Synopses & Reviews
From My Book of Shadows (Magical Journal)
A Fey sorceress, I am a myth and have lived outside of human comings andgoings, human circles, human history, until this lifetime. So why tonightdo I remember, in a time long ago, a circle of women making quilts? Theywhisper magical spells, their socializing a disguise for rites holy to theGoddess, rites to keep their farmlands fertile and their families healthy.Why this memory if I never hid my magic in a circle of needles?
Why do I remember these things, when I was not part of them? I rememberbut was not part of Irish peasants, their lusty magical chants casting offchains of servitude.
Until this lifetime, in which, drawn to the human men and women, I becomeas them, and, now part of human history, discover that once again my jobis to teach the Fey magic to the human race. And I do.
My memory of those past lifetimes becomes clearer. The women making quiltsdon't remember me, but I went to the eldest of them in a dream and taughther the spells they use when they sew. The woody glen with the two loverswas blessed by me; my unseen rite made that clearing a vortex of pleasurefor all who passed through it. The frustrated woman in the cave meets mewhen I take on flesh for seven years to teach her the basics of the OldWisdom. The Irish learned their chant from me. It cast an illusion to shieldthem from the view of the landowners. Their spell keeps them safe.
Throughout the ages I have taught humans magic, humans who later said ofme, "Faeries? They are a myth!" Only their teacher, never theircompanion, I stayed apart from the human rites, and lovemaking and feasts.Besides, no one ever sees a Faerie unless the Goddess kissed their mother'seyelids at the moment of their conception, or Fey salve was put on theireyes. Or they themselves are Fey blooded.
So while I now join mortal history, I am still myth, unseen. Circling arounda star, within an atom, in dance with a dream, yours or mine.
My Experience with the Faerie Tradition, in This Lifetime
The college Iattended had two campuses, separated by a forest. I oftenhad to walk through those woods at night, and the path was not lit. I wasterrified. I believed Faerie Folk lived in the woods, so I would run asquickly as I could, thinking they wanted to abduct me, and treat me cruelly.
Little did I know that the Fey Folk are a kind race, and that I was a witchwith Fey blood in my veins. The Faeries in those woods must have been callingme, and I feared the call because I knew no better. But later I completeda rigorous and rare seven-year training with Victor Anderson, to becomea Celtic shaman, by being adopted into Victor's family, which had kept Celticshamanism--also called Faerie Tradition--intact. Faerie Tradition is a Wiccanbranch specifically devoted to deep inner transformation, and it forms thebasis of this book.
By the way, since most folks do not know who Victor Anderson is: he is anexpert on Celtic and Hawaiian shamanism, who has rather quietly trainedsome of the most seminally influential practitioners of the Goddess movement.If asked what qualifies him to do this, Victor might point out that studyingshamanism doesn't earn one a college degree. Victor's wisdom speaks foritself: you can find his name in the acknowledments or dedication sectionof many a spiritual book, or mentioned as a source in the main body of atext.
Everything I say about magic or Wicca in this book is specific to FaerieTradition. Anything I say in this book, period, is about my tradition. Inaddition, I am writing only about the particular branch of Faerie I wastaught, and/or the branch I developed. I will use the terms Celtic shamanism, Wicca, Goddess Spirituality, the Old Religion, the Old Ways,witchcraft, and similar terms as synonymous. I will generally treat words like witch, pagan, shaman, priest, mystic, and magician the same way. The followingoverview of Faerie Tradition includes some of its dominant traits.
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A GUIDE TO CELTIC SPELLS AND WISDOM FOR SELF-HEALING, PROSPERITY AND GREAT SEX
Professional Celtic Shaman Francesca De Grandis shows readers how to tap into their Goddess power and unveils the mysteries of magic as a tool for spiritual developmen
About the Author
Francesca De Grandis, daughter of a Sicilian witch, completed a rare seven-year training to become a Celtic Shaman in the Faerie tradition. She runs her own school, The Third Road, where lawyers and bike messengers alike come to learn and be enchanted by the magic and mysticism of Goddess Spirituality. She lives in San Francisco.