Sunset Campout 2017

We are returning to Belden, CA for our annual woodland weekend of

MUSIC, ART, WORKSHOPS, CAMPING, & SWIMMING

with Sunset Campout and the Faerie Ring.

Looking forward to a magical North Cal, Surrealistic Forest Fantasy, celebration along the majestic Feather River!

See you there July 21 – 23!

Beltane ~ An Ancient Fire Festival of Optimism

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In the midst of spring it becomes time to celebrate the earth’s richness and fertility in the ancient fire festival Beltane. Beltane is typically observed on May 1st.

There are many different ways Beltane can be celebrated, rituals all have a common thread of fertility. It represents the intimate beltane-girl-maypoleunion of mother earth with the fertility god which brings about growth, abundance and prosperity.  This union is a blessing to new life all around, and serves to increase spiritual and emotional wealth.

Bonfires are lit and traditionally made from different types of wood and wrapped with colorful ribbons. When the fire is ablaze, historically a piece of wood is taken from the fire and kept in the home to ensure a fertile summer.

Another celebratory tradition is to dance around the Maypole. The Maypole represents the phallus. Ribbons are attached by a Beltane_by_ArjenHenrycrown of flowers to the top, and then men and women each hold a ribbon weaving in and out as they dance around it wrapping the pole. Men go one direction, women the other. This is to symbolize the enveloping womb of the earth around the pole.

During Beltane passion is ignited, everything is coming alive, and bursting free. The transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly. It’s a time of the grand rite, and there are ceremonies designed to represent the symbolic union of the May Queen and Pan, King of the Forest. Rituals are inspired by chase and lust with energies high, and minds open, wild and free.

May Day brings about optimism and a zest for life. Be playful, passionate, colorful and inspire growth and abundance to all you encounter. Living Fae will be celebrating Beltane this year with a * Ritual Fire * Faerie Feast * Flower Celebration* on Saturday, May 2nd.

May you experience a great earthing and a joyous, ecstatic sabbat!

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

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Happy Summer Solstice ~ Blessed Litha

We hope your Summer Solstice is full of love, light and magic! May many blessing be bestowed upon you. The time is fully charged and magnified with radiating energies to manifest. Stay focused and keep watering your dreams. They will grow into an abundant field of gold before you know it. Celebrate your awesomesome and remember to spend some time dancing amongst the faeries. They do love a good party! Summer Solstice 2014 is at 3:51AM PST.

If you are looking for ideas on creating a Summer Solstice ritual, be sure to check out our blog post Steps to Creating a Sacred Ritual.

 

Faeries Warming our Hearts in the Sun

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Love, Light and Faerie Dust over all your dreams and wishes ¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*¨*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.*¨`*.✫*

 

Creating a Ritual of Light on Winter Solstice

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As we move through the darkest time of year, hold your vision strong. Allow yourself to see the love in your heart, all the love you have culminated for yourself, and the love of the divine. Let it to surround you. It’s the return of the light!

Do you have a ritual planned for yourself for today? Even if it’s just a few moments, take some time to reflect on the year gone by. Remember all the moments, the magic, the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the joy and the pain for every single one of them is a blessing. Even when it doesn’t feel like it so much.

If you don’t have your own ritual here’s something you can do, feel free to modify at your Will.

– Draw a bath, light some candles, put some bath salts or aromatherapy in the water and take a ritual bath. Allow yourself to absorb into the water. Feel it embrace and cleanse you. And when you drain the bath, relax and stay in the tub as you feel the water drain down.

– Light a white candle and perform a candle meditation. Focus your mind on the light of the candle. See yourself as the light of the flickering flame. You are being reborn, yet again.

– Send blessings of light and love to all the people you love. Embrace them with your pure heart and light. Hold them through any darkness and pain. You are love.

– Send blessings of light and love to whole the world, Mother Earth, all the creatures, all the people. Embrace them with your pure heart and light.

– When you are finished with your meditation do something creative. Allow the elements you use to symbolize your intensions, dreams and goals for the upcoming year. It could be as simple as writing in your journal, or you could create a visualization board, make music or use your creativity in the company of your friends, family, and social network in way you haven’t tried before.

– We like to create a yule log. Our yule logs are a simple oak log decorated with magical herbs, flowers and oils. Once the log has been created we bless it, call the quarters, invoke it with our gratitude, bestow our dreams and wishes upon it, sprinkle it with glitter and burn it in a sacred fire.

Many blessings of love, light upon you as the light returns! Hail to the faeries, hail to the divine, hail to you – the light!

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

Melanie & Anne

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

Living Fae at Lightning In A Bottle 2012

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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 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

How to Perform Ritual for Mother Earth on Summer Solstice

The Pachamama, Mother Earth, offering is a collection of natural substances representing that which we want to purify and manifest in our lives. Pachamama loves everything from herbs and flowers, to crystals, coins, and shells. As long as it can be burned without harming the environment it is considered an acceptable offering.

We do the Pachamama, Mother Earth, ritual every year as way to bestow our gratitude, love and respect for the earth and all its creatures, as well as those from other realms like the faeries, our spirit guides, and ascended masters. We give our thanks for the blessings we have received and lessons we have learned.

Through this ritual we show Pachamama our devotion to serving and protecting the earth. As a thank you for our dedication in service to her she grants us our manifestations [if she so chooses].

1. Sage yourself with some of the ritual sage provided. It’s a good idea to kneel before the altar. Ground yourself – feel yourself rooted to the earth.

2. Take 3 deep breaths

3. Tell Pachamama how grateful you are for her and feel it in your heart.
Say: Dear Pachamama, Mother Earth, I am so grateful for the blessings you have bestowed upon me. Thank you for your natural beauty. I have so much love and respect for the earth and all its creatures.

4. Select an offering from one of the selections and hold it in your hand.

5. Next – Ask Pachamama to purify that which no longer serves you. Perhaps it is something that distracts you from fulfilling something that is your true heart’s desire. [By purifying and transmuting that which no longer serves you, you clear the way for your manifestation].
Say: Dear Pachamama, Mother Earth, it is my will to purify and transmute (state your intention). Please accept this offering. It is filled with my heart-felt thanks and gratitude.

6. Place your offering in the pile. Remember to breathe!

7. Select another offering and hold it in your hand close to your heart. It could be one or a mixture. Pick ones that best symbolize your manifestation.

8. Next – Ask Pachamama to manifest something in your life. It’s always best to request your true heart’s desire. Be sure to choose only ONE thing, and be as detailed and specific as you can be. See yourself experiencing your manifestation like a movie, and feel the joy, love, & excitement around that. Be sure to fill your heart with love as you visualize your manifestation.
Say: Dear Pachamama, Mother Earth, it is my will to (state your manifestation). Please accept this offering. It is filled with my true heart’s desire and deepest gratitude.

9. Place your offering in the pile. Remember to breathe!

10. Take a deep breath and when you are ready you can get up and join the ritual circle. If it is early on in the day, before the ritual takes place, be sure to sage yourself before leaving.