Where To Find Living Fae ~ Summer 2013

Candle Lighting Ceremony Photo by Kevin Hobbs Taken at The Gathering 19th Anniversary

Candle Lighting Ceremony
Photo by Kevin Hobbs
Taken at The Gathering 19th Anniversary

We love our outdoor parties, festivals and ceremonial events and the season is upon us. Here’s a list of events where you can find us this summer performing blessings, designing altars and sacred space, and selling some of the products we’ve been dreaming up. Hope to see you at one of them.

If you are interested in having us at one of your events please email us at livingfae@gmail.com.

APRIL

Sunday, April 7th – SunSet Season Opener – Stafford Lake, Novato, CA

JUNE

Sunday, June 9th – SunSet Island – Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

June 21 – 24th – Carmel Summer Solstice Campout – Carmel Valley, CA

JULY

July 19-21st – SunSet Campout – Belden Town, CA

July 26 – 28th – Faerie Worlds – Eugene, Oregon

SEPTEMBER

Sunday, October 6th- SunSet Season Closer – Stafford Lake, Novato, CA

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Prepping for Sunset Campout 2012

Faerie Ring ~ Faerie Temple

Sunset Campout: July 13 – 15

Preparations once again are underway for our annual family favorite glamping event, the Sunset Campout in Belden Town, CA. We are looking forward to another year of amazing music, art, people and magic!

Heart of Faerie (left) & Faerie Temple (right)

The Faerie Ring, located on the grass across from the Belden Town lodge, will be adorned with the Faerie Temple, the Heart of Faerie, the Faerie Love Nest (new this year!) and an Offering & Blessing Altar (also new to the Faerie Ring this year).

 Stop by the Faerie Ring day or night. Sit for a minute, take a deep breath, relax and open your heart to connect with your  divine source,   reconnect with your soul family and experience the sacred magic of the faeries.

There is no smoking and shoes must be off when inside the Faerie Temple and Heart of Faerie. These are sacred spaces charged with magical energy which we hold great respect for. As the signs always say “Please don’t piss off the faeries.”

You’ll find more of our sacred altars placed throughout the event. The altars will once again bestow the beautiful flower designs by Intrinsic and stained glass art pieces by Michiko Thompson.

Stained Glass art by Michiko Thompson

Whether you are spending the day or night experiencing everything the beach has to offer or shaking your booty on the main dance floor our faerie magic will be sprinkled upon you like sparkling, glittering, enchanting faerie dust. ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Friday at 7:15pm make your way to the Main Stage for the Opening Ceremony and Gratitude Blessing. And be sure to bring with you your deepest, truest heartfelt wish!

Main Stage: Radiant Atmospheres ~ Lighting Design; Know: Audio ~ Sound System; UV99 ~ Lasers; DJ Booth ~ Timothy Herrlein ~ Flowers ~ Intrinsic

For everything you want to know about the Sunset Campout please check out the website at www.sunsetcampout.com.  This is a pack it in, pack it out event. Everything you bring must leave with you. 

Love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

Living Fae at Lightning In A Bottle 2012

Marianne Williamson at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness Lightning In A Bottle 2011

We are very excited to announce that Living Fae is building a faerie altar at Lightning In A Bottle this year. The altar will be located up at the Lucent Temple of Consciousness which is being built and designed out of recycled and found objects by Brent ‘Shrine’ Spears. Please come by to be inspired, meditated and connect.

Lightning in a Bottle is May 24th – 28th in Silverado, CA. For more information on Lightning In A Bottle check out the website at www.lightninginabottle.org.

How to Find Magick in Los Angeles

There is magick all over Los Angeles. It’s the land of angels so you have to expect it, naturally. I’ve lived in LA, so I’ve had time plenty of time to explore and find its hidden treasures. Although not quite as hidden as Sword and the Rose in San Francisco, LA most certainly has its own occult treasure, Panpines Magickal Marketplace. It’s one of my favorite places to visit whether I’m living in LA or visiting.  Have you ever seen the movie, The Craft? Well, Faruza Balk, star of The Craft, came to know of Panpipes while filming the movie and actually owned it for a while. She sold it in 2001 to Jymie Darling and Vicky Adams.

Panpipes

Panpipes is a small shop situated on Caheunga Street off Hollywood Blvd. with the most enchanting window display. Walking in… well… walking in is like walking into a magickal emporium you might expect to find on a movie set. Behind the counter is the MOST AMAZING apothecary of oils and herbs. When I go there I’m drawn to their magickal oils, and they have a charged magical oil for everything and anything.

I’d like to tell you about my last visit, because I believe it was one of significance to me….

I was in Palm Springs with my mom and we were driving up to San Francisco. I’d been talking for months about visiting Panpipes but even though I had every chance to visit, something would get in my way. This time, I decided nothing would prevent me from going. I detoured our road trip to drive through LA instead of around it and parked near Panpipes. I said to my mom, I need to go, that’s why we are stopping. She said, “OK. I understand.” As I walked down the sidewalk before entering I said to myself, “My intent is success. Success after a very long journey and I want a little bit of faerie added to it.” Easy peasy, right?! And easy peasy it was!  When I got inside the witch was helping another customer and there was another customer in front of me, so that made me customer #3. Perfect! Anyhow, as I was waiting I began to look around and in front of me, and to my right were a bunch of small vials filled with magickal potion. I decided to pick one up. They were small vials so until I brought the vial I picked up to my face I had no idea what the label said. Well, the label read Aine. Who is Aine? She is the Queen of the Faeries. Cool, I thought. There’s the bit of faerie I was looking for. I stood there a bit longer and then decided to look at the bars of soap sitting right in front of me and what do I see… The one sitting there, looking me straight in the face, is yellow and says Success! Yes, that is right. As you can see my intension manifested right before my eyes.

Did I need a magickal oil on top of this… probably not, I already had my intension. I still had her make one. I do love their oils, and just before I ordered my new magickal oil, the gentlemen before made a point to let the witch know whatever oil she had made for him last time had worked. Has my oil worked for me? Yes! Indeed it has. In the most amazing, faerie magickal way I could have ever imagined. In fact, its more!

So… that’s my story. I actually have many stories of the magickal oils from Panpipes, and what I can tell you is they work. White magick, black magick, grey magick, low magick, high magick. Whatever magick it is.. check them out when you are in LA. It’s worth the trip.

Panpipes is located at 1641 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, CA.

Where to Find Magick in San Francisco

Being incarnate faeries servicing the light we’re naturally drawn to crystals and various types of spiritual items you’d find in most new age shops. So when we are out and about, if there is an occult shop, new age shop, crystal shop or trinket shop with faeries inside you can be sure we’ll find it.

Because there are so many, and many of the magickal items we buy come from them, we thought it’d be best to break up the blog into the different cities we visit and to keep the list to include only our favorites. So stay tuned for more cities to come. We’ll also continue to review different shops we find online like White Magick Alchemy that Anne Elizabeth previously blogged about. We might even start to talk about our favorite places to buy faerie fashions but that’s for another time. Today’s post is on some of our favorite magickal stores in San Francisco, CA.

Sword and the Rose
85 Carl St.

This occult store is true to its name because it’s the only one I’ve encountered that is truly in every word occult. And by that I mean it’s even hidden. It’s my favorite store and has been since I first stepped inside over 14 years ago. Back then even with the address and instructions on how to find it I had difficulty, but in the end had some help from a friend. I’ll always remember when I first walked into it because it was as enchanting as the description I had been given. It truly felt magical.

When you enter through the gate you walk into a beautiful courtyard surrounded with bushes, vines and flowers. There is a fountain in the middle and small bench to sit on. In the far back is the store. It looks like a small enchanted hut. And the door is one of those doors cut in half where you can open the top separately. Inside its small, beautifully decorated with Egyptian paintings and has a very choice selection of items. There is small fireplace with comfortable chairs to sit in, and a beautiful altar on the left wall. On the right wall behind the counter are shelves of jars of incense and oils.

Sword and the Rose is known for its special incense. The incense is made by the shop owners. It’s made as a sacred offering to the deity it’s named after. The owner has even traveled to each of the temples of the deities he makes the incense for. If you purchase incense at Sword and the Rose, remember it’s considered an offering to the deity you are working with, so get into consciousness and say a gratitude prayer as you light it.

Sword and the Rose is located on Carl Street right off Cole Street. 85 Carl is through a walkway. There are stores on either side of the walkway and a door at the end. Sometimes it’s open, sometimes it’s not. The sign for the store is above it. You can walk through the doorway even if it’s shut. When you enter the courtyard, you will see the store in the very back.

The Love of Ganesha
1310 Haight St.

The Love of Ganesha is such a lovely store, and the women who work at it are equally as lovely. They are always so very welcoming, warm and sweet; offering you tea and cookies as soon as you enter. The Love of Ganesha contains everything from fun Indonesian clothing, bhindis and tapestries to crystals and incense. The store is always plentiful and packed full of items. Be sure to dig around, there’s lots to choose from. One of my favorite purchases here are our Balinese umbrellas. We use them for our faerie tents.

Inside the store has a beautiful meditation room with altar that is open to the public. It’s at the back of the store on right.

All the profits for The Love of Ganesha go to the Amma foundation.

Love, light and faerie dust, ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫

How We Create Our Sacred Altars

By far one of our favorite past times is creating altars. There is just something about the energy that transmits through us as we are working on one. When we build an altar, we feel a very deep connection to spirit. It’s the type of feeling where you know you are in a state of 100% authenticity and united with the divine. It’s a very humbling feeling of being in gratitude.

It’s hard to explain the process, as we don’t really have a step-by-step approach to it. Once we begin the process of creation it really takes on its own form. Anne and I are just conduits moving the energy so that spirit can manifest into a physical form. The entire altar is an embodiment of that energy, much like our bodies are to our soul. Yes, we have different pieces that are physical items, but when we are manifesting an altar those are the pieces that spirit is telling us it needs in order to grow in its full form. Sometimes those pieces are from nature, like flowers and crystals, and sometimes they are a statue of an actual goddess. Each piece has an intension and meaning behind it. They serve as the symbols that tell the story.

Anne and I have created many altars and sacred spaces over the years. Too many to even count! In the beginning they were simple. In fact my very first one had a black velvet cloth, incense for the air/east, a crystal and flowers for earth/north, a chalice for water/west, a wand for fire/south, and in the center I placed a candle that I would light for spirit. This was at the very beginning of my occult studies. I was building the foundation by learning the basics and identifying items to represent each of the elements. As I grew stronger in my foundation and more confident in my path I began to experiment by creating altars out of items I might not have considered before because I could see the symbolism in them. Then Anne and I started working together, and the beauty that seemed to manifest through us together took on a whole other form. The more we worked together the more we learned to allow our altars to evolve into their own manifestation. It went from placing things on, sometimes way too many things, to really understanding the energy that was moving through us and what it wanted to become.

For the bigger ones we create we usually start with a vision or theme. Typically it’s sent to us in some type of message; often in a dream. Sometimes it’s based on a deity, other times we focus on a particular faith or type of magic. Then everything seems to fall into place after that with the items that are selected to create it. Some of them we look for months just trying to find the right piece, some we design ourselves, other times the piece we need manifests right in front of our eyes as we are building the altar.

For the smaller at home ones, we seem to focus on the deity and add items around its statue. If it’s a more personal altar, one with an intension of something we want to invoke into our lives we find items of a personal nature, add symbols that represent that, and also add affirmations. For example, if I felt like I needed to develop more compassion I would put Kwan Yin [the female Buddha] in the center, and surround her in rose quartz. I would also add white flowers, white candles, and write affirmations for myself about being compassionate. An altar doesn’t have to have such a specific intension as that though. It could simply just be a representation of your connection to spirit and whatever items you feel drawn to the most to represent that. That way when you take the time out of your day to focus on it you can connect with the energy.

If you are interested in building your own altar, and aren’t sure where to start, here are a few basic steps you can follow to get into consciousness.

• Find a place in your home or yard that you feel has calm soothing energy. Try not to put it in a place where others might want to put things on it. People can often be somewhat unconscious of your altar and unknowingly put things on it that carry their energy like keys, drinks, etc.
• You might want to even consider putting a small one in your entranceway, but this typically is best if its an additional one to your main altar. I find this type of altar best serves as a simple symbol to whomever enters your home that you are entering into a sacred space; your sacred space.
• Cleanse the energy. Burn a small amount of white sage over your altar. Or if you can find some Palo Santo wood it’s a wonderful tool for cleansing and purifying. It has been used since ancient times by the Incas and the scent is divine.
• If you have a nice enough table top or shelf you can simply put your items on it. Anne and I like to use really beautiful material. We buy it specifically with the altar in mind; everything from color, to the type of material.
• Now light some incense or if you are adverse to smoke then use a burner and light some oils. Frankincense is great to use when building altars. It’s the one we typically use. Although we’ve used everything from Nag Champa to Rose Cross. Whatever scent you feel drawn to the most is the best one to use. You could even just continue using the sage or Palo Santo.
• You’re ready! Stay centered, remember to breath and listen to the quiet voice within. Let spirit guide you to design the rest.

Here are some images of altars Anne and I have designed over time, along with others we have encountered along our path. We hope they inspire you.

Altar by Derick Ion and the Satya Yuga collective – Lightning in a Bottle

Altar by Minx

Day of the Dead – Sayulita, MX