Saturday, August 23, 2008

Feri Friday Fun in August!

Trickster Time in the Grove ... We gathered to learn and discuss the special 'World Maker' role of the Trickster God while wearing magickal, silly head bands with sparkling bobbles, spiders and Witches. We blew bubbles and whistles, our Fetches giggling, pointing and laughing whenever they felt the desire. We had stories of the Trickster, illustrating both the great and silly, the Hero and the Fool. We ate chocolate, blueberries, raspberries and trickster bread.   Fun, Illumination and Connection!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Anaar Psychopomp

Anaar's performance at the Dark Arts Festival 2008 -What a master of the Grand!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Feri Friday success!

Our very first FERI FRIDAY ... what an amazing success. We had 14 very interested participants, all circled around a 'Moon Pool' I made in the center of the Great Grove. The weather was gentle and comfortable, so the fire pot served as the base for the Moon Pool. Everyone arrived nicely before our start time, seven o'clock, and registration and seating arrangements in the Grove went smoothly. The Grove looked spectacular lit with fairy lights and torches.

Dominic started us off with a basic introduction to Trance- possession, with many anecdotes from his personal experiences, some charming and funny, others more than a bit unsettling. He gave us all very wonderful descriptions of White Mari, Green Mari and Red Mari, making it very clear that we would be working with White Mari this night, She of the Loving and Generous Heart (my personal interpretation). We moved into a very productive question and answer session and then took a 15 minute break, after we had arranged for many of the FireDrake Feri students to Cast and Call. The FireDrake Feri students did a fabulous job Casting and Calling the Elements and after a Welcome cup, Dominic lead us in a terribly moving chant to draw White Mari into us. We all learned the chant while we chanted and it seemed to grow up from the ground and down from the moon until we felt surrounded in Mari's light. And we kept chanting, in unison now, standing around a Moon Pool feeling the moon come into us. Magick Works! Our feast was comprised of dark, red Merlot, sparkling champagne, clear sweet water, dark chocolates and raspberries. The Circle was opened and many folk stayed a bit longer as the Full Moon at last became visible at the gate, filling the yard with Her splendor!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Feri Friday

First Feri Friday™

July 18th, 2008

"Drawing Down the Moon: Possessory Training"

with Dominic Elemirion

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Neil Gaiman tells us how to walk into Faerie


by Neil Gaiman


Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never

saw before.

Say "please" before you open the latch,

go through,

walk down the path.

A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted

front door,

as a knocker,

do not touch it; it will bite your fingers.

Walk through the house. Take nothing. Eat


However, if any creature tells you that it hungers,

feed it.

If it tells you that it is dirty,

clean it.

If it cries to you that it hurts,

if you can,

ease its pain.


From the back garden you will be able to see the

wild wood.

The deep well you walk past leads to Winter's


there is another land at the bottom of it.

If you turn around here,

you can walk back, safely;

you will lose no face. I will think no less of you.


Once through the garden you will be in the


The trees are old. Eyes peer from the under-


Beneath a twisted oak sits an old woman. She

may ask for something;

give it to her. She

will point the way to the castle.

Inside it are three princesses.

Do not trust the youngest. Walk on.

In the clearing beyond the castle the twelve

months sit about a fire,

warming their feet, exchanging tales.

They may do favors for you, if you are polite.

You may pick strawberries in December's frost.

Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where

you are going.

The river can be crossed by the ferry. The ferry-

man will take you.

(The answer to his question is this:

If he hands the oar to his passenger, he will be free to

leave the boat.

Only tell him this from a safe distance.)


If an eagle gives you a feather, keep it safe.

Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that

witches are often betrayed by their appetites;

dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always;

hearts can be well-hidden,

and you betray them with your tongue.


Do not be jealous of your sister.

Know that diamonds and roses

are as uncomfortable when they tumble from

one's lips as toads and frogs:

colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.


Remember your name.

Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found.

Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped

to help you in their turn.

Trust dreams.

Trust your heart, and trust your story.

When you come back, return the way you came.

Favors will be returned, debts will be repaid.

Do not forget your manners.

Do not look back.

Ride the wise eagle (you shall not fall).

Ride the silver fish (you will not drown).

Ride the grey wolf (hold tightly to his fur).


There is a worm at the heart of the tower; that is

why it will not stand.


When you reach the little house, the place your

journey started,

you will recognize it, although it will seem

much smaller than you remember.

Walk up the path, and through the garden gate

you never saw before but once.

And then go home. Or make a home.

Or rest.