Saturday, July 23, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Fairies, Fairies Everywhere
- Fairies live practically forever––at least ten times as long as humans, maybe more.
- Fairies are stronger than they look––Hawaiian mythology tells of small spirits called the menehuene who supposedly created amazing stone dams and walls on the island of Kauai, and Arabic myths say fairies known as the jinn built the pyramids.
- · Fairies can foretell the future––“The Sight” (clairvoyance) is natural to them.
- · Fairies can make themselves invisible––you’ll only see a fairy if she wants you to.
Friend or Foe?
- · Scottish brownies assist people with domestic chores, cleaning the house, or plowing the fields after everyone else has gone to bed.
- · Native American spirit animals guard and guide humans.
- · The Incan huacas protect crops and livestock.
- · Irish merrows are known for their gentle and cheerful natures.
- · Goblins roam in packs, terrorizing humans and ruining property.
- · In Hindu mythology, cannibalistic rakshasas eat holy men and cause leprosy.
- · England’s spriggans steal children, rob homes, and damage crops.
- · India’s troublemaking mumiai torment people of the lower castes by attacking them and destroying their belongings and gardens.
- · The Russian rusalki charm human men, then drown them.
- · Japanese tengu herald death and war.
Many legends describe fairies as tricksters who like to tease and torment humans. Irish leprechauns are notorious for playing tricks on people, especially those who want to grab the fairies' gold. Pixie confuse travelers, causing them to veer off track and get lost. Britain's bogles sneak into people's houses and mess things up, make strange noises, and generally annoy the occupants.
How to Win a Fairy’s Favor or Avoid a Fairy’s Curse
- · Build a fairy house for them to live in.
- · Sing and dance, and invite the fairies to join you.
- · Play a flute or ring wind chimes.
- · Respect nature and animals.
- · Support causes that protect nature and wildlife.
- · Plant a garden (no pesticides, please).
- Display iron objects.
- · Sprinkle salt around.
- · Hang up garlic.
- · Hang a rowan branch above your door.
- · Make loud noises.
- · Ring church bells.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Unicorn’s Mystique
The Genesis of the Unicorn
One creation tale, recounted in De Historia et Veritate Unicornis, says that the unicorn descended to earth on a cloud. The first-born creature, he was called Asallam. His role was that of the light-bearer and guide, the one who would drive away darkness from the face of the earth, for his horn itself was a beacon formed of spiraling light. With that laser-like horn he speared a rock and brought forth life-giving water to produce the most magnificent garden ever known.
The Unicorn’s Magical Horn
Undoubtedly its most distinctive feature, the unicorn’s horn is also its most magical. The spiral shape symbolizes the spiraling pattern of life energy, what yogis refer to as the kundalini. Spiritually, the spiral signifies movement from the secret depths of your center outward into the world at large and back again. It also suggests the soul’s movement from earthly existence upward toward the higher levels of consciousness. We see the symbol echoed in Native American petroglyphs, Celtic art, and Zen gardens.
The Lady and the Unicorn
Denaturing the Unicorn
Yet the mystical unicorn continues to be a most enchanting and beloved entity in the minds of young and old alike. We still love unicorns, and even though they no longer represent power and independence, we value their purity, beauty, and gentleness. Little girls who may know nothing of the old story of the virgin winning over the wild, freedom-loving beast are still drawn to the unicorn, perhaps because, as Nina Shen Rastogi proposed in an article for National Public Radio’s website, “I think for many young girls, there’s a fantasy that someday you will be recognized as the secretly beautiful, magical thing that you are. The unicorn will be attracted to something ineffable about you, secret from the rest of the world.” And as Terry Brooks points out in The Black Unicorn, “After all there has to be some belief in magic––however small––for any world to survive.”