To All Things…

I think it’s time.

I first started this blog on May 13th, 2010.  Ten years and a month is a pretty good run for an internet site with irregular postings, don’t you think?  A lot has happened in that time and even more so the past year has brought some pretty intense revelations and experiences.  I’m sorry I’ve not journalled them here but well, they were not for here.  If you’ve been a long standing reader of this blog then I know you understand.

Because of everything that has occurred I’ve recently come to the realization that this blog has reached the end of the line.  It’s an odd, bittersweet feeling because I very much like what I’ve written and have created here but I also know it is time to let it go, to move on.  To say, with certainty, this is done.

Another part of bringing things to a close is that I’ve gone back and toggled nearly all of the old posts to Private, archiving them and tucking them away.  I’m sorry for this but, you see, I don’t think this was ever supposed to exist into some public, digital perpetuity.  Perhaps at another time I will change my mind on this and some of the old posts may resurface.  However, As a sign of shutting the doors around here and flipping off the lights, the posts need to come down.  It’s a way of marking the past as the Past and a way of empowering my movement forward into the Future.

And yes, in that future is a new blog and a new project.  Actually my last request, dear reader, is you stick around just a little bit longer.  When the new site is ready in the next week, I will put an announcement here as a final waymarker to what is to come.  I would love for you to join me there.

I can’t believe how far this has come since those initial wandering posts.  I am extremely grateful for everyone who has posted comments, clicked a like or just read along on this strange and wonderful journey I’ve been on.  It’s impossible to express what that feels like.

We all have our own different paths to journey down and thank you so very much for walking a little bit with me here.

I hope to see you along the next stage of the journey.

Peace and Strength.

 

 

 


Those You May Not See

The Fey are real.

But they’re not.

You won’t bump into one in the middle of the street in broad daylight, all pointy eared and buzzing wings.

But you might.

I’ve worked with the Fey for some time now. What started as outright disbelief turned into a passing curiosity which then over time and several experiences, moved into something I would call a wonderful friendship..

To be clear, I’m not talking about the fairies of folklore.

But I am.

I’m talking about something a bit more hard to pin down. I call them the Fey or the Fair Folk, out of necessity and to give people a point of reference. I prefer to think of them as Elementals, Nature spirits, unseen allies.

You know, Faeries.

But not.

Working with the Fey is a matter of perception and staying alert to your intuition, your internal perception. It’s a creative give-and-take which is incredibly difficult to constrain into a simple checklist of “How do I do this?” However, that’s one of the things I’ll try to do here.

The toughest part is to realize they will hear you if you talk to them.

The easiest part is believing in magic.

Or do I have those reversed?

The trick is understanding that although they may hear you, they may choose not to listen or respond, Though in my experience, they always respond.

It just may not be as quickly as like.

Or in the way you would prefer.

They communicate through feelings, emotions, and odd images in your mind’s eye. The best way to sense them and communicate with them is meditation. You have to learn to quiet your mind and to trust your inner perceptions. Practice with your third eye. Practice lucid dreaming and visualization. It will help. I have heard the sound of their laughter, of chimes, horns, bells. I’ve heard comments, had formal communication and felt their presence around me.

But I haven’t.

There are places where they are quite active. These are, generally, areas of wildness and wood. However, they can also be found in abandoned places in a city or on the edge of an urban park.  You can find them in a national forest and just as easily sense them in a small patch of an urban park or on abandoned property.  Look to the liminal.

The best way to find “Fair Folk” is to stop looking for them.

It’s not about seeing them physically.

It’s about sensing them with your inner senses.

They are closer than you think.


On Blogs and Cards

I always draw at least one card when I’m about to embark on a new project.  I’ve found that it helps me get a grounded overview of what the project might entail.  It almost always offers new insights and hints.  Several times, I’ve stopped before even getting started because the card or cards  gave me enough info to see that the timing or influences around the project were not the greatest.  I’ve also pressed forward and not listened to the reading only to find, in retrospect, I was warned in advance.

My current decks of choice are the Faeries’ Oracle by the Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth and the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carsons.  I’ve found that this combination works very well together to help me see several different sides of an issue.   Matter of fact, these two decks in tandem work surprisingly well for me.  Both decks have a very different “vibe” than your usual tarot deck.

For this blog I went to the Faeries Oracle deck and asked what I needed to know if I began the project?  Pictured below is the reading.  In this case I used the standard 3 card reading of Past, Present, and Future.

The first card, Losgunna, speaks of exploration and adventure.  She encourages one to explore the Faery Realm as well attempting things you have never done before or go venture into places never been.  Since she is the Frog Queen she also asks you to get down “in the mud” and see things from a more “dirtier” angle.  Sitting as it does in Past Influences, this is a very good card which covers the past several years leading up to the decision to go with this blog.  It talks about seeking, finding, and exploring the realms of not only Faery but all the other things I’m interested in.  I’ve never been afraid to jump into some pretty murky and swamplike areas.

The Friends talk about the present and clues me into contacting one of my dearest friends and mentor on the subject.  Interestingly enough, a few hours after doing this reading I was able to kick out an email and  have an amazing conversation with her about my initial thoughts.  At the time of the conversation I was still a little hesitant about moving forward.  However, with her excellent suggestions, here we are!

Card three, The Master Maker, reminds me to put my absolute best forward and that only the very best work is allowed to come off the press.  “Design beyond your skill and then raise your skill to fulfill it.” In other words, take my time and do it right.  This is an important card because, with blogging, I have a bad habit of rushing a post and not putting my absolute best out there.

Not only does it talk about superior craftsmanship the reading also speaks to teaching what I’ve learned to others.  That is, after all, what Master Makers do!  Interestingly enough this is one of the foundational reasons why I wanted to put the blog out there.  I know there are tons of people out there who already know most of the things I’ll be talking about.  I also know there are tons of people that do NOT know and perhaps I can help them a bit with their own pathway.  I got into all of this not only to explore and see beyond the norm but to also help people along the way.  If I can do that with this blog then it’s an added bonus!

In readings I also like to point out not only what was included but what was NOT included, what cards chose to NOT show up.   One thing about the Faeries Oracle deck is that it will rarely give you a negative “don’t do it!” kind of reading like a tarot deck or other oracles.  It will give you hints of possible complications to come.  None of those cards showed in this reading which, in itself, is a positive sign.  For instance, The Bodacious Bodach was nowhere to be found!

I also like to wrap a reading with a summary, a short paragraph that wraps up what I hear the cards, or in this instance the Fey, want to say.  “Should you start the blog?  Well, we’d say that after all your exploration, adventuring and learning you have more than enough to write about.  However, it’s high time to talk to a friend about it.  After you do that and make up your mind make sure  you only put your best work forward!  No shirking.  No halfway posts.  Your craft is an illustration of your craftsmanship!  Other than that, the coast is clear so have a good time.”

And here we are!


First Steps

When I wandered into that bookstore in 1986, I had no idea the choices I was about to make would affect the rest of my life.  I was just going in to browse, kill some time.  Today, the bookstore no longer exists.  The mall it once resided in held a greeting card shop, a JCPenney, and a fairly decent arcade but the large building has now been turned into a huge farm supply store.  Today, locals barely remember there was a mall there at all.

After kicking around the bookstore for awhile, I happened upon a small paperback called “Seth Speaks.”  I’m not really sure why I picked it up but I remember being intrigued.  I was in the mood for something different and something involving “channelling” and the written journal of a entity called Seth sounded like just the ticket.  As I walked to the counter, I also noticed a runestone kit on sale.  “Why not?” I thought to myself, “I seem to be on a roll anway.”   I liked vikings, right?  I tossed the runestone kit onto the paperback, paid the clerk in cash, and completely unaware of what path I had just decided to walk down, left the store to go back to my small student dorm room.

It wasn’t a purchase that I would say was “out of character” for me.  I grew up with stories of ghosts.  Growing up I had noticed my rockhound grandparents had a slightly more than passing interest in crystals, copper bracelets, and psychic phenomena.  They kept it on the down low but, as children do, I saw it in the background.  As a child I was intrigued and terrorified of Bigfoot, my Mother still loves a good UFO story and as a child I would also get premonitions about things about to happen.  In high school, I did a ten page report on Project Blue Book.  The paranormal was not “new” to me.

However, it was that singular purchase which laid the groundwork for all that was to come, including this very blog you are reading now.  The book got it’s hooks into me.  The runes were fascinating and from that day forward I started to voraciously read everything I could get my hands on in regards to channeling, automatic writing, psychic phenomena, and, in short, the paranormal.  Over the years that passed I worked with the runes, learned more than I bargained for about nature spirits, transitioned to tarot cards as well as other oracles.  I began spending more and more time in the woods, amidst nature, and just listening, watching.  I found there was an intense communication possible there as well.

Through all of it I  tried to maintain a very level-headed approach.  I was curious about these things but I didn’t want to jump in without really taking a hard look at all the angles.  I read articles and books on debunking as well.  Regardless, I found that time after time the volume of personal experiences and coincidences simply became far to large to ignore.  I began to transition towards the idea that this world was a lot more broad and amazing then I had originally thought possible.

20+ years later here I am and I’ve decided to craft up a blog about it all.   This is something I’ve wanted to do for years but felt a little intimidated about stepping forward into the public eye.  These days, though, I’m a bit older and a bit more grounded in what I know and do.  My goal is to really just jump off and talk about anything that comes onto my radar.  By anything I do mean ANYTHING;  paranormal experiences, other web sites, current stories, other dimensions, spirit guides, cryptozoology, dowsing, ancient cultures, Fey/Nature spirits, oracle readings, Fortean stories, etc.    I’m looking forward to conversations with other grounded folk as well, people that are also moving along their own different path.

I also know that when you start something like this it’s impossible to plan on where it might go or what might happen!  Who knows, putting this blog out there might one day equate to walking into a bookstore and making an eccentric purchase?  Only time will tell.