Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Currently [January 2014]

Good Evening my Sweetlings,
Today I thought I'd make a 'Currently' post to share with you all of my latest little goings on, things that I always tend to forget to mention unless I specifically sit down to write about them! 
I really enjoy reading these posts when other people make them, I'm such a curious creature when it comes to what people like to read, watch and do as hobbies. I want to endeavor to make one of these types of posts every month, just a little blog related goal, therefore I'll be putting the month in the title every time I do so that it will be easier to look back on them in the future. 

Firstly, to start us off, lets all take a moment to admire this amazing picture of Brian Blessed. Words cannot describe how much I love this man, nay, I adore him! I admire him so much. In fact at some point I will attempt to put into words some of the reasons I find him so wonderful, but for now I shall just give you this. I will also tell you that I've printed off a motivational poster with this very picture on it, and I've written encouraging words that I can imagine Brian saying to me. I've put it above my computer so that I see it every day, and if I get scared at night I imagine Brian protecting me and chasing off nasties!
Now, without further ado (although who doesn't like a little bit of ado now and then?), here's what I've been up to...

Watching: So many things! I'm so excited that all of the programs I enjoy are starting to air again after what feels like forever. I've just started watching Pushing Daisies after hearing about it forever and I have to say I'm really enjoying it so far! Pretty Little Liars is back again, as is Supernatural and I know there are others I'm forgetting about. I'm also in the process of marathoning Game of Thrones with my Dad, today we watched 7 episodes of Season 1 and we're going to keep going until we get up to where the show is presently, in preparation for Season 4 in April, I'm so ready! After we finish Game of Thrones we're going to start on Supernatural from the first season, my Dad has never watched it so I can't wait for this! I love watching my favorite shows with people who have never seen them before. Regarding first watches for me, I want to watch The X-Files from start to finish, I was so scared of the theme tune as a child but I feel like I'm ready now! Also I know there's an episode with Mark Sheppard in it (Crowley from Supernatural) and I seem to have fallen quite in love with him! I also want to watch Angel, finally!    

Reading: This is where I reveal that what I can only describe as Blessed-mania has overtaken me! I received one of Brian Blessed's books for Christmas and ever since I've been working my way through every book of his that I could get my hands on. I read 'Quest for the Lost World' at the end of last year, and right now I'm working steadily through 'The Dynamite Kid', both have been very interesting and often quite surprising! I have his two books on Everest to read next. I also have various other books on the go, seeing as that I find it impossible to just stick to one, so I'm also reading Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb. I received the book Tithe by Holly Black for my birthday so I think that one will be next! 

Listening To: I'm super excited because I recently signed up for Pandora and it is so much fun! Last year I discovered the magic of 8tracks with their premade playlists, so when I discovered that I could make my own station consisting of all the music I really enjoy it was awesome. I really love being able to just press play and not have to worry about having to keep changing songs. If you'd like to listen to my station or check out what I've been listening to then you can find my profile here. Some of my recent favorite songs are 'Kiss Them For Me' by Siouxsie and the Banshees, '1940' by The Submarines and 'Clean White Love' by Lisa Mitchell.

Wearing: I've been feeling pretty poorly for the past few days so I've been living in my pajamas whenever possible, which mainly consist of snuggly tops and slouchy trousers with pretty patterns on them.  When I do get properly dressed I've been wearing anything with daisy patterns on it, or comfortable knits.

Eating & Drinking: This year I've decided to become Vegetarian after spending a lot of time quibbling with myself about my feelings on eating meat. It had gotten to a point where I was getting upset after meals because I felt so bad about eating meat, so when I moved back to my folks I said to myself 'enough is enough' and finally went for it. I've been really enjoying trying different foods that I might never have tried before, and I have to say that I'm finding it interesting to observe my own thoughts and feelings about food throughout the change. I hadn't realized before making this change how much I saw meat as being somehow necessary to meals in order to make them interesting, or the subconcious feeling I had that it was just easier to eat meat because 'meat is in everything' despite the fact that I logically knew that it's far from true nowadays. Some of my recent favorite things to eat have been Sweet Potato Pakoras and Vegetarian Sausages. Oh and cheese with sweet tomato and chilli chutney, the best edible discovery of 2014 yet! Drinks wise, nothing out of the ordinary! Lots of tea!   

Thinking About: The Faery Ball and Fayre going on in Glastonbury in March! I'm super excited because I've never been to one of the Glastonbury ones and I've wanted to for quite some time. I'm going to be sharing a room with my friend Moomin and getting to hang out with my Goblin Gang and I can't wait to wander around Glastonbury and do silly dancing with them. I've been planning my outfit since I found out I could go, I often get a bit lazy about my outfits at these types of things and then wish I'd put more effort in, but not this time! This time I am pulling out all the Troll Maiden stops! 

Doing:  Hanging out with my folks a lot and laughing at their silly antics. I've started collecting the hilarious things my Dad says online, he is super funny and I'm so glad to be able to experience that more now, having a retired goofball Dad is pretty great! Last night, after a difficult day of feeling icky and a bad bloodtest, I asked my folks if they would come and read me a children's book in bed. They both got totally into it, my Dad sat on the chair with my Totoro hat on and read Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson, including extra sound effects for jingling chandeliers and snowfalls, whilst my Mum sat in bed with me and we all ate Profiteroles and drank Tea. It was so wonderful, I was laughing my head off! 

What have you been up to lately my lovelies? If you make one of these Currently posts I'd love it if you could leave me a link in the comments so I can come and read it!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Known Unknown

Good Evening my dears,
Today I went for a walk with my Dad around the lake near our house. Walking in the sun and feeling the cool air on my cheeks and filling my lungs makes me feel quiet, still, happy. It's become our little thing to do together. We speak as we walk, about all sorts of things that don't seem to come up inside. There's something about the fresh air that makes words seem to flow more easily, sitting here now, trying to write my thoughts out, is proving very difficult in comparison.




 I look very moody here! I think I was trying to find somewhere to stand that didn't have sunlight directly in my eye. My Dad is still learning to use the digital camera properly, he's getting the hang of it slowly though. I really like how the picture came out! I bought myself this staff for my birthday and I love it so much, it's from the Etsy seller Jack In The Greenwood who I highly recommend.





I'm also really excited because I can finally start sharing my sketchbooks with you all! I was really lucky to receive a scanner for Christmas and it's the only one I've ever had that I can actually understand. These are all from my watercolour moleskine, though I haven't actually used any paint in there yet. They're all done using Faber-Castell pens, either the greyscale set or the 60 colour set. They're probably the best pens I've ever drawn with, which is important since I find it really difficult to draw in anything other than pen, I love them! 
Click to enlarge them. 







Saturday, 28 December 2013

My Favorite Posts from 2013

Good Evening my dears,
One of my favorite things about the end of the year is the recaps that people start doing, I always find it somehow fascinating to look back at a whole year condensed, it reveals subtle patterns that have evolved over time. With just three days left of the year I thought I would look back at the posts I've shared here this year, and pick some of my favorites from each month.

In January I shared my goals for the year, wrote a post affirming my guiding principles and created and shared The Rainbow Wrap which I created as a gift for my Mum.

 In February I shared a few of my favorite things, shared my thoughts on Acupuncture and Reflexology and what it means to me and shared a gratitude list centered around rain.


 In March I shared my journey with crochet, wrote a love letter to my best friend and started creating Full Moon Dreamboards.


 In April I shared my Glastonbury adventures, wrote a post about plant spirit teachings, shared how to work with nature spirits, shared my Full Pink Moon Dreamboard and created a video talking about and sharing my pagan jewellery collection


 In May I shared a lovely weekend adventure with Naomi von Monsta and took you behind the scenes of my Etsy shop Moss & Magic to share how I make creams and salves

 In June I went to my first Craft Fayre and shared my adventures in Todmorden, got my second dose of Monsta goodness as we roamed the New Forest together and shared my Full Strawberry Moon Dreamboard


 In July I shared how to ground excess and stagnant energy

 In August I gave advice on how to take your first step on your pagan path, wrote about my experiences working with Angels and shared my favorite dreamboard of the year, the Full Sturgeon Moon Dreamboard.


 In September I wrote again about being a holistic therapist and how I will never judge you as well as sharing one of my favorite parts of my job, the whispered stories and shared my Full Corn Moon Dreamboard.


In October I shared my recent reads and shared my modeling for the Tiny Owl Knits book.


In November I wrote about the Death Tarot card and shared all the changes taking place in my life


and finally this month I wrote about communicating with faerie.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

2013 in Retrospect, Ushering Out and Welcoming In

Good Evening my Sweetlings,
Time seems to be flying by as we draw closer and closer to the end of 2013, I can hardly believe today is Christmas Eve! It's been an eventful year, with so much going on, and I wanted to sit down and really dedicate some time to thinking it over, and pulling together the lessons, challenges and wonderful magic that I've experienced this year.
I made a list of goals for myself at the start of the year so I think now would be the perfect time to see how many I achieved. I'm excited to make another for 2014, I have such a fantastic feeling about this new year that is sitting on the doorstep and I'm so excited to see what will happen.

(One of my absolute favorite photos from this year, snuggling into a tree in the Chalice Wells in Glastonbury. I felt so at home there, and I was in such amazing company.)

 Looking at this list, I think I can confidently say that I managed to achieve about half of the goals I set for myself this year. I went to the New Forest with my lovely friend Monsta and my folks, I found a part time job that I enjoyed for the most part and which taught me many lessons in standing up for myself and connecting with others, I made lots of art with books filling up with paintings and drawings throughout the year. I made the fancy and beautiful business cards, learned to make lotions and had lots of wonderful adventures with my friends. I think I had a fair share of sleepovers! I made my parents proud, wore lots of flowers in my hair, gave gifts just because I wanted to and went to a Faerie Craft Fayre as a trader! My first fayre ever, it went rather well.
Some of my goals did not come to fruition, such as making 100 sales on Etsy, but I came very close with 75 sales at this moment, only 25 off my goal. I feel really proud of myself for how far my shop has come this year, I feel that it is growing from strength to strength with each day and I feel so happy to be able to share my passions through my creations. I love that the energy I put in actually goes to somebody when they buy something from me, it becomes manifest and I'm able to send that energy out to the world to help others. I love it! I feel as though creating for my shop gives me so many opportunities to learn about myself and the world, it encourages me to strive to expand my knowledge and experience, ultimately I think it helps me to grow and become a better person.
I didn't get interviewed or featured on Etsy, though I was interviewed by a friend for her blog, which to me was just as exciting and special as it was the first time I had ever been asked to do an interview! I could have done more interviews for my own blog, but I completely forgot that I had put this on the list. I totally failed on the artistic collaborations front, but again this was something I actually forgot I had wanted to do. I didn't ride a bike, but now I will be able to borrow my Mum's I forsee this changing (as long as I can still ride, I am definitely the exception to the rule of 'you never forget how to ride a bike', I've had to learn twice already!). I did move house and do have a garden now, but in a different way than I had anticipated. I also didn't end up sorting out my passport (I really need to!) and I didn't get my tattoo, though I've now had a year to refine it more.

 Looking back over the pictures I have taken this year, my heart feels so warm and bright. 2013 has certainly had a lot of difficult moments for me, as it has for many of us I think, but those difficult times cannot overshadow the great experiences I have had this year. For all the tears of sadness, worry and confusion there have been double the amount in tears of laughter, rolling around on the floor unable to breath because I was laughing so hard. I look back on the year and remember all the nights I got to lay awake next to my dearest friends, talking in hushed voices, baring souls and telling stories. I remember sitting in caf├ęs and restaurants and pubs, eating delicious food and talking about our hopes, dreams and goals. I remember climbing into trees, always finding the perfect ones to perch in. I remember outings to buy art supplies, or find objects for new projects, and evenings spent with a film, drawing and painting side by side. I remember a lot of singing, alone, with others, to my pets.

(Monsta and I, one of the sweetest, kindest people I know!)

2013 has been a year full of transformations for me, both subtle and dramatic. I have been surrounded by the symbolism of the caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly which has shown itself in my work as well as continuously appearing in the world around me. I feel as though I've been able to express myself much more clearly this year, and I've found that now when I speak people stop and listen to what I have to say. Over the past twelve months I realised I had a lot of work to do with the energy of my throat and voice, and I feel really great about the progress I've made in that area. I think that I've become more assertive, less afraid to let myself be heard, to speak my truth. I have struggled a lot throughout my life with being perceived as shy and 'too quiet', and I think for so much of my life I hid behind that, used it to shield myself. I struggled for a long time with feeling nervous about communicating with others, I hated trying to talk to new people. I feel as though I've come leaps and bounds in this regard and although I still get anxious when meeting new people, I now see myself as somebody who makes friends easily and puts people at ease. Over this year I have consistently had to step into new territory that often made me feel uncomfortable at first, for instance when working as a receptionist at a busy dentists when I was constantly talking on the phone to perfect strangers. I also had to learn how to talk to strangers about Reflexology in order to get case studies and complete my course. I learned that when I put myself out there with honesty and passion the results were amazing, I met wonderful people who became great friends, and who could benefit from what I can offer to the world. I also started to take to heart the things people kept saying to me, the way my friends would comment on the fact that I seem to have a magnetic personality that draws people to want to talk to me, or when clients would tell me I make them feel safe and able to talk about anything. I started to embrace those things as gifts, rather than blushing and laughing them off.
 
(Playing with Monsta in the photobooth, and then Monsta and her boyfriend Badger on the right)
I also feel that 2013 has been a great year for me as a Witch. I spent a lot of this year delving into a variety of spiritual books, exploring new territory and learning more about myself. I began to notice that people would refer to me as a Witch without even knowing anything about my personal path, it seemed to be something that people could just pick up naturally. It would often come out in regards to my healing practices, or when talking about my shop, and I really loved that the message of who I am and what I want to do was coming through so clearly without my even having to say anything. I've also had a lot of fun doing little bits of informal teaching this year, showing people how I blend Essential Oils or how to make incenses or candles. During my Reflexology course I was able to help with the teaching of the meridians as it was an area my tutor is still learning about, and it's been suggested that I could go back to help with teaching this and other spiritual aspects of practice to future classes. It feels wonderful when I can share the things I've learned to do with others and it made me realize that I actually love watching others learn and grow, just as much as I enjoy doing it myself.
(Myself with Moomin, my favorite fire haired lady!)

(two of my darling rat boys, Sev and Bear)
This year has also taught me a lot about letting go, clearing, cleansing and releasing. Many of these lessons have been difficult and painful as they've often involved a large element of loss. I lost many of my pets this year which sometimes felt overwhelming and unbearable, but it also taught me just how important it is for me to treasure my time with my loved ones, animal, human or otherwise. I think it showed me just how fragile life can be, but at the same time so beautiful, so strong and resilient. I learned to know when I had to let go in order to do the best for myself and the other person or creature, and I learned to follow and trust my heart in knowing what I needed to do in these cases. I went through a whole range of emotions regarding death and letting things go this year, from real fear and dread to acceptance and more peace. I know I still have many lessons to learn in these areas, but I'm hoping that as the energies change the lessons will also change. I have a feeling that one of my lessons for 2014 will be the flipside of the cycle, focusing on planting the seed, growth, birth and fruition. In some respects I've gone back to square one as we near the end of this year, but I can now look at that as a positive thing rather than the negative it is often seen as. Starting fresh has a lot of positive aspects, not least of all the time to recuperate and rest before setting out on a new journey.

(My most beloved Steffie and I in Glastonbury, I can't wait to do it again!)

(Ronon curled up under the duvet a few days after we got him)

In conclusion, as I sit here with one week left until we walk together into 2014, I can look back at 2013 and bid it farewell with a light heart. Although there has been darkness and sadness, there has also been a lot of light, joy and understanding.

(Michelle, a lovely soul who came into my life this year. Sometimes her handbags happen to contain disembodied doll heads!)

(Mama Goblin and I playing in a structure we found in the forest)


I'd love to hear how your year has been my dears, what lessons have you learned? What magic has been made?

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Communicating with Faerie: Listening without Hearing & Seeing the Invisible

Good Morning my Sweetlings,
Well, I've been chasing the dust creatures around and finally managed to get them out of the door, for the meantime! I hope they've been keeping you company and telling fine tales, the sort that they only bring out when it's ever so quiet around these parts.
I've been mulling over the idea for this post for a few weeks now, and in keeping with faerie the more I think about it the more muddled I feel on how I should write it! I've spent a lot of time this year drawing faerie and all manners of otherworldly creatures, and many people have also asked me how I see them. Another common question that a lot of people ask is 'how do I know what I'm seeing or hearing is real?' 
So today I wanted to make a post to share some of my experiences in this area, and I hope they'll be helpful for you. I've broken everything down into tips to make it a little easier to follow, for I'm bound to get turned around!
 Tip 1: Don't Overthink It
For me, this is probably one of the most important aspects of communicating with faerie. I've found that if I let things flow without getting in their way too much, everything comes together much easier. The moment you let your mind start getting in there things become infinitely more confusing. This sounds difficult in writing, separating your mind from your thoughts, but actually it is very easy. In my experience the fae tend to come to you when you are thinking about something else entirely, or when you are in a state of letting your mind drift around, such as when you're about to fall asleep. Conversely, if you're sitting there and thinking very hard about trying to communicate with them in some way, they rarely show up.
To my mind, the fae are made of a very freeflowing energy, so they tend to appear most easily when you are letting your own energy flow freely and easily without placing too many obstacles in the way. Another thing to remember about faerie is that they can be known to confuse and mislead people on purpose. If you give them doubt to play with, some faeries will happily run you around in circles until you doubt everything!

Tip 2: Be Safe & Know When to Leave
Safety is always a point I'm very particular about explaining, especially if you are taking your first real foray into communicating with faerie. The concept of faeries has become very sanitised in our society and a lot of people now think of them as being pretty, sweet, friendly and generally good natured. Whilst there certainly are fae who are all of those things, there are also a multitude of other personalities and appearances out there, just like with people.
Sometimes you will come across fae who give you a very strong message of 'don't come near me'. They may let you see them without particularly talking directly to you, or you may see them from a distance but get an unfriendly feeling when you go closer. Sometimes you will get a warning feeling when you are in particular areas, such as in a wood. If you get a feeling like this, back off. That may mean leaving the area, or taking steps back until the feeling fades away. You don't have to see yourself as particularly sensitive or 'psychic' to know when you're picking up on these sorts of energies, often they will just feel like a bad 'vibe' that you can't explain. 
It is very important to follow your gut when you work with faerie, follow your feelings and trust in yourself. If you get a bad feeling then be respectful and don't push on any further. In my experience, if you follow this, you will be much safer. If you push further, as with anything that gives you a warning, you are walking into dangerous territory. This is when it becomes much more likely that you might see something scary, or that something could try to chase you off physically.
For instance, I did the drawing above last night whilst listening to howling wind and rain outside. I saw this Winter Troll maiden dancing around in the trees and wanted to draw her. However, even as I was drawing I knew she was not a creature that I could walk right up to, so to speak. I was able to see her from a distance, but I had a clear feeling that she could have been more dangerous had I tried to go out and follow her. 
It is also important to keep yourself safe by setting your own boundaries. Be clear on what you are happy with and what you are not, and if necessary tell them to leave. I am a firm believer that, especially in the fae and spirit world, if you tell something it can't be near you then it has to leave. Whether that means it leaves physically, or whether it means that you just don't experience it anymore, in some way it does leave you alone. Sometimes you may meet something that frightens you, and in that instance you absolutely have the right to tell them to leave you alone, or leave yourself with the intention that they may not follow you. Don't be afraid to close the door, if you feel that is what you need to do.

 Tip 3: How Do I Know If It's Real?
The short answer to this one is that you just don't, and you can't for sure. Communicating with faerie is a very intuitive process that takes place in a setting that just can't be judged by normal methods. I believe that everybody has the capacity to go to this place, we can all follow our intuition, and you have to have faith that what your heart and mind are telling you is what is happening. At the end of the day, you are the only person who can decide if what you see and/or hear is real or not, and as with the misleading I mentioned earlier, if you don't believe something is real then the fae are unlikely to be bothered about trying to convince you otherwise. I find that they often don't care very much what we think of them, or whether we believe they're there or not, it doesn't matter to them. 
Generally speaking, here are a few ways that I 'know' when a faerie is around and communicating with me. Firstly, they tend to appear when I'm thinking about something completely different and off topic. Then, suddenly, they will appear in my mind and they're all I can think about. I might see them moving about, or as a static image, and they are almost always completely 'in my head'. I have seen things in the physical realm, but usually I will only see things physically for a very short time, or as a flash, there and then gone. I once watched a troll in a bush for quite a while in Cornwall!
Seeing and hearing them is such a strange thing to try and explain, and I think this is where many people trip up and start doubting what is happening. I can only describe seeing them as feeling as though another set of eyes has opened inside me, and I'm seeing them simultaneously through four eyes instead of two. I sometimes get a strange feeling in my forehead when I see them, which could be using the 3rd eye to see them, a sight that goes beyond purely physical reality. 
Hearing them is often very similar to when you talk to yourself in your mind, something I'm sure we have all experienced and yet cannot explain. It is like hearing a voice speaking and yet just knowing their thoughts without speaking at the same time. Sometimes I will hear a specific voice, but like the seeing this is often very brief and quick. Most communication of 'talking' goes on as a sort of transferal of thoughts, and in the same way the sight I suppose is more like a transferal of images. 


Tip 4: How Do I See Them?
Brian Froud has said that he is often asked this question, and it's only in trying to answer it myself that I realise how difficult it is!
I don't think there is a hard and fast way that will automatically reveal faeries to you, which I think is actually a great thing. To me the best way to see them is to be open to seeing them, and then just go about your day as you would normally. There are old recipes of herbs and oils that are said to give faerie sight, as well as things such as Hagstones, stones with holes in the middle through which you are said to be able to see into the Otherworld. I think using these types of tools is a wonderful way to bring something intangible into reality, allowing you to focus on something physical as a link to something less concrete. I have yet to find a Hagstone, but I did find a Hagtree once, a beautiful tree with a natural hole in the middle of it's trunk. 

 Tip 5: Can I Work With Them? If So, How?
I personally think that you can work with them, just like you can work with anything else. The key to working with the fae, in my experience, is to do what comes naturally to you. If you are an informal person then I don't think you need to perform any sort of ritual in order to work with them. At the same time if you like ritual, whether just in every day life or in magical work, then by all means use it. The important factor is that you are doing what is normal for you, don't try to force anything because that, to me, is the one thing that will make it harder to communicate with them.
For me, working with faerie is often quite different to working with a deity, I think because of the way I go about my work. When I work with a deity such as a Goddess or a God I tend to be specifically asking for their guidance and help, whereas with the fae I work with them in my every day life, without necessarily asking for anything specific. I appreciate being able to see them, communicate with them and express them through my art, and those are gifts to me from them, to my mind. Fae are also wonderful protectors, and some will be incredibly loyal to you. At my old house I had a garden filled with herbs that were said to attract the fae, such as Toadflax, and I didn't even know it! I often found that when I sat out in my garden they would communicate very happily and freely with me, and when I enjoyed my garden I thought of it as being something I wanted them to enjoy freely too.
A clear instance of just how protective the fae in my house are came when I was moving out of my old house to go home with my parents. Whilst I was in the house everything was calm and smooth, but when I went with my Dad to take Steven home my Mum had about 7 straight hours of total chaos! It started with being totally unable to find the black binbags no matter where she put them, and escalated to quite a bad cut on her thumb! When I arrived here the calamity carried on for a little while, but seems to have calmed down as I've settled in. 
One thing I really love to do in my work with the fae is to leave gifts for them. These are very simple, I like to go outside and leave them some food or something pretty like a little ornament or trinket, sometimes I will leave strands of my hair. In return I have found many little gifts in all of my gardens that were inexplicable, I have no idea how they would have gotten there! I've found little glass gems, a tiny candle and charms. I've also found things that I've lost, such as a ring that I loved dearly which turned up literally right outside my door on the ground one morning.
There are lots of guides out there that can give you tips on how to work with the fae, this post would be incredibly long if I tried to cover it all here! One of the common things that seems to crop up in working with the fae is whether or not you should say 'Thank You' or not. Some people swear you shouldn't as it will offend them, whilst others will tell you that you absolutely should. Personally I don't worry about it too much, if I find myself saying thank you then I let it happen, and if I don't then... I don't! 
 Tip 6: Mischief Managed!
This is not so much a tip as perhaps a little friendly warning about the mischief you may run into when working with the fae. In my experience, some faeries can be incredibly mischievous, and one of their favorite targets for said mischief can be humans. When I've asked, the reason I've gotten for this is that humans get so easily annoyed at such little things that it's really easy, and really funny, to wind them up!
For me, this mischief often manifests as moving objects and making you think you've lost something. I've had something disappear from right next to me on the bed, only to turn up there again 5 minutes later, exactly where I put it in the first place. This happened a LOT at my old house, and Steven was often the target of it, especially if he'd had a long day and was feeling a bit grumpy. 
This can get really frustrating when you're hunting around for something and just cannot find it, especially when it's something you feel like you really need, such as your house keys. The main thing to keep in mind here is to stay calm, don't freak out. For one, if somebody is messing with you, you're playing right into what they want. Secondly, if you stay calm and ask for it back, it tends to come back much quicker. 
If this happens to me then I sit down and calmly ask for it back, saying something like 'Please could I have it back now?' and then just waiting. Usually the lost item turns up a few minutes later at most, often right next to me. If I'm hunting around and feel myself getting flustered I try to do the same, just sit down, ask for it back and then go and do something else and give it a little time.



Tip 7: Judge a Book on Texture, Not Cover.
One last point that I want to make goes back a little to earlier on. A lot of faerie, in my experience, have a very natural appearance to them. The ones I often see do have discernible features such as faces, but they may also have things like leaves growing out of them, or they may be growing out of something themselves such as a tree or a rock. There are also fae that don't have these types of features, for instance I've had amazing friendships with tree spirits that never took on a different form. Sometimes spirits that normally do not have a 'form' that we can comprehend will take one in order to show themselves to you more clearly, others will not and may appear more abstract, or appear as the object you found them in. Sometimes you may see something that looks a little bit frightening, just because you have never seen something like it before. For instance the fae above came to me after I had been considering the ethical treatment of the Earth in obtaining crystals and gemstones (inspired by this beautiful post from Naomi). When he appeared I could clearly see crystals growing from his body and his mouth as well as plants growing out of him. The crystals and plants were being fed with his blood, and he was listening to them. When I thought about this I realized it could seem scary to think about, but actually he wasn't frightening at all, he was incredibly calm. When I asked him what he thought about crystals being taken from the Earth I got the response 'you [humans] will continue to do whatever you want, and you will do it until you decide to stop. Decisions are yours. Consequences are yours to reap, and yours to bear.'
My point in this tip is that you may see things that seem as if they should be scary, so as before the important thing to keep in mind is the feeling you are getting. If you see something that seems scary, but actually feels calm, friendly and/or safe to communicate with then let that be your guide. If on the other hand something feels unsafe to you then follow that as well. Just as something may look scary but actually be lovely, you can just as easily encounter fae that look beautiful but don't feel safe to be with, in that instance follow your judgement too. 
 
 Ah, everything came together much more easily today than the first time I attempted this post! I hope that you've found this useful and interesting today my lovelies, and I'd absolutely love to hear about any of your own experiences with fae or spirit. 

Do you have a tale to tell me? 


Not a fae as such, but I had to include this little guy that I drew a few days ago as he is as much spirit as the fae are. The Pigeon is one of my guide animals, and this one turned up in my head a few days ago and was forefront in my mind until I drew him. When I looked him up his message was so perfectly fitting for me right now, very much about family and trust, so this is another instance of following intuition.
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