Urine & Dirty Water: Fending Off Fairies With Filth

   The Good Folk across several cultures are well known for their preference for cleanliness and their strong dislike of people and places that are unclean as well as things, like urine and dirty water, that are similarly unclean. They avoid humans who they judge not to meet their cleanliness standards and on the same side of that coin may be warded off by using the things they dislike.  I’ll…

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Critical Reviews: Why They Matter and How to Spot a Good One

 Critical reviews are important but are often misunderstood or maligned, particularly in communities which emphasize harmony or focusing on the good over the bad. While I can understand this desire the truth is that a critical review can be an important way to address misinformation presented in nonfiction books or various issues in fiction. These issues are important to address because without a…

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7 Warning Signs of a Bad Fairy Source

 I am often asked for direction on finding good sources on the subjects of fairies, which is fair because there is a lot of material out there and it ranges from good to terrible. I thought today it might be helpful to offer a very basic outline of what can indicate something is a bad source, or at least one that needs further vetting. Of course these are only my opinions and other people may…

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Excerpt: Pagan Portals Lugh

 My new book Pagan Portals Lugh comes out the beginning of May and so today I’d like to share an excerpt from it for everyone.“After
the death of Nuadu and of those men, Lug took the kingship of Ireland, and his
grandfather Balar the Strong-smiter fell at his hands, with a stone from his
sling. Lugh was forty years in the kingship of Ireland after the last battle of
Mag Tuired”

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Darn It Yeats, You Had One Job: A Look at the Popular Rewriting of Irish Folklore

 This title is taken from something I often say when talking about the Echtra Nera: "Darn it Nera you had one job". Its a reference to the fact that in the story Nera is given the job of watching his son’s cow by his wife and when he falls asleep the cow is ‘borrowed’ by the Morrigan, resulting in not only the Táin Bó Regamna immediately but ultimately the Táin Bó Cuiligne as well. In other words…

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7 Things About Fairies and Iron

"‘Gold is for the mistress — silver for the maid —Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.’‘Good!’ said the Baron, sitting in his hall,‘But Iron — Cold Iron — is master of them all.’"- Kipling, ‘Cold Iron’Folklore about the Othercrowd stretches back centuries, with much of the recorded material we have focusing on protection against them. This is logical as they were thought to be able to…

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Resources for Studying the Daoine Maithe

 I’ve written before about resources, more generally, for studying the Good Neighbours across the Celtic language speaking cultures that acknowledge them and a few years ago I wrote about good resources for Irish paganism specifically. But I don’t think I’ve ever written a list of resources I trust for learning about the Irish Daoine Uaisle in particular so today seems like a good day to tackle…

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Man Recovered From the Fairies – A Story

 I was recently asked on my Patreon by one of my patrons if I could translate a modern Irish piece from the school’s collection at Duchas.ie. I’m not fluent in modern Irish but offered to give it a try as it is one of the school’s pieces that was recorded only as Gaeilge. Its also a very interesting piece, recounting the abduction of a newly married man by the Daoine Maithe and his subsequent…

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Liminal Gods – Deeper Theology

 I’ve written before about the liminal Gods of the Fairy Witchcraft I practice, including the seasonal pairings of the Lady of the Greenwood and Lord of the Wildwood and Queen of the Wind and Hunter as well as the sisters Thallae and Thessilae, the Lord of Mischief, and the Queen of Apples; in my books I’ve also touched on several others relating to the ocean and storms. The thing about these…

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Book Review: Lugh Lleu A Collection of Poems and Tales

 I haven’t done a book review in a little bit so let’s jump into one today for Kris Hughes ‘Lugh Lleu A Collection of Poems and Tales’ published in 2020. This is a short book and features 5 poems and 4 stories as well as an introduction. The introduction lays out the author’s intent with the book which is to explore the areas of crossover between the Irish deity Lugh and the Welsh god Lleu…

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