Authors: Emily Carding
Tags: #guidebook, #spirituality, #guidance, #nature, #faery, #enchanted, #craft, #realms, #illustrations, #Faery spirituality, #magical beings, #zodiac, #fae
About the Author
Emily Carding (Cornwall, United Kingdom) is an author, artist, and priestess. An initiate of Alexandrian Wicca and a member of the Starstone Network, Carding has been working with inner world Faery contacts since childhood. She has been trained in techniques of Celtic shamanism by John and Caitlín Matthews, and has worked with renowned Faery teachers R. J. Stewart and Brian and Wendy Froud. A respected and active member of the Faery and tarot community, Carding’s work has received international recognition.
Visit her online at ChildOfAvalon.com.
Faery Craft: Weaving Connections with the Enchanted Realm
© 2012 by Emily Carding.
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E-book ISBN: 9780738731599
Book design and edit by Rebecca Zins
Cover and color page design by Lisa Novak
Cover images: grunge weathered circular: iStockphoto.com/Roy Konitzer,
grunge spring frame: iStockphoto.com/Megan Tamaccio, grunge swirls
background: iStockphoto.com/Aleksandar Velasevic, grunge corners,
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Interior photos and illustrations are credited by individual pieces;
floral and Celtic ornaments are from Dover Publications
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This book is dedicated to that Faery being
who is reading over your left shoulder right now…
The Faery Prince
A Faery Prince has snared my heart
Hiding it deep within his own
From all things mortal kept apart
Where roots and brambles overgrown
Guard it well against the light
And keep it green and shadowed there
Though I have searched by starry night
And in the spring sun warm and fair
Not prince nor heart may yet be found
But promised whispers on the breeze
And sweetest music in the ground
Lead my senses with their tease
So I must venture in between
Where dusky rose sings her lament
And seek by twilight what lies unseen
With hope to heal what has been rent…
Emily Carding, 2011
was honoured when I was asked by Llewellyn to write a book about Faery lifestyle and practices, but I was also daunted. How could I convey to others a connection and way of life that has always been so instinctive and natural to me?
As a child I would go on missions for the faeries in my dreams, passing through a little wooden door in a hill and visiting a magnificent underworld realm of vivid colours and magickal creatures both menacing and benign. It was not until much later in life that I would learn of the truth behind these visions and the legacy of the Faery tradition, in which the Faery beings dwelt in the hollow hills. How fascinated I was to learn that my dreams had revealed this realm to me! The diminutive flower fairies of English lore had never held the same kind of wonder.
My connection with this realm led to an aura of otherworldliness that made many people uncomfortable, including my parents, when I would spend the longest time simply contemplating a blade of grass in the garden, admiring its microcosmic magnitude!
Upon leaving home for university, I was soon able to develop my fascination for magick and the otherworld with the discovery of a local magickal community. As my college was within the grounds of a nature reserve, most of my time was spent by the lake in the company of trees rather than in class, but it was there where I learnt the lessons of most value.
My connection with the Faery realm has strengthened still more over the years, and I have felt their presence with me through life’s many ups and downs. Divorce and motherhood set me on a completely new path, one I never could have planned for, as it has seen me leave my work in theatre for a new career as an artist and author, creating work with the aid of my guides and allies that opens gateways to the otherworld. This includes the groundbreaking
(Schiffer Books, 2008) and its sister deck
The Transparent Oracle
(Schiffer Books, 2010), which brings together aspects of shamanism, Faery lore, and ceremonial magick in an original structure based on the seven directions. Though published more recently, my first creation of this kind was
The Tarot of the Sidhe
(Schiffer Books, 2011), a series of seventy-eight visionary paintings created over a year and a day using methods of trance channelling.
Over the last few years, I have discovered and immersed myself in the vibrant Faery community through festivals and events. Upon first glance it can seem flaky and superficial, but there is so much love and genuine magick to be found within! A large section of this book is dedicated to the beautiful, creative, and inspirational people of this community.
At the same time, I am equally involved in the magickal community as an initiate of Alexandrian Wicca and member of the Starstone Network, a network of Wiccan covens and groves founded by Sorita D’Este and David Rankine. I have a keen interest in varied aspects of magickal practice, including Qabalah and Western Mystery tradition, and have trained in Celtic shamanic techniques with renowned teachers Caitlín and John Matthews. I am also a torchbearer in the Covenant of Hekate.
I have pieced together the advice and exercises within this book through analysing my own experiences and with the guidance of my own inner contacts. My goal is to help the reader, with time and patience, to create and strengthen a connection to nature and her hidden inhabitants. I have attempted to consciously re-create those simple yet powerful moments in which connection and magick may be found. Alongside these lifestyle building blocks, if you will, is as much information about the different paths and various ways people have of expressing their love and commitment to Faery as I could possibly fit into one book, so that you may find what inspires you. May it be a torch to light your way.
This book can be what you want or need it to be. The simply curious may just read through it to catch a glimpse of the lives of others. Those who are truly called to work with Faery and wish to deepen their connection may find within the contents of these pages a labyrinthine map with many routes. It is not my intention to spoon-feed—rather, I prefer to open the door to an adventure. It is your choice to pass through; indeed, which path will you take? Follow your heart, and your own true path to the hidden realms will reveal itself to you…