Practical Pagans

Paganism…with Common Sense

Fairies and the Dead – An Excerpt from my W.I.P

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book ‘Fairies: A Guidebook to the Good People’Fairies and the DeadThe relationship and connection between the fairies and the dead is a complex one, and likely always has been. The human dead aren’t fairies, except when they are. Fairies aren’t the human dead, except when they might […]

Spirituality – Why I Don't Believe in Easy

  The other day I was talking to a friend and I happened to mention that when it comes to spirituality I no longer believe in the concept of easy. Simple, yes, because there are aspects of spirituality and spiritual practice that can be simple. But easy, oh no, easy is one of those things […]

Everyone's Favorite Topic – Fairies, Humans, and Sex

  One of the most consistent threads among the folklore, and one that I’ve touched on previously in my articles on the Leannán Sí and Changelings, is also one that seems to endlessly fascinate modern people: fairies and humans as lovers. While some today like to scoff at the concept as the fodder of lascivious […]

Ireland: Seeing the Stories

The idea behind today’s blog is pretty straightforward – its a collection of pictures of from my recent trip along with some related lore, history, myth, or personal stories. I had been sharing these in snippets on social media and decided to collect them all into one place here and share them with a wider […]

7 Snarky But Serious Tips for Dealing with Fairies

Inspired by the always awesome Seo Helrune blog and today’s ‘Eight Sarcastic But Serious Tips for Necromancy’. I give you 7 snarky but Serious Tips for Dealing with Fairies Since fairies are pretty trendy right now and people are paying mad money to become a certified Fairyologist – or Fairy Doctor, or Fairyist, or whatever […]

My Shifting Spirituality and Fairytale Wolves

I’ve been thinking a lot about wolves lately. I’m in a place spiritually right now that is a bit contradictory – several events in Ireland were very empowering and intense for me and moved me into a deeper connection with the Other Crowd, but at the same time other things have become chaotic as a […]

Quick Thoughts on Apotropaic Iron

there seems to be a lot of confusion about the apotropaic qualities of iron.So, let’s clear some points up.Iron is said in folklore to protect against a wide range of spirits and negative magics including [most of] the Good Neighbors and Alfar, Ghosts, Demons, and witches. Iron objects deter the majority of the Other Crowd […]

Changelings

  I’ve recently had Bridget Cleary on my mind and that along with some synchronicity on social media that brought the subject up in a separate context made me decide to write today about changelings. For those who don’t know, Bridget Cleary was a woman in Ireland who died in 1895 when her husband and several […]

The Doubled Edge of Fairywork

Sometimes people ask me why I don’t talk much about personal practice and experience with the Othercrowd, beyond a handful of anecdotes that I repeat and some fairly generic for-public-consumption stories. I’m pretty free with talking about experiences that occured with other people, about being pixy-led, or seeing fairy hounds, or items being taken and […]

Meeting a New Liminal God

I’m on a brief hiatus at the moment, and today is Thanksgiving here in the US, so I am re-posting this from my other blog ‘Into the Twilight’. Its a look at more of the personal side of my witchcraft practice. Enjoy! Generally speaking in my practice of Fairy Witchcraft I honor two main pairs […]

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