Merry Mabon! Happy Autumn Equinox!

Living Fae wishes you happy blessings for Autumn. Today we honor the balance of light and dark as the wheel of the year turns once again. May you find balance in your life and may you honor both the light within you and the darkness that allows the light to transform your spirit! May you know how blessed you are now and always! Bright blessings to you on this magical day! Love, light and faerie dust!¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*

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photo credit: ©Loli Maeght

Living Fae at The Gathering 23 Year Anniversary Dance Celebration – December 13th

Living Fae is honored to be creating altars and sacred space at The Gathering 23 Year Anniversary Dance Celebration – December 13th. We will be doing a special candle lighting ceremony at the beginning of the evening to celebrate the light and to light the flames of inspiration and love! Put on your dancing shoes and come out and dance at what is sure to be a fun evening filled with good vibes, great people and music! This event is sure to sell out so get your tickets in advance. Look for us on the dance floor by following the trail of faerie dust!

MARKIE, TONY, GALEN, DUTCH, ANTHONY MANSFIELD, NICO LUMINIOUS, LITTLE JOHN, SEAN MURRAY, MIHKAL, DUSTY CARTER, SMASHELTOOTH, HARRY WHO, DMAJIK –
MORE DJs TO BE ANNOUNCED – stay tuned

The Gathering 23 year anniversary will take place at The Factory, 525 Harrison Street in San Francisco, on Saturday December 13th, 10pm to 6am. The very first Gathering was held in this same location way back in 1991 when it was an old church in disrepair. The event was underground-style with no permits, and we raved until nine in the morning. The energy created helped launch over two decades of top-notch parties.

This will be the very last Gathering at this location as there are plans in 2015 to tear down the facility in order to build high-rise condos – another sign of our ever-changing city.

The Gathering is one of the foundation parties of the San Francisco and U.S. rave scene. At the onset we started as four smaller parties coming together to throw a big community event and bring the scenes together. It has a solid reputation for great music, a positive environment, and friendly loving people.

The Gathering is so very proud to present our 23 year anniversary to help to bring the families together so people can see old friends and hear familiar tunes, experience current music, and meet new people in a positive loving environment.

MARKIE Wicked
TONY The Gathering
GALEN Sunset
DUTCH Techno Syndicate / White Ocean
ANTHONY MANSFIELD Disco Knights ( Burning Man ) / Green Gorilla
SEAN MURRAY Housepitality / Friends and Family
DUSTY CARTER Delta Funk
HARRY WHO Solid Grooves / The Gathering
LITTLE JOHN Raindance
NICO LUMINIOUS Muti Music, Street Ritual, Culture Life Hi-Fi
MIHKAL Symbiosis
SMASHELTOOTH Raindance
DMAJIK

VISUAL ARTISTS:
Michael K. Matel • UV99 • Mark Johns • Donovan’s Lights Out Light Show • Melanie & Anne ~ Living Fae • Scott Claxton – Brian Gainey

TICKETS:

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE SOON.

HOURS & INFO:
10 pm to 6 am.
21+ w I.D. Full Bar.
Come early for the full experience.

LOCATION:
The Factory
525 Harrison Street, San Francisco.

LINKS:

http://www.TheGathering-SF.com/
http://www.facebook.com/TheGatheringFamily
http://www.twitter.com/thegathering_sf
http://www.mofilms.org/

Living Fae at Sunset Sound System 20 Year Anniversary Season Opener

Sunset 20 Year Anniversary

Sunset 20 Year Anniversary

Living Fae is honored to be creating the altar and sacred space for the Sunset Sound System 20 Year Anniversary Season Opener on Sunday, April 6th, 2014.

Living Fae has been involved in building altars for Sunset for the past 12 years. These events are very near and dear to our hearts and we look forward to the spring and summer months where we get to produce and create altars and sacred spaces. We are always really excited and inspired to design something beautiful and magical to share with our Sunset family.

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Living Fae is a synergy of the energies of Melanie Dawn and Anne Elizabeth. We believe in living the very true essence of your being. Our mission is to spread light, love, peace, inspiration, empowerment and the magic of believing! Sunset is where Living Fae got its start and is where Melanie Dawn and Anne Elizabeth first met.

The altar for this year’s Sunset Season Opener will be dedicated in loving memory of DJ’s Josh Christian Ezelle and Frankie Knuckles.

You can find us at Sunset 20th Anniversary shaking our booties up front by the altar. Look for the trail of faerie dust… we will be nearby!

Sunset Sound System Dates To Remember:

May 4, 2014 – Sunset Spring Boat Party! – The San Francisco Spirit – San Francisco, CA
June 14, 2014 – Sunset Island: an electronic music picnic – Treasure Island, California
July 8, 2014 – Sunset Sound System Boat Party – The Garden Festival, Croatia
July 25-27, 2014 – Sunset Campout! – Belden Town, California
http://www.pacificsound.net/

Happy Ostara Faeries! Spring Magic is in the air!

OstaraHappy Spring Equinox! Wishing you bright blessings on this magical day! Today we honor the Goddess Ostara. She is a fertility goddess where the names East and Easter come from. Her time is dawn and her symbols are the rabbit and the egg. Her favorite colors are the spring pastels: green, yellow, pink, baby blue. Take some time today to honor the season. Build and altar for Spring and the Goddess. Enjoy some treats of the season. Color and decorate eggs. Spring is when the light and dark are equal. It is reminding us to balance our light and dark energies. Take a moment today to contemplate how you can bring balance to your life. It is time to be reborn and start a new. May your most radiant and beautiful self shine for all to see! Love, light and faerie dust! ♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨`*.✫*¨♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨`*.✫*¨♥*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.♥*¨`*.✫*¨

Beltane Blessings To You

Beltane Blessings

Beltane Blessings! May the sacred fires ignite your passions! Dance, sing, be merry and celebrate! Life is amazing, beautiful and sweet! Love, light and faerie dust! ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸¸.
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How to Honor Autumn Equinox ~ Mabon

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Happy Mabon Faeries! The Wheel of the Year turns yet again. Today marks the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere where there is equal balance between light and dark / day and night. We celebrate the fall harvest and the coming cool evenings as the nights continue to grow longer.

I don’t know about you, but I love fall. It’s a nostalgic time of the year that reminds me of being a child and all the fun the fall season brings. All the yummy flavors and fun events…. pumpkin treats, apple cider, hot cocoa, Halloween, cozy sweaters and boots.

Traditionally Mabon is a harvest festival to honor the God and Goddess to secure their blessings in the coming winter months. It’s a time of relaxation, balance and a time to honor the spiritual mysteries and the spirit world. Symbols of the season are wine, gourds, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, vines such as ivy, dried seeds, and horns of plenty. You might consider using these items on your Mabon altar or in a feast to honor the season. Colors associated with this time of year are red, orange, maroon, browns and golds. Deities often associated with Mabon are: Goddesses – Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods – Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.

Some good activities to celebrate are making cider, gathering herbs, taking a walk in the woods, visiting a local farm for harvest, offering libations or offerings to trees and ancestors, gathering leaves and acorns, building a seasonal altar and having a harvest feast. It is also a good time for spell workings for protection, prosperity, balance and security.

I find that no matter what is going on in life it’s always good to take some time out and honor the season. I used to get sad to see summer pass knowing that the winter wasn’t far off. Nowadays by honoring traditions of the season it sets a tone, and appreciation for the season. It makes me feel optimistic and hopeful about life and to be grateful for all I have in this moment.

I plan on building an altar using fall colors and fall flowers and making incense offerings to the faeries and my spirit guides to offer my gratitude for all the blessings in my life. I am also going to cook a harvest feast and share it with my loved ones. Since this season is all about balance I also plan to take a hike in the woods at a local favorite spot so I can exercise my body and connect with the spirits of the woods.

I hope this inspires you to take time out, in whatever way feels right to you to celebrate and honor the Autumn Equinox. Happy Mabon to all! Wishing bright blessings of abundance and happiness with golden glittering showers of faerie dust and magic to you and those you love.

Love, light and faerie dust!
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Anne Elizabeth

Shopping at White Magick Alchemy is Pure Magick

Yule Altar ~ Winter Solstice ~ 2011

Happy New Year Faeries! I hope 2012 is treating you well so far! Melanie Dawn recently posted an article about altars and how we do it, so I thought it would be a good time to share with you my favorite shop for candles and magickal supplies.

I was lucky enough to come across White Magick Alchemy browsing on Etsy, but you can also purchase directly from their website:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteMagickAlchemy?ref=seller_info, www.whitemagickalchemy.com.

I first purchased some lovely blue pillar Litha Faerie candles for my Summer Solstice / Litha altar. These candles smelled divine, of summer flowers and herbs. Perfect for a faerie day and celebration! They were beautifully dusted with silver, shimmery glitter.  If you know about faeries , than you know there’s nothing they like more than glitter. I was delighted that these beauties burned for all three evenings of our celebration.

I also ordered some Litha casting herbs for blessing our sacred ritual fire. I was very impressed with the quality and variety of this herbal blend. It also makes it really easy to bless your fire or cauldron since all the herbs associated with the season are in the mix, so it takes out the guess work on knowing which to herbs to use.

What is really notable about all the products that this gem of a shop offers is the quality is truly exceptional. All the candles and hand poured by the shop owner or her daughters. They use high quality, natural scents, oils, and wax. Everything is made when the moon is right and witch blessed honoring the old ways.

Litha / Summer Solstice ~ 2011For Lamas I got a beautiful candle as a birthday gift for Melanie. This is her special day like Litha is mine so I knew she needed a special candle of her own. It was a beautiful dark purple / wine color and it smelled of ripe berries, and harvest fruits. Again the quality was superb and perfect for the season.

For Samhain I tried out the Between Worlds Pumpkin and Séance candle set for my ancestor altar. They smelled so yummy of pumpkin goodness and spice. Perfect for the fall season. I even found an adorable mini cauldron that is perfect for making a quick altar in the woods because it’s small and easy to pack. It’s so cute and it’s just like a regular size cauldron so you can use it to burn incense on a charcoal disc inside.

Samhain Altar ~ 2011

For Yule I got two Wassail candles, a Holly King candle, a Yule Faerie candle, and incense, and Yule casting herbs . (The Wassail and the Holly King are the candles in the photo at the top of the page).  Again they did not disappoint. Smelling of traditional Yule and Christmas memories of times past. What is lovely about these candles is that they make your space smell good even when not burning!

There are many Faerie offerings on the site and some of my favorites are the Yule Faerie Incense, any of the Faerie Statues, and the Faerie Dust for leaving offerings for the faeries. I also love the Pink Sugar Faerie Perfume. At first I had to acclimate myself to the scent, but after wearing it for a bit I’m now addicted to this perfume and wear it every day.  It’s a generous portion, comes in an adorable glass bottle. It’s a beautiful shade of pink and it’s loaded with the finest faerie dust, aka: glitter!

I highly recommend the Money Drawing Spell Kit!  It includes everything you require in a handy kit. I can say first had that it really works! The day after I did this spell I got a notice in the mail of unclaimed money of mine from an old insurance payment. They had an old address and had been trying to find me so they could send me a check. I know others swear by it as well!

Really I cannot say enough good things about White Magick Alchemy and it’s wares. The shop owner Nancy, is super sweet and I really feel good about supporting her. Everything is packed with care and you can tell that she puts lots of love and light into her products. Consider joining her mailing list so you find out about new products and sales. If you need any supplies or looking for adornments for your sacred space this would be the first place I would go. You are sure to find something that takes your fancy. You won’t be disappointed and I’m sure you’ll be looking for the next opportunity to order again.

Candlemas is almost here, and since good things can take some time I would order now if you want something special to complete your altar. I know I’ll be looking for the next reason to place a new order and what better than honoring the season, the old traditions and celebrating your spirituality!

www.whitemagickalchemy.com

www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteMagickAlchemy?ref=seller_info

Love, Light and Faerie Dust! ✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶

How to Celebrate Summer Solstice ~ Midsummer ~ The Cusp of Magic ~ Litha

Altar by Living Fae ~ Melanie Dawn & Anne Elizabeth

Altar by Living Fae ~ Melanie Dawn & Anne Elizabeth

Summer Solstice is a magical time and one of my favorite times of the year. For one it’s my birthday and it’s also a faerie day, where the veil between our world and the land a faerie is thin. For these reasons I have a very personal connection to this season. Even before I started on my spiritual path I would celebrate my birthday outside in nature, and often dancing under the stars. It was when I met my faerie partner in magic Melanie Dawn that Solstice started to have an even deeper meaning for me. It was the first of the Sabbats that I began to honor and celebrate. It marked my initiation into the “Old Ways” which has lead to fully embracing my inner faerie and spiritual self.

Summer Solstice occurs sometime between June 20th – 21st in the northern hemisphere. Solstice means sun stands still and this is because as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky for the few days on and around Solstice the sun appears to stand still in the heavens. It is the longest day of the year, where the night is short and the light reigns. Just imagine how magical this must have been to ancient peoples who worshiped the sun as their God. The Sun represents the divine masculine and is the giver of life. Ancient peoples depended on the sun for sustenance and food for the coming winter months ahead. Cultures all around the world for eons have held celebrations, festivals, gatherings and rituals to mark this special time of year. Fire ceremonies are traditional for Solstice to pay homage and honor to the sun.

Another name for the Summer Solstice is The Cusp of Magic because all the land is bathed in warmth and light and the earth is lush and full of worldly delights. Everyone loves the summertime. It’s a time to play and enjoy the warm season. We also get to enjoy seasonal fruits such as berries, stone fruits and other delicious treats from the earth. All these things are possible because of the sun and the other elements that generously give to us year after year. It is also the time you are most likely to see or encounter a faerie or faeries. Faeries love this magical time and celebrate by dancing, singing, playing, making mischief and partaking in the drink and fruits of the season!

For the past 15 years we have been involved in or have thrown a party in honor of Summer Solstice. The first big outdoor party we went to was for my 21st birthday up in the Sierra Mountains where the altitude connects you to the heavens in a truly magical way. A synchronistic day indeed, my golden birthday 21 on the 21st! At this event we made many long lasting friendships which have been a true blessing and changed our lives and many wondrous and lovely ways. Over the years we have held our celebration all over California, but since 2003 we have been lucky to have the use of our good friends Dane and Derek’s property on the Carmel River. This land is very magical and having the river, trees, animals and elements makes this a very special place. Friends and family gather for the weekend to enjoy the land, listen to music, eat well and celebrate under the sun, moon and stars.

The thing I look forward to most about Solstice is our traditional ritual and the creative inspiration that comes with the planning and preparation. All year we work hard coming up with ideas for the altars, the ceremony and attending to the little details that make each year special and meaningful.

Each year we do a gratitude ritual to give thanks for all the good things in our lives. We also use this opportunity to release anything that is not serving us and begin the process of manifesting our dreams into reality. Attendees dress in white, and we each add magical herbs and other offerings to a collective offering to honor and thank Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun. The idea of the ritual is based on the Goddess Pachamama, she is a Mother Goddess who’s name means Mother World or Good Mother. She is native to indigenous peoples of the Andes. We of course add our own individuality and creativity to this ceremony based on our intuition and feelings, thus making it our own. We prepare a sacred ritual fire, and allow it to burn down. We then add our offering to the embers and wait and see if Mother Earth will accept our offering. We know its accepted if bursts into flames and burns. Every year we lose our breath a little while we wait to see if our offering is accepted. A truly magical and blessed moment! It is truly amazing to witness how our celebration can touch and inspire the people who attend.

Many moons ago Melanie Dawn made a wish for me. Her wish was that I would grow and embrace my true spiritual nature. Guess what? That wish came true! All because she lighted the way for me and opened the door. For this I am eternally grateful and honored. This is our heartfelt wish for everyone who is lucky enough to experience our Solstice celebration and ritual. We want to light the path that opens the way to embracing all your spiritual gifts and raise the collective consciousness of all who are open to recognizing that there are many blessings in life to celebrate. The power of belief is real and by expressing your heartfelt gratitude and focusing your intent you can make all your dreams come true!

May your Summer Solstice be filled with magic, and faerie dust!

Blessings to the light!
Blessings to the Faeries and Ascended Masters who guide us!

Blessings, love and light to you!