrate and be thankful.
At our home, the Witch's Thanksgiving is celebrated in true Martha Stewart style. September is typically one of our driest months in the Pacific Northwest, so we set up our traditional feast under a large maple near the Sauk River complete with candles and buckets of sunflowers.
Our feast includes what anyone may find at a traditional Thanksgiving meal- but there is one rule we abide by, and that is everything prepared must contain local or homegrown ingredients (flour and sugar are my exceptions).
A fun project to share during your Mabon feast with visiting guests, or the little ones in the family, are Poetry Masks. These masks are made to wear as an artistic expression of who we are on the inside- conveying the message that our inner qualities are more important than our physical appearance. And there's nothing better to be thankful for than what sets us apart from the rest of the world.
You will need:
1 white cardstock or plastic mask per person
Ribbon or a Popsicle stick (to secure the mask if using ribbon or to glue on the bottom as a handle if using the stick)
Fine-tipped permanent markers (black plus any other colors for decorating)
Decorations: colorful feathers, sequins, plastic jewels, natural material, glitter, felt... you get the picture
Before the fun of decorating, use the black marker to write on the mask quotes, words, song lyrics, or poetry that describe you in a positive way.
Now for the fun! Use those craft supplies to create an artistic picture of you. Are you a true nature baby? Use leaves and twigs or small cones to show your style. Maybe you love the water- how about small shells and scales using shiny paper.
When your done, attach your Popsicle stick to the bottom or punch holes on each side to tie ribbon.
The example I made (pictured below and modeled by my daughter, Chloe) is pretty low-key. But I think it describes me quite nicely. I used words, symbols and a few herbs that express me magickally and creatively.
After everyone is done, hold them up (or tie them on) and try this blessing:
This mask I wear portrays the potential in me,
A symbol of the beauty I want everyone to see.
As I say these words, help me bloom and grow.
Let me be an example to others- as above, so below
(Poetry Masks and other great ideas can be found in "The Magickal Family: Pagan Living in Harmony with Nature" published by Llewellyn Worldwide)